Standards for Homework
For all homework assignments that are required to be turned in there are
four rules. First, an assignment must be turned in no later than at the
beginning of class the day it is due, unless the student is absent that
day, in which case the assignment must be turned in no later than at the
start of class the day the student returns from being absent. Second, if
the completed assignment includes multiple pages, these must be stapled
or paper-clipped together. Third, a descriptive title, author name(s),
and date must appear in two or three lines centered at the top of the
first (or solitary) page. Fourth, all written work that is submitted
should be typed, using appropriate word and symbol processing software.
Lines of text must be single spaced, though mathematical formulas may be
displayed with standard display spacing.
Most assigned homework problems are practice problems. These are
problems that are to be done or at least attempted before the next class
session but are not ordinarily required to be turned in. For every
student it is important to practice solving these problems, because
similar problems will appear on exams.
Attendance Policy
Class attendance is required. If a student is absent from a class
session or a consecutive sequence of class sessions, then that student
is required to type up and turn in a one page or two page paper that
explains as efficiently as possible, how to solve the practice problems,
if any, that were assigned the last class session the student attended
before the absence. Solutions to specific problems should be included,
and these solutions should be presented in full sentences.
This work is due at the beginning of the first class session the
student attends after the absence, and turning in the assignment is the
student's responsibility. If work on said problems is turned in and
meets or exceeds the quality standards set by the instructor, then the
student's absence will be excused, except that in some cases, such as
as when few or no practice problems were assigned, the instructor may
assign additional work as a condition of being excused. Unexcused
absences are likely to lead to a lower grade at the end of the semester.
A paper based on a set of assigned practice problems should be typed
in full sentences. If there are any even numbered problems in the set,
answers to some or all of them should be included. Tables, lists of
answers, and graphics displays that do not obtrude are allowed but must
be accounted for, in full sentences, so that a reader will understand
readily where they came from and how entries in lists and tables were
obtained. In courses numbered below 207, mathematical formulas, tables,
and graphics displays may be hand drawn.
Grade Transmittal
The instructor will not compute overall grades for individual students
while the semester is in progress, though this information may be
available through software supported by the University, such as D2L. No
information about grades or exam scores will be transmitted by email by
the instructor at any time during or after the semester.