CLST 272-001: Heroes and Classical Epics
Fall Semester 2007
Dr. Jacqueline Long
Policies and Assessment
Grades will be based on:
The "midterm grade" will reflect the weighted average, pro-rated,
of the components completed to date: participation, quizzes, writing
and performances to date, and the first in-class exam.
|Contributions to Class (the value you add to everyone's
learning: thoughtful questions, pertinent answers, insight,
logic, substance, and always courtesy - more than mere
- Penalty for excessive
absences (see below)
-2.5% per absence falling
within the definition of excess (see below)
|Factoidal quizzes (on current reading, usually every 2-3 meetings
or as needed; cumulative average)
|Collaborative performances and associated short essays (insight and
effectiveness at communicating it; cumulative average: performances, 7.5%,
|Examinations (20% each, totaling together)
Attendance and other policies
- Active discussion and collaboration are important components of
this course. Missing class cheats you of the opportunity to enrich
your understanding with the insights of others and to share your
insights and questions with us. It is a matter of respect, but far
more importantly a matter of self-respect.
- If you must miss class, please tell me the reason, as soon as possible
(in advance, if it's a schedulable reason).
- Legitimate absences (serious illness, non-negotiable appointments)
should be documented in writing by the appropriate authority. Appointments
with Loyola personnel should be
scheduled for times other than when a class for which you are registered meets.
- Absences shall be defined as
excessive, as follows:
- Each unexcused absence beyone a total of three absences,
excused or unexcused. That is, excused absences kill your budget of
- Repeated chronic lateness (more than 10 minutes) shall be counted
as partial absences. Nevertheless, it is better to attend even part of
a class, late, than to miss it entirely. Just don't disturb your
- Absences will be totalled over the whole semester.
- Active cooperation on the collaborative presentations is expected
of all students. You owe it to one another as a courtesy, at very
least, to plan together in advance so that all members can participate
fully despite the burdens that everybody's busy schedule inevitably
- All written assignments, including presentation-papers, are due at
the start of the class period for which they are assigned.
- Exams can be rescheduled only for truly dire, documented reasons.
They will involve short-answer and essay questions.
Bring pens that don't smear on the days when these exams are scheduled.
Write legibly and spell correctly. Thanks!
Additional University resources
- Loyola's Learning Assistance Services, on the Web
and in the Sullivan Center for Student Services on the Lakeshore Campus, offers workshops on topics such as study
skills and test taking.
They will also help arrange accommodations for students with disabilities.
- The Tutoring Center
(physically in the Sullivan Center; peer-counselors) and the
Writing Centers (sponsored
by the Department of English: graduate students with expertise in writing pedagogy;
Sullivan Center 245 and on the Water Tower Campus in 25 East Pearson 605) both offer
- Any practice of academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism,
obstructing the work of other students, etc.) perpetrated in this
course will result in failure of the course.
Do not do it.
- For basic principles and definitions, see the subsection on "Academic Integrity" in Loyola's
Academic Standards and Regulations.
Many websites offer fuller information and strategies by which you can keep yourself clear
from plagiarism: for example,
Learning is wholly personal: it only happens if you do it yourself.
Your University record can legitimately certify only what has really happened.
- Loyola University requires that all instances of academic dishonesty must be reported to the
chairperson of the department involved and to the academic Dean of the student's College.
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