Expectations of Students' Performance
Students are expected to be involved, creative, and vigorous participants
in class discussions and in the overall conduct of the class. In addition,
students are expected to:
- Attend all class sessions; if a student misses a class, it is his
or her responsibility to arrange with another student to obtain all
notes, handouts, and assignment sheets. The assignments presume that
students are familiar with all material discussed in class.
- Read all material prior to class; students are expected to use the
course readings to
inform their classroom participation and their writing assignments.
Students must learn
to integrate what they read with what they say and write. This last
essential to the development of professional and scholarly expertise.
- Educate themselves and their peers. Successful completion of your
academic program and your participation in professional life depend
upon your willingness to demonstrate initiative, creativity, and responsibility.
Your participation in the professional and personal growth of your colleagues
is essential to their success and your own. Such collegiality is at
the heart of professional practice. Some assignments in this course
are designed explicitly to encourage collaboration.
- Participate in all class discussions.
- Hand in all assignments fully and on time -- late assignments will
not be accepted, leading to failure for the course, except in the particular
circumstances noted below.
- Be responsible with collective property, especially books and other
material on reserve.
- Ask for any explanation and help from the instructor or the Teaching
Assistant, either in class, during office hours, on the telephone, through
email, or in any other appropriate way. Email is especially appropriate
for information questions, but please recall that I do not do email
at home and that I try to stay home two days a week. It may be several
days after you send email before I even see it.
Academic or scholastic dishonesty, such as plagiarism, cheating, or academic
fraud, will not be tolerated and will incur the most severe penalties,
including failure for the course.
If there is any concern about behavior that may be academically dishonest,
please consult the instructor. Students are also encouraged to refer to
the UT General Information Bulletin, Appendix C, Sections 11-304 and 11-802
and the brochure Texas is the Best . . . HONESTLY! (1988) by the Cabinet
of College councils and the Office of the Dean of Students.
ANALYSIS IN READING, WRITING, AND PRESENTING
Students in this class must be analytic in their reading of others' work,
in their own writing, and in their presentations. What follows are suggestions
for developing analytic and critical methods of thinking and communication.
These suggestions are also indications of what you should expect from
the writing and speaking of others:
- First and foremost, maximize clarity -- be clear, but not simplistic
- Remember that writing is a form of thinking, not just a medium to
"display" the results of thinking; make your thinking engaging,
reflective, and clear.
- Provide enough context for your remarks that your audience can understand
them but not so much that your audience's attention or comprehension
- Be specific.
- Avoid jargon, undefined terms, undefined acronyms, colloquialisms,
clichés, and vague language.
- Give examples.
- Be critical, not dismissive, of others' work; be reflective, not cynical.
- Answer the difficult but important "how?," "why?,"
and “so what?” questions.
- Support assertions with evidence.
- Make explicit why the evidence used to support an assertion does
- Identify and explore the specific real-world, practical, social,
and intellectual implications of courses of action.
- Synthesize and internalize existing knowledge without losing your
own critical point of view -- be evaluative.
- Identify the specific criteria against which assessments of others'
work and options for action will be measured.
See the Standards for Written Work and the
assignment descriptions in this syllabus for further explanations and
Also please remember that depth of analysis must always be complemented
by a holistic, integrative understanding of context.