Policies

The management regrets to inform you . . .

General Policy:

  • You simply must bring something to write with everyday as well as the course readings for that day.
  • I will use e-mail to communicate important information about the class. Make sure your Knights email account is working and check it regularly. Please contact me via my gmail wallsphd@gmail.com (rather than via Webcourses) when you need to reach me. I’m usually pretty good at getting back to student’s quickly but I don’t check my work email on the weekend (and you wouldn’t either).
  • Increasingly, I find students using cell phones– particularly smart phones– for useful tasks like taking notes, looking things up online, etc. I’m okay with that, but please refrain from using your phone to be distracted and/or goof off (e.g., texting with friends, surfing Facebook, etc.), and please put your phone on silent and do not take or make calls.
  • Your work in this class is public. Please don’t write things you wish to remain private.
  • All out-of-class work must be typed.
  • I will not accept late assignments for credit unless you discuss problems with me well in advance.
  • If an assignment is lost or missing, you must provide another copy no matter whose fault it is (so keep back ups of everything!).
  • Absences beyond three will severely affect your participation and professionalism grade (as explained below). Four absences may result in a D (60/100). Five absences may result in an F (0/100) points. Be on time. Two tardies equal one absence.
  • Technology breakdowns happen. Be flexible (don’t freak out if Webcourses goes down) and aware (backup your files–try Dropbox–and use anti-virus software) in order to keep our stress level as low as possible.

Respect:

In this course, you will be asked to listen to viewpoints that you may not have considered before or may disagree with.  Because of this, I would appreciate it very much if you would grant your peers the utmost respect, even if something they are saying seems “wrong.”  I will not ask you to believe everything you hear in this class, but I would like you to keep an open mind.  It will be very useful for you to be able to ask yourself why a certain belief might be important to people (yourself included) rather than looking for opportunities to prove or disprove it.  Being able to see something from a variety of viewpoints will serve you well in this class.  If you are unable to see at least two sides of a specific problem, you may not want to address that particular topic for research and argumentation, since there are multiple viewpoints to anything worth investigating.

Respecting each other’s work and ability in this class is especially important, as everyone does not have the same amount of access to and therefore familiarity with technology. We are here to help each other function in our network, not to disrupt that functioning. Negative comments towards others about their technical abilities will not be tolerated.

File Submission Formatting:

Each piece of work you submit for evaluation in this course is submitted electronically. Before you submit your final draft, make sure you have done these things:

Each will be -5 points off your score for that assignment.

  • Each will be -5 points off your score for that assignment.
  • the paper’s file name is in the proper file name format (lastname_1102H_assignment#)
  • papers include proper titles i.e. (not “Assignment #1”), page numbers and author information appropriate to MLA style conventions
  • Later in the course, I will go into why each of these formatting issues matter. Please note WEBCOURSES@UCF is, like many digital writing environments, notoriously tricky meaning it will tell you your work is submitted when it hasn’t been. ALWAYS REFRESH THE WEB PAGE TO CONFIRM WEBCOURSES@UCF HAS ACCEPTED YOUR WORK. If it is not in WEBCOURSES@UCF, you have not submitted it.

Access Services:

So, it turns out I research access so I am very sympathetic to issues of access and ability. That usually isn’t a big deal in classes like this one where timed writing is informal and where you have weeks to accomplish writing tasks. If you have a documented disability that affects your work in this (or any other) class, register with Student Disability Services: Student Resource Center Room 132. Call them, or let me know and I can help you to call them, at (407-823-2371) to make necessary arrangements to ensure you success in this course.

Attendance & Tardies:

Each class is crucial to your success —missing one class equates to missing a half a week of class.  If your circumstances are such that you anticipate missing class (or if you are going to be routinely late), please do yourself a favor and take another section. Please keep in mind this includes “technical difficulties” for our virtual class meetings i.e. if you couldn’t get WEBCOURSES@UCF chat to run from your dorm room it will still count as an absence. Please see Participation and Professionalism assignment for specifics.

Late Work:

Due dates for each assignment, as well as thorough descriptions, will be given to you well in advance.  Make sure you come prepared when each assignment is due.  All late work (including homework that makes a sudden appearance at the end of class) will be returned without a score.
The sole exception is for Long Writing Projects (LWPs). LWPs are marked down 10% for every day they are late.

Electronic Device Policy/Software:

Feel free to bring a laptop or tablet PC to class. Laptops and cell phones: If you have a laptop, bring it to class as often as you can. Of course, there will be times where I’ll ask you to close your laptop and to pay attention to the face to face conversation, and obviously you shouldn’t use a laptop to goof off on Facebook, ESPN.com, etc.

Citation/Documentation Style:

We will be using MLA (Modern Language Association) style citation. Here are a few online resources for this style:

Plagiarism:

As the Council of Writing Program Administrators puts it, “Plagiarism occurs when a writer deliberately passes off another’s words or ideas without acknowledging their source. For example, turning another’s work as your own is plagiarism.” Don’t do this. If you plagiarize in this class, you will likely fail the class and your case may be passed to the university for additional disciplinary action. (Taken from Steve Krause’s blog. See how easy that is?)

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