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Overall Credit Breakdown:

  • 20% Weekly quizzes
  • 15% Participation in Discussion
  • 20% Midterm Examination
  • 25% Final Examination
  • 20% Paper (details TBA)

Lecture Attendance: Attendance in lectures is required, though attendance will not be taken. This means that you miss lectures at your own risk. No guarantee is given that lecture content will be made available on-line, or that important information about exams and assignments will be given in any place other than lectures. To do well in the class you will need to make notes in class. If you do miss a class, make sure you have a smart friend with good handwriting to borrow notes from.

Discussion Sections: Discussion sections are based largely on discussion of the readings, with some discussion of lecture materials. Discussion questions will be posted at least two days before each discussion section meeting-- you should be prepared to give a reasonable answer to any of these. It is vital that you prepare for it thoroughly and do all the assigned readings. Readings for each week will vary between 50 and 100 pages. Your participation in these sessions (and to a lesser extent in the main meetings) will be used by your associate instructor to set your participation mark. If you make two well informed and relevant contributions to at least half the meetings then you should score very well. These is no need to hog the discussion, and a few quiet meetings will not hurt your score. Exceptional performances may give extra credit. If you feel uncomfortable talking in a group, your AIs will also award credit for meetings during office hours, or (at their discretion) for answers to discussion questions submitted in writing before the section meets.

Quiz Policy: Short written quizzes will be given at the beginning of all discussion section meetings. (Only ten of thirteen will be counted, see Section Attendance below). Material to be tested on quizzes or exams: all material in the assigned readings, plus all material covered in class by the instructor or any guest lecturers. Why we give so many quizzes and exams:
1. Testing makes you keep up with the material; and students who keep up with the material learn it better than those who cram.
2. Testing reinforces your understanding of the material you have an active rather than a passive knowledge of the material.
3. The amount of material you need to learn for any one test is reduced making your study efforts easier.
4. A few poor performances on quizzes (low scores, missed quizzes) can be discounted because we recognize that students do have occasional times when they can not pay full attention to the course (excessively busy with another course, ill, away on job recruitment or family emergencies, etc.);
5. No one quiz or exam counts that much towards the final grade, so a poor performance in one test can be overcome.

Section Attendance: Attendance at discussion section is compulsory. However, we will only count 10 of the 13 quiz scores. Thus if students miss three or fewer quizzes for reasons of illness or religious observance, makeup quizzes will not be given. If a student misses more than three quizzes for reasons of illness or religious observance and can provide written documentation of their reasons, makeups will be given for the number in excess of three that are excused misses. For any student who has taken more than ten quizzes, the ten highest grades will be counted. Likewise, if more than three sections are missed, the participation credit will be reduced proportionally.

Exams: For the Midterm and Final examinations, students may request accommodation for religious observance by submitting a form to the instructor at least two weeks in advance of the examination. The form can be found at http://www.indiana.edu/~deanfac/download/holidayreq.pdf

Technology: The on-line syllabus, discussion group and announcement features of Oncourse will not be used. Visit this site instead for updates on readings and for the weekly discussion questions. However, the on-line grade book will be used. Use regular email to contact the instructors.


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