OFFICE: BRIDGES 359B
class meets MWF 12:30 pm in BR 357
|Description: Practical skills in the analysis
and construction of written
arguments. Everyday sources are scrutinized for their evidential support
of claims made (e.g., editorials, newspaper articles, advertisements.)
Special attention is directed at longer arguments that defend or
criticize multiculturalism. Grading is based on exams and quizzes.
Except for the final exam, the exams are take-home and open book, open
notes. Quizzes are in
class; they are very short and focused, with no use of books or notes.
The course counts for 3 credits of Liberal Studies Division E and Dragon
Core Area 2.
Required Texts: Bring the book to class every day.
Course goals for Dragon Core Area 2:
Grading: Possible point total: 200 points
First take-home exam: 40 points
Late work will not receive credit without prior authorization. There is no "make-up" work if you miss something unless you have an official university activity creating a time conflict. So if you are not going to submit something when it is due, it is your responsibility to talk to me before it is due and to work out alternative arrangements, such as an extension on a due date.
Your final letter grade is determined on a percentile basis of points earned out of the total points possible. "Plus" and "minus" grades are assigned to students at the high and low ends of these point ranges.
175 or more points: A range
Notice that you can submit as much work as you wish (or don't wish, as the case may be!), depending on the grade that satisfies you. Your grade for the course is computed on points, not on attendance or trying hard or whatever. Notice that it is not possible to get an A (175 points) if you miss more than three quizzes. Yet it is possible to get a C or B while skipping entire exams, etc. But I advise you to submit all the assigned work.
Grades are not posted. If you'd like me to
send your final grade to you, email me with a request that I
email your grade when it is computed.
Notice of disability services
Minnesota State University Moorhead is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in education and employment and welcomes students with disabilities. We are prepared to offer you a range of services to accommodate your needs.
However, students must accept responsibility for initiating the request for services.
This can only be done by contacting Greg
Toutges, Coordinator of Disability Services
Read the following assignments before coming to class on the specified day:
Last Updated Aug. 17, 2007