Voice and Diction

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2012
Fain Fine Arts Center
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Tuesday & Thursday

5:30 p.m. - 6:50 p.m.

Mrs. Kory D. Dorman (view Profile)


Voice and Diction

Course Objectives

  • To develop an appreciation of the importance of effective speech in the communication process and to grow in understanding that process.
  • To learn to control communication anxiety.
  • To understand the vocal instrument and its correct use.
  • To develop knowledge and understanding of the International Phonetic Alphabet and to apply the IPA to exercises in speech improvement with General American Speech as the model.
  • To grow in the ability to monitor and improve one’s speech habits.

Grading Standards

There will be four written examinations and four in-class presentations.  Periodically, students may be quizzed or asked to submit transcription exercises for grading.  The assignments and point values may change at the instructor’s discretion; however, the students will be notified of any such changes.


Attendance ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   50

Assignments -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 125

Final Transcription …………………………………………………………………………  75

Test I ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 100          

Test II ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 100        

Test III ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 100

Test IV ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 100

Oral Presentation I -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  50

Oral Presentation II ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------100

Oral Presentation III -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------100

Oral Presentation IV -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------100

                                                                                                                        TOTAL = 1000


Final Grade:

            A = 895 – 1000

            B = 795 – 894

            C = 695 – 794

            D = 645 – 594

            F = 0 – 644

Final Exam

05/08/2012 5:30 - 6:50

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

  • All graded assignments should be submitted on or before the deadline.
  • 5 points per class period may be deducted for late assignments, including tests, unless the instructor is notified in advance with an “excused” reason for the absence.
  • If the instructor is notified in advance, but the student fails to complete the assignment immediately upon return, the points may still be deducted.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

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We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

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Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

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Attendance Requirements

  • Attendance at class sessions is expected.  3 points will be deducted for each absence after the first one.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor concerning missed assignments, tests, etc. due to absence from class.

Other Policies

  • Students should keep track of assignments and should take careful notes during lectures.  Keeping up with transcription exercises is imperative to doing well on tests and oral presentations.
  • It is also the student’s responsibility to inform the instructor if extra instruction is needed at any time.  The instructor will not know if a student is struggling unless the student makes the instructor aware.  Do not hesitate to contact the instructor at any time!

Writing Proficiency Requirement

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