Course Policies

Below is a list of the course policies you should be aware of – for a complete copy of the syllabus/calendar, please look at WRIT 368X in Blackboard:

Learning Objectives Related to the Touchstone Program

I am applying for this course to count in the technology category of the Touchstone program:

Information Platforms: understand how computers work; know how to perform basic computer operations

Communication: understand the function of a network; know how, when, and why to use e-mail and the Internet

Presenting Verbal and Visual Information: use technology to produce documents; use technology to create and deliver presentations

Data manipulation: work with programs to enter, manipulate, and query data

Researching: apply research techniques and the Internet; evaluate information obtained by computer; know how to use Dacus library computer resources

Foundations of Technology: know major events, standards, and terminology that have affected the integration of computers into our world and culture; understand (at least in broad terms) how computing has changed and that it will change in the future

Impact of Technology on our Lives, Society, and Culture: understand how computers will affect the ways individuals interact with their world; understand ethics issues involving computing; understand issues concerning the interpenetration of computers into all phases of our lives; understand the roles of citizens in an electronic democracy.

Grade Distribution see Assignment page

Global Learning Initiative

This course participates in the Global Learning Initiative. The global learning components of this course are as follows: 1) students will think about and discuss how to communicate (both online and orally) to diverse audiences and 2) students will understand how changes in technology, career fields, and language have affected the role of the editor. Topics to be covered include editing in global contexts and legal/ethical issues in editing.

Grading Policies

This class will use the plus/minus grading system. In this class, the following numerical equivalents for grades are used: A 94-100; A- 91-93; B+ 88-90; B 84-87; B- 81-83; C+ 78-80; C 74-77; C- 70-73; D+ 68-69; D 64-67; D- 60-63; F 0-59.

Late Paper/Assignment Policy

All work should be submitted on time. You are required to submit all assignments to me on their due dates. Late assignments will not be accepted – even if they are only 10 seconds late.


Students are expected to attend class. An absence for any reason is counted as a class missed. Students may have four unexcused absences. On the fifth absence, the student will receive a grade of “F” for the course. STUDENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYTHING THAT TOOK PLACE IN CLASS DURING THEIR ABSENCE.

Expectations for Classroom Behavior

The class may meet in a computer lab, but students are expected to act responsibly – both with their own technology and with the lab computers. I reserve the right to ask students to leave the classroom if they are being disruptive or if they continually use the computers for nonacademic activities. Remember that part of the final grade for undergraduate students is participation!