PHONE POLICY: All
cell phones must be turned off during class.
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.
your grade (1000 pts maximum) :
class participation: (300 pts) Based on student attendance and contribution to
class discussion, and evidence of preparedness for class.
Students earn 30 points per class for a maximum of 300 pts. STUDENTS
MUST SIGN THE CLASS ROSTER
assignment: (300 pts) Students
will be asked to prepare a professional portfolio showcasing their
achievements, skills, and academic record. Details of the portfolio
entries will be posted on the Portfolio web page.
Study Assignments (400 pts) Miscellaneous
group and individual assignments to enhance professional development
Part 1: Faculty interviews; professional statements; profile on professional
network site; CV/resume; Text assessment
Part 2: Seminar evaluation; Workshop evaluations; professional development
job search; financial aid search; Text
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 submitted more than 7 days after the
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 class.
S/U Option: Students must meet all requirements of the
course. A grade of C is required to receive an S if you requested an
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
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. There are no
make-up assignments. Missed assignments with university 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, may be subject to
XEROX 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 http://www.nmsu.edu/%7Evpsa/SCOC/misconduct.html
. It reads as follows:
using another personís work without acknowledgment, making it appear to be
oneís 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 studentsí 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:
an idea or opinion, even when put into oneís own
a few well-said words, if these are a unique
many words, even if one changes most of them
materials assembled by others, for instance quotes
or a bibliography
a pattern of ideas
graphs, pictures, or other illustrations
all 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
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.
COURSE 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.
EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES. ICT
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
Feel free to call Jerry Nevarez, Director of
Institutional Equity, at 575-646-3635 with any questions you may have about NMSUís
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.
DEPARTMENT HEAD: The Department Head is Dr. John Gustafson
(646-3611). His office is in the Foster 275. Ms. Gloria Valencia and
Ms. Sylvia Saenz are Biology office staff.