Rhetoric 1 Course Syllabus

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Part 1: Course Information
Instructor Information

Instructor: Jesse Murch
Office Hours: To Be Announced
Phone:  503-433-7733 / E-mail:  presupalltheway@gmail.com

Course Description

Rhetoric I covers history and principles of classical rhetoric and a brief review of logic. Students learn the skill of determining best structure for spoken communication (speeches, debates, arguments) and of written works of all kinds, from the sentence level, to paragraphs, to entire books.  The course stresses application of the principles in the student’s own speech, writing, and  communication. That includes elements of the rhetorical situation and the available means of persuasion. The text “Power of Persuasion” by PeterRoise, is based primarily on classical rhetoric in Aristotle’s “Art of Rhetoric,” Cicero’s “Ad Herenium” and on the Bible.

  • Tuition:      $275 Premier      OR      Tuition:      $25 Basic
  • Level:         10th Grade                       Level:         10th Grade
  • Mode:        Synchronous                   Mode:       Self-taught
  • Offered:    Fall                                      Offered:   Fall or Spring
  • Textbook:  See Above                        Textbook:  See Above   

Textbook & Course Materials

Required Text: “Rhyme & Reason” by Peter Roise

Course Requirements

  • Internet connection (DSL, LAN, or cable connection desirable)
  • Desktop or laptop computer

Course Structure

  • The course is delivered in 16 weeks, divided into 4 units corresponding to Rhetorical Context, Organization, Style, and Canons
  • Each unit consists of reading a chapter in the online ebook, followed by a video lecture, ungraded review exercises and a chapter quiz. The instructor is available on the student discussion platform to answer questions and/or interact with groups of students.

Part 2: Student Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the student will be able to

1) Explain how the rhetorical situation governs a presentation
2) Differentiate between proper and improper use of rhetoric
3) List & explain the best ways to begin a speech
4)  Organize an effective speech
5) List the 10 most important principles effecting the style of a speech.
6) Define the role of memory in preparing for a speech
7) Demonstrate how the Canons of Rhetoric interact in an effective speech.
8) Complete the Term Project: Stuff They Don’t Teach You In School: Principles of Persuasion in salesmanship

Student will meet the objectives listed above through a combination of the following activities in this course:

  • Attendance and participation in the class forum
  • Study of assigned online reading
  • Listen to video lectures
  • Completion of review exercises
  • Completion of 14 Chapter quizzes
  • Completion of the Term Project

Part 3: Topic Outline/Schedule

UNIT I: Context 

Assignment Week 1): Read the online Chapter 1 about the Definition of Rhetoric, complete the ungraded REVIEW exercise, listen to the lecture, and take the quiz.

Assignment Week 2): Read the online Chapter 2 about the Rhetorical Situation, complete the ungraded REVIEW exercise, listen to the lecture, and take the quiz.
Identify a “cause” for which you will delivery a public speech in accord with Learning Outcome #1.

Assignment Week 3): Read the online Chapter 3 about the Rhetorical Situation, complete the ungraded REVIEW exercise, listen to the lecture, and take the quiz.

UNIT II: Organization

Assignment Week 4): Read the online Chapter 4 about the Means of Persuasion, complete the ungraded REVIEW exercise, listen to the lecture, and take the quiz.

Invent the content of your speech in accord with the proper use of rhetoric in Learning Outcome #2.

Assignment Week 5): Read the online Chapter 5 about the Invention, complete the ungraded REVIEW exercise, listen to the lecture, and take the quiz.

Assignment Week 6): Read the online Chapter 6 about the Introduction, complete the ungraded REVIEW exercise, listen to the lecture, and take the quiz.

Write the beginning of your speech utilizing the artistic Means of Persuasion –pathos, logos, ethos – in accord with Learning Outcome #3,

Assignment Week 7): Read the online Chapter 7 about Arrangement, complete the ungraded REVIEW exercise, listen to the lecture, and take the quiz.

Assignment Week 8): Read the online Chapter 8 about Arrangement, complete the ungraded REVIEW exercise, listen to the lecture, and take the quiz.

Arrange the content of your speech in accord with Learning Outcome #4

UNIT III: Style/Appeals

Assignment Week 9): Read the online Chapter 9 about Style, complete the ungraded REVIEW exercise, listen to the lecture, and take the quiz.

Assignment Week 10): Read the online Chapter 10 about Style, complete the ungraded REVIEW exercise, listen to the lecture, and take the quiz.

Revise your speech using principles of Style in accord with Learning Outcome #5

Assignment Week 11): Read the online Chapter 11 about Style, complete the ungraded REVIEW exercise, listen to the lecture, and take the quiz.

Assignment Week 12): Read the online Chapter 12 about Memory, complete the ungraded REVIEW exercise, listen to the lecture, and take the quiz.

Practice delivery of your speech utilizing principles of Memory in accord with Learning Outcome #6.

Assignment Week 13): Read the online Chapter 13 about Delivery, complete the ungraded REVIEW exercise, listen to the lecture, and take the quiz.

Assignment Week 14): Read the online Chapter 14 about Canons, complete the ungraded REVIEW exercise, listen to the lecture, and take the quiz.

Deliver your speech in a public setting utilizing the 5 canons of rhetoric in accord with Learning Outcome #7.

Assignment Week 15): Read the online Chapter 15 review of General Theory complete the ungraded REVIEW exercise, listen to the lecture, and take the quiz.

Assignment Week 16): Complete the Term Project: Stuff They Don’t Teach You In School: Principles of Persuasion In Salesmanship

Part 4: Grading Policy

Graded Course Activities

The course grade is determined as follows   

 

The course grade is determined as follows

Participation in discussion

10%

Quizzes

Reading, Lectures: REVIEW Exercises

45% (15 x 3pts)

15% (15 x 1pt)

Learning Outcomes: Speech Prep

14%(7goals x 2pt)

Term Project

16%

TOTAL

100%

 

Late Work Policy: Be sure to pay close attention to deadlines—there will be no make up assignments or quizzes, or late work accepted without a serious and compelling reason and instructor approval.  Your instructor will update the online grades each time a grading session has been complete—typically 2 days following the completion of an activity. You will see a visual indication of new grades posted in Moodle.Your instructor will update the online grades each time a grading session has been complete—typically 2 days following the completion of an activity. You  will see a visual indication of new grades posted in Moodle.

Letter Grade Assignment
Final grades assigned for this course will be based on the percentage of total  points earned and are assigned as follows:

Letter Grade Percentage Performance

Letter Grade

Percentage

Performance

A

93-100%

Excellent Work

A-

90-92%

Nearly Excellent

B+

87-89%

Very Good Work

B

83-86%

Good Work

B-

80-82%

Mostly Good Work

C+

77-79%

Above Average Work

C

73-76%

Average Work

C-

70-72%

Mostly Average Work

D+

67-69%

Below Average Work

D

60-66%

Poor Work

F

0-59%

Failing Work

Part 5: Course Policies

Participate

Instructor will be using a tracking tool, discussions, chat sessions, and group  work, to monitor your participation in the course.

Build Rapport

If you find that you have any trouble keeping up with assignments or  other aspects of the course, make sure you let your instructor know as early  as possible. As you will find, building rapport and effective relationships are  key to becoming an effective professional. Make sure that you are proactive in  informing your instructor when difficulties arise during the semester so that  they can help you find a solution.

Complete Assignments

  •  Assignments must be submitted by the given deadline or special  permission must be requested from instructor before the due date. Extensions  will not be given beyond the next assignment except under extreme  circumstances.
  • All discussion assignments must be completed by the assignment due  date and time. Late or missing discussion assignments will affect the student’s  grade.

Understand When You May Drop This Course

It is the student’s responsibility to understand when they need to   consider disenrolling from a course. After this period, a serious and    compelling reason is required to drop from the course.

Incomplete Policy

 Under emergency/special circumstances, students may petition for an   incomplete grade. Inform Your Instructor of Any Accommodations Needed 

 Commit to Integrity

  As a student in this course (and at this Academy) you are expected to   maintain high degrees of professionalism, commitment to active learning and   participation in this class and also integrity in your behavior in and out of the  classroom.

Academic Dishonesty Policy

Academic dishonesty includes such things as cheating, inventing false information or citations, plagiarism and helping someone else commit an act  of academic dishonesty. It usually involves an attempt by a student to show  possession of a level of knowledge or skill that he/she does not possess.

Course instructors have the initial responsibility for detecting and dealing with academic dishonesty. Instructors who believe that an act of academic dishonesty has occurred are obligated to discuss the matter with the  student(s) involved. Instructors should possess reasonable evidence of academic dishonesty. However, if circumstances prevent consultation with student(s), instructors may take whatever action (subject to student appeal) they deem appropriate.

Instructors who are convinced by the evidence that a student is guilty of academic dishonesty shall assign an appropriate academic penalty. If the instructors believe that the academic dishonesty reflects on the student’s academic performance or the academic integrity in a course, the student’s grade should be adversely affected. Suggested guidelines for appropriate actions are: an oral reprimand in cases where there is reasonable doubt that the student knew his/her action constituted academic dishonesty; a failing grade on the particular paper, project or examination where the act of dishonesty was unpremeditated, or where there were significant mitigating circumstances; a failing grade in the course where the dishonesty was premeditated or planned. The instructors will file incident reports with the Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs and for Student Affairs or their designees. These reports shall include a description of the alleged incident of academic dishonesty, any relevant documentation, and any recommendations for action that he/she deems appropriate.