MTWR 10:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.
Course Objectives: To learn the importance of the communication process and how it works; to learn to manage communication anxiety; to understand the vocal instrument and its correct use; to learn the International Phonetic Alphabet and apply it toward the goal of General American Speech.
Grading: Assignments are given the following point values for a total of 1,000 points.
Attendance and Homework 100 points
Test I 100 points
Test II 100 points
Test III 100 points
Test IV 125 points
Oral Presentation I 25 points
Oral Presentation II 100 points
Oral Presentation III 100 points
Oral Presentation IV 100 points
Oral Presentation V 150 points
The final letter grade assigned for the course will be based on the following values:
900 – 1,000 points = A
800 – 899 = B
700 – 799 = C
600 – 699 = D
0 – 599 = F
Attendance: Simply put, attendance is mandatory. A fourth unexcused absence will result in a student automatically being dropped from the class. Being extremely late may be counted as an absence. Being somewhat late over several class meetings may be counted as an absence. Up to ten percent of a student’s course grade is based directly on attendance; missing a test or presentation will hurt a grade even more. Remember also that since this class requires active participation by all students, an absence or a late arrival may cause other students to do additional work. Please show respect for your classmates by always being in class on time.
Excused Absences: If you need to miss class because of a religious holiday, please let the instructor know as far in advance as possible. If you need to miss class to attend a university-sponsored event, please give the instructor the appropriate form from the event’s faculty advisor in advance of the absence. In either of the above cases, all assigned work must still be completed on or before the due date. Intramural games, non-emergency medical appointments, employment, and most personal problems are not sufficient reasons to have an absence excused. Absences due to illness, death in the family, or emergencies may be excused at the instructor’s discretion. Please notify the instructor by email as soon as possible to explain your situation.
Content of Reading Material: Oral presentations in this class will consist of reading passages which students select from outside sources. Students should carefully consider the content of their reading selections before presenting the material in class. Students should avoid material which may be offensive to classmates. While the university fosters diverse perspectives, this course does not allow time for the debate that controversial material inevitably generates and necessarily deserves. Political and religious topics are generally inappropriate for this class, as are passages that may be derogatory to an individual or group based on race, ethnicity, age, gender, or sexual orientation. The instructor will give additional guidelines before each assignment, but the general rule is to be respectful of others and to save the debate-generating topics for other courses.