of the oral skills nature of the course, each student is required to
meet on campus with me. There are four mandatory class meetings as
indicated in the schedule of classes: August 27th, October 8th
November 12th, December 10th in Queen Anne 110.
Once you have entered the Blackboard
online classroom for Speech 109, please explore the various icons that
allow you to read announcements, use the chat room, view the course
calendar, take quizzes, see grades, view and post messages to the
discussion board, use email and consult with other materials placed
there by your instructor.
In the online classroom, click the Tools button to
find a manual explaining the various functionalities of Blackboard.
Please look it over and consult it when you have questions about how to
use the various Blackboard elements. It will be your
responsibility to quickly learn how to navigate the Blackboard
Here is some preliminary information about some of the
Blackboard elements you will be using:
The course is divided into units. Go to the Assignments Button in
Blackboard (BB) to view them. Each unit has Introductory remarks
for the unit; the assignments will be indicating: the reading, the
activity to be completed, the discussion board question/s to be
discussed; the quiz for that unit.
Please know you must budget your time wisely.
Your best strategy will be to plan to start the course
promptly, and meet all the assignment deadlines from the beginning of
the semester. That way if you are sick or have an emergency later
in the semester you will not have a problem.
Reading the text
On-line Activities for each unit of the course
Responding to the instructor's discussion questions, and responding to
fellow students' comments.
Quizzes over each major unit
Written Work: Two papers
Oral Skills Test
Activities conducted during the on-campus meetings
Scheduled, required quizzes are taken on-line and must be
completed during their respective windows of availability. If
taken after the close date, they will not be counted. Quizzes are
normally available to be taken anytime over a week as indicated in the
Quizzes consist of multiple choice questions which are
based on the reading assignments and/or material covered during the
on-campus sessions. Once the last date for taking a units' quiz
has passed, no make up quizzes will be given. Quiz grades
are cumulatively added throughout the semester.
Participation in discussions is required and will be graded. Their
purpose is to stimulate study and discussion of the course material in
each module. I have establish the following guidelines for
participation in discussions:
Students must make at least two kinds of contributions
to each discussion board topic posed by the instructor, i.e., responses
to the instructor's posting and responses to the messages of some of
Points for discussion points are assigned for both
responding to discussion questions from your instructor, and responding
to classmates' comments. To earn full credit for participation , a
student must make contributions prior to the closing date for the forum
as indicated in the Blackboard course calendar.
Oral Family History Interview Paper
Final Research Project
Four on-campus meetings (dates listed above)
Four in-class activities on those evenings
ORAL SKILLS TEST
Completed on the 5th on campus meeting on December 10th.