Your grades for the semester will be weighted as follows:
|2 Question, 2 Respond, 2 Discuss Postings (5 points each)||30||weekly rotation|
|2 Participatory Learning Contributions (5 points each)||10||your choice|
|Overall participation, including personal statement due Feb 5||15||throughout|
|Memo 1 – Propose Topic||5||see course calendar|
|Memo 2 – 100 year timeline of topic, with references, 3 page minimum||10||“|
|Memo 3 – Annotated bibliography, at least 4 sources||10||“|
|Final Presentation – ½ peer-evaluated, ½ professor/ITF evaluated||10||Last 2 weeks of class|
|Write-up of final research paper||10||See course calendar|
Each assignment will be graded based on a matrix that allocates points for that assignment to aspects of the content and format. At the end of the course, points will be tallied out of 100% to assign a final grade.
Assignments submitted late will lose 1 point per day of lateness. Due dates are non-negotiable except in case of documented excuse (illness, family emergency).
Points out of 100% correspond to the following letter grades:
- IMPORTANT NOTE ON ACADEMIC INTEGRITY:
Cheating and/or plagiarism results in failure of the class – it’s that simple.
Cheating is the attempted or unauthorized use of materials, information, notes, study aids, devices or communication during an academic exercise. Examples include but are not limited to:
• Copying from another student during an examination or allowing another to copy your work
• Unauthorized collaborating on a take home assignment or examination
• Using unauthorized notes during a closed book examination
• Using unauthorized electronic devices during an examination
• Taking an examination for another student
• Asking or allowing another student to take an examination for you
• Changing a corrected exam and returning it for more credit
• Submitting substantial portions of the same paper to two classes without consulting the second instructor
• Preparing answers or writing notes in a blue book (exam booklet) before an examination
• Allowing others to research and write assigned papers including the use of commercial term paper services
Plagiarism includes copying sentences or parts of sentences from any source without citation; “forgetting” to include citations; copying, downloading, extracting or otherwise using internet sources without citation; copying from another student; presenting any one else’s work as your own; or “inadvertently” copying sentences, sentence fragments, paragraphs, pages, from any source. Plagiarism is also reproducing sentences or parts of sentence but substituting synonyms while maintaining syntactical structure, as in the following example:
Original: There is considerable debate in the scientific community as to the sources of global warming.
Plagiarism: There exists substantial disagreement in the scientific field about the causes of global warming.
Not Plagiarism: Scientists are engaged in ongoing disagreement and discussion on the sources of global warming.
I take cheating and plagiarism extremely seriously. If you have any doubts or questions about whether your work might constitute plagiarism, please see me.
In addition, I am required by College policy to submit a report of suspected academic dishonesty to the Office of the Dean of Students. This report becomes part of your permanent file.