|About | Texts | Assignments | Glossary | Writing Guide | Grading Policy | Links|
I value our time together in the classroom. Do come prepared. Your regular attendance and active participation in class is critical to your success. Therefore, your attendance grade is based on your timely completion of the assigned reading, attendance and active participation in activities in class.
The superior paper (A/A-)
The paper is literately composed (i.e. minimal errors of spelling and grammar) in a scholarly tone and appropriate level of diction (i.e. precise language), has a meaningful title that is connected to its strong and easily identifiable, insightful, sophisticated thesis, which is supported by a sound argument and well-chosen primary and secondary sources and examples. The paper explores a topic that is manageable within the prescribed length and demonstrates its author’s thorough understanding of the primary materials and ability to analyze them from a fresh and exciting perspective. The author anticipates and defuses counter-arguments in a persuasive manner. Further, a superior paper defines key terms in its argument and avoids jargon; its paragraphs have excellent transitions and well-connected mini-thesis.
The Good Paper (B+/B)
The paper contains occasional lapses in spelling, grammar, and diction, has a slightly unclear thesis. Secondary sources and evidence cited do not support all points made. The author acknowledges but does not address counter-arguments. The paper explores a topic that is not well defined and unmanageable, but it does demonstrate its author’s understanding of the primary materials and ability to analyze them. The author’s interpretation of the material in question is hindered by a regurgitation of other critics’ interpretations. A paper in the B+/B category defines key terms, but its argument is clouded by jargon. The paper has a few unclear transitions, or a structure that does not always move the argument forward.
The B- / C+ Paper
The paper has problematic sentence structures and frequent problems in diction and spelling. It does not have a well-defined topic and a strong thesis. The argument is not supported by appropriate evidence, and quotes appear without critical analysis or evident connections to the argument. The paper has unclear transitions, and does not anticipate or address counter-arguments.
The C / C- Paper
The thesis is unidentifiable. The paper suffers from major problems in sentence structure, grammar, spelling, and diction. It uses very few and weak examples, and does not demonstrate a clear understanding of the primary and secondary materials. Transitions are confusing, and the structure does not move the argument forward. The paper contains unnecessary plot summaries or character sketches, and restates obvious points or other critics’ interpretations.
Dishonesty of any kind will not be tolerated in this course. Dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarizing, fabricating information or citations, facilitating acts of academic dishonesty by others, having unauthorized possession of exams, submitting work of another person or work previously used without informing the instructor, or tampering with the academic work of others. Students who are found to be dishonest will receive academic sanctions and will be reported to the University’s Judicial Affairs office for possible further disciplinary sanctions. See the College policy at: http://www.la.psu.edu/undergrad/integrity/studentpolicy/collegepolicy.htm.
You are expected to complete the course by the official end date of the course. Deferred Grade, an option reserved for extremely unusual circumstances, is "intended to provide extra time for a student to complete the work required for a course, if the student is unavoidably prevented from finishing the work as scheduled."
Read the Grades section of the University Faculty Senate website carefully: http://www.psu.edu/ufs/policies/
The University establishes a date by which work for Deferred Grade must be completed, or else it will automatically turn into an F.
The University Faculty Senate policies for students (48-40) states: "If, for reasons beyond the student's control, a student is prevented from completing a course within the prescribed time, the grade in that course may be deferred with the concurrence of the instructor. Permission for filing a deferred grade should be requested by the student before the beginning of the final examination period. [...] The period during which a grade may be deferred shall not extend, without further approval of the dean of the college, the director of the Division of Undergraduate Studies, or the executive officer of the Commonwealth College location concerned, beyond the end of the sixth week of the next semester in which the University is in session. A deferred grade that is not changed to a passing grade by the instructor before the end of this period automatically becomes an F."
Copyright © 2008-2009 by Alexander C.Y. Huang. All rights reserved.