Because a lot of the work in this class is written, I want to make it clear how I grade writing. I believe that part of my responsibility as your professor is to help you develop into a better skilled communicator. This responsibility includes guiding you to better express your ideas and arguments effectively in writing as well as verbally. As such, I hold you and your written work to high standards. Please see my writing guidelines at the end of the syllabus for writing expectations.Please note that if you have excessive writing errors (meaning that I’m having a hard time reading the content because of the errors), I will stop reading your work and assign you a failing grade even if the content is satisfactory. Below is a general idea of my guidelines when grading written work:“A” Work: Students must turn in exemplary work to earn an A. I reserve this grade for students who turn in excellent work, go beyond the minimal requirements, provide thoughtful answers, demonstrate advanced levels of thinking and writing, and avoid typos/grammatical errors in their writing. Your work needs to stand out as superior to the other students’ work to earn an A.
9“B” Work: Students will earn a “B” if they submit above average work that is thoughtful and overall well-written. If I believe you could have pushed yourself more, you will earn at best a B. Strong work with few typos/grammar errors will also earn a B.“C” Work: Average work will earn a C. “C” work meets the minimal requirements for the assignment but does not show advanced levels of thinking or writing or go beyond what was asked of students to do. Any paper not well-written and/or with more than 5 typos/misspellings/grammar issues/sentence structure issues, etc. will earn, at best, a C.“D” Work: D work is below average. The work meets some but not all of the minimal requirements. D work may also be poorly written.“F” Work: F work reflects poor quality or failure to submit an assignment.Please note that your grade for this course will depend on how many points you earn from the course requirements. I reserve the right to reduce your final letter grade by at least one letter for each requirement (exam, discussion board, article abstract and reaction notes, final paper) that you fail to complete on time.Required Work & Point ValuesSyllabus Quiz10 points (in Module 1)Exams (4 @ 80 points each)320 points (1 in each module)Discussion Boards80 points (1 in each module)Article Abstract/Reaction Notes60 points (1 in the first 3 modules, not in Module 4)Final Paper50 points (available all session, due in Module 4)Total points520 points*Graduate students taking the course will complete additional work. Please contact me by the end of the first week of class to discuss these requirements.