Attendance is REQUIRED. If you miss more than three sessions you fail this course.

Class starts on time. It is your responsibility (DURING THE BREAK) to make sure I put you on the rolls if you arrive late
3 lates = 1 absence.

All exams, programs, and homework must be completed in order to complete this course, regardless of lateness. Unexcused late course work will lose 10% of its points for each weekday that it is late. Arrangements for "excused lateness" must be made in advance and approved by the instructor.

Grading Policy see below as well

Course grades will be assigned as follows: Grades are assigned on both the technical prowess demonstrated (your understanding of the process or program) and creativity (your unique approach to the problem presented).

A = Excellent work both technically and creatively (of course, You fulfilled the requirements)
B = Excellent technically OR creatively (of course, You fulfilled the requirements)
C = You fulfilled the requirements adequately, average work. good in one area even
D = poor you did not fulfill the requirements of the assignment or course
F you should know… No work was submitted or you did not fulfill the assignment or oyu did not follow the assignment or it is so late that it is no longer relevant.

In a studio course, your final portfolio is equivalent to an exam in this course. I may have a final written or practical exam at the end of the semester.

This is college. It is for adults who want to learn. Sometimes it is hard. Sometimes it is fun. Oftentimes, it is both. Most jobs return what you put into them and if you give this course maximum effort, you will learn and earn a high grade.

Classes begin on time, so be in the classroom at the scheduled hour. Additionally, each class will contain information pertinent to the assignments, and each week builds upon information learned the previous weeks, so, make the commitment to be here for the classroom sessions or do not take the class.

You have a job as a student. That job is to come to class, be attentive, ask questions, keep your mind open to new ideas and fulfill assigned projects on time. Doing your job will assist you in being perceived as a serious student.

In an educational forum, it is always best to inform the professor in advance about problems with correct completion of an assigned project. When understood and anticipated, contingencies can often be handled easily.

All of the assignments must be completed by the date listed on your syllabus, as late work is not accepted in this course.
Lastly, learning is synthesis of ideas. Try to use the ideas presented in this class to your best advantage by putting them together with what you already know to produce high quality work. If you have problems, see me.

You are the one who will determine whether or not this course is a success for you. Take your work here seriously and you will learn things, have fun and enhance your GPA.

Homework assignments must be ready for grading on time.  Every session an assignment is late will count as a grade markdown. If you are absent, I must see your assignment the following class.

All of the work you submit for grading must be your own. You may not download images, annimations, or any other material/graphics/text off of the web. As well, you may not scan material from books or magazines to use in your assignments. Any assignment containing any such material will automatically receive a failing grade. I may request evidence of your creative process - therefore, save and have available any source material that you produced - photographs, sketches, items that you scanned, etc, as well as any intermediate digital files. By doing so, you protect yourself from undue scrutiny.

Papers: do not plagarize your work. The bulk of your papers must be your own words/thoughts. You may quote source material, but this may not comprise more than 20% of your paper. You must provide footnotes and a bibliography if you reference any outside sources. If I catch you plagarizing, you will automatically fail the entire course. I know how to use google.

In Class: No phones (turn it off and PUT IT AWAY!), no e-mailing, no surfing the net, No IMing, no chewing tobacco or dipping.

Grading Standards

Failing grades are given for required work that is not submitted, for incomplete final projects or for examinations that are not taken (without prior notification and approval). Make-up work or completion of missed examinations may only be permitted only with the approval of the instructor and the program director.

The paper adheres to all of the general guidelines of formatting, page-length, and the minimum terms of the assignment.  Written work receiving a “D” grade may be a simple restatement of fact or commonly-held opinion.  These kinds of papers also will tend to put forward obviously contradictory or conflicting points of view.  “D” papers may also have serious organizational and grammatical errors in evidence, which may or may not impede the reader’s ability to understand the author’s point.

These are average projects/papers.  They will demonstrate some success in engaging with the assigned readings or material.  The projects/paper will show that the student can identify and work with key terms and passages in a text and apply them to ideas and examples found in other texts, or other outside material.  Additionally, the projects/paper will demonstrate effort in the areas of analysis and critical thinking by posing an interesting problem or question.  Typical of a “C/C+” paper, however, is that the original problem or question, once asked, does not move the paper forward.  Often, there is no real solution given, or there is a variety of possible solutions put forward without a clear sense of where the author’s commitment lies. “C/C+” papers may also have significant organizational, grammatical and/or editorial errors in evidence.  These errors may periodically impede the reader’s ability to understand the author’s point, or may lead to a paper that seems repetitive or circular.

These are very good papers. The “B/B+” paper does everything a “C/C+” paper does, but offers a sustained and meaningful structure to a critical endeavor that is more complex than a paper at the “C/C+” level.  What also distinguishes a “B/B+” paper is the author’s ability to offer a unique insight, to ask questions of primary or secondary source material, and/or to set up a debate between texts or points of view.  The author’s point of view is clear and an argument is sustained fairly consistently throughout the paper.  “B/B+” papers are logically organized, and also respond to the assignment in thoughtful and distinctive ways.  Although minor grammatical and editorial errors may be present, they are under control and do not impede meaning or clarity in the paper.

These are exceptionally good papers that go above and beyond the expectations and requirements set forth in the assignment.  They demonstrate substantial effort and achievement in the areas of critical thinking and scholarship. They also demonstrate considerable interpretive connections between concrete ideas or textual moments, a high level of analysis, and flexibility of argument.  The argument or point of view that is offered is consistent throughout the paper, and governs the use and interpretation of all examples, and primary and/or secondary source material.  “A” papers are very well organized, and are free of grammatical and editorial errors.

Given these criteria, the majority of papers in your class can be expected to fall in the “C” to “B+” range.   Although minus grades are not included here, you may, of course, assign them at your discretion.  Generally, minus grades are used in those cases where a student has fallen just short of achieving all the elements characterizing a paper in a particular grade range.

A grade of I (Incomplete), signifying a temporary deferment of a regular grade, may be assigned when coursework has been delayed at the end of the semester for unavoidable and legitimate reasons. Incomplete grades are given only with the written approval of the instructor and the program director. The Request for an Incomplete Grade form must be filled out by the student and instructor prior to the end of the semester.

For undergraduate students, if a grade of incomplete is approved, outstanding work must be submitted by the seventh week of the following Fall semester (for Spring and Summer courses) or by the seventh week of the following Spring semester (for Fall courses). Otherwise, a grade of I will automatically convert to a permanent unofficial withdrawal (WF) after a period of four weeks. For graduate students, the maximum deadline for completion of an incomplete is one year though a shorter period may be imposed at the discretion of the instructor.

Divisional, Program and Class Policies [You should include the following headings with the recommended text. In addition, you should include any other policies you may have.]

Students are responsible for all assignments, even if they are absent.  Late projects/papers, failure to complete the readings assigned for class discussion, and lack of preparedness for in-class discussions and presentations will jeopardize your successful completion of this course. 

Class participation is an essential part of class and includes: keeping up with reading, contributing meaningfully to class discussions, active participation in group work, and coming to class regularly and on time. 

Faculty members may fail any student who is absent for a significant portion of class time. A significant portion of class time is defined as three absences for classes that meet once per week and four absences for classes that meet two or more times per week. Lateness or early departure from class may also translate into one full absence.

Use of Blackboard may be an important resource for this class. Students should check it for announcements before coming to class each week.  

In rare instances, I may be delayed arriving to class.  If I have not arrived by the time class is scheduled to start, you must wait a minimum of thirty minutes for my arrival.  In the event that I will miss class entirely, a sign will be posted at the classroom indicating your assignment for the next class meeting.

Academic Integrity
“Plagiarism and cheating of any kind in the course of academic work will not be tolerated.  Academic honesty includes accurate use of quotations, as well as appropriate and explicit citation of sources in instances of paraphrasing and describing ideas, or reporting on research findings or any aspect of the work of others (including that of instructors and other students).  These standards of academic honesty and citation of sources apply to all forms of academic work (examinations, essays, theses, computer work, art and design work, oral presentations, and other projects).”

It is the responsibility of students to learn the procedures specific to their discipline for correctly and appropriately differentiating their own work from that of others.  Compromising your academic integrity may lead to serious consequences, including (but not limited to) one or more of the following: failure of the assignment, failure of the course, academic warning, disciplinary probation, suspension from the university, or dismissal from the university. 

Guidelines for Written Assignments
Plagiarism is the use of another person's words or ideas in any academic work using books, journals, internet postings, or other student papers without proper acknowledgment. For further information on proper acknowledgment and plagiarism, including expectations for paraphrasing source material and proper forms of citation in research and writing, students should consult the Chicago Manual of Style (cf. Turabian, 6th edition).

Students must receive prior permission from instructors to submit the same or substantially overlapping material for two different assignments.  Submission of the same work for two assignments without the prior permission of instructors is plagiarism.

Guidelines for Studio Assignments
Work from other visual sources may be imitated or incorporated into studio work if the fact of imitation or incorporation and the identity of the original source are properly acknowledged. There must be no intent to deceive; the work must make clear that it emulates or comments on the source as a source. Referencing a style or concept in otherwise original work does not constitute plagiarism. The originality of studio work that presents itself as “in the manner of” or as playing with “variations on” a particular source should be evaluated by the individual faculty member in the context of a critique.

Incorporating ready-made materials into studio work as in a collage, synthesized photograph or paste-up is not plagiarism in the educational context. In the commercial world, however, such appropriation is prohibited by copyright laws and may result in legal consequences.

Student Disability Services
In keeping with the University’s policy of providing equal access for students with disabilities, any student with a disability who needs academic accommodations is welcome to meet with me privately.  All conversations will be kept confidential.