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Many colleges and universities around the world are using this Web site with their students. I suggest that their instructors, who I have authorized to use this site with their classes, modify this syllabus to fit their own special needs, including their grading requirements. However, I think that this syllabus as it now stands can serve as a good model that can easily be customized to meet the needs of most instructors.
In this course, you will learn how to --
The Internet changes so quickly that a textbook could become outdated soon after purchase. The materials in this Internet Course Guide will serve in place of a textbook. Because this Guide is a Web site, its content can frequently and easily be updated so that it remains current. The Web site version of your Internet Course Guide, including this syllabus, can be found at www.gordonrichard.com/internet.
The Lessons named in this curriculum chart are in the Web site version of the Internet Course Guide. Lesson 1 is at -- http://www.gordonrichard.com/internet/lessons/les1br.htm.
Times shown below to cover each item are only approximations. The time includes work on the Exercises related to each Lesson. The Exercises begin on the Web site at -- http://www.gordonrichard.com/internet/lessons/exercisa.htm
You have three grade options:
Letter Grade, Pass/Fail, or Audit. You must tell your instructor your choice within the first class hour. Once you make your choice, you may not change it.
Grading Option One: Letter Grade (A, B, C, D, F).
This choice makes you eligible for one college credit. Here are the requirements you must meet if you select this option.
Regarding item 4, occasionally a student signs up for this course who already is a competent and experienced in the Internet, perhaps expecting to coast to an easy credit with a good grade. If you take the course already knowing much of the curriculum, your instructor will require you to make constructive use of class time by doing additional Exercises and exploring Web sites on the Suggested Web Sites list at http://www.gordonrichard.com/curric/categor.htm.
How letter grade is determined
Extra credit work. With your instructor's approval, you may gain up to 5 points by doing extra credit assignments which may include additional Exercises.
Numerical grade equated to letter grade. Using the following scale, your instructor will translate your percentage grade into a letter grade for the course:
Grading Option Two: Pass/Fail (S or X)
As in Option One, you may earn one college credit. You will face the same requirements as the student selecting Option One (Letter grade), but instead of A, B, C, or D, you will get the grade S (Satisfactory) for Passing if your average is 70% or above; if below 70%, the grade will be X (Fail -- no credit). Receiving a S (Passing) grade will give you one credit but will not affect your quality point average.
Grading Option Three: Audit (X)As an auditing student, you attend classes for informational purposes only. You are free from the requirements of students selecting the Letter or PASS/FAIL options. However, you will not receive a grade nor earn a credit for the course. The only students allowed to audit are those who designated that they wanted to audit the class at the time they registered for the class.
The following statement is from a memo of the college administration. This statement applies to this class:
Computer software and hardware should be used properly. In addition, each student’s behavior in the classroom is expected to contribute to a positive teaching and learning environment. The instructor has the authority to request the student to leave the classroom if the disruptive behavior continues.
This statement, too, comes from the college administration and also applies to this course:
Other than in an emergency when specifically approved by the Provost, employees and students shall not bring children to work or class other than for an occasional quick visit, to drop off a paper, pick up materials or other similar activities. In no case is a child to be left unattended on college premises.
Here, too, is a college administrative statement applying to this course:
Attendance at all ... Computer Institute class meetings/times is mandatory. Permission for an excused absence must be obtained from the ... instructor and must be based on extreme circumstances. Any absence, as determined by the instructor, may result in the student being dropped from the class.
Maximum two-hour absence for credit eligibility. Using this administrative statement as a guideline, your Mr. Gordon will not give you course credit if you miss more than two hours of class time. Understand that your instructor expects you to be in class on time and to attend all class hours. If an emergency causes you to be late, give a written explanation of your lateness to Mr. Gordon. An unexplained lateness will suggest to your instructor that you did not have a serious reason for missing valuable class time.
If you anticipate that you will not be able to meet these attendance obligation, you must talk with Mr. Gordon at the very first class break. Under any circumstances, if you are miss two or more hours of class-time, you cannot receive credit for the course.
Missed work must be made up. If you miss class because of an excused lateness or less than two hour absence, it is your responsibility to get the missing notes, handouts, and to make up the missed work. Again, being absent more than two hours will make you ineligible for credit.
For the final exam, your instructor will select twenty questions from the Question Bank located at http://www.gordonrichard.com/internet/bank.htm