Three exams: 45%
Four short essays (two pages in length): 35%
Discussion Board participation: 20%
Each essay must be submitted as an attachment in a Word (not Works) document. The requirements are clearly under the Course Documents section on Course Compass.
By enrolling in this class, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” to all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes.
Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late essays will be penalized one letter grade for each day that the paper is late.
Internet class: No attendance, but you must participate in the Discussion Board.
This class is writing intensive. Not only is 35% of your grade based on essays, but also a significant percentage of your exams are essay questions. And to clarify, by writing, I mean academic writing. On both the essays and tests, you will be expected to formulate an analytical, subjective thesis statement and support it with well organized paragraphs. (By the way, simply regurgitating the plot is NOT being analytical.) If you check your catalogue, you will see that English 1113 and 1123 are prerequisites for this class. So in grading your essays, I will assume that you have learned the basics of those two important classes.
Here’s the problem with an internet class: most of you can’t come to my office for one-on-one help. Although I will post numerous examples of successful Think Pieces, the “distance” aspect of this class makes improving your compositional skills quite difficult. (However, if you submit rough drafts to me, that will like help your writing, as well as reading the recommended Trimble book.)
Many students sign up for internet course thinking that they will be “easier” than a typical lecture course. That will not be the case with this class. I cover the same material, and I require just as much work as a lecture class. You will quickly realize that this class is reading intensive. (However, we are not in class three hours per week either, so that time and more should be devoted to your reading.) Basically, you will need to be disciplined and diligent to keep up the pace.
I am not trying to scare anyone off, but I also want each of you to understand what to expect.
Discussion Board: Instead of an in-class discussion, we will collectively engage in a conversation regarding the texts via a Discussion Board found at CourseCompass.com. This is an opportunity for you to share your thoughts and clarify any questions or misunderstandings that you might have. Unless specified, you are required to post two questions and two answers to each Discussion Board forum. While I don’t like rigid deadlines in an on-line class, because of problems in earlier classes, I must impose a two-week window on each Discussion Board topic. In other words, the week after the assigned topic, I will “cut off” your ability to post to the Discussion Board. Of course, this class participation is 20% of your semester’s grade; plus engaging in our conversation will likely increase your understanding of the assigned texts. So keep up on the Discussion Board.