Your grade in this course will be determined on the basis of four (4)
evaluations -- three exams and your short term paper project
Each of these course evaluations will be given an equal weight in the
determination of your final course grade. Each of these evaluations
will be based upon a maximum score of 100 points. At the semester's
end, your total point accumulation will be divided by the number 4.
Your final course grade will then be determined by your resultant course
average as follows:
A = Above 92.0
A/B = 88.0 to 91.9
B = 81.0 - 87.9
B/C = 78.0 - 80.9
C = 72.0 - 77.9
D = 64.0 - 71.9
F = Below 64.0
Exam material will be taken from both assigned readings and class
presentations. And while you may anticipate some overlap of class lecture
and discussion materials with readings, there will be a substantial amount of
new materials introduced into the classroom presentations. The practical
impliciation of this is that classroom attendance and participation is absolutely
vital to your prospects of receiving as high a grade as you would like
Exam format will consist of a variety of true/false, multiple-choice, and short
essay questions and you will receive further information about this as the course
SHORT TERM PAPER PROJECTS:
Term paper projects require that you go beyond the assigned readings and the class
lecture notes and explore some topic raised in the class in more depth. Therefore
any topic addressed in this course syllabus is suitable for a term paper project.
However, you are also encouraged to consider doing a term paper project on a topic
-- relavant to the stated objectives of this course -- that has not been addressed
in the course syllabus.
Shortly after the mid-term of the semester -- March 27th -- you
will be required to submit a brief type-written, double-spaced term paper
proposal to Professor Bulk who will be responsible for grading your paper. These
proposals will be graded and will carry over to your term project evaluations. Each
proposal will be graded on a twenty point basis reflecting how well that you have
developed the term paper proposal requirements listed below. Nonetheless you are
encouraged to consult with any of the faculty involved in teh teaching of this
course -- excluding Professor Bulk -- for advice upon how to proceed with
your term project idea.
The term paper proposal requirements are as follows:
The actual term paper projects will be evaluated on the basis of the following considerations:
- Clearly identify your topic in one sentence or less. Your topic must
be expressed in the form of a question that you propose to answer in your
- List your tenative bibliography or at least a few books or professional
journal articles that you will be reading to help develop your term project proposal.
- While this is not a requirement--if you are utilizing any web sites for additional
information to supplement your "tenative bibliography" cited above in number two, you
should list your tenative web site information supplements. [Note: While
there is nothing wrong with utilizing web site information, it should not be
the primary informational basis upon which your term paper project is based.]
- Very briefly state your rationale for selecting this particular topic. In
other words, in a few sentences state why it is that this particular topic is of
interest to you personally.
- How well you have answered the topical question that you selected for yourself in your term project proposal,
- How well you utilized the bibliographic references that you have based your term project report on, and
- How clearly and compelling you have presented your ideas in your paper and within the specified paper length
parameters; namely 5 to 7 typewritten, double-spaced pages.