Meeting Course Expectations

There are a good many activities to complete to be successful in this class and to learn as much as you can. All course activities are intended to engage you in the course content.

My Obligations to You

  1. Be as clear as possible about expectations for success and what they look like.
  2. Come to class prepared each day, having done the reading you were assigned.
  3. Challenge you intellectually, academically, socially and culturally.
  4. Hold you to high standards and expectations, partly personally and partly departmentally determined.
  5. Treat you with the respect you deserve, which is often in corollary to the respect you show me, the class and your classmates.
  6. Return work in a timely manner.

Your Obligations to the Class

  1. Participate at all class sessions and to do all of the assigned work on time. You are responsible for all information presented in class, whether or not you attend.
  2. Be here daily having done, thought about, and written about the reading and having read, thought about and, at times, responded to what your classmates have written.
  3. You are expected to have questions, concerns, and opinions about each assignment. Read material that you find difficult at least two times, if not three.
  4. Because group work is an essential feature of the course, promptness and participation are a must. Because one focus of this course is writing as process, not participating in group work makes your literature review incomplete regardless of the reasons.
  5. Any final draft may be revised if turned in for credit within one week of being returned with a response. Essays learning less than a 'C'/2.0 on the first submission MUST be revised. With essays receiving a "C"/2.0 or greater, revisions are optional but encouraged. Plagiarism and collusion are strictly prohibited in this course as acts of academic dishonesty.
  6. See me before problems arise.

Questions? You Have Questions?

When you have a question about the class or what we went over in class, my first question will be, depending upon which is appropriate, "What does the syllabus say about that?" or "What do your notes say about that?" The first means you may need to check the syllabus. The second means you better take notes, because if you don't, then I’m going to send you to your classmates for an answer. I won't repeat what was already covered. I will do my best to help you understand, if you do your part by paying attention and taking notes.