In this course, you will be expected to
You will be graded on the basis of your performance on quizzes, tests, homework assignments, simulations, and a final examination. We will maintain a pace of roughly one chapter every week and a half in which you will be expected to complete the assigned problems and any other supplemental materials that are provided. Tests will take place upon the completion of each chapter, and are designed to ensure that you have completed the assigned reading and understand the concepts. It is imperative that you keep up with the readings. There will be weekly quizzes, and a Final Exam at the end of the semester.
You will be assigned homework on a weekly basis.
Homework will consist of reading assignments for classroom discussion, writing assignments from the end of chapter Questions for Review (QFR), Problems and Applications (PAA), and Graded Reading Questions (GRQ).
All QFR, PAA, and GRQ assignments will be turned in through the Blackboard system either through the Digital Dropbox or a Discussion Board forum.
Homework assignments will be posted on the website, on Blackboard, and in the classroom as well. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to look on Blackboard in order to keep up with assignments.
EVERY video shown in class will be the subject of a Blackboard Discussion Board Assignment.
All Discussion Board Assignments will require you to post relevant responses to questions posed on a blackboard discussion board within the established deadline. These discussion boards are designed to provoke educational and informative discussion and debate for homework points while utilizing the blackboard system. Posts must be relevant, on-topic, not offensive, and in your own words.
All work is due on the assigned date, and is to be uploaded to the appropriate Discussion Board on the Blackboard site. If you cannot access Blackboard--and ONLY if you cannot access the Blackboard Discussion Board, the completed assignments may be emailed to me or printed out and handed to me directly BY THE ASSIGNED DEADLINE.
All assignments that are not posted on the appropriate Blackboard Discussion Board must be completed in MS Word when sent to me.
You have a full week to complete your assignments, absolutely no late work will accepted except in extreme circumstances; do NOT assume a long weekend means there is no assignment or that you have extra time for the assignment!
And remember that homework will ALWAYS be accepted early!
All of test and quiz scores will be reported to you, and therefore you are responsible for keeping track of your average in this course. You will be given a grade sheet on which to do this at the beginning of each marking period, and you will be expected to have a complete written record of your grades based on returned tests and quizzes. You are expected to keep track of your own grade.
Each week's homework will be counted out of a total of 2 points per assignment; no post, offensive and inappropriate posts, off-topic posts, and late posts will receive a zero.
Approximately once a week the class will be given a quiz concerning points brought up in lectures, reading assignments, or current events. EVERY video shown will be the subject of a quiz as well as a Blackboard Discussion Board Assignment covering the basic themes and topics of the film. Quizzes will be anywhere from 6 to 12 possible points and will be in multiple choice or fill in the blank format.
There are NO makeup quizzes for in-class quizzes ; a missed in-class quiz is NOT counted for the purposes of the semester average.
In-class quizzes will be scored out of 6 - 12 points.
There will be one test per chapter as listed in the schedule. Chapter tests will be given approximately every two to three weeks. Each Chapter Test will consist of 50 multiple choice questions; and each question will count for 1/2 point each.
There will be at least three chapter tests during the semester. Chapter test will take approximate one class period to complete.
We will go over all the questions on every test the following academic day. Chapter tests will be scored out of 25.
ALL tests are to be made up within 2 days of the absence (1 day for the absence and 1 day for the return to school), lengthy absences excepted.
If you are unexcused absent or fail to make up the test by the deadline, the missed test will count as a zero.
The Final Examination will be a mixture of multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions. It will be given during the exam week and will take approximately 3 hours. The Final examination will be cumulative of all the material covered during the semester.
Chapter tests will be counted out of 25 possible points; the Final Examination will be counted as 25% of your final Semester average as per school policy.
There will be at least one simulation or debate during each semester. You will be graded on participation, effort, and success in each of these activities.
Every member of a simulation or debate team MUST be prepared to make and justify decisions for the entire team; absences during simulations will count against your individual score.
Each simulation or debate will be will be scored out of 20 possible points.
|V. RESEARCH PAPER
During the second semester you will be assigned to research and write a position paper on a controversial issue pertaining to either American Government or Economics. This paper will take a balanced approach to both sides of the issue and will contain a well supported opinion on the subject.
Your research paper will be graded on organization, content, creativity, and clarity.
The research paper will be a substantial portion of your second semester grade, and will scored out of 25 possible points.
THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO EXTRA CREDIT IN THIS COURSE!
Your average is simply be the percentage derived from the points you have earned divided by the total points possible over the course of the mid-term and semester marking periods.
All of test and quiz scores will be reported to you, and therefore you are responsible for keeping track of your average in this course. You will be expected to have a complete written record of your grades based on returned tests and quizzes. It is inappropriate to use class time to discuss your average with me or your peers; please schedule an appointment with me or stop by during extra help to discuss your average with me in private.
Remember that you are not just responsible for keeping track of your grade in this course; you are responsible for your actual grade in this course.
YOU EARN YOUR GRADE; YOU OWN YOUR GRADE!