THEA-1030: Introduction to Theater ( Split | Fall 2017 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Levi Frazier

Instructor Rank

Overload

Instructor Email lfrazierjr@southwest.tn.edu
Instructor Website

http://faculty.southwest.tn.edu/lfrazierjr

Instructor Office

UA 220e Union Avenue

Office Hours

POSTED ON OFFICE DOOR.

Instructor Phone

901-333-5179

Department Fax

(901) 333-6036

Department Phone

(901) 333-5346

Course Information
Course Description

This course is designed to develop an understanding and critical appreciation of live theater. Through reading and analyzing important plays, viewing filmed dramas, and attending and evaluating theatrical productions, students will be introduced to performance and technical components of theater and develop an understanding of theater's designation as a "collaborative art."

Student Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

analyze significant primary texts and works of art, ancient, pre-modern, and modern, as a form of cultural and creative expression.

explain the ways in which humanistic and /or artistic expression throughout the ages expresses the culture and value of its time and place. explore global/cultural diversity.

recognize the ways in which both change and continuity have affected human history.

practice the critical and analytical methodologies of the Humanities and/or the Fine Arts.

Prerequisites

DSPW 0800, DSPR 0800

Corequisites

None

Specific Course Requirements

For your information, a split online class  is much more demanding and challenging than a traditional class that meets for approximately three hour per week. You will be responsible for reading and following directions on your own. Make sure that you are up to the challenge of taking a split class.

This class meet only once a week; this means that you must be a responsible student and complete all out of class assignments and activities by due date.

Special Note 1: In order for you to pass this class, you must at least do the following:

  1. Attend one play at one of our local theaters and submit a written report of the production in the assignment dropbox by the specified due date. The play that you select must be approved by the instructor.

2.  Attend a Southwest Theater Production

 

There will be no exceptions for this assignment; if you know that you will not be able to complete this assignment, then you should drop this class.

 

Special Note 2: All students are required to perform 10 hour of Service Learning/Civic Engagement Activities.

Each student is required to perform 10 hours of  Service Learning Activities.. It will more profitable is you perform your activites at a local theater. A list of activities will be provided. 

Each student is encouraged to take advantage of Extra Credit opportunities for extra points ( Extra credit will boost your final average.)These projects are listed in the Assignment Dropbox: See Extra credit in dropbox.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Required Text
  1. The Theater Experience. Edwin Wilson,13th Edition. McGraw Hill  ISBN  978-0-07-351427-7
  2. The McGraw Hill Theatergoer's Guide. Alvin GoldGarb,Scott Walters, and Edwin Wilson ( This Pamphlet is loacted in the Module 2. .)
Additional Text

The following plays are required reading:

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen

Oedipus the King by Sophocles

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

You may find these play in any public library, local bookstore, or online. ( You are not required to purchase these plays, but it is your responsibility to be familiar these plays. Give special attention to Raisin and Oedipus.)

Supplementary Materials

For each class meeting you will need the following: textbook, a pen or pencil, and a three prong folder with pockets for class notes, graded assignments, journals entries, and etc.

 

Hardware Requirements

This course requires the use of a computer; however, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My. Southwest, etc.).

minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended) SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended) CD-ROM or DVD drive floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive Mouse or compatible pointing device at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended) (optional) printer

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements

The software listed below is the "General Software Requirements" is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may not require the use of a computer or it may have specific software requirements.

Many instructors require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Word. Learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft.

General Software Requirements

Operating System:

Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, XP, Vista ( Windows XP Service Pack 2 recommended) Mac OS X (up to 10.4) (OS 10.4 recommended) Linux Windows Supported Browsers: Internet Explorer 6.0, 7.0 Netscape 7.0, 7.1, 7.2 Firefox 1.5, 2.0 Opera 9.0 Mac OS X Supported Browsers: Netscape 7.0, 7.1, 7.2 Firefox 1.5, 2.0 Opera 9.0 Current Anti-Virus protection Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required) Access to Microsoft Word

The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Microsoft Edge+
  • IE 10 & 11: some issues+
  • Firefox (latest)+
  • Firefox ESR+
  • Chrome (latest)+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit http://southwest.tn.onthehub.com.

Assessment and Grading
Method of Evaluation

 

TOTAL POINTS 1010

 

QUIZZES/EXAMS - TOTAL  POINTS 310

 

Quiz 1- 10 Points

 Quiz 2- 20 Points

Quiz 3 - 20 Points

Quiz 4- 20 Points

Quiz 5 - 20 Points

Quiz 6 - 20  Points

Exam 1- 100 Points ( Midterm)

Exam 2 100-  Points (Final Exam)

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DISCUSSIONS - 240

Discussion 1- 10 Points 

Discussion 2- 30 Points

Discussion 3 - 40 Points

Discussion 4- 40 Points

Discussion 5- 40 Points

Discussion 6- 40 Points

Discussion 7- 40 Points

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DROPBOX ASSIGNMENTS TOTAL 460

Play Critique - 150 points

Report on Local Theater - 50 points

Raisin/Doll Essay - 100

Creative Design Project - 100 points

Monlogue Presentation 50

Other 10 points

For a more complete detailed listing of points, see the GRADES tool in PAWS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grading Scale

 

A  1010- 910

B  909 - 810

C  809- 710

D 709-- 610

F-609 and below.

Testing Procedure / Policy

Written tests will cover assigned readings of textbook, chapters, assigned plays, oral reports, and class discussions. Units exam will be given on the four major units. Unit exams will include multiple choice, matching, true or false, short answer, and essay selections. Quizzes will cover required play readings.

Major Assignments

Report of Local Theater

Critique of Live Play Production( Must be proved by professor.)

Creative Design Project

Classroom Participation

Quizzes and Exams

Participation / Attendance Policy

 

For your information, a split online class is much more demanding and challenging than a traditional class that meets for approximately three hour per week. You will be responsible for reading and following directions on your own. Make sure that you are up to the challenge of taking a split class.

This class meet only once a week; this means that you must be a responsible student and complete all out of class assignments and activities by due date.

 

Class participation and attendance will count as a major portion of your grade. You are required to be present and on time for all class sessions and required activities.  If you miss an exam or fail to deliver your speech on assigned date you will be penalized.

Please be advised: If you are allowed to makeup the quiz or the assignment, 20 pionts will be deducted from your grade for that assgnment or quiz.

Class participation is a major part of this class. Attendance is a must for class participation which includes taking notes on lectures and oral reports, dramatic presentations, class discussions, viewing videos of play productions, and various creative-learning activities.

Class participation activities cannot be made up.

Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

Always include a subject line. Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails. Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette Use standard fonts. Do not send large attachments without permission. Respect the privacy of other class members. Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to at all times when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic. Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of other’s ideas. Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks. Be positive and constructive in group discussions. Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.

Special note: Many students make a lower grade simply because they do not participate in the online discussions.

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
Technical Support

My.Southwest: Submit a Student Technical Support Request. Please provide a full detailed explanation of the problem.

PAWS: For course related questions, contact your instructor. For technical issues with the PAWS website, contact the College Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Student Services
Embedded Librarian Service This service may be found inside PAWS courses.
Two Southwest Librarians are assigned to work with you and your instructor throughout the course for the entire semester. The Librarians will suggest library resources and answer questions sent to "Ask A Librarian".

To contact a Librarian, go to the Classlist and select the "Ask A Librarian" tab.
Student Services Links

Academic Support

The Academic Support Center(ASC) provides free services and resources to help Southwest students successfully reach their academic and career goals. These services include tutoring by peer and master tutors, computer labs, success workshops, academic coaching, early alerts from your instructors and areas for individual or group study at numerous locations. The ASC also provides Supplemental Instruction in some of our general education classes and the Center is also responsible for Academic Progress Reporting so that you will be award of your academic standing during the 5th-6th week of the semester. Online tutoring services are offered through Smarthinking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply login to your PAWS to access this online tutoring resource.

Drop/Withdrawal Dates

See the official college catalog for the current withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the college Web site at http://www.southwest.tn.edu.

Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an “F” grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove

  • Academic Support Center: Available during working hours
  • Bert Bornblum Library: Available during library hours
  • Farris 2131: M-R 8-5:30, F 804:30

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319, available during working hours
  • Parrish Library - Available during library hours
  • M105: 8-6:30

Gill

  • Computer Lab- Room 101 (Please note - this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Maxine Smith

  • Open Lab- Room 101.
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Whitehaven

  • Open Lab Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.
Syllabus Updates The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes.