Reminder: No synchronous class today!

Remember, we are not logging into Zoom today! Instead, please watch the guest lecture and make your comments as described in the post under “Guest Lectures and Discussion.” Comments will only count towards your grade up until the beginning of the following class (i.e., until 2:30pm on Thursday, 4/8), so make sure you complete them before that time. 

We will meet on Zoom again this coming Thursday (4/8). See you then. 

Dr. M

New grades added

Dear Class, 

I have finished grading for the first half of the semester. You can see your assignment grades from (for homework and papers) by visiting You can see your midterm exam grade and other grades on Blackboard, by going to: Tools—My Grades. 

“Mid-semester Grades” reflect your performance in the class so far. These are based on all available grades up until now. You should receive one of the following letters: 

P: Passing (>65%)

BL: Borderline (55%-65%)

F: Failing (<55%). 

I strongly suggest arranging a meeting with me on Zoom if you received a BL or F. 

Please note that only about 42% of the points available for the semester have been determined so far. This means there is still significant opportunity to change your grade!

I have also added a category to the grade center for class participation. You can see the participation policy in the syllabus. If your participation grade is low, it is usually because you are either not attending class (or in some cases you are coming late) and/or you are not verbally participating in class. Changing these patterns of behavior can significantly increase your score, and in many cases it is still possible to raise this score to 100%!

Please let me know if you have any questions. 

Dr. M

Annotated Bibliography due next Tuesday, 3/23!

Annotated bibliographies are due next Tuesday on before midnight. 

Please remember to upload a few minutes early so that you can check for originality, and resubmit if necessary!

Remember to read the handout explaining the assignment, if you haven’t already. You will be graded on the criteria explained in the handout, so it is worth looking at carefully.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Dr. M

Mid-term Exam next Tuesday, 3/16!!

Our Mid-term Exam is coming up next Tuesday, 3/16!!

The test will be 75 minutes long and will be administered on Blackboard. You should receive an announcement to your email at 2:30pm, when it becomes available. You can also find it under “Content” in Blackboard after 2:30pm. 

The exam is open book and open notes. I recommend that you study carefully for it by filling out the study sheet ahead of time. Most of the questions require understanding concepts, not simply repeating answers from the study sheet. 

Do NOT plagiarize from the internet. Utilizing answers from class materials and lectures is acceptable. Plagiarism from the internet is grounds for a zero score on the test.

You can start it any time within the normal class period (2:30-3:45pm) and will receive a full 75 minutes to take the test. It is possible to pause the test and come back later, but the clock will keep ticking and you only have 75 minutes total to take the test. You will not be able to resume after 3:45pm. 

If you need a special exception you need to contact me. If for some reason you don’t contact me and also don’t take it at the appointed time, you will need a documented excuse (either medical or related to bereavement) for permission to take it at another time.

Don’t forget to download the review sheet and fill it out before the test! And let me know if you have any questions.

Dr. M