Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30-10:50 AM
Acquire vocabulary skills necessary for college-level coursework
Identify the structural elements of written materials
Practice strategies for note taking and test preparation
Demonstrate ability to think critically
Assignment % of grade
10 Skill building quizzes 50
4 Combined-skills tests 25
Final exam 10
Homework and Class work 10
You must earn a final grade of C/70 or better to pass this course. This course does not use the plus/minus grading system. The following numerical equivalents for grades are used: A=100-90%; B=89-80%; C=79-70%; D=69-60%; and F=59-0%. According to MSU Catalog 2012-2014 page 77, an A indicates excellent work, a B indicates good work, a C indicates satisfactory work, a D indicates passing work, and an F indicates failing work.
You will complete the assigned pages of your textbook, remove them along the perforated edges, and submit them for grading.
All writing assignments (paragraphs) must follow MLA Format. Use notebook paper (not jagged-edged spiral paper) and either a pen or pencil to complete class work, but you must type and print all out-of-class writing assignments.
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 class unless you obtain in advance my and the other instructor's written permission.
Your homework is due at the beginning of class on its assigned date. I do not accept late work. You may take a missed quiz or test in my office (BW 233) during my office hours before the next class meeting. Therefore, make up a missed Tuesday quiz or test the next day, Wednesday; make up a missed Thursday quiz or test on the following Monday (because I have no Friday office hours). Assignments not completed in this time frame earn a 0. Taking a quiz or test the day after it is given results in a 10 point deduction.
You must attend class regularly and arrive on time. I will take roll each class day and enforce the following: 2nd absence--I will refer you to the Academic Success Center. A counselor will contact you to ask if you need help getting to class. 3rd absence--You must come to my office to explain your absences. With my permission you may return to class. 4th absence--I will drop you from the class. You have earned an F.
If you are late to class twice, I will count you absent.
"Authorized Absences" (See MSU Student Bulletin) will not be counted in the total. Such absences, though, do not excuse students from turning in required work on time. Please be aware that instructors may drop students from class rolls for lack of appropriate participation (See MSU Student Bulletin and Student Handbook).
If you miss work for whatever reason, it will be your responsibility to find out what you have missed and how or if it can be made up. Missing work is averaged as a 0. "I wasn't here for this" is not sufficient reason to excuse you from completing required work.
Dropping this course can only be done the week preceeding 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 allowed absences and if reducing your course load does not affect you enrollment at MSU.
If you are enrolled in this course on the basis of required remediation, you will not be permitted to drop the course unless you are enrolled in another developmental course. A student in need of developmental education must be enrolled in developmental education each semester.
The MSU Undergraduate Catalog states "An instructor may drop a student anytime during the semester for excessive absences, for consistently failing to meet class assignments, for an indifferent attitude, or for disruptive conduct." MSU's policy for developmental education requires an instructor to drop a student with an F.
Students who withdraw themselves from the course or who are dropped by the instructor or who do not pass the course with a grade of C/70 or better must repeat the course.
PLAGIARISM: At the least, plagiarism results in a 0 on the assignment; at worst, the consequence is an automatic F for the course. I follow the reporting procedures required by the Dean of Students.
SAFETY: I consider the classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being--regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, I appreciate and encourage diversity of thought, provided you can agree to disagree. It is my expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.
CONTACT: I prefer e-mail contact: firstname.lastname@example.org When writing a message, follow conventions of standard written English. Do not use text-code when you write any professor, and be sure to include a greeting (Mrs. Green) and a signature (Your Name).
ARRIVAL: Be on time. Being late is irresponsible. If extenuating circumstances prevent you from arriving on time, please let me know.
COURTESY: When I am speaking to the class, do not leave your seat or walk in front of me unless you are ill. If you arrive late to class and I have begun teaching, remain outside in the hallway until I invite you into the room. When another student is speaking, listen.
If you need to leave the room, you do not need my permission; simply leave when I or a classmate is not speaking. If you leave the classroom for more than 15 minutes, you are absent. If you begin leaving the classroom daily, you must provide a doctor's note explaining the condition that makes sitting for 1 hour and 15 minutes impossible for you.
Eating is not allowed in the classroom. You may drink from a spill-proof container.