Procedures + Policies


Please give all your assignments a filename that helps me identify you and the assignment (e.g., Mattern_ProjectProposal.doc).

I’ll email you with summary comments, and when necessary, I’ll provide editorial and margin comments on the document itself. Depending upon your level of comfort with Google Docs, you could either (1) create your work as a Google Doc, in which case I’ll simply use GD’s own commenting features; or (2) upload your work as a Word doc and not convert it to a Google Doc, in which case I’ll add comments via Word’s “track changes” and email your edited work to you.

To share your work with me, simply click the “share” button in the top-right corner of Google Docs. Make sure the “sharing settings” are set to “Private,” so “only people explicitly granted permission can access,” and under “Add People,” type my email address. That’s it.


Talk to me. We can find ways to make your work available to your classmates, yet not publicly accessible.


Deadlines for each assignment are provided above. Because reading responses are used to help me plan for each week’s discussion, late posts will not be accepted. So, if one week you’re unable to make the Tuesday evening deadline, you should count this week as one of your “free weeks.” You’re still welcome to post your response, if you like, but you won’t receive credit for it.

Other assignment deadlines are fixed. Late work will be penalized, and extensions will be granted only rarely, and only after consulting with me well in advance of the assignment deadline. Sorry – I know some other faculty are a bit more lenient with deadlines, but I tend to set aside big blocks of time for assignment review, and I provide substantial feedback – so missing deadlines means you miss your “window of opportunity” for feedback, which is an essential part of your learning in this course (and any course, for that matter).

A student who has not submitted all assigned work by the end of the semester does not receive an “Incomplete” by default. “Incompletes” are assigned only in extreme circumstances, and require that the student consult with me before the end of the semester and sign a contract obligating him or her to complete all outstanding work by a date that we agree upon.


All students are expected to familiarize themselves with the University’s academic honesty policy. Plagiarism or cheating of any form will result in immediate failure of the course. If you have any questions regarding proper citation of sources or other academic integrity matters, consult the Writing Center.

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