Employability: The idea here is that you treat the class as if
it were a job and the class was an organization trying to prepare everyone
to do well on the final exam. This is worth 20% (in cases where the
quality of employability is greater than the quality of the final exam).
As an employee, it would be expected that you:
Note that study groups are encouraged. An attempt will be made to leave
some `class time' for students to meet with each other to form and maintain
such arrangements across the semester.
- Come to work on time.
- Be prepared (see Class Schedule as to what material you are supposed to
have studied by when).
- Have pencil, paper, and ID with you.
- Pay attention -- multitasking doesn't work (indeed, is currently a
leading cause of car accidents).
- Constructively participate.
- Not create obstacles for your fellow students (such as giving them the
flu, etc.). See Academic Offenses discussion in Additional Statements
The employability mark is derived from two parts: the reaction paper
mark (primarily showing that you showed up prepared) and the participation
Note: if you are missing enough classes to impact your employability
mark for the sort of reasons that the Dean's office uses to reschedule
final exams, then it is expected that you will provide the relevant
evidence to the Dean's office and mark adjustment for the problem will be
made following their advice.
- reaction paper mark: For most classes (typically around 25
classes in a semester -- 2 per week for 12.5 weeks), there is a list
of material you are supposed to have reviewed before class. At the top
of the page for a particular class's material, there is also
a `reaction paper assignment' question that you are supposed to answer.
The answer to this question is due during the first 5 minutes of class.
It is not a group project and is supposed to represent your own study
of the material in question. These tasks will typically
require writing about 100 words. Sometimes they will involve answering
questions about the material and sometimes they will involve you giving
your opinion on the material and/or summarizing the material in various
ways. Each will be marked at one of four levels: nothing 0, not good
enough 1, reasonable 2, exceptional 3. The best 15 marks will be used to
compute the reaction paper mark, which will count 10% of the course mark.
- participation mark: Participation will count 10% of the mark.
It is assumed that if a reaction paper assignment was not handed in, then
you are not prepared to participate in that day's class (so if you want
to participate, but didn't have time for the assignment, hand in a blank
piece of paper with your name on it). People who handed in reaction paper
assignments will be called on in class to continue the discussion of the
course material begun with the reaction paper. People will also be allowed
to volunteer comments and/or questions during the class meeting, but
an effort will be made to call on people at least half the time to
make sure everyone has the opportunity to participate.