I expect that you will make every effort to attend each class session. We have very little time together, and much of it will be spent helping each other, so when you miss a class you've denied some of your classmates a chance to learn.
That said, I understand that sometimes things intervene and make absences unavoidable. Over the course of the semester you can miss one draft-editing session and two presentations (not your own, obviously!) without penalty, provided you have a good reason for missing class. Serious illness is pretty much a minimum for "good" here, and any rescheduling of a missed presentation is entirely at my discretion. If you must miss a class, please let me know in advance if at all possible. It's a question of respect, both for me and for your fellow students.
Here is how I will weight the several components of the course:
|Literature Review||200 points|
|Research Proposal||200 points|
|Article summary||100 points|
|Abstract exercise||50 points|
|Peer editing groups||200 points|
|Presentations||200 points each|
|Presentation evaluations||150 points|
|Class participation||100 points|
Here is the grading scale I use in all my classes:
|numeric grade||letter grade|
|93.3 - 100||A|
|90.0 - 93.2||A-|
|86.7 - 89.9||B+|
|83.3 - 86.6||B|
|80.0 - 83.2||B-|
|76.7 - 79.9||C+|
|73.3 - 76.6||C|
|70.0 - 73.2||C-|
|66.7 - 69.9||D+|
|63.3 - 66.6||D|
|60.0 - 63.2||D-|
Just to review, this is what the Student Handbook has to say about grades:
Late assignments are very bad. We're on a tight schedule, and you need to stay on top of the assignments. Anything you hand in late disrupts my schedule as well as the schedules of your classmates. Late assignments will be penalized 10% of the full value for each day (or fraction thereof) that they are late. This also applies to assignments that simply aren't up to snuff: if you hand in two hand-scrawled pages and expect that to count as a draft, you are going to be disappointed!
It is important that you do the reading assigned for any given session (see the Syllabus) in advance. Discussion of the material is a critical part of the course, and if you haven't read that day's material, you're depriving yourself and your classmates of your most informed and considered opinion.
Working together is a Good Thing. I encourage you to talk with friends in and out of this course about what you're doing, how effective your writing is, whether the approach you've chosen to take makes sense, whatever. There is no aspect of this course that can't be improved by working with other students on it.
I adhere to the Academic Honesty policy of the College. There is nothing more important to me than personal integrity - not money, not power, not even Science — and I conduct myself and all of my classes in that spirit. If you're not familiar with College policy, you should certainly should be by now!
Per Moravian College policy: "Students who wish to request accommodations in this class for a disability should contact Elaine Mara, assistant director of learning services for academic and disability support, at 1307 Main Street or by calling 610-861-1510. Accommodations cannot be provided until authorization is received from the Academic Support Center."
Our classroom is (as far as I'm aware) accessible to students with impaired mobility. I hope that all of you will avail yourselves of the College's Writing Center as well, as part of your process for improving your written work for the course. However, I am legally required to point out to you that "the Writing Center is located in a building that is not accessible to persons with mobility impairments. If you need the services of the Writing Center, please call 610-861-1392." If you have any questions about this, please don't hesitate to ask me.