MTWR 8-10 AM
Except for first week, which will be TWRF 8-10 AM
Homework and quizzes 20
Writing assignments 40
Final Grammar Test 20
Final Essay Exam 20
A = 100-90%; B = 89-80%; C = 79-70%; D = 69-60%; F = 59-0%.
All in-class work must be written on standard white lined paper in pen. All outside class work must be typed, printed, and submitted according to current MLA requirements.
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.
All assigned work will be due on dates assigned at the beginning of the class. I do not accept late work.
If you have more than 6 absences (the equivalent of 3 weeks of class), excused or not, you fail the class. Please note, however, that this is not an invitation to miss 3 weeks of class—class time will provide the instruction you need to meet the objectives of this course and to learn how to develop as a writer. When you miss class meetings, you miss out on the instruction for which you pay tuition. In the unfortunate event that you accrue 7 or more absences before the last day to withdraw, you have the responsibility of withdrawing from the class. Please don’t feel you have to explain or justify any absences to me; I respect your privacy, but you must accept the consequences. If you miss class, you miss any writing assignment or group work done during that period, and you miss any announcements regarding future assignments. Notify me in advance if you will not be able to make class; you may leave an email message. If you must miss class on a due date for an assignment, email it as an attachment or it will lose points. Consider it your responsibility to be here, prepared for class, or you will not do as well as you wish, nor gain as much as you could.
Dropping this course can only be done the week preceding the university’s official drop date. You may drop the course with a grade of W if at that time you have not exceeded the number of absences allowed in the course and if reducing your course load does not affect your enrollment at MSU.
Cell phones must be turned off. Vibrating cell phones are a disturbance and will not be tolerated. If a student is caught using an electronic device during a test, that student will receive a 0 on that test. Any behavior that disturbs the learning environment will not be tolerated. I will give a warning once that a particular behavior is disruptive to the class. If that conduct continues, an instructor drop will be initiated.