Ongoing student progress in this course is evaluated based on class participation, out-of-class assignments, in-class quizzes, and in- and out-of-class written responses. Letter or number grades may not be provided for all assigned daily work. Each student will participate in a final collective research project and report on a selected theme related to the subject of the course. There will also be a comprehensive final exam covering the goals, vocabulary and subject competencies of the class. Instructor reserves the right to grade any assignment except the collective Project and Exam pass/rewrite/fail (A, Rewrite, or F). If this is ever done, it will be applied to the whole class.

Grades on major graded assignments will be A, B, C, D and F.  There are no "plus" or "minus" grades.


In order to pass, students must complete all required major elements of the course as listed below. Any student failing to submit a completed Wiki with all the assigned Progymnasmata, two Campus Event Reports, a Student Organization Report, or a collective Research Project (including presentation) or failing to sit for the Final Exam will receive a grade of "F" for the course. Any student who will not be able to attend the Final Exam at the scheduled date and time may request to take the exam early.


Grades will be based on the following components:

  • Wiki (Progymnasmata): 20%

  • Public Speaking Activities (2): 5% each  

  • Campus Event Reports (2) 5% each

  • Report on Student Organization 10%  

  • KTEP Listener Reports. 10%

  • Final Collective Research Report: 15% (Written Report 10%, Collective Presentation 5%)

  • UNIV 1301 Survey.  5%  

  • Final Exam: 10%

  • Total: 100%   


Extra Credit is available for certain extra event reports related to the theme of this course, or for certain other special events. Ask instructor for details if interested.  Extra credit may also be offered at the Instructor's option for extraordinary work clearly beyond the level of the course. This type of extra credit is rare, and may not be requested.



Guiding principle for assessment: "Results count." Though "good faith effort" is important in regard to the Instructor's willingness to help you achieve good results, in the grading process, it will not substitute for results. Note:  No “Incomplete” grades are available except in well-documented cases clearly beyond the student’s control.  Missing graded work (or work on which rewrite is requested and not completed) will be graded "zero."



* Students who are on scholarship, who are receiving financial aid, who need to maintain athletic eligibility or who have been placed on academic probation must be aware of the requirements necessary to remain  in good standing with respect to their particular situations.  It is the student’s responsibility to satisfy the course requirements necessary to remain in good standing.   The instructor will not make any special provisions.



ABSENCES:  Attendance is required. If you are unable to attend a class session, please advise the Instructor by e-mail so you may get information on what work you missed. After 3 absences, excused or unexcused, you may be dropped without further notice.  Students are expected to make proper arrangements to attend every class session and to do assignments; family or job obligations, transportation problems or child care difficulties do not excuse absences or missing classwork.


Students with disabilities are expected to adhere to attendance class requirements the same as other students without disabilities. However, for a few students because of the nature of their disability it may preclude them from attending class regularly, the Instructor will discuss with the student needing “absence consideration” the maximum amount of absences he/she can have and still receive credit for the course. .Maximum amount of absences will be determined by the Instructor in consultation with DSSO

EXTENDED TIME ON COURSEWORK:   A student may be eligible for this accommodation if he/she has a substantial limitation:
  • in visual acuity

  • with manual dexterity
  • in reading comprehension
  • or has severe side effects to medication(s)
  • or has a disability that produces frequent or severe flare ups or exacerbations

    • The student should request this accommodation well in advance of coursework deadlines from DSSO and speak with the instructor to make arrangements for flexibility of deadlines.

      Penalties: There is a penalty of one letter grade for each calendar day an assignment is late. Also, a "contempt" penalty of  7 points or more out of 100 (off your final grade) will be deducted from your Participation grade for each incident of non-participation in class, here defined as sleeping or appearing to sleep in class, refusing to respond appropriately to the Instructor, or behavior that is hostile to the educational process or which disrupts the class by demonstrating a clear attitude of contempt for the course, the Instructor, classmates or visitors to the class.   Before a "contempt penalty" is applied, you will be asked in writing to show cause why the penalty should not apply, and will be given five calendar days to respond in writing. This sort of  contempt penalty should be extremely rare.

      Informal grades:  Not all your work will be counted or graded for credit.


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