Course Requirements

WSU uses a lettered grading policy, A-F, including + and – grades. Your final grade will be calculated according to the following breakdown:

Engagement: 20%

Participation begins with attendance. Both absence and tardiness will affect this portion of your grade. I encourage open communication whenever you miss class. After three absences, you must speak with me to avoid penalty. Otherwise, a fourth absence will result in the reduction of your participation grade by a full letter grade. A fifth absence will result in the reduction of your final grade by a full letter grade. A sixth absence will result in a failing grade for the course. Arrival in class more than 10 minutes after it begins will count as an absence.

Absence does not justify turning in assignments late. Sickness happens, accidents happen, bad weather happens, computer problems happen, over-sleeping happens, family crises happen, the bus comes late… that’s what the first three absences are for. Save them for such emergencies. Above all, stay in touch. Communication is central to this course.

Your engagement grade will also reflect the quality and thoughtfulness of your contributions in class, respect shown to class members, as well as your attitude and role in small group exercises. This seminar cannot work unless everyone comes prepared. Review your syllabus frequently and plan your workload accordingly.


Blog: 30%

Throughout the semester you will post short reading responses to a personal blog. See schedule for due dates. These assignments make up your homework grade and should be turned in before class on the due date. Posts made during class will receive no credit. Posts made within 24-hours after class will receive partial credit. These posts are graded for completion rather than evaluated for quality. To get an “A” for this portion of your grade all you need to do is turn in each of the homework assignments on time. Falling behind will have serious consequences for your grade. For example, missing two posts (16/18) will drop you to a B+.


End of Term Presentation 10%

At the end of the semester you will present your research project. Because you will not have time to read an entire essay, you will need to transform it into an appropriate length and form to present to the class orally. Although not necessary, you may use any technology available in the classroom. Your grade will be determined on how confidently you express the information in your paper, how well you adapt that information to the presentational form, and how well you organize your time. You will have three minutes to share your project and two minutes to answer questions.


Formal Assignments 40%

Major assignments will be graded using the A – F scale. You have the right to revise one of the first three assignments for a higher grade, and you may revise it as many times as you like. I encourage you to meet with me to discuss the nature of the revisions you will make. All revisions for a higher grade must be accompanied by the original graded work and are due to me no later than Monday, April 11th.


Final Grade Breakdown

Engagement: 20%
Blog: 30%
Presentation: 10%
Formal Assignments: 40%

Annotation and analysis: 10%
Copyright remix: 10%
Database visualization: 10%
Meme collection: 10%