There are three required texts for this class. Bruner can be purchased at the Co-op and the reading packets at University Duplicating Service at the Graduate School of Business, GSB 3.136 (471-8281). All of the required readings will be on Reserve at PCL.

The required texts are:

Bruner, Jerome. (1990). Acts of meaning. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Two volumes of readings.

The course Web site, as well as direct email messages, will be used to inform students of changes in the course schedule, discuss assignments, and so on. Both means can be used by all course participants to communicate with each other, pass along information regarding interesting events and resources, and the like.


The grading system for this class includes the grades of:

A+   Extraordinarily high achievement
A- Excellent
B+ Good
B Satisfactory
B- Barely satisfactory
C+ Unsatisfactory
C Unsatisfactory
C- Unsatisfactory
D Unacceptable
F Unacceptable and failing

Please see the memorandum from former Dean Brooke Sheldon dated August 13, 1991, and the notice in the student orientation packets for explanations of this system.  Students should consult the GSLIS Web site (http://www.gslis.utexas.edu/programs/information.html) and the Graduate School Catalogue (e.g., http://www.utexas.edu/student/registrar/catalogs/grad99-01/ch1/ch1a.html#nature and http://www.utexas.edu/student/registrar/catalogs/grad99-01/ch1/ch1b.html#student) for more on standards of work.  The University of Texas does not use the +/- grading system that we do at GSLIS; UT accepts only full letter grades.  Therefore, for example, a B- and B+ final grade at GSLIS both translate to a final grade of B at the University level.

A grade of B signals acceptable, satisfactory performance in graduate school.  In this class, the grade of A is reserved for students who demonstrate not only a command of the concepts and techniques discussed but also an ability to synthesize and integrate them in a professional manner and communicate them effectively.

The grade of incomplete (X) is reserved for students in extraordinary circumstances and must be negotiated with the instructor before the end of the semester.  See the former Dean's memorandum of August 13, 1991, available from the main GSLIS office.

I use points to evaluate assignments, not letter grades.  Points on any assignment are determined using an arithmetic not a proportional algorithm.  For example, 14/20 points on an assignment does NOT translate to 70% of the credit, or a D.  Instead 14/20 points is very roughly equivalent to a B.   If any student's semester point total > 90 (is equal to or greater than 90), then s/he will have earned an A of some kind.  If the semester point total > 80, then s/he will have earned at least a B of some kind.  Whether these are A+, A, A-, B+, B, or B- depends upon the comparison of point totals for all students.  For example, if a student earns 90 points and the highest point total in the class is 98, the student earns an A-.  If, on the other hand, a student earns 90 points and the highest point total in the class is 91, then the student earns an A.  This system will be further explained throughout the semester.

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