• Tests (2 at 250 points each = 500 points). The tests will cover material in lecture, class discussions and the readings. The tests will not be cumulative, except as explicitly noted in test review.
• Research project (400 points). This project will require you to propose a topic relevant to this course that you wish to learn more about, and design and conduct a study on that topic, Upon approval of your proposal, graduate students will produce a 10-12 page paper suitable for presentation at a regional or national communication convention and undergraduate students will produce a 7-10 page paper suitable for presentation at an undergraduate research conference. Each student will make an in-class research presentation. This assignment will be introduced and described in more detail in class.
• Class contributions (100 points) You are expected to attend class. Beyond mere attendance, though, this is a participatory course. Your productive contributions to class discussions and activities are important. In addition, brief homework assignments beyond the readings will be assigned. This portion of your grade reflects my assessment of your participation in class discussions and activities and brief homework assignments. Each unexcused absence will reduce your grade for this component by 20 points. Six or more unexcused absences will result in a grade of F for the course. All that is required here is that you account for yourself for each class period, as follows: 1) If you know in advance you won’t be able to attend a given class, you should let me know the reason in advance, preferably by e-mail as that provides us with a written record. 2) In emergency situations where you can’t tell me in advance of your absence, it’s your responsibility to account for those absences as soon as possible afterward and in no event more than two weeks afterward. 3) I reserve the right to not excuse an absence if I believe you're abusing the privilege. 4) If you arrive to class after I have taken attendance, it’s your responsibility to see me after class to insure that I have recorded your presence. 5) Leaving class early without permission shall constitute an unexcused absence. 6) Use of a cell phone in class for any purpose without express prior permission from the instructor shall constitute an unexcused absence.VI. Grading Scale: A = 930-1000; A- = 900-929; B+ = 870=899; B = 830-869; B- = 800-829; C+ = 770-799; C = 730-769; C- = 700-729; D+ = 670-699; D = 630-669; D- = 600-629; F = 0-599.
Late or Missing Assignments and Tests: In the
absence of extreme circumstances, written assignments will not
be accepted after the class period in which they are due, and
examinations not taken on the designated date can not be made
up. Failure to turn in an assignment or take a test will
result in a grade of F for the course
VIII. Academic Integrity: You are expected to be familiar with what constitutes academic misconduct in this course and at IPFW, and with what the penalties are for such conduct, as set forth in parts II and III of the IPFW Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct, which is available online at <http://www.ipfw.edu/committees/senate/code/>.
As Professor Carr used to say
on his syllabi, “if caught cheating or plagiarizing, a student
will receive no credit for the assignment and/or an ‘F’ for
the course. Any instances of academic dishonesty will be
reported to the Dean and Vice Chancellor and may result in
expulsion from the University. Most instances of academic
dishonesty result from a combination of the last-minute rush,
poor judgment and a lack of familiarity with academic
propriety. Consult the instructor well in advance of an
assignment due date to clarify your responsibilities.”
A grade of incomplete will only be given in compliance with
IPFW’s policy on incomplete grades as set forth in Section 6.4
of the IPFW Academic Regulations, available online at <http://www.ipfw.edu/committees/senate/regulations/grades.html>
and then only under extraordinary circumstances. If such
circumstances arise, please let me know and we will discuss
whether an incomplete is appropriate.
X. New Student Success Procedures: Beginning Fall 2015 the university instituted new procedures for students who want to withdraw from classes and for students who are on academic probation. All the details can be seen at:<http://users.ipfw.edu/mallini/advnews/success-july2015>
XI. Campus Services:• Services For Students With Disabilities, Walb Student Union 113, 481-6657, <http://www.ipfw.edu/disabilities/>, provides specialized academic support services and other assistance to persons with qualifying disability conditions. You become eligible for those services in this class only after you deliver your SSD Accommodation Letter to me.
• The Writing
provides one-on-one assistance with writing, both in person
and online. There are also links to valuable writing
resources on their web page.
• Centers for
Academic Success and Achievement (CASA), <http://www.ipfw.edu/casa/>,
provides tutoring by appointment and other forms of learning
• Information Technology Services, Kettler Hall 206, 481-6030 <http://www.ipfw.edu/offices/its/help/>, provides student e-mail accounts and web space and administers the student computing labs. Valuable computing help is available on their web site and by telephone.
• The Learning Community, 2041 Reed Road (Cor. State), 424-8852 <http://www.tlckidsfirst.com/>, provides childcare services for students.• A variety of other student services are described on pages 75-83 the 2016-2017 IPFW Student Handbook. You're encouraged to grab a paper copy on campus if you can. Additionally, a PDF is available at
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