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Academic Integrity   

In each assignment, I am looking for evidence of thoughtful engagement and reflection on course readings, lectures, workshops and discussions. I cannot stress enough the significance of giving credit where credit is due -- ALWAYS. 


Students are expected to cite any resources that they use in the construction of any turned-in work. Print sources as well as electronic media must be cited. Any work submitted for evaluation must either be original work or cited work. Plagiarism is absolutely unacceptable. The University's policies and procedures regarding academic dishonesty as stated in the JCU Graduate Bulletin will be adhered to.



Each assignment is assessed using a unique rubric designed for that assignment. I use the universities 4 point grading scale included below. The following table indicates the weighted value for each assignment:




Research Report




Writing Circle







The following formula is used to calculate grade point averages (GPA) for this course:




JCU Grading Scale

A   :   Outstanding scholarship. 4 quality points.

A-  :   3.7 quality points.

B+ :   3.3 quality points.

B   :   Superior work. 3 quality points.

B-  :   2.7 quality points.

C+ :   2.3 quality points.

C   :   Average. 2 quality points.

C-  :   1.7 quality points.

D+ :   1.3 quality points.

D   :    Lowest passing quality. 1 quality point.

F   :    Failure. No quality points.



Attendance at every class is required. In the event that you are unable to attend class for a substantive reason, please contact me PRIOR to that class to arrange an excused absence. A pattern of unexcused absences will result in a pattern of reduced FINAL grades. (One grade for each unexcused absence, i.e. from A to B)


Policies on Grading

All assignments are required. I encourage you to discuss your assignments and your grades with me while the course is in progress.


Late Assignments

Submitting assignments after the assigned due date will reduce the grade for that assignment by one letter (i.e. from A to B). However, prior to due dates alternative arrangements can be made for late submissions. A final grade of "I" (incomplete) may be awarded upon request and pending approval.



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