Ground Rules for Behavior
I expect students to help me maintain an
atmosphere of fairness, civility, courtesy, and respect for other students
and for the teacher.
Students are expected to attend all classes and to complete all assignments. I begin taking roll officially on the second day of class, so if you join the course on the third day, you will already have accrued one absence. Papers due on an expected absence date must be turned into me in advance. Use your absences for illness, births or deaths, transportation problems, work conflict, community & family responsibilities, university sponsored events of which you are a part, etc. It is essential that students arrive to class on time, and habitual tardiness will not be tolerated. Absences will affect your grade as follows:
Final Grade will be lowered one full letter with three or more absences.
Students with six or more absences will not pass this course.
Three tardies count as one absence.
early (even with permission) counts as a tardy.
Policy on religious observances
Any student who plans to observe a UNM recognized religious holiday that
conflicts with the course schedule or requirements should contact me as
soon as possible to discuss alternative accommodations.
Any apparent scholastic dishonesty (e.g., plagiarism) will be promptly reported to the proper authorities and will result in a grade of F for the course and a letter of reprimand in your file. Any assignment that does not appear to be deliberate plagiarism but fails to include clear record of an essay’s development (pre-writing and revision) or fails to provide appropriate attribution of sources or direct quotation will receive a grade of zero.
commonly defined, plagiarism consists of passing off as one’s own ideas,
words, writings, etc., which belong to another. In accordance with this
definition, you are committing plagiarism if you copy the work of another
person and turn it in as your own, even if you should have permission from
that person. Plagiarism is a serious academic violation that will become
part of your academic record, since I report all instances to the Dean of
You are expected at all times to follow University policies concerning academic integrity. Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in academic and professional matters. The University reserves the right to take disciplinary action including dismissal against any student who is found responsible for academic dishonesty or who otherwise fails to meet the standards. Any student who has been judged to have engaged in academic dishonesty in course work may receive a reduced or failing grade for the work in question and/or for the course.
Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in
quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work done by others;
hindering the academic work of other students; misrepresenting academic or
professional qualifications within or throughout the University; and
nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other
University records. I will be available to discuss any questions or
concerns you may have about academic and professional ethics during office
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|Participation||100 pts. 10%|
|Discussion Leader||150 pts. 15%|
|Team Reading Presentation||200 pts. 20%|
|In-class writing, homework, misc.||150 pts. 15%|
|Research Paper (due end of semester) or UNM Undergraduate & Creativity Symposium presentation||200 pts. 20%|
|Final Oral Presentation of research||200 pts. 20%|
Policy on Late Assignments
Be smart and plan for computer and printer problems by completing your assignments early, not the night before or the day the assignment is due. Late work due to faulty computers/printers or lost work will still result in a late grade. The penalty for late work is deduction of one full letter grade for every day the work is late. This applies to all assignments, including homework. Work is due, unless otherwise announced, at the beginning of class. If work is turned in after roll call, it will be considered late and points will be deducted. Work must be turned in to me in person (do not leave papers with the department secretary, under my office door, or send through email, because they will be tossed). This policy applies to group projects as well.
should not assume that you may "take an incomplete" in this course.
Requests for an incomplete should be addressed to the Undergraduate
Director of English. Your college advising office will be contacted to
verify your reason for requesting a grade of I. Requests will be
considered only if a student has completed 50% of the work in the
will only be discussed in private consultation during office hours
(no earlier than twenty-four hours after an assignment has been returned
to the student). Grades will not be posted over email or over the phone.
I cannot gauge your
level of understanding in the class if you do not participate in class
discussion. Participation is expected, and your level of participation is
reflected in your final grade.
week, someone will be given the responsibility of helping me lead class
discussion. The discussion leader will open class discussion and lead
things along for about 15 minutes. To do this, bring in 2 questions to
pose to the class. These should be higher order questions formulated as a
"how" or a "why" question. Type up your questions and answers and turn
them in to me at the end of class on the day you are assigned to be
Use Hill's questions as the basis for your team presentation. Choose
between 2 or 3 and then prepare to
present the questions and your answers to the class on the day
you are assigned as a team reader. Plan on 15 minutes to present
the questions and your team's answers. Present any dissenting opinions
and alternative answers if your team does not agree with one another.
Remember to answer how and why you came up with your answer(s). Type up
your answers and turn them in to me at the end of class on the day you are
assigned to be team reading presenters.
The final project will take the form of a 10-page (1 pg. for works cited and 9 pp. for your own research and writing) research-based paper applying rhetorical and/or critical analysis to writing that focuses on civic/citizen engagement in one form or another. Feel free to interject your personal experiences with civic engagement if they relate to your research topic.
Another option that can take the place of a final research paper would be your participation in the UNM Undergraduate and Research Symposium. I have included a link to this above. You can write a shorter conference-length paper to present or you can create a poster. If you need help with either of these kinds of presentations, please come see me. If you choose this as your final project, you would need to have your work complete about one month earlier.
No matter what you choose to do, the final research paper or the UNM Undergraduate and Research Symposium presentation, everyone will have to present their work to the class in the final days of the semester.
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