Assignments

The key components of this course for which you will earn a grade are as follow below.

By proportion of the final course grade

  • Take-home essay exam #1: 40%
  • Take-home essay exam #2: 40%
  • Take-home essay exam #3: 20%

Schedule of due dates

  • Updated: Take-home essay exam #1, covering sessions 1 through 4: due on Friday, February 17, at 12 noon (12h00), by email to maximilian.forte@concordia.ca. Please attach your paper to your email message, in one of the following file formats: .odt, .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .txt, but no PDFs or any other file format. Please double-check that you have attached your paper before sending your email. This group of papers will also be returned by email.
  • Updated: Take-home essay exam #2, covering sessions 5 through 8: due on Friday, March 24, at 12 noon (12h00), by email to maximilian.forte@concordia.ca. Please attach your paper to your email message, in one of the following file formats: .odt, .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .txt, but no PDFs or any other file format. Do not send a link to retrieve your paper from Google or any other online drive. To be safe, you can also opt to simply copy and paste your essay into the body of your email message. Please double-check that you have attached your paper before sending your email. This group of papers will also be returned by email.
  • Updated: Take-home essay exam #3, covering sessions 9, 10, and 11: due on Thursday, April 13, at 11:00pm (23h00), by email to maximilian.forte@concordia.ca. Please attach your paper to your email message, in one of the following file formats: .odt, .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .txt, but no PDFs or any other file format. Do not send a link to retrieve your paper from Google or any other online drive. To be safe, you can also opt to simply copy and paste your essay into the body of your email message. Please double-check that you have attached your paper before sending your email. This group of papers will also be returned by email.

Guidelines

Updated: For each essay exam, you will receive an assignment sheet at least one week before the essay is due. The due dates above will then become active hyperlinks, which will take you to the given assignment sheet. You will be asked to address a single question. The aim is to make sure you have covered and understood the course lectures and readings, and are able to apply what you learned by addressing a key “problem”. Formatting and other guidelines will be listed on each assignment sheet. Papers will be returned by email, as PDF attachments.

Given that the three essay exams cover different amounts of material, they carry different weight in terms of the final grade. The maximum word limit for the essays also vary as follows:

  • Essay #1: No more than a maximum of 1,500 words.
  • Essay #2: No more than a maximum of 1,500 words.
  • Essay #3: No more than a maximum of 750 words.

No Late Work is Acceptable

Extensions are not taken by students, under any circumstances. An extension can only be granted by the course coordinator, in advance of the due date for an assignment, and only under extreme circumstances.

Otherwise, no late work is accepted in this course. No technical reasons are acceptable for late work, therefore identify alternatives that might be needed to complete and submit an assignment.

Incomplete grades (INC) are not granted in this course, under any circumstances.

Attendance

Every semester there is a minority of students who believe that a course can be taken as if it were a correspondence course, or an online course. Instead, regular attendance at lectures is critical to passing this course, and to avoid unnecessary failures the following policy will be strictly enforced:

In cases where a student is absent for most or all of the classes, the student will receive a failing grade for the course. Also, see the section in the syllabus titled, “How Not to Succeed in this Course”.

Citing Sources

To refer to any ideas, information or quotes that you acquired from the assigned readings, simply end the sentence in which the material appears with a reference in brackets, as follows: (Smith, 92)–where Smith is the surname of the author, and 92 is the page number on which the material appears. Do not formally cite lecture notes. No bibliography is needed, unless you use sources in addition to those assigned–in that case a bibliography should appear at the end of your essay. Do not use footnotes or endnotes.

Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism

First, students are required to read and follow Concordia University’s policies on Academic Integrity. See:
https://www.concordia.ca/students/academic-integrity.html

On plagiarism, you must read:
http://www.concordia.ca/students/academic-integrity/plagiarism.html

ALL OTHER POLICIES governing this course, as well as information on grading, are provided in the course syllabus, which you can download from the Overview page on this site.