Students' grades will be based on their respective performances on the following:
Four essays: 10%, 15%, 20%, and 25%
Daily quizzes: 15%
Final exam: 15%
MLA form is required, as is a hard copy of each essay. Each writing assignment will be preceded by a lengthy prompt. (Drafts will be accepted, but not required.)
Furthermore, 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.
I will take roll, and the student who is excessively absent may be dropped from the course.
I do not deduct points for absences, but daily quizzes cannot be made up; hence they are an incentive to attend class regularly.
Classroom civility has drastically declined in the last few years.
Please resist the urge to monitor your cell phone while in class, and let’s keep the drink and food to a minimum.
Also, while I encourage lively classroom discussion, please make every effort to be respectful with your comments, both to your classmates and your instructor.
Finally, if you have a complaint about the class, you need to bring that complaint to the privacy of my office.
Unfortunately, plagiarism is rampant in college 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 for plagiarised essay: The student will earn a "zero" for that particular assignment.
If a student commits plagiarism twice in the same semester, he or she will earn an F for that semester's grade.