Your grade, which you can track on SmartSite, will be based on the following:
This portion of the grade will be earned for ungraded assignments given during lecture. Attendance is therefore necessary to earn these points. Discussion section attendance is not required. See FAQ.
Test 1: 20%
Test 1, which will cover material from lecture and readings, will consist of multiple-choice and short-answer questions (1-3 sentences). Test date is May 6.
Test 2: 20%
Test 2, which will cover material from lecture and readings, will consist of multiple-choice and short-answer questions (1-3 sentences). It is not (really) cumulative. See the FAQ. Test date is June 3.
Group Project: 35%
You will receive this assignment on May 11. Assignment is due by 9 p.m. on June 6.
If you have a documented disability and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please come to my office (during office hours, or make an appointment) to discuss as soon as possible.
Material Covered in Class
You are responsible for all material covered in class, including announcements, discussions, etc., whether you are in class or not.
Leaving Class Early
Since class periods are longish, we will typically take a 5-minute break about midway through. Please do not take this as an opportunity to leave class early. It hurts morale, and you may lose participation points as well.
Do not use laptops, tablets, or cell/smart phones in class for activities unrelated to the class. A recent study shows that it hinders learning both for the user and those nearby.
Eating in Class
Eating in class is OK if it is done quietly and unobtrusively, e.g., if food is wrapped in crinkly packaging, please unwrap it all at once rather than bit by noisy bit throughout class. Also, please avoid bringing foods with especially strong smells, as they may not be to everyone's liking.
It is a violation of the Code of Academic Conduct to turn in work that is not your own. This includes: turning in the work of another student with your name on it, buying/copying a paper off the Internet, using
the words or ideas of others without proper quotation and citation. In accordance with Regulation 550 of the
Davis Division of the Academic Senate, a grade of "0" will be assigned to examinations or assignments
on which cheating, plagiarism or any other form of academic dishonesty is admitted or determined to
have occurred by proper adjudication. If you have trouble with the class material or have personal issues
that prevent you from doing your work, come talk to me. For more information on plagarism, see "Avoiding Plagarism:
Mastering the Art of Scholarship" from Student Judicial Affairs.