Class Participation and Professionalism Student Participation This course is taught using an "active learning" approach in which students are the primary source of classroom interaction and learning. Thus, student class participation in this course is very important. Active involvement in the class involves regular attendance, professionalism, preparedness, productive participation in discussions, and thoughtful responses to questions. It is, therefore, assumed that you have read the assigned materials and have completed the assigned homework prior to each class meeting. The quality of the learning experience depends on each student’s commitment to the class. In addition to providing a more stimulating learning environment in the classroom, class participation offers you a great opportunity to improve the oral communication skills that are essential for a successful professional career. Minimizing Classroom Distractions Attendance —You should attend the class at the schedule time. To minimize classroom interruptions, I strongly encourage you to arrive on time and to avoid leaving early. I understand there may be instances that arise which require you enter late or leave early. Under these circumstances, please enter and exit as inconspicuously as possible. Please note that I greatly appreciate your efforts to minimize the extent to which your job search interferes with attending class. Laptops, Tablets, and Cell Phones — Past experience has shown the use of laptops, tablets and cell phones in the classroom tends to distract more that enhance learning. (See Washington Post article: ). To this end, the use of laptops, tablets and cell phones during class is prohibited. 1 If you have a compelling reason to check your messages during class, please see me before class so we can agree upon a time during class when you can leave the class to check your messages. One exception is while we are working on an in-class exercise or going over a homework assignment. Students are allowed to use technology to complete these in-class exercises (e.g. perform calculations in Excel or refer to their e-textbook) or refer to their completed assignment, but not allowed to use the technology for other purposes. 14. Time Management Time management is the key to doing well in this class. Good performance in A312 requires a level of conceptual understanding that goes beyond the ability to memorize formulas or techniques. It is difficult to obtain this type of conceptual understanding by cramming for one or two nights before an exam. Thus, for most people, accounting is a subject that requires study on a regular basis. If you live dangerously in this class (i.e., if you don’t stay caught up with the material), you must be prepared to suffer the consequences to your grade.
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