Course grades will be determined as follows:
For graduate students, points will be converted to letter grades as follows:
100-95: H, 94-80: P, 79-70: L, < 70: F
For undergraduate students, points will be converted to letter grades as follows:
100-95: A, 94-91: A-, 90-88: B+, 87-85: B, 84-81: B-, 80-78: C+, 77-75: C, 74-71: C-, 70-68: D+, 67-60: D, < 60: F
See the undergraduate bulletin for definitions of these letter grades.
You are expected to attend class and actively participate in (but not dominate) class discussions. Beyond that baseline, there are are two other ways you are required to participate:
Commenting on readings. As you do the readings, you are expected to comment briefly on each them, either in Piazza, or (if the reading is from the textbook) using the textbook annotation tools. Comments may take the form of questions about concepts, explanations of how a concept relates to your personal or professional experience, relationships to or contrasts with earlier readings, or responses to others’ comments. Not regularly commenting on readings will negatively affect your participation grade.
Online discussion and blogging. We have a class discussion forum in which you are expected to ask questions, post thoughts and comment throughout the semester. Consider this an opportunity to think out loud and share ideas and insights you’ve had with your classmates. Please share news stories relating to issues we’ve discussed in class; questions or comments relating to lectures; a story about something related to information organization that happened to you; or reflections on things you’ve learned. The discussion forum is private, but occasionally I may ask that you re-post something particularly interesting to our public class blog.
Quantitatively assessing participation is difficult, but here’s one way to think about it:
You begin the semester with five participation points. You can raise this to the full ten by regularly participating in online and in-class discussions, regularly posting interesting and relevant items to the discussion forum, and insightfully answering questions and commenting on others’ contributions. Conversely, failing to attend class, tuning out of class discussions, and failing to comment on readings will cause you to lose participation points.
Email is the best way to communicate with me outside of class. It is particularly well-suited for short-answer and clarification questions.
I will try my best to respond to you within a 24-hour period, but in some cases it may take 2 to 3 days. Please keep this in mind when you are scheduling your own activities, especially those related to exam or assignment preparation. If you wait until the day before an exam or assignment due date to ask me a clarification question, there is a good chance that you will not receive a response in time.
If you need assistance understanding a concept or an assignment, or have another potentially complicated question, then please make an appointment for my office hours. If you ask a question via email that I believe is better suited for in-person discussion, then I will ask you to make an office hours appointment. If you have questions about how your assignment was evaluated, then you must make an office hours appointment. I will not discuss your grades or my evaluation of your work via email.
You are expected to know and respect UNC Honor Code. Collaboration, discussion, and seeking assistance from other students is encouraged in this class and is not inconsistent with the Honor Code. In the case of written work, all words drawn from others must be attributed appropriately.