AME 40590 Course Syllabus, Spring 2011
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- Bill Goodwine
- 365B Fitzpatrick
- Office hours: Monday and Wednesday, 4:30-5:30
Time and Place
- MWF 11:45-12:35
- 101 DBRT
Course Web Page
- Your grade in this course will be based on homework exercises, in-class participation and three exams with the following distribution:
- Homework: 25%
- Class Participation: 25%
- Exam 1: 12.5%
- Exam 2: 12.5%
- Final Exam: 25%
- The format of the exams is to be determined. They may be traditional in-class exams, take home exams, more of the nature of projects or a mixture of all three.
- Guaranteed grades:
- (overall grade > mean + 1.5 stdev) OR (overall grade > 90%): A-
- (overall grade > mean + 0.5 stdev) OR (overall grade > 80%): B-
- (overall grade > mean - 1.0 stdev) OR (overall grade > 70%): C-
- (overall grade > mean - 2.0 stdev) OR (overall grade > 60%): D-
Homework, Class, Projects and Examination Policies
- Any student missing an exam without an excuse from the Office of Student Affairs will receive a grade of zero for that exam.
- There will be daily reading and homework assignments.
- Late assignments will receive a grade of zero unless the student received an extension from the instructor 'prior' to the time it is due.
- Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the day they are due.
- Unless otherwise expressly prohibited, collaboration on homework assignments in encouraged. Unless otherwise prohibited, you may consult outside reference materials, other students or the instructor. However, all material that is submitted must be the result of your own individual effort and accurately and substantively reflect your understanding of the subject matter at the time of writing.
- Examples of disallowed activities include:
- unless expressly allowed by the instructor, submitting material that is not entirely the result of your own individual intellectual effort;
- submitting material that is intentionally misleading in that it would appear to be correct when it is not;
- signing in another person when attendance is taken or using multiple texting methods to give the impression that someone is in attendance that is not;
- submitting material that is copied, wholly or in part, in any form; and,
- any activity not expressly allowed above that violates either the letter or spirit of the [Academic Code of Honor].
- Class participation has two components:
- daily poll questions answered via texting (10%); and,
- class participation via the Socratic method (15%).
- The daily reading assignments will usually be approximately three published opinions of U.S. Federal Appeals Courts or the U.S. Supreme Court. Typically one student will be called on to answer a series of questions for each case. 10% of the participation grade will be simply evidencing preparedness, meaning that it is obvious to me that the student read and understood the case. 5% of the participation grade will be evidencing deeper and broader understanding of the case, i.e., what policy the reasoning was based upon, whether the reasoning of the case was sound, what potential unforeseen implications of the decision may be, the broader context of the case in how it relates to any others in the same area, etc. If a student is not satisfied with the way they answered questions in class they may elaborate upon the answers via email after class and I will consider the email as well. If any significant time has elapsed so that the student would have had time for more contemplation, time to read the case, etc., then it will not count for much.