Summary: Preparation Policy
To make the best use of class time, I need you to read the assigned chapter BEFORE coming to class.
The assigned chapter will be listed on the class webpage in the column labeled "Notes". In order to give
more time for project development, we are only going to be in lecture one day a week. The other two
days will be spend in lab work. Thus, you need to come prepared for lectures.
For most of you, looking at your laptops while I lecture is total disaster. Literally, almost every time I
have called on someone who is intense on their computer, I get the "deer in headlights" reaction. I
don't call on you to embarrass you, but you are embarrassed. It slows the lecture down as we wait for
you to try to figure out what you've even been asked. It is a distraction and a waste of time to have
called on you. It is a loselose scenario.
Here's the plan. You read before coming to class. My lecture will depend on your having read the
material. I will randomly call on people in class. You response will be graded. There may be quizzes to
insure everyone has the opportunity to answer. Points will be recorded under participation points.
Some people may feel they do not need lecture and are better off learning on their own. If you fall into
this category, you may petition to be allowed to learn on your own. If your petition is approved, you will
not be accountable for quizzes and inclass answers. Your participation points will be determined based
on the success of your independent learning.