EMAIL: Official communication to you will often
come through your NMSU e-mail box. Please access it regularly, or
forward email to your current use address, as your success in college may
depend on your ability to respond quickly.
PHONE POLICY: All
cell phones must be turned off during class.
your grade (1000 pts maximum):
- Attendance and in class
participation (25 pts per class; maximum of 300 pts): Regular
attendance is required. Students are expected to be prepared for
class, to contribute to class discussion, activities as session
moderator, group leader, and debate participant. Two kinds of
assignments will be important
- Presentations. Students
will make brief presentations based on assigned readings and analysis
of case studies
- Debates. During the
semester, the class may divide into teams to debate controversial
topics of interest to the students.
- Portfolio assignment: (450 pts; 3
@ 150 pts each) Students
will be asked to prepare a portfolio during the course. The objective
of this assignment is for students to explore their own values and ethics
in the context of scientific issues that are raised by media articles,
TV programs, science classes, lab exercises, research experiences
etc. The portfolio will be comprised of selected class
assignments, some mini-essays and a few "discovery" style essay
letters. Details of the portfolio entries will be posted on the
Portfolio web page and links to the assignments will be available from
the syllabus and assignments schedule tables.
Portfolio due dates:
- Reflective Writing
(60 pts; 6 @ 10 each). In class written assignments.
- Blog Posts (90 pts; 9
@ 10 each) Brief posts to
course blog on specific topics
Exam (100 points).
Open book essay questions
- How to prepare a paper for class discussion. To really appreciate an article or paper, you
will need to read it at least twice. There are many approaches and
with time you will develop your own. Here are some suggested
- Be sure you can restate the keypoints made by the author as she/he has made
them (the first read of the paper). what part of the article
is" factual"? opinion?
- what ethical dilemmas are raised?
- what new insights did you
gain from this paper?
- what points or positions did you disagree
- what arguments or viewpoints did the
- what did you think of the writing style?
- if you had one question you
could ask the author in person, what would it be?
- rank the paper (1) excellent, worth my time
and I gained a lot (2) average paper, some good points but some
weaknesses (3) not a strong paper, wish I had gone
A 90-100 %
B 80-89 %
C 70-79 %
D 60-69 %
F < 60 %
S (Satisfactory) requires a B-
Note: The grade scale may be curved at the end of the semester at the
discretion of the instructor.
Late assignments. 10% of the
total points will be deducted for each week the assignment is late.
Assignments will not be accepted if handed in more than 10 days after the
Attendance: Discussion and debate are essential
components of this class, therefore, students are expected to attend all
classes except for a documented university business, medical emergency
etc. Documentation must be submitted if you are absent and it is best
to inform the instructor in advance if possible if you will need to miss
Students must meet all requirements of the course. A grade of B- is
required to receive an S in an Honors course.
Withdrawals: It is your responsibility to withdraw
from the course. The instructor will not automatically drop you from the
course for failure to attend class or to complete exams or assignments.
Incompletes, academic misconduct,
and make-up work: Incompletes will be given only if a student
has passed the first half of the course (assignments through March 8) and
is precluded from completing the course by a documented illness or family
crisis. Make-ups of assignments for excused absences must be
discussed with the instructor within one week of the due date of the
assignment. There are no provisions for extra credit work. Students
found guilty of academic misconduct, shall be subject to disciplinary
Feb 22: Portfolio 1
Mar 29: Portfolio 2
Apr 26: Portfolio 3
Thursday May 5
3:30-5:30 pm: FINAL EXAM
and/or BACKUP all
assignments before submitting them to the instructor.
of all graded assignments and exams from this course at least until you
have received your final grade.
PLAGIARISM: Students found guilty of plagiarism
have engaged in academic misconduct and shall be subject to disciplinary
action. The penalty for plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct
(as defined in the Student Code of Conduct) is failure of the course: no
exceptions. The current University definition of plagiarism can be found at
. It reads as follows:
using another person’s work without acknowledgment, making it appear to be
one’s own. Any ideas, words, pictures, or other intellectual content
taken from another source must be acknowledged in a citation that gives
credit to the source. This is irrespective of the origin of the material,
including the Internet, other students’ work, unpublished materials, or
oral sources. Intentional and unintentional instances of plagiarism
are considered instances of academic misconduct. It is the responsibility
of the student submitting the work in question to know, understand, and
comply with this policy.If no citation is given,
then borrowing any of the following * would be an example of plagiarism.:
idea or opinion, even when put into one’s own words (paraphrase)
few well-said words, if these are a unique insight
words, even if one changes most of them
assembled by others, for instance quotes or a bibliography
pattern of ideas
pictures, or other illustrations
or part of an existing paper or other resource
* This list is
not meant to include all possible examples of plagiarism.
Even with a citation, failure to put
quotation marks around direct quotations also constitutes plagiarism,
because it implies that the writing is your own. Material
should either be paraphrased or clearly designated as a
quotation. Note that replacing words with synonyms, changing
verb tense or other minor alterations do not qualify as paraphrasing.
GUIDELINES FOR CLASS DISCUSSION: During the
semester, many opinions will be voiced in the class. You may strongly
disagree with some of these, or you may find them amusing. Outbursts can be
misinterpreted or counterproductive to meaningful and thoughtful debate. Therefore,
it is important that you exercise self-discipline and self-control, and
treat all members of the class with the courtesy that you are entitled to
receive in turn. The key words are: respect and courtesy. Please turn off
cell phones and beepers while in class. Thank you!
SYLLABUS MODIFICATION: The instructor
reserves the right to modify this syllabus during the semester as
considered necessary to enhance the quality of the instruction, to meet the
needs of students in the class and to achieve course objectives. Any
changes to the syllabus [or to the course schedule] will be announced in
class and it is the responsibility of the student for being aware of them.
REGISTRATION. If you drop a
class on-line or are told that someone else will drop you, you need to
check and make sure that the class was properly dropped. The same
applies to adding a class.
TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES. ICT Customer Service
Center is equipped to
deal with all of your information technology (IT) and telecommunications
needs at NMSU. Their hours of operation are from 8:00 AM until 5:00
PM Monday through Friday. Please feel free to contact them at
646-1840 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also go
to the Student Technology Help web page and the Student Resource tab on
learn.nmsu.edu for additional information on NMSU Technology
free to call Jerry Nevarez, Director of
Institutional Equity, at 575-646-3635 with any questions you may have about NMSU’s
Non-Discrimination Policy and complaints of discrimination, including
Feel free to call Diana Quintana, Coordinator of Services for Students with
Disabilities, at 575-646-6840 with any questions you may have on student
issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and/or Section
504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. All medical information will
be treated confidentially.
COMPUTER CLUSTER is available for your use
The Honors Director is Dr. William Eamon.
His office is in the Honors building. Ms. Gloria Valencia and Ms.
Yvonne Flores are Honors