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ritualistic fashion you choose or keep it carefully preserved as part of your eternal legacy. Your final grade will be calculated according to your scores on all assignments weighted as described in the grading section of this syllabus. Missed assignment will dramatically reduce your grade. My computer does the math and generates a grade based on the numbers without considering other factors. I stand by its decision. Office hours are listed both on this syllabus and on the main page of my website. This schedule is good for the entire semester up to the last day of instruction. I will have office hours during finals but they may be different than those listed. Late or Missed Assignments: If you need to miss a deadline, inform me as soon as you are aware of it. I will accommodate some (but not all) late work. Late writing assignments will be penalized 5% per week unless I have given permission for the late submission. Do not miss the tests. It is very difficult to schedule make-ups and none will be offered once a test is returned to the class.Any missing work at the end of the semester will be assigned the score of 0. Do the math; this can do substantial damage to your grade and/or result in failing the class even if you do well enough on other assignments. University policy F69-24 at states, “Students should attend all meetings of their classes, not only because they are responsible for material discussed therein, but because active participation is frequently essential to insure maximum benefit for all members of the class. Attendance per se shall not be used as a criterion for grading.”
Note that “All students have the right, within a reasonable time, to know their academic scores, to review their grade-dependent work, and to be provided with explanations for the determination of their course grades.” See University Policy F13-1 at for more details. Extra Credit There will be no extra credit assignments in this class. Do well on the scheduled assignments. Workload: SJSU classes are designed such that in order to be successful, it is expected that students will spend a minimum of forty-five hours for each unit of credit (normally three hours per unit per week), including preparing for class, participating in course activities, completing assignments, and so on. More details about student workload can be found in University Policy S12-3 at . Classroom Protocol Note on your electronic devices: Cell phones (smart or otherwise) are taken by yours truly as one of the plagues of the 21st century. While you may choose to remain leashed to everyone you know, chatter, text-message, or twitter incessantly about nothing while life passes you by, use hollow communication as a substitute for your own thoughts, inhibit the elegant flow of life as you blindly stand in every one else’s way oblivious to your surroundings, and continually interrupt the few remaining contexts of silence and/or beauty in the world, you will please render them inoperative during class.