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A. Class Participation
Active class participation is one of the most essential parts of a valuable learning experience. The material covered in this course is particularly enhanced when students share their own thoughts and perspectives, rather than just listening to the professor lecture. This is an upper division, seminar-style course for which class participation is required. I will regularly call on students throughout the course to discuss previously learned concepts, the assigned reading and cases. Your ability to show that you have read the material, have paid attention in previous classes, and are actively learning to apply the material will be reflected in your participation grade.
Class participation accounts for 5% of your final grade. Good class participation involves 1) attending class regularly; 2) coming to class having read the assigned material and being prepared to be called on and participate in a class discussion of that material;
3) voluntary, thoughtful, and respectful contribution to class discussions.
Receiving the full number of participation points requires more than just attending class—you must actively participate!
B. WebCT Assignments
Several WebCT assignments will be required throughout the semester. The due dates and specific requirements of these assignments will be discussed prior to the due date. The objective of these assignments is to assess your progress in the course and to give you the opportunity to apply course concepts to real-life fact scenarios.
Three (3) in-class exams will be given. Exams will cover material from the assigned readings, lectures, class discussions, and class presentations up to that point in the course. Any material contained in the assigned readings, whether or not discussed in class, may be tested. Likewise, any material discussed in class, whether or not contained in the assigned readings, may be tested. Make-up exams will not be offered.
WebCT Assignments 10%
Exam I 20%
Exam II 30%
Exam III 35%
Class Participation 5%
Failure to complete any of these assignments will result in a grade of F for the course.
Your grades will be determined on the following scale:
90-100 = A
80-89 = B
70-79 = C
60-69 = D
60-below = F
I reserve the right to lower any student’s final grade, at my discretion, for:
(A) Repeated unpreparedness for class
(B) A negative, rude, or inattentive attitude in class
(C) Repeatedly disrupting the class
(D) Inappropriate class behavior (including cell phone use, texting, sleeping, etc)
(E) Not showing respect for fellow classmates’ questions, opinions, or class presentations
(F) Excessive absences
Students are expected to submit assignments on the due date and late assignments will not be accepted. Unless prior arrangements have been made with the professor, students will not receive any credit for an assignment submitted past the due date. Assignments are due on the date stated regardless of whether a student is in class on that date. If a student must miss class on the day an assignment is due, it is that student’s responsibility to make arrangements to submit the assignment on or prior to the due date.
A. Attendance Policy:
Students are expected to attend all class meetings for this course, following the university attendance policy. Attendance is taken at the beginning of class, and a late student is an absent student. As tardiness is unacceptable in the professional world, it is also not tolerated in my classroom.
Many important announcements are made during class. If you miss a class, you are responsible for contacting one of your classmates to obtain notes, hear announcements, and get class updates. Making up for your absence is not the responsibility of the professor.
Attendance is reflected in your participation grade. This is a course that requires a significant amount of student participation and interaction during class meetings. When you do not attend class, it is impossible for you to participate. More than four (4) absences or late arrivals to class will result in a loss of participation points. The loss of participation points will increase for each additional absence or late arrival. Any student who misses or is late to eight (8) or more classes will lose all participation points for the semester. I reserve the right to fail any student who misses or is late to eight (8) or more classes.