|Jenny Zimmerman -- Assistant Director -- Academic Resource Center|
9:25-10:40am, STN 162
Successful completion of FYS 101.
Antigone by Sophocles
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Katie Geneva Cannon Readings
African Fractals: Modern Computing and Indigenous Design by Ron Eglash
Fist Stick Knife Gun by Geoffrey Canada
Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver
Class activities are designed to provide you the opportunity to
¨ practice critical thinking in the reading of texts and in the meaningful examination of other experiences (e.g. viewing images, listening to music, etc.)
¨ become comfortable and confident in the art of intellectual interpretation
¨ write effective and grammatically correct essays that convey coherent theses, supporting arguments, and conclusions
¨ learn to participate courteously in broad-ranging class discussions and to develop good listening and speaking skills
¨ experiment with becoming your own true self within an academic community
Mercer recognizes honesty and integrity as being necessary to the academic function of the University. Upon enrolling at Mercer each student automatically subscribes to the Honor Code. A violation of the Mercer Honor Code involves cheating, plagiarism, academic negligence or dishonesty. Avoid any and all questionable practices.
Students with a documented disability must inform the instructor at the close of the first class meeting. The instructor will refer the student to the Student Support Services (SSS) office for consultation regarding evaluation, documentation of the disability, and a recommendation for accommodation, if needed. Students will receive from SSS the Faculty Accommodation Form. On this form SSS will identify reasonable accommodations for this class. The form must be given to the course instructor for signature and then returned to SSS.
Cellular Phone and Pager Use
Out of courtesy for all those participating in the learning experience, turn off all cell phones and pagers before entering any classroom, lab, or formal academic or performance event.
Electronic Submission of Assignments
Students bear sole responsibility for ensuring that papers or assignments submitted electronically to the instructor are received in a timely manner and in the electronic format(s) specified by the instructor. Students are therefore obliged to have their email client issue a receipt verifying that the document has been received. Students are also strongly advised to retain a copy of the dated submission on a separate disk. Faculty members are encouraged, but not required, to acknowledge receipt of the assignment. Many electronic assignments will be posted to this course’s web pages (accessible from the instructor’s home web page at http://faculty.mercer.edu/zimmerman_jj), and students may confirm for themselves whether or not their assignments have been received by the instructor.
¨ You will be assigned 1 research paper 8-10 pages in length and 4 essays each to be 4-6 pages in length (1 inch margins, 12 point Times New Roman font). No late papers will be accepted (i.e. you will receive a 0). You may choose 1 essay (not the research paper) grade to drop from your final average provided you complete all 4 essays on time. Otherwise, your final evaluation will be based on all 4 essay grades. You will receive 0 points for any "F" paper.
¨ Attendance is essential. Absences will be recorded and will be included (negatively) in the computation of your final grade. You will receive an "F" for your final course grade if you have more than 5 absences.
¨ Reading and writing assignments will be due for each class, and most daily writing assignments will be posted to the class website. Such postings are required reading prior to each class meeting.
¨ Participation is essential. Adequate participation is defined as frequent and active contributions to discussion that:
ü demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the reading and writing assignments
ü help the class come to an understanding of the content of the course
Please speak to your instructor whenever you are concerned about your participation in class. Your final evaluation may be lowered by up to one letter grade if your participation is inadequate.
¨ Daily assignments will consist in argument notes, participation questions, pop quizzes, writing exercises, journal entries, and group presentations. You will earn 100 points for every satisfactory daily assignment that gets posted to the class website on time. On time but unsatisfactory daily assignments may be resubmitted for partial credit; otherwise, you will earn 0 points for late or unsatisfactory assignments.
¨ In-class essay exams or group projects will be assigned for the mid-term and/or final.
¨ A total of 16 FYS enrichment hours must be logged and reported on throughout the semester. Each event requires a 400-word essay or Enrichment Form providing a thoughtful evaluation of your experience. Only reports deemed satisfactory by your instructor will count toward the satisfaction of this requirement. Your grade will be computed by factoring one grade assessment for overall quality of enrichment writing and your percent completion rate. Anyone who satisfactorily documents 14 enrichment hours by April 8, 2004, will be awarded his or her last 2 hours without further documentation.