ests and exams will be presented online through this web site. Students will take three tests during the course. Additionally, students will take one comprehensive final exam at the end of the course. (See the course calendar.) Tests and the exam are not timed and are open book, open notes.
ur tests and exams are based on the reading we do, on our labs, and on the HyperTextBook materials. The primary objective of the exams is to ensure that you read the text closely and that you master the concepts we will cover in this class.
his term we will discuss several concepts necessary to reading and writing academic argumentation, such as
- the nature of claims,
- the use of definition,
- the kinds of evidence and appeals,
- the nature and use of underlying assumptions,
- the nature of logical fallacy in argumentation,
- the nature and use of manipulative language,
- the use of underlying assumptions as a source of information about the writer,
- the nature of hidden arguments in an essay,
- the nature of inherent contradictions in an essay,
- the use of audience analysis, and
- the difference between necessary and sufficient information when analyzing an argument.
he examinations may consist of true/false, multiple-choice, matching, fill-in-the-blank, short answer, essay, and other questions designed to test your mastery of the concepts listed above and your knowledge of the material we will read for this course.
f a student needs special assistance or provisions for testing or in-class writing, please let me know well in advance of our exams or writing assignments posted on the course calendar.
The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:
RULES OF THE TENNESSEE BOARD OF REGENTS STATE UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM OF TENNESSEE SYSTEMWIDE STUDENT RULES CHAPTER 0240-02-03 STUDENT CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINARY SANCTIONS
Read the document in its entirety here.
1. Standards of Conduct:
- Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.
2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:
- In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.
Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:
- an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
- to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
- or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.
Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.
Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution. Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.
In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.
Other Course Rules:
Students are expected to:
- Participate in all aspects of the course
- Communicate with other students
- Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
- Keep abreast of course announcements
- Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
- Address technical problems immediately:
- Observe course netiquette at all times.