The grade for the course is made up of the following components:
The explication de texte must include:
|brief explanations of the main concepts of the text|
|brief explanations of the main theses, or claims, of the text|
|an analysis, or assessment, of the cogency of the evidence, reasons, or support for the
text's main theses, or claims|
For your explication, select a chapter from one of the two course
|LÚvy, Pierre. Collective Intelligence: Mankind's Emerging World in
Cyberspace. Translated from French by Robert Bononno. New York: Plenum Trade, 1997.|
|Edwards, Paul N. The Closed World : Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold
War America. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1996.|
|Due: 16 October.|
Following the introductory class, short-answer quiz questions
will be posed each week. The answers will require only about three or four
sentences. Each of the best six of a total of ten quizzes will
account for 2.5% of the 15% proportion of the course grade for this assignment.
The quiz questions will be based upon the readings, which will be announced in
There will be no make-up quizzes for missed classes for
reasons other than those accepted for "Late
Assignments & Missed Tests".
|13 November: an in-class test, 100 minutes, testing concepts and key ideas from the
readings and the lectures.|
For topics, click here.
DUE: 4 December
The paper will be graded according to the following criteria:
|quality of analysis|
|validity and depth of criticisms and judgements|
|logical organization & coherence|
|literacy (absence of errors of grammar, spelling, and style)|
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Students will gain credit for:
| CAUCUS discussion;|
| links to web sites relevant to the course;|
The only acceptable reasons for late assignments or missed tests are:
|Documented medical reasons: this means a letter from a medical doctor
stating explicitly that you were physically unable to sit an exam or complete a university
assignment on a specific date. It is not enough just to present a note saying that you
visited a doctor or clinic.|
|Documented participation in an official UWO sporting activity: this
requires a letter from your team coach stating that you were representing UWO in a
sporting event against an external team, or were on tour at the time of a test. This
excuse is not valid for late term assignments.|
|Documented attendance at the funeral of a relative or friend, or exceptional
family crisis: this requires a letter from UWO Student Services.|
|Religious holidays, as defined in the Academic Calendar.|
Make up tests, if necessary, will be scheduled during the exam
period, 10-21 December 2000. There will be no
alternative to the time and date specified by the instructor.
Late term assignments without documented excuses as specified above
will have 2% of the total course mark deducted per day late, and will not be accepted more
than 1 week late. The assignment will be considered received on the date stamped by the
FIMS office, regardless of weekends, holidays etc. It is the student's responsibility to
keep a copy of assignments to protect against loss or theft.
To submit as your own the unacknowledged use of text from other authors is plagiarism.
It is a serious offence. It will therefore be dealt with according to the
established UWO procedures for Scholastic Offences, detailed in the Academic Calendar.
If you are unclear as to what constitutes plagiarism, consult your instructor.
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