Instruction & Evaluation Overview
(Dr. Tony Tremblay, January 2002)
Students are strongly encouraged to read "Required Reading for Students Entering My Classes" for more detailed information on workload, expectations, and evaluation.
In brief, all my classes adhere to roughly these instruction and evaluation principles:
Assignments: The work of my classes consists of regular reading (the reading is extensive but generally not difficult), in-class presentations and handouts, a number of short reading quizzes (unannounced), one or two major papers (1000-1500 words), and a final examination. All papers must be submitted typed or they are not accepted.
Late Policy: I accept late papers only if accompanied by medical excuses (see English Department Policy on Late Assignments). Without medical excuse, papers are docked 10% per day. There are no exceptions to this policy, no matter how practiced your lobbying skills, so please take note early. The essay assignment (Guidelines and Topics) is normally passed out on the first day of classes.
Reading Quizzes: I use unannounced reading quizzes (some people call these "pop quizzes") to encourage students not only to come to class regularly, but to come to class prepared, having read the material before hand. For prepared students, these quizzes amount to easy marks.
Attendance: I consider regular class attendance to be of absolute importance, and I normally circulate a sign-in sheet to encourage it. It has been my consistent experience that those who are not in class regularly often fail my courses or do much poorer than they expect. As McLuhan said, "class is where all the action is." STU (Calendar Section C.2.1.0) and the English Department (Approved 10/99) have complementary policies on attendance. If you miss more than six 50-minute classes (or three 75-minute classes) without medical excuse, I will send a letter to the Registrar requiring you to withdraw from the course.
Concerning Lateness: I come down hard on persistent latecomers, for persistent lateness is disrespectful to the whole class and a waste of everybody's time. After the second time, I take off marks for lateness. I do this because lateness is not benign-it affects everyone!
Class Mark (Participation,
Final Exam: Each of my classes has a final closed-book exam that consists of essay, short-answer, and identification questions. Students are evaluated on their knowledge of the work and reading assigned, as well as the material in student presentations.