General Syllabus

Classroom Attendance:

  1. IF you miss 4 classes without a doctor’s note THEN I may drop you from the class
  2. YOU are EXPECTED to be in class everyday
  3. YOU are EXPECTED to be on time for class everyday. Showing up late and/or getting up is a distraction and disrespectful to your colleagues.

Classroom Etiquette:

The FOCUS of being in class is to learn the material.

  1. Please BE RESPECTFUL towards your fellow classmates at all times.
  2. IF there is a free-flowing discussion, THEN please do not cut people off or speak over them.
  3. Please RAISE YOUR HAND if you are confused at any point during the lecture. If you have any questions about the lecture or the material I will be more than happy to discuss it with you.
  4. I will sometimes be unable to get to everyone’s questions, but I will try my hardest to include everyone – please understand that.
  5. Please do not hijack or turn the discussion too far away from the material we are covering in class or the reading.
  6. There are most likely 30 or more students in this classroom, it is a space for all of us.
  7. IF you are in class THEN you are EXPECTED to be paying attention and participating in the discussion.
    • A – IF you are on your PHONE THEN you are not paying attention 
    • B – IF you are murmuring/rustling then YOU are not paying attention AND you are distracting others ( even if they are complicit!! )
    • C – IF you are not paying attention and I call on you, I will not re-explain the question.

Cell Phones:

  1. Cell Phones will be turned to OFF and put out of sight. If this is not followed they will be put in Cell Phone Limbo for the remainder of class. (CPL)
  2. IF there is a SERIOUS emergency and you NEED access to your Cell Phone during class, THEN you probably should not be in class.
  3. IF there is a non-SERIOUS emergency and you NEED access to your Cell Phone during class, THEN you should come and see me before class begins.
  4. SOMETIMES I will ask you all to use your phones for a group activity – This is Special Phone Time (SPT)
  5. So IF it is SPT, THEN your phone will not go into CPL – otherwise, it will go into CPL

Freedom of Content/Plagiarism/Cheating:

  1. From LACCD CH 9 Article 8: STANDARDS OF CONDUCT. A student enrolling in one of the Los Angeles
    Community Colleges may rightfully expect that the faculty and administrators of the
    Colleges will maintain an environment in which there is freedom to learn. This
    requires that there be appropriate conditions and opportunities in the classroom and on
    the campus. As members of the college community, students should be encouraged to
    develop the capacity for critical judgment, to engage in the sustained and independent
    search for truth, and to exercise their rights to free inquiry and free speech in a
    responsible, non-violent manner. In the furtherance of the students’ interest in free
    inquiry and the search for truth, it is also important that students be able to hear the
    views of non-students and engage in the free exchange of ideas with non-students.
  2. Dishonesty. Dishonesty, such as cheating or knowingly furnishing
    false information to the colleges.
  3. Academic Dishonesty. Violations of Academic Integrity include,
    but are not limited to, the following actions: cheating on an exam,
    plagiarism, working together on an assignment, paper or project
    when the instructor has specifically stated students should not do
    so, submitting the same term paper to more than one instructor, or
    allowing another individual to assume one’s identity for the purpose
    of enhancing one’s grade.
  4. What is Plagiarism?? Adopted from Harvard’s Guidebook:  “All homework assignments, projects, lab reports, papers, and examinations submitted to a course are expected to be the student’s own work. Students should always take great care to distinguish their own ideas and knowledge from information derived from sources. The term “sources” includes not only primary and secondary material published in print or online, but also information and opinions gained directly from other people.

    The responsibility for learning the proper forms of citation lies with the individual student. Quotations must be placed properly within quotation marks and must be cited fully. In addition, all paraphrased material must be acknowledged completely. Whenever ideas or facts are derived from a student’s reading and research or from a student’s own writings, the sources must be indicated….

    A computer program written to satisfy a course requirement is, like a paper, expected to be the original work of the student submitting it. Copying a program from another student or any other source is a form of academic dishonesty; so is deriving a program substantially from the work of another.

    The amount of collaboration with others that is permitted in the completion of assignments can vary, depending upon the policy set by the head of the course. Students must assume that collaboration in the completion of assignments is prohibited unless explicitly permitted by the instructor. Students must acknowledge any collaboration and its extent in all submitted work.

    ……Students who are in any doubt about the preparation of academic work should consult their instructor and Resident Dean before the work is prepared or submitted.

    Students who, for whatever reason, submit work either not their own or without clear attribution to its sources will be subject to disciplinary action, and ordinarily required to withdraw from the College.”