Odd numbered laboratory reports get written up using spread sheet (tables, xy scattergraph charts)
and word processing software (text with tables and charts pasted in), handed in, and marked using a rubric.
Software such as OpenOffice.org or Microsoft Excel integrated into Microsoft Word can be used for these reports. Laboratory 14 also gets a full write-up and is a laboratory practical examination.
A line with a circle at the end shows when the odd numbered laboratory reports are due. The odd numbered laboratory reports are marked for content, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, organization, cohesion, and, where appropriate, citation of sources. Think of this class as expos III. The date of the laboratories which are marked for the above, and the due dates, are given in the table below.
Even numbered laboratories do not have full laboratory reports, except 14. For the even numbered laboratories you will be asked to hand in a table, chart, possibly including slope and intercept data, or a sketch, or a combination of these elements. These reports do not need to include introductions, conclusions, and are not marked for grammar, vocabulary, organization, nor cohesion.
Lecture and laboratory topic titles with cross-references to the text section number.
The numeric prefixes correspond to the textbook section.
Attendance: Students who are absent for more than six lecture classes prior to the last day to withdraw with a "W" will be dropped from the course. A late is one third of an absence. Thus any combination of MWF absences and lates that exceeds six will result in withdrawal. For example, twenty-one lates would result in being dropped. Student who are absent for more than two laboratories will also be dropped from the course. All absences are initially considered unexcused. Absences can be excused from the six absence limit for medical or official education-related travel. Appropriate documentation is required such as a note from the physician (doctor) or, in the case of education-related travel, some form of written or electronic communication from official sponsors of the travel.
No betel nut in class nor on campus except in the cultural huts.
No chewing of betel nut during class nor during outdoor laboratories.
Chewing betel nut during class can result in dismissal from class for that day.
Evaluation and assessment: Quizzes, tests, and midterms are given every Friday that there is not a test.
Grading policy: Attendance, homework, quizzes, tests, laboratory reports, and the final are marked and generate points. Both laboratories and tests are important in this demanding and difficult course. This course places more value on work done over the term than on a cumulative final examination. This course is about researching a system and writing a report on the findings. The course focuses on science as a process, not a memorized collection of facts. Success in this course depends on consistent completion of work throughout the term. There is no way to bring a grade up late in the term. Your grade is a reflection of a body of work during the term. The final letter grade is based on the standard College policy: Obtain 90% of the points or more to obtain an A, 80% to 89% for a B, and so forth.
Laboratories: Laboratories are central to the course. To the extent possible, each week focuses on the laboratory with lecture in support of the laboratory exploration. Laboratories are marked using a rubric. Each lab has its own rubric, all are based to a lesser or greater extent on the generic rubric. Laboratory write-ups are composed of a single word processing document created with Microsoft Word or OpenOffice.org Writer. Tables, graphs, and analysis done in a spreadsheet such as Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice.org Calc should be copied and pasted into the word document in the appropriate order. Laboratories are due a week after the laboratory during the next laboratory period. Laboratories can be sent by email, this does not change the due date/time or submission guidelines. Laboratories turned in after the start of class for the next laboratory are late. Late laboratories can be turned in up to the start of the Friday class period the next day, but incur a five point penalty. After the start of the Friday class period the late penalty increases to ten points. Laboratories can be turned in up to a week late (14 days after the lab) but incur a ten point penalty. Laboratories more than 14 days late are not accepted. Laboratory reports CAN be turned in for labs for which you were absent. Get data from a colleague to complete the report, do your own analysis and write-up to the best of your ability.
Academic Honesty Policy: Cheating on an assignment, quiz, test, midterm, or final will result in a score of zero for that assignment, quiz, or examination. Due to our cramped quarters, the course operates by necessity on a system of personal integrity and honor.