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Syllabus and Schedule

General Outline

    All assignments are Pass/redo.

    For the sake of points/scores, you obtain the points in the schedule for each assignment you pass.

    You cannot turn in a level's assignments until the previous level has been passed

    ALWAYS work on the next levels even if you are unable to turn them in right away.

  • Level 1: Ant-Science paper
    • 100 points for one attempt
    • Write 500 to 750 words about your thoughts concerning the questioning/doubting of science in the last few years
    • Paragraphs should focus on different science vs. lay arguments.
  • Level 2:Purple Prose
    • 50 points for one attempt
    • Or, 100 points for satisfactory completion
    • Alter the Anti-Science Paper using purple prose
  • Level 3: APA and the purple prose
    • 50 points for one attempt
    • Or, 100 points for satisfactory completion
    • Re-write the Purple Prose paper in APA world-wide English.
  • Level 4: Predatory Journals and conferences
    • 100 points for completion
    • Do the predatory exercises
  • Level 5: Interrogating articles Part I
    • 100 points for completion
    • Scrutinize your article's style
    • Answer 1-15 in the worksheet
  • Level 6: Interrogating articles Part II
    • 100 points for completion
    • Scrutinize your article's style
    • Answer 16-40 in the worksheet
  • Level 7: APA Term paper
    • 100 points for one attempt
    • Or, 200 points for satisfactory completion
    • Crafting your APA to a specific style

800 points possible; the other 200 points are connected with Dr. Petrie's assignments.


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Submitting Assignments

  • You must use Titan email
  • The Contact page has my address.

    Skip to A, below, if you are submitting an assignment.

    Skip to B, below, if you are emailing me a question or concern.

    A. Submitting an Assignment

    1. The ONLY information in the subject line must be the course and section number
      • HSC 3741 ##T
      • Make sure the section number is correct: 01, or 72, etc
    2. You must attach any assignment as a Word document DIRECTLY to the email.
      • Do not use One Drive or Google docs or any other intermediary to send attachments.
      • Submit only one assignment per email.
    3. Do NOT put any information at all in the body of the email.
      • If you have a question or concern, send a separate email, see below.
    4. Properly label the filename of any attached file
      • Use Capitalization as per the following example.
      • Start the file name with your Last Name then add the name of the assignment.
      • Check the course schedule or the top of each Level's page for assignment names.
        • SmithMiniResearch1.docx

    Submitting rewrites of assignments

    • Rewrites must be labeled properly
    • I will be renaming your file names when I send them back to you.
      • STAMPED
      • If I add the word STAMPED, it passed.
      • SmithSTAMPEDMiniResearch1.docx
      • Reviewed
      • If I add the word Reviewed, it needs to be fixed and sent back to me.
      • SmithReviewedMiniResearch1.docx
    • When sending in rewrites to me, follow the above four items and then indicate the assignment is a rewrite in the filename.
    • The second word in the file name must indicate if it's a rewrite.
      • SmithRewriteMiniResearch1.docx
    • If you have a second rewrite (or a third, or a fourth) put that number in the document title.
      • SmithRewrite2MiniResearch1.docx
    • Remove any words I added to your file name.

2. Asking a Question/relaying information via Email

  • Do not put the class name and section number in the subject line.
    • My emails pop to my phone, and I ignore the assignment emails until I grade papers, but I respond quickly to questions. If you use the class name in the subject line, I won't know to read it right away.
  • Put the subject of the question or statement in the subject line.
    • Citing sources
    • My grade at this time
    • Going to miss class
  • In the email, the first sentence must say
    1. what class you are in and
    2. exactly what the problem is or what the point of the email is.

Breaking Email Etiquette

  • I want your emails to me to break typical conventions of emailing. Usually people warm up to a point by being nice or slowly working toward a point.
  • In research, in each paragraph, we state and defend.
  • That's how your question or concerns email should be written: State what the problem is then add to that discussion.
  • However, all email communication with me is considered office hours discussion.
  • Follow all typical decorum for such a context.
  • The EFSC Student Code of Conduct applies to all email communication