Assignments & Grading

ASSIGNMENTS

WEEKLY SCHEDULE: You will follow a pretty standard format for the week to help you remember to turn things in on time.  There are three assignments each week (blog posts, blog post comments, and short answers) based on the weekly content.  Assignments will be posted each Monday on WordPress (under the Class Blog). Blog posts should be submitted the following Friday, no later than 11:59 pm EST. Blog post comments and short answers should be submitted the following Sunday, no later than 11:59 pm EST. No late assignments will be accepted.

  • Everyday: Log on to WordPress (WP), watch recorded lectures, read assigned materials, read others’ blog posts, check for announcements, etc.
  • Monday: New schedules/assignments for the week are released under the “Schedule” tab on WP
  • Friday: All blog post assignments are due by 11:59pm EST on WP
  • Sunday: All blog post comments and short answer assignments are due by 11:59pm EST on WP

Weeks 1 through 5 will be as stated above.  Weeks 6 and 7 will be combined, with the assignments posted on Monday, June 22nd and are expected to be submitted no later than 11:59 pm EST on Saturday, June 27th (blog posts) and Wednesday, July 1st (blog post comments and short answers).

No late assignments will be accepted. There is no midterm or final exam for this course, and extra credit is not offered.

***Make sure you categorize all of your post and short answers properly and that you are publishing the post instead of just saving a draft.  I will not hunt to find your posts so that I can grade them!

Blog post (5 points): Every week, students are expected to critically answer a question regarding the respective week’s topic through a blog post on WordPress by Friday. Blog posts should be between 300 and 350 words and points are awarded on a pass/fail basis. If you need help figuring out how to post blogs on WordPress, please check out the following tutorial:  http://www.screencast.com/t/EQ1BFgvI

Blog post comments (2.5 points each = 5 points): Students are expected to critically comment on two student’s blog posts on WordPress by Sunday. Comments should be between 100 and 150 words and points are awarded on a pass/fail basis.

Short answer (20 points): Students are expected to critically answer a question regarding the respective week’s topic through a short answer submission on WordPress.

Answers should be between 500 and 600 words, and points are awarded based on a rubric scale.  Students should cite specific sources from the readings/lectures in their discussions (full references at the end of the text do not count towards the 500-600 word requirement).  Do NOT use direct quotes in your submissions- you must paraphrase ideas without plagiarizing them.  If you have any questions on how to paraphrase, please contact me immediately.

DUE DATES AND SUBMITTING ASSIGNMENTS:  Due dates are not negotiable. All assignments are to be submitted on their specific due date (please refer to the weekly schedule for exact due dates). If you know ahead of time that you are going to be away from a computer when an assignment is due, it is your responsibility to submit it before the due date if you don’t want to be penalized.

Only under extreme (and documented) circumstances will students be allowed to submit assignments after the due date without being penalized.

Why? We’re all adults. Doing things on time is something that will be expected of you in the “real” world (i.e., when you get a job after college). Part of college is developing habits and attitudes towards work that will help you be a better professional: figuring out how to get your work done efficiently and on time is one of those skills. If you need some resources to help you with this, visit MSU’s Learning Resource Center, or contacting your instructor about establishing better study and work habits.

RUBRIC SCALE FOR SHORT ANSWERS

1. Organization and Focus (8 pts): Clear ideas and supporting details, stays on topic and thoroughly answers the question

2. Originality (4 pts): Vivid details and creativity

3. Writer’s Voice (4 pts): Consistent throughout and engaging

4. Freedom from Error (2 pts): Spelling, grammar, punctuation, and usage

5. Citations (2 pts): Examples backed by sources

 

CITATION FORMATTING GUIDELINES

Citations should be used when discussing an idea that is not your own. If you read it somewhere, you must give the author(s) credit. Also, you must paraphrase ideas without plagiarizing them. Use of direct quotes is not permitted.  In-text citations and references in this course should be formatted according to the APA style.  For guidelines, please visit the following websites:  http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/02/ and http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/05/.

In-text citations: In-text citations follow the author(s)/year system, which includes the first author’s last name and year of publication. If there are two authors, use both authors’ last names, followed by the year. If there are more than two authors, use the first author’s last name followed by ‘et al.’ and the year. NEVER rearrange the order of authors in a publication. You can use references as the subject of sentences or cite them at the end of sentences.

Citations as the subject of the sentence:

1. One author = Smith (1995) examined structural inequalities in Mexico City.

2. Two authors = Smith and Casey (1995) examined…

3. Three or more authors = Smith et al. (1995) examined…

Citations at the end of the sentence:

1. One author = History is the product of power and authority (Smith 1995).

2. Two authors = History is the product of power and authority (Smith and Casey 1995).

3. Three or more authors = History is the product of power and authority (Smith et al. 1995).

References: All in-text citations should be listed at the end of assignment. The major components include the name of author(s), year of publication, and article/chapter/book title.  If you are using an article, please also include the journal of publication, volume (issue), and page numbers. If you are using a book, please include the city of publication and the name of the publishing company. Do not include quotation marks, underlines, or italics in this class.

Article reference:

Messer E. 1997. Pluralist Approaches to Human Rights. Journal of Anthropological Research 53(3): 293-317.

Book reference:

Said EW. 1979. Orientalism. Vintage Books: New York.

 

GRADING

4.0 = 100 – 90%

3.5 = 89.9 – 85%

3.0 = 84.9 – 80%

2.5 = 79.9 – 75%

2.0 = 74.9 – 70%

1.5 = 69.9 – 65%

1.0 = 64.9 – 60%

 

Total points: 180 points

Blog posts (5 points per week): 30 points

Blog post comments (5 points per week): 30 points

Short answers (20 points per week): 120 points