The whole course is based on 500 points, simply because that number happened to make the various components work out to nice whole numbers.
All assignments are marked on a 4-point scale, just like your
official university transcript.
Every year, some students panic because they see their grade hovering in the 70s, and they worry they are going to get a C. But with a four-point system, if a particular exercise is worth 40 points, and you get 30 on it, you got 75%, or a B.
I hope to arrange a field trip to Typecraft, the press that prints The Setonian. (We did this about three years ago.) It would likely happen on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon.
- Exercises (175pts)
- Ex 1: Professional Goals (25pts)
- Ex 2: SHU Opinion (50pts)
- Ex 3: Paper/Digital Opinion (50pts)
- Ex 4: Pro/Con (50pts)
- Portfolios (200pts)
A lab report (submitted to Turnitin.com), online discussion of assigned readings. plus other brief items as specified (for example, I might ask you to respond to a breaking news story). Portfolios (50pts each) are due:
- 23 Feb
- 23 Mar
- 13 Apr
- 04 May
- News Feature (125 pts)
An article appropriate for the Summer Setonian or the Fall Welcome Back issue.
Final draft due May 12 (the day the final exam is scheduled).
- No Final Exam.
We might want to use this day as a make-up class, but for now I have not scheduled any meeting for this day.