The Appreciation of Theatre - Online

Course Details

Course Number: THEA 1503  Section Number: x10

Fall 2013

Location: Fain Fine Arts Center

Classroom Number: C 111

Days & Times:


Course Attachments

Fall 13 Syllabus  THEA 1503-x10 Fall '13 Online Syllabus-20130827-103016.doc


MSU Faculty Member
John Dement   
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Course Objectives

To create theatre-goers who:
•    enjoy attending live theatre as entertainment,
•    evaluate a live, theatrical performance in a clear and educated manner - in writing and in discussion,
•    compare and contrast modern styles based on historical precedent and development, and
•    recognize and evaluate the personnel, techniques and collaborative efforts involved in the production of theatrical events.

Course Expectations

Important Information & Tips

  • Do not make the mistake of reading the lesson content page and assuming that it is a complete review of necessary information. It is the starting point. You are responsible for taking the initiative and exploring the lesson.
  • You must read the assigned text for each lesson. The text is the primary source for the information you will use in each assignment. Read the material thoroughly before beginning the assignments or activities of the lesson.
  • You are REQUIRED to attend two plays this term. Any shows you attend must be produced by a college, community or professional theatre. High school and church productions WILL NOT be accepted.
  • Quizzes and Exams will be taken online. They will be time-limited, have a limited number of attempts and will each have a date and time after which they cannot be taken. A variety of formats including (but not limited to) multiple choice, multiple answer true/false and mini essay may be used on quizzes and exams. Great attention should be given to how a question is worded and what the BEST answer available is.
  • Discussion boards are a highly effective means of communication, collaboration and group learning. Students and instructors will treat each other with respect in these forums. Please use proper language and tone to ensure a pleasant learning experience for all involved. The discussion board is a forum set up primarily for student to student interaction. I (your instructor) will monitor the discussion board and comment or interject when needed. The discussion board should not be used as a means of communicating critical information to me regarding the class. Make sure you use direct email or call my office for communication. You may always arrange an on campus appointment with me during my office hours, if needed.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to turn something in or take a test!! I give ample time to take quizzes and tests as well as assignment completions. So if you wait until the last minute to turn something in and you have problems, the work is still late and will not be accepted. Use your time wisely.


  • The student is responsible for checking their campus email account and on-line course announcements AT LEAST once every day. Emails sent to the instructor will be returned within 24 hours, Monday through Friday. Emails sent over the weekend will be returned the following Monday. All emails must be sent to ALWAYS include THEA 1503-X10 in the subject line and ALWAYS make the subject line relevant to the content of the email. Emails without a subject line are automatically deleted as SPAM.
  • Plagiarism is taken very seriously. DO NOT attempt to pass other people’s work as your own.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to keep all graded assignments if a grade is questioned.
  • Correct English and grammar are necessary for all written and discussion board assignments. Additional help is available on campus for any spoken or written assignments in the Appreciation of Theatre.
  • As a current student at MSU, you are expected to know and abide by the MSU Student Handbook. Adult, professional conduct is expected at all times. The Student Handbook can be found on the MSU website.
  • Course information and requirements are subject to change at the instructor’s discretion.

Grading Standards

Grading/Evaluation Methods:
A - 90% or more
B - 80-89%
C - 70-79%
D - 60-69%
F - 59% or less

10%: Reading assignment quizzes.
40%: Four exams covering the assigned text readings, class notes, handouts and discussion.
20%: Two written critiques of approved live community or professional theatrical performances.
20%: Discussion Board participation
10%: Design project

Final Exam12/9/2013  3:30-5:30

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.