will be accepted late, without
medical documentation that clearly indicates that the period covered
by the exam was the period in which the student was seriously ill.
In the case of a death in one's immediate family, an obituary or
similar notice must be submitted. In these two cases, the
appropriate extension will be negotiated. In all other cases, a late
exam is automatically assigned a grade of zero. A late take-home
exam is treated the same as a student not showing up to sit an exam.
your final exam by email, it is of critical importance that
you receive an acknowledgement, by e-mail, from the
instructor. The lack of such
acknowledgement means your exam was not received. Please do
not submit a final exam
by email in any format other than those specified.
for work other than exams may be negotiated, given very compelling
reasons, only in advance
of the due date for an assignment. After the due date has passed, no
extensions are possible. Where extensions for assignments are not
negotiated in advance
(“my hard drive was wiped clean,” “my computer is in for repairs,”
“I had problems printing,” “my boyfriend/girlfriend left me,” are
examples of unacceptable reasons), only
medical certification will be accepted as a valid reason for delayed
submission of assignments. In the case of late work, a
penalty of 5% of the points for that assignment is levied for every
24 hour period following the due date and time, including weekends
and holidays. After 10 days have elapsed, the late assignment will
be assigned a grade of zero and will no longer be accepted.
These policies are strictly enforced with regard to all students in the course, please do
not expect any personal exemption.
Late Completion should be negotiated and arranged with the
instructor before final grades are due. Only the most
compelling reasons, with convincing documentation, can be
considered. Please keep in mind that the instructor will most
likely not accept requests for late completion.
There will be no
Please do not
call the main office for course-related inquiries.
For all work done in
this course you will receive a numerical grade which will be
converted to a letter grade when final grades are processed. To
translate numbers into letter grades, please consult the following
chart, which is copied from a faculty handbook in the Department of
Sociology & Anthropology. It is vital that you understand that
the characterizations below (i.e., “excellent”) are central in
guiding the instructor’s evaluation of the quality of a paper.
In other words, students who feel they deserve an “A” are burdened
with explaining why they think their work is “excellent.”
A paper that covers
all of the basics, in a reasonably competent fashion, without major
flaws, is deemed “satisfactory.” One that has few flaws, and shows
an advanced understanding, writing and analytical ability is deemed
“very good.” A paper that leaves virtually no room for improvement,
demonstrating that the student has taken considerable initiative,
showing sophisticated understanding and ability, is deemed
F or FNS
20 ( 0-29)
student work is assessed in the following manner.
assignments are evaluated in comparison with each other, normally
done by the instructor assembling a random sample and highlighting
the best elements of each paper, which then forms the template by
which papers are judged. The paper(s) that come(s) closest to
achieving the highest standards for student work will receive the
highest grades. Students are evaluated on the extent and depth to
which they have utilized assigned readings (when applicable).
Students are also evaluated on their ability to successfully apply
key course concepts to their own writing. Analytical and conceptual
clarity (the argument does not contradict itself repeatedly, the
writer stays focused, any concepts used are defined, concepts are
related to one another when applicable, pros and cons are
considered, assertions are supported with evidence or logic), are
vital elements of a paper deemed to be “very good” or better.
Structure, logical organization, and effective writing are of
substantial importance. In the case of research papers, students
that demonstrate having taken initiative by covering a reasonably
wide and diverse range of sources will be appropriately rewarded.
Section 16 (Academic
Information: Definitions and Regulations) of the Undergraduate
Calendar will be strictly administered – particularly on deadlines,
Failing Grades, Administrative Notations, Late
Completions=‘INCompletes’ (Grade/INC), ‘Failed No Supplementals’
(FNS), ‘Did Not Writes’ (Grade/DNW). Make sure you get a copy of the
undergraduate calendar, also available online at http://registrar.concordia.ca/calendar/calendar.html,
and read that material.
PLEASE NOTE THAT
PLAGIARISM is an offence that will not be tolerated. In instances
where plagiarism is detected, the instructor is obligated by
Concordia’s Academic Code to report this to the Dean’s office. You
must visit the course website for precise details on what
constitutes plagiarism and the penalties this can incur.
Alternatively, you may type in the following URLs into the address
bar of your Internet browser:
In the event of an
unscheduled cancellation of a class, the appropriate notice is
posted by the University on its website. See the “Class
Cancellations” link on
addition, digital billboards on campus will announce the
cancellation. There will be no additional notices posted in any
other form, therefore please consult these sources before you attend
In other cases, news
for the class will be posted on the course website.
The course director
cannot guarantee that email will be answered during this semester.
Should you have any questions, please see the course director during
Please review and use the following resources which will be of benefit
to your work:
(make sure that you follow the “parenthetical references with a
reference list at the end of the paper” option as outlined in the
document above. Do not use footnotes or endnotes in your paper, for