Because this is a night class that meets only once a week, one of your challenges will be to keep up with class reading and keep motivated. We will have roughly a chapter each class day to cover, so it is imperative that you keep up with classwork, including any additional assignments that might be due. This should be an interesting class for almost everyone; however, in not keeping up with reading and assignments, you will nevertheless put your final grade in jeopardy.
Since this class is about interpersonal communication and relationships, something which all of you engage in and have, it is expected that you will participate in class discussions.
* COM 252 can be taken to fulfill the Oral Communication Skills Requirement in the University Studies Program (USP is a program designed to provide undergraduate students with a comprehensive liberal arts education). If you have questions about this requirement, contact Dr. Enid Waldhart at 257-1629 or the USP Office at 257-3027.
* While attendance is not required in the strict sense of the word, the successful completion of assignments, quizzes, and exercises will be indirectly based on attendance in that you will have to be in attendance to receive the assignments (some due the following class) or to do the exercises or pop quizzes. Only documented medical emergencies will qualify for make up assignments (like car accidents, hospitalizations, etc., not doctor appointments, vet visits for pets, pre-scheduled vacations, etc.). In addition, class participation grades will be assigned based on your attendance and contribution to class discussions. If you do not attend, you cannot contribute and you won’t get points.
The paper should be free of typographical and grammatical mistakes. Your grade on this assignment is based on the clarity of your writing, the insight you develop, and how clearly you demonstrate your understanding of the material.
For all assignments, WORK THAT MEETS THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS IS CONSIDERED AVERAGE WORK AND WILL RECEIVE A “C” GRADE.
A note on student ethics and plagiarism: We expect that all of the individual assignments you complete for COM 252 (and in all of your other courses) is always your own work. We find, however, that many students are not sure exactly what the "your own work" means. So, please read again the information on plagiarism and cheating from your UK Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook. The sanction or punishment for a student who has either plagiarized or cheated is a minimum of an "E" grade for the entire course, but may involve suspension, dismissal, or expulsion from the University. As your can see, these are extreme measures for academic offenses which we believe are serious. If you have any questions about whether you may be plagiarizing in your work for COM 252, please be sure to contact me well in advance of the due date for your assignment.
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