The policies below are applicable to all courses that I teach. They may or may not be the same as the policies of other instructors. Please read the following carefully.
General: It is expected that students will come to lecture and lab prepared. Along with bringing the appropriate materials (text, calculator, etc.), the student should have covered the assignment for that particular day as found on the course web pages.
Academic Integrity and Civility:
Technology Usage: In general, student use of technologies not relevant to the classroom setting is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, cell phones, MP3 players, and video/photo capture devices. Out of consideration for your classmates, it is expected that these devices will be turned off during lecture and lab. Instructor discretion may be exercised if the technology is a component of the learning environment or by prior student notification.
Homework: Homework exercises are found on the individual course web pages. Assignments have been carefully planned to reinforce specific concepts and subject matter. Although homework is not normally collected and graded, it is expected that students will make an honest effort at these assignments. Failure to do so will only cause mental pain and suffering in the long run. These are key to mastering the material and for success in future course work. If difficulties with the assignments arise, please visit during an office hour or other free time so that they can be taken care of. Waiting will only compound a problem.
Tests: Tests generally are announced one week in advance. Students not taking tests without a valid excuse will receive a grade of 0 on said tests. Make-ups are given at the discretion of the instructor. Tests may be curved up or down when appropriate (usually when the mean/median is below 70 or above 80). It is the student's responsibility to notify the instructor of absence. Email is generally the most efficient means to contact me if you are off campus.
Grading: This varies from course to course, and for specifics please refer to the policy letter handed out on the first day of class. In general, however, the final grade is based upon an accumulation of points. Typically, there will be 3 one-hour, in-class tests worth 100 points each in 4 credit hour courses (Circuits 1 and 2, Op Amps, Science of Sound, Microprocessors). The shorter 2 or 3 credit hour courses (Computer Programming) will usually have 2 tests. The final exam will be worth 200 to 300 points, and lab write-ups and work are usually 200 points total. There may be approximately 100 points for homework, computer and other projects. Quizzes may be added in as well. The instructor reserves the right to add or subtract up to 20 points to (from) the total for class and lab participation, readiness, etc. This policy will be strictly adhered to in all but the most special cases. One such case involves lab work. Lab work is an integral part of these courses and thus students not attending lab and failing to hand in lab reports or assignments will automatically fail the course.
DGV: A few years ago, MVCC initiated a program titled “Diversity-Global View” (DGV), which gave each of our graduates a chance to participate in educational experiences designed to increase awareness of intercultural perspectives. Our goal in doing so was to enhance our students’ understanding of the realities faced by individuals as a result of their race, ethnicity, cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, academic abilities and interests, age, religious beliefs, and physical ability. To that end, all graduates who matriculated into programs in the fall 2008 or more recently, or who have changed their major since 2008, are now required to complete the DGV components associated with the degree or certificate program in which they are enrolled. For more information please visit http://www.mvcc.edu/dgv.
Disclaimer: The above policies and procedures are subject to change, in the event of extenuating circumstances, or at the discretion of the instructor.
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