Three exams: 60%
Four short essays (two pages in length): 30%
Discussion Board participation: 10%
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.
There is no penalty for missing class, but the reading quizzes cannot be made up. So basically, those quizzes are an incentive to attend class and be prepared.
This class is writing intensive. Not only is 30% 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 catalog, 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.
Plagiarism is rampant in composition classes, usually due to "copying and pasting" from the internet.
Plagiarism is one of the most serious examples of academic dishonesty; consequently, it will not be tolerated.
The following is the penalty of plagiarism: The student will earn a "zero" for that particular assignment, and he or she will not be able to replace that essay with a "re-write."
If a student commits plagiarism twice in the same semester, he or she will earn an F for that semester's grade.