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Brenham · Visual and Performing Arts · Drama - DRAM


Academic Cooperative
DRAM-2389

  • Spring 2014
  • Section SECTION_001 CRN-22419
  • 3 Credits
  • 01/13/2014 to 05/06/2014
  • Modified 01/10/2014

Meeting Times


Each student will schedule a 30 minute block each week with the professor.

Contact Information


Professor: Kevin Patrick

  • Email: [email protected] - use only if you cannot connect with eCampus.blinn.edu email system.
  • Office: Dr. W. W. O'Donnell PAC 110
  • Phone: (979) 830-4422
  • Website: www.blinn.edu/finearts/theatre.html

Please make all contacts regarding this course through the ECAMPUS EMAIL SYSTEM.  It is very helpful to keep all correspondence about the course within the course structure.  

I normally respond quickly to ecampus emails (within hours normally, sometimes after a day if we are very deep in rehearsals or the question requires additional research.)  

I do not respond to voicemails very quickly, if at all.  I find it very difficult to understand messages and phone numbers on the voicemail system.  Please use ECAMPUS EMAIL to correspond with me.

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, Thursday, 10:00 AM to 11:50 AM, O'Donnell #110, Brenham Campus

I normally respond to all distance education course concerns in the evenings or first thing in the morning.

Description


An instructional program designed to integrate on-campus study with practical hands-on work experience. In conjunction with class seminars, the individual student will set specific goals and objectives in the study of drama. Credit: Three semester hours.

Requisites

Prerequisites:

Corequisites:

Core Curriculum Statement


This course is not a core curriculum course.

Outcomes


Develop a personal and shared aesthetic relating to a high production quality.

Acquire skills necessary in the production of live theatre.

Develop an appreciation and understanding of the complex process for the production of live theatre.

Employ the skills necessary in completing a theatrical assignment.

Apply regular and prompt participation within a performance-related course.

Develop a work ethic related to a professional environment.

Acquire the skills necessary to qualify for a entertainment-based career.

Build upon the necessary skills working with others in a professional environment.

Account for the proper work ethic involved in the stagecraft of a live performance.

Materials


No required materials.

Course Requirements


Internet Connection: High Speed Internet Connection

Each student will need a Computer/Software/Internet Connection that will support the virtual classroom  - including TEGRITY (eclips.blinn.edu) which is used for lectures and videos.  It is the ultimate responsibility of the student to ensure these elements are fully functioning – the helpdesk can assist with some technical issues – but there are some elements out of their control (for example, a weak internet signal).  In the event of problems the student has the obligation of (for example) locating a compatible computer. 

 

A great place to start for information about using the online resources for this and other distance education courses at Blinn College can be found at https://www.blinn.edu/online/students/faq.html

File Formats: File Formats

*All work is to be turned in through the digital classroom, online, through eCampus, and not through printed hard copy or email.  Some written assignments require attached documents.  Be sure to read the instructions for every assignment.

*All written assignments that are turned in as attached documents (most short essays, research project, and live theatre experience essay) have specific requirements and procedures. 

  • First, the files must be in a format that I can open
    • The preferred format for submitted documents is Adobe PDF files.  You can generate these by saving your document as a .PDF file, using a PDF printer driver, or using one of the free online converters such as www.primopdf.com.  
    • Another option is a Microsoft Word .DOC or .DOCX file
    • Third option is the .RTF (Rich Text Format, a text-only file format that maintains italics and bold formatting.) 
  • Second, the files must be submitted by a compatible browser
    • The list of compatible browsers is found at the ecampus portal page, and normally if you are not using an approved browser or appropriate settings for privacy and cookies, you receive a popup warning about it. 
    • Other browsers may become acceptable as the eCampus software is upgraded

*If I cannot open and read your assignment, I cannot assess it, and thus cannot give you a grade.  Assignments that I cannot open may receive a ZERO, ZIP, NADA, 0% out of 100%.  I will leave a note with the assignment and/or send you an eCampus email explaining that I was unable to open your assignment and give you a window of opportunity to resubmit.

Resume and Portfolio

Students will develop and present a production resume and portfolio worthy of university or professional job application.

Production Project

Together with the professor, each student will select up to three production projects to complete during the semester.  Proposal, guidelines, rubric, and calendar will be developed together.  Students will present their projects at the end of the semester as part of a portfolio review.  Students will self-reflect on the projects based on the agreed-upon rubric.

Class Participation

This course is for students who want to work independently on production assignments and projects.  A student earns high marks in Class Participation when they come each week to the faculty consultation meeting prepared, with work that shows progress, with an anticipation of the work yet to be completed, and a strong desire to improve and work hard.  A student earns low marks in Class Participation when they skip or are late to the weekly meeting, have little or nothing to show for the previous week, have not considered what work is left to be completed, and are satisfied with mediocrity.

Evaluation


Criteria

100 pts Resume
200 pts Portfolio
100 pts Participation, Attitude, Integrity, Work Ethic
200 pts Project(s) Development
500 pts Project(s) Completion 

Breakdown

Final Grade Determination

>900pts = A; 800-890 pts = B; 700-790 pts = C; 600-690 pts = D; 0-590 pts  = F 

Blinn College Policies


Blinn College policies on civility, class attendance; scholastic integrity; students with disabilities; final grade appeals; and electronic devices as stated in the Blinn College Student Handbook, Faculty Handbook, Blinn College Catalog and specific technical program handbooks. All policies, guidelines and procedures in the Student and Faculty Handbook and the Board and Administrative Policy Manuals are applicable to this course

Civility Statement

Members of the Blinn College community, which includes faculty, staff and students, are expected to act honestly and responsibly in all aspects of campus life. Blinn College holds all members accountable for their actions and words. Therefore, all members should commit themselves to behave in a manner that recognizes personal respect and demonstrates concern for the personal dignity, rights, and freedoms of every member of the College community, including respect for College property and the physical and intellectual property of others.

      Civility Notification Statement. If a student is asked to leave the classroom because of uncivil behavior, the student may not return to that class until he or she arranges a conference with the instructor; it is the student’s responsibility to arrange for this conference. 

      This statement reflects step one in a possible four step process.  The Incivility Protocol is detailed in the Blinn College Student Handbook.

Attendance Policy

The College District believes that class attendance is essential for student success; therefore, students are required to promptly and regularly attend all their classes. A record of attendance will be maintained from the first day of classes and/or the first day the student’s name appears on the roster through final examinations. If a student has one week’s worth of unexcused absences during the semester, he or she will be sent an e-mail by the College District requiring the student to contact his or her instructor and schedule a conference immediately to discuss his/her attendance issues. Should the student accumulate two weeks’ worth of unexcused absences, he or she will be administratively withdrawn from class.

There are four forms of excused absences recognized by the institution:

  1. observance of religious holy days—The student should notify his or her instructor(s) not later than the 15th day of the semester concerning the specific date(s) that the student will be absent for any religious holy day(s);
  2. representing the College District at an official institutional function;
  3. high school dual credit students representing the independent school district at an official institutional function; and
  4. military service.

Other absences may be considered excused at the discretion of the faculty member with appropriate documentation.  A student enrolled in a developmental course is subject to College District-mandated attendance policies. Failure to attend developmental classes shall result in removal from the course as defined by the College District.

It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop a class he or she is no longer attending.  To officially drop a class the student must obtain the class withdrawal form from Enrollment Services, complete the class withdrawal form, secure the required signatures, and return the completed form to Enrollment Services. The last day to drop with a Q is according to the Academic Calendar.

Scholastic Integrity

Blinn College does not tolerate cheating, plagiarism, or any other act of dishonesty with regard to the course in which you are enrolled.  The following text defines the faculty member’s responsibility with regard to the scholastic integrity expectation for this and all courses at Blinn College.

It is the responsibility of faculty members to maintain scholastic integrity at the College District by refusing to tolerate any form of scholastic dishonesty.  Adequate control of test materials, strict supervision during testing, and other preventive measures should be utilized, as necessary, to prevent cheating or plagiarism.  If there is compelling evidence that a student is involved in cheating or plagiarism, the instructor should assume responsibility and address the infraction.  Likewise, any student accused of scholastic dishonesty is entitled to due process as outlined in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).  The Scholastic Integrity Policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook. In a case of scholastic dishonesty, it is critical that written documentation be maintained at each level throughout the process.

Students with Disabilities

Blinn College is dedicated to providing the least restrictive learning environment for all students. Support services for students with documented disabilities are provided on an individual basis, upon request. Requests for services should be made directly to the Office of Special Populations serving the campus of your choice.  For the Bryan campus, the Office of Special Populations (Administration Building) can be reached at (979)209-7251.  The Brenham, Sealy and Schulenburg campuses are served by the Office of Special Populations on the Brenham campus (Administration Building Room 104) and can be reached at (979)830-4157.  Additional information can be found at www.blinn.edu/disability/index.html.

Final Grade Appeal

If a student wishes to appeal a final grade in a course, Blinn College Board Policy FLDB (Local), Course Grade Complaints, outlines the timeline for the appeal and the four steps in the appeal.  This policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook.

Electronic Devices

Cellular telephones and beepers/pagers must be disengaged while the student is in the Blinn College Library or any classroom/lab, unless otherwise instructed. Any noncompliance with this policy shall be addressed in accordance with the College District civility policy (administrative policy).  This information is contained in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).

Course Policies


Attendance

This class makes very, very few exceptions to the excused absence policy recognized by the institution.

The class role is normally taken at the beginning of the class period. A student who is not present when their name is called will be counted absent for that class period. There are no 'tardies'.  Similarly, a student who leaves the class early, before the class period has ended, will be counted absent for that class period.

A student who is late because of a class immediately preceding shall obtain a note from that instructor and produce it upon entering the classroom. If deemed appropriate, the tardy and subsequent absence penalty will be removed.

 

Regarding online assignments and responsibilities: You have typically several weeks to complete the work, and typically six days available to schedule and take an exam. Club or athletic events do not normally remove a student for a full week from classes, and they are almost never unscheduled events. You are responsible for scheduling your work and exhibiting self-discipline if you are going to be absent from campus near any due dates.

Likewise, personal issues including but not limited to automobile malfunctions, computer malfunctions, roommate malfunctions, family malfunctions, and imprisonment are not valid reasons for not completing your work. Why not take the test before you leave town? Why not take those chapter quizzes early?  There are no extensions available for the Final Exam and last day to turn in assignments.

Scholastic Integrity

Students should complete their own work.  Discussion and peer-assistance is encouraged, but the work that you submit must be the result of your own mind, creativity, research, and hands.

The Internet is a valid tool of research, however, be sure to use reliable sources.  It is important that any direct quote from printed material or any web site be cited as a reference source.  The extracted text should be preceded by and should end with quotation marks.  You must also include footnote or end note indicating the origin of the quote within written work, failing to do so characterizes plagiarism. 

During the major exams, students may not use the textbook, notes, music players, mobile devices, or open any webpages other than necessary to complete the examination.  Students who are found researching answers or looking at other webpages during an examination may be charged with scholastic dishonesty.

Students with Disabilities

This class is dedicated to working with all students to facilitate learning and success in this course.  Students who utilize the support services of the Office of Special Populations must follow the guidelines and accomodations procedures.  Students are always responsible for completing assignments by their due dates.  A student seeking additional information or a clarification of lecture content or assignment instructions is responsible for making those requests in a timely manner.  Late work is not accepted.

Schedule


Week One         Meet with professor, discuss projects
Week Two Develop project outlines, discuss rubrics, discuss project scope
Week Three Work on project(s)
Week Four Work on project(s)
Week Five Work on project(s)
Week Six Work on project(s)
Week Seven Work on project(s)
Week Eight Midterm Project Review.  Resume and Preliminary Portfolio review
Week Nine Work on project(s)
Week Ten Work on project(s)
Week Eleven Work on project(s)
Week Twelve Work on project(s)
Week Thirteen Work on project(s)
Week Fourteen Work on project(s)
Week Fifteen Work on project(s)
Final Present final project(s), resume, and portfolio