Grades will be based on:
|Participation in Class Discussions (not just attendance, but genuine, courteous, and substantive contributions to discussion and peer review of fellow-students' writing)||10%|
|Staged readings and associated notes (cumulative average)||10%|
|Writing Assignments (cumulative average: 4 assignments @ 10%)||40%|
|First in-class examination||10%|
|Second in-class examination||10%|
Attendance and other policies
Active discussion in class and creative, cooperative collaboration on presentations are important components of this course. If you are absent, not only do you have to find out at second hand what the class does, but your colleagues including me lose your contribution to our learning. If you must miss class, please let me know as far in advance as possible. Legitimate absences should be documented in writing. (Appointments with Loyola personnel should be possible to schedule for times other than when a class for which you are registered meets.)
Peer review of Writing Assignments not only gives you feedback with which you can improve your work in revision, but also valuable experience at constructive collaboration and irreplaceable insight into what makes writing work effectively. On these days especially, it is imperative that you be in class, on time, with your writing assignment printed up and ready to go.
Exams can be rescheduled only for truly dire and documented reasons. They will involve short-answer and essay questions. Bring pens that donít smear on the days when these exams are scheduled. Write legibly and spell correctly. Thanks!
Any practice of academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, obstructing the work of other students, etc.) perpetrated in this course will result in failure of the coures. Do not do it. If you think there is any ambiguity about whether a practice might conceivably stray into the realm of academic dishonesty, discuss it fully with your instructor, and do not do it unless she explicitly clears it as completely legitimate. Loyola University requires that "all instances of academic dishonesty must be reported to the chairperson of the department involved," who may be obliged to pursue more severe penalties. See the section on Academic Integrity in the Undergraduate Studies Catalog (pp. 13-15 of the printed version).
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