Course Policies

Be in class. Although it is summer and class meetings include lab time, it is necessary for you to be here every day for the entire class. Many of the activities and assignments are collaborative and their success is dependent upon sharing your knowledge and experience with others. Your ACTIVE participation is a large part of how I view your performance in this course. This means that I expect you to not only read material and complete assignments, but also to engage in discussions and activities with your classmates. If you can't be here, you are responsible for finding out from someone else what you missed and what is due in the next class period.


Your grade is based on class, individual, and group participation in activities and on projects. You will be doing a wide variety of assignments to strengthen your practices in all of these areas. Therefore, every part of this class is important and all assignments, big and small will be included in your final assessment. Because I don't see them as encouraging revision or improvement, I do not grade individual assignments. However, I am happy to talk with you during office hours at anytime in the term about your standing in the course. You will have the opportunity to revise major assignments based on the feedback you receive from me and your classmates. Late papers and projects will result in a lowering of your grade.

Your final grade in the course will be based on the following:

  • your attendance (missing more than 2 classes will negatively effect your grade)
  • your participation in discussions, activities, & group work
  • evidence of timeliness, effort and thoughtfulness in your work

If you want to earn an "A" in this course you will engage in the following:

  • be a voracious explorer of the web, gathering ideas about design, structure, functionality, style, and possibilities.

  • taken responsibility for learning more about software than we can cover in class- since there is no way we can cover everything- and since teaching yourself how to learn software is what will most help you succeed as applications are continually developed and updated.

  • be a generous and enthusiastic collaborator during class, lab, and group activities, sharing your knowledge, techniques, and ideas with others.

  • approach your work and revisions thoughtfully, critically, and in a timely manner. Although the work of this course will be somewhat rushed due to the condensed summer term, I ask that you start your assignments as early as possible so that you have time for reflection and revision.


Academic Integrity
Plagiarism and cheating are serious academic offenses. They are defined by this policy as "knowingly copying another's work or ideas and calling them one's own or not giving proper credit or citation," and this policy covers copying sections or entire papers from printed or electronic sources as well as handing in papers written by students for other classes or purchasing academic papers. Plagiarism and cheating not only are dishonest but cheat you out of learning, the prime reason you are here. If you ever have questions about this issue, please talk with your instructor or consult a coach in the Writing Center


Discrimination and Harassment
MTU complies with all federal and state laws and regulations regarding discrim-
ination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. If you have a disability and need reasonable accommodation for equal access to education and services at MTU, please call Dr. Gloria Melton, Associate Dean of Students (7-2212). For other concern about discrimination, you may contact your advisor, department chair, or the Affirmative Action Office (7-3310).