January 11, 2022

Course Introduction

Today’s Agenda

1. Introductions

2. Course Expectations/Assignments

3. Course Policies

4. Questions

Course Introduction

Personal Introduction

Course Expectations

Your grade

Item Number Points Fraction of Grade
Course Survey 1 1 1%
Short Assignments 4 9 36%
Reflection Assignments 2 2 4%
Midterm Exam 1 20 20%
Final Exam 1 30 30%
Tutorial Participation 1 9 9%

Key Dates

  1. Reflection 1: January 21
  2. Assignment 1: February 7
  3. Assignment 2: February 18
  4. Midterm Exam: March 3
  5. Assignment 3: March 28
  6. Reflection 2: April 4
  7. Assignment 4: April 8


\(\bullet\) Online invitation after Midterm

\(\bullet\) 1 point for completion

\(\bullet\) You write develop, write questions in small groups

\(\bullet\) 1/3 of Tutorial Grade (3 points)

Short Assignments

\(\bullet\) Apply key concepts to your choice of current events

\(\bullet\) Available on Canvas 1 week prior to due date @ 9AM

\(\bullet\) 1 week to complete/upload to Canvas\(^*\)

\(^*\) Assignment 2 will have a 3 day grace period, no late penalty

Average best of 3 out of 4

Reflection Assignments

\(\bullet\) Practice evaluating real-world arguments

\(\bullet\) Graded for completion

\(\bullet\) First/last assignments in the course

Midterm Exam

\(\bullet\) March 3; format TBD

\(\bullet\) Covers materials from weeks 1 to 6

\(\bullet\) Review session AND lists of key terms/questions

Final Exam

\(\bullet\) Format and date TBD

\(\bullet\) Cumulative over entire course, but emphasizes weeks 9 to 13.

\(\bullet\) Review session and key terms/questions


\(\bullet\) TAs

\(\bullet\) Rubrics

\(\bullet\) Validation

\(\bullet\) No “Curve”

What you need to do:

\(\bullet\) “Attend” lecture:

  • slides are not enough; reading is not enough

\(\bullet\) Attend Tutorial

  • Starts in week 2
  • Participate in group activity (survey writing)

\(\bullet\) Read

\(\bullet\) Canvas

What I will do:

\(\bullet\) List of concepts

\(\bullet\) Slides/Lectures

\(\bullet\) Speed

\(\bullet\) Discussion/Questions

\(\bullet\) Examples


Course Policies

Missed Exam/ Late Assignments:

\(\bullet\) Scheduling Conflict

  • Need to know ASAP to get a concession

\(\bullet\) Arts Advising

  • Arts Advising concession form to Arts Advising
  • Both prospective/retroactive: don’t stress about this

\(\bullet\) Lateness

  • non-catastrophic deduction (0.5 points per 24 hours)
  • best 3 out of 4 on graded assignments

Grade Appeals:

\(\bullet\) To your TA

\(\bullet\) formal written letter

\(\bullet\) after 48 hours waiting period

\(\bullet\) Grades can change \(\Updownarrow\)


\(\bullet\) No participation without attendance

\(\bullet\) Make up absences/holidays by attending another Tutorial

  • notify both TAs

\(\bullet\) Excused absences require official concession

  • Each unexcused absence induces \((1/n * 100\%)\) deduction from total tutorial score
  • \(n\) is the number of unexcused tutorial dates
  • up to 3 missed tutorials (best 8 out of 11)


  • Zoom via Canvas/ In person
  • Hand-raising, monitored by TA for questions
  • Lecture timing
  • Office hours Thursdays following lecture