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Applied Communications Syllabus


Applied Communications Syllabus

Tishomingo High School



Teacher:  Mrs. Nikki Northcutt                 



     Welcome to Applied Communications!  I am excited about this school year and know that together we can make this a great year.  The following outlines what you can expect to see and do in my class.



Glencoe Speech Textbook

Teacher Handouts


Course Description

     The objective of this course is to teach students to be effective communicators and listeners.  Speech is the primary way in which human beings communicate with one another. We will provide students with the basic skills needed in a variety of public and daily interactions within society.  Students will develop an understanding of both delivery and proper skills in evaluating public speaking.

     Students will spend time working in the text, reading and completing worksheets, and learning speech vocabulary.  Tests will be given at the end of each completed chapter and at the end of each grading period.  Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the communication process
  • Recognize the audience as an important element in this process
  • Develop the basic fundamentals of speech and non-verbal communication
  • Develop good listening and skills of a focused audience
  • Development of the speech through discussion and proper research
  • Work within a small group setting to solve problems
  • Learn to listen with an open mind and evaluate the delivery and not just the message
  • Recognize propaganda techniques
  • Use the different patterns of organization for various speeches


What you will need everyday

  • Your Textbook
  • A three ring binder (2 inch or larger)
  • Paper
  • Pencils/Pens (Black or Blue)/Erasers
  • Flash drive (optional)


Class Expectations

1.  Respect Others

2.  Work Hard

3.  Be Prepared

Behavior Policy

Step 1: Verb Warning

Step 2:  Principal

Step 3:  Notify Parent

Note:  Depending on the severity of the misconduct, the order of these consequences is subject to change.



     My grading will be done on a simple point system.  If I deem an assignment/test/project as more valuable then it will have more points attached to it.  If an assignment/participation/responsibility is less valuable (but still worthy of completing) then it will have fewer points attached to it.  The student’s average will be calculated off of how many points they earn out of the number of points possible.   You may view your child’s grade at:  If you do not have a current password for the online grade book, please contact Mrs. Cabaniss or Mrs. Hendricks.  Ineligible lists will be generated on Thursdays.  Students listed will be ineligible for all extra-curricular activities until they have a passing grade.

A= 90-100%               B= 80-89%

C= 70-79%                 D= 60-69%

F= 0-59%



     Homework is due the following day at the beginning of the hour unless otherwise specified.  Homework and objectives for each week will be posted on the board in the classroom.


Make-up Work Policy (Excused Absences Only)

     Each student will be allowed the same number of days that they missed to make up any work or tests missed as a result of an excused absence or school activity.  It is the student’s responsibility to ask for any missed work on the day they return.


Late Work Policy

     If completed homework is not turned in the day that it is due, the student may turn it in the next day, but 10%  will be subtracted from the grade.  For work turned in 2 days late, 20%  will be subtracted from the grade.  NO work will be accepted 3 days late.  A grade of “0” will be recorded. 


Cheating and Plagiarism Policy

     Any student suspected of cheating will receive a zero on the assignment with no chance to redo the assignment. 

     Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else’s work, mainly written works, and claiming it as your own.  It is the equivalent of cheating and will not be tolerated.  Any assignment that is plagiarized will receive a zero with no chance to redo the assignment.



“There can be no fairer ambition than to excel in talk.”

                                                -Robert Louis Stevenson









I have read and understand the attached syllabus.  By signing this form, I agree to comply with the policies listed and accept the syllabus for this class.


This is my first homework assignment in Mrs. Northcutt’s class.  If signature page is returned signed, I will receive a 100.  If not returned, I will receive a 0 on my first assignment.



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Student Signature                                                             Date


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Parent Signature