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Any portion of this syllabus may be changed at any time at the discretion of the instructor to best meet the needs of the class.


You are expected to be in class, on time every day. If you miss class, you are responsible for the work you miss. This is not a lecture class where missing a session means simply getting notes from a classmate. This is a project-based class, which means that actual work on your projects happens in class with my assistance, advice, and feedback. If you are not in class, you will fall behind on the course assignments. If your absences negatively affect the progress of a group project, I reserve the right to remove you from the project and you will receive a zero. If you have a special circumstance that may cause you to miss more than three class sessions (e.g., chronic illness, military service), please speak with me as soon as possible to discuss your options.

As an incentive if at the end of the semester you have zero absences, you earn 20 bonus homework points. If you miss one class, you earn 15 bonus points. Miss two classes and earn 10 bonus points. Miss only three classes and earn 5 bonus points. Miss more than three classes and you earn no bonus points but instead lose 10 homework points for every absence over three.


late assignments

Late assignments will not be accepted if submitted more than one week (seven days) after the due date. After seven days the grade for an assignment becomes a zero. If you know in advance that you might not be able to meet a due date, please discuss the situation with me before the assignment is due so that we can develop a plan of action that will allow you to successfully complete the assignment. The late penalties are as follows:

  • Major projects: Late assignments submitted within the 7-day window will be penalized one letter grade (10% of the total points possible).
  • Homework and Blog Posts: Homework assignments and blog posts are due at the beginning of class and have two points deducted for each day the assignment is late.


honor pledge

This course adheres to the Academic Integrity Policy of the General Catalog and the Student Conduct Code. You will be asked to sign an honor pledge asserting that you will not receive unauthorized assistance in completing assignments for this course. The honor pledge applies to all course assignments. Because the assignments in this course are multimodal, digital compositions, unauthorized assistance means, but is not limited to, plagiarism—representing someone else’s writing or ideas as your own—and copyright infringement—using someone else’s writing or media (videos, images, audio, etc.) without proper attribution or permission. Because writing is a social act in which we seek to develop our ideas and communicate them to others, you are encouraged to discuss your writing with your peers, professors, and staff of the Writing Center and to ask them for feedback on drafts of your work. However, while others may offer advice and critique, they may not do the writing for you. As a class we will collaboratively write a version of the honor pledge that will cover the types of composing we will do in this course.



Any student eligible for academic adjustments because of a learning disability or medical condition should contact the Office of Resources for Disabled Students (970-491-6385) for development of appropriate accommodations. I can only make accommodations after receiving appropriate documentation from the Office of Resources for Disabled Students.