SPCH 2333 - Forensics

Course Information
This course is open to all students. Participation includes preparation, practice and class performances. Students will perform various individual events including oral interpretation events (dramatic and humorous interpretation, interpretation of prose or poetry, and duo interpretation) and platform speaking events: (persuasive and informative speaking, impromptu and extemporaneous speaking, after dinner speaking, and communication analysis.) The student will continue with the TCC Forensics Team and travel to regional competitions throughout the year. This course is available for credit to both majors and non-majors.

Instructor:
Dr. Donna Goodwin
Liberal Arts Division
Office 2435
918.595.8443 
donna.goodwin@tulsacc.edu

Course Prerequisite: None

Next Courses in Sequence
SPE 2343 - Forensics Performance Competition 
SPE 2351 - Forensics Competition Practicum

Textbook
"A Practical Handbook for the Actor," 1st edition by Bruder, Cohn, Olnek, Pollack, Previto, Zigler

Catalog Description
SPCH 2333 - Forensics
The class focuses on forensic techniques including facial and vocal expression, characterization and script analysis. Participation includes preparation, practice and class performance. Students will perform various individual events including oral interpretation events (dramatic and humorous interpretation, interpretation of prose and poetry, and duo interpretation) and platform speaking events (persuasive and informative speaking, impromptu and extemporaneous speaking, after dinner speaking, communication analysis and debate). This is available for credit to both majors and non-majors. SPCH 2333 may not be taken in lieu of SPCH 1113.

Course Objectives
The student will be able to:

A. Choose a selection fitting your abilities.
B. Prepare introductions that are informative and creative.
C. Explore the use of voice by varying volume, pitch, and rate to express character and mood.
D. Recognize the effects of facial, body and vocal expression (coloration) on characterization. 
E. Develop character distinctions through voice, stance and focal points.
F. Develop strong characterizations through textual and/or subtextual analysis.
G. Introduce personal business and action into the scene in addition to what the script suggests. 
H. Prepare, practice and perform various events such as: dramatic interpretation (DI), Duo-interpretation (duo), Prose (PR), Poetry (PO), Reader’s Theatre, Extemporaneous Speaking (Exempt), After-dinner Speaking and Informative Speaking (OO).

Course Management
All class members are responsible for meeting the following expectations:

1. Prepare at least two events (DI, OO, Duo, Exempt, PR or PO).
2. Prepare an introduction for each event performed.
3. Perform competitive events for instructor evaluation and critique.
4. Compete in at least three competitions per semester.
5. Provide typed copies of all manuscripts.
6. Assist other classmates with critiques (oral and written).
7. Keep an activity log.

SPCH 2333 Forensics Tentative Schedule
Week 1 Course overview and choose a script or scripts
Week 2 Chapter 1, acting activity
Week 3 Entries due, chapters 1 - 2, acting activity
Monday is call in day for tournament entries. 
Drop day is usually Tuesday at 3 p.m. (without a drop charge).
Week 4 Chapters 2 - 3, acting activity
Cameron University Tournament
Week 5 Entries due on Feb. 15, chapters 3 - 4, acting activity
Week 6 Chapters 4 - 5, acting activity
University of Oklahoma (State Tournament)
Week 7 Entries due on March 1, chapters 5 - 6, acting activity, NFL Tourney
Week 8 Chapters 6 - 7, acting activity
Neosho County Community College
Week 9 Chapters 7 - 8, acting activity
Garden City Community College
Week 10 Chapters 8 - 9, acting activity
Week 11 Chapters 9 - 10, acting activity
Week 12 Chapters 10 - 11, acting activity
Pi Kappa Delta Nationals
Week 13 Chapters 11 - 12, acting activity
Week 14 Chapter 12, acting activity
Week 15 Turn in activity logs, make-up acting activity
Finals Week Comprehensive Final Exam

 

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