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Your grade will be calculated as follows:

Assignment name weight Due Date
comprehend 20% 9-17-2019
apply 20% 10-8-2019
analyze 20% 10-29-2019
synthesize 40% 12-3-2019
These four terms are the learning category. for each of the assignments. Because each of you has different goals and aims, I have opted to use these as the assignment titles. Each of the individual assignment sheets provide a more thorough overview of what we’ll be doing.
  • explain the structure of academic arguments in published scholarship (comprehend)
  • practice writing academic arguments (apply)
  • differentiate between types and kinds of research and knowledge (analysis)
  • design a research project that puts research into action in some defined way (synthesis)
You will note that there is not a specific part of the grade for participation. This is because there is an expectation that you will participate because that is what we do in graduate school. The daily schedule provides information on the things you need to do to be prepared for class that lead up to being able to complete the assignments.


While it takes a little getting used to, I do not grade in the traditional sense. Instead, the focus of our exercises and assignments are building a knowledge and competency in concepts and skills. This sort of learning is iterative and does not necessarily occur just because I mark up an assignment and give you a grade. The learning happens by my reading and analyzing what you’re doing and then adjusting the course to help you meet the course goals and outcomes. In other words, many of the exercises and class discussions build on previous ideas and concepts to try and ensure that you’re picking up the big ideas for the course.

If at some point you have a concern about where “you’re at” in the course, just ask.

You can read more about this in a blog post I wrote. We will most definitely talk about this strategy during the course.

**Information is subject to change based on how the course is progressing.  No changes will be made without adequate discussions as a class.

Grading Scale

A+ (97–100) 4.00 A (94–96.9) 4.00 A– (90–93.9) 3.67
B+ (87–89.9) 3.33 B (84–86.9) 3.00 B– (80–83.9) 2.67
C+ (77–79.9) 2.33 C (74–76.9) 2.00 C– (70–73.9) 1.67
D+ (67–69.9) 1.33 D (64–66.9) 1.00 D– (60–63.9) 0.67


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