Course Requirements and Grade Distribution
Total: 100 Points
Midterm (October 13): 20 points
The midterm will consist of a set of short and long questions covering students’ mastery of: my lectures; assigned readings; in-class discussions; and the assigned movies. You will typically have some choice, e.g., you will answer four out of five short questions, and one out of two long questions. The short questions will require brief and precise responses about one page in length. The longer questions will require more sustained responses of about 4 to 5 pages in length. All responses will be hand-written in Bluebooks in class .
Final Paper (due December 12): 30 points
This will be the largest portion of your grade for this course and will require you to write a well-argued research paper on a specific topic on the history of technology. Your paper will be about 15 pages in length (c. 3,750 pages), text double-spaced, 12pt font, Times Roman, using footnotes). Your paper should be grounded in a deep reading of both primary and secondary sources and should directly reflect the substance of in-class discussions. I will talk a lot more about the paper as the semester progresses, and will dedicate a class session (on November 10) to a discussion of the paper. Through the semester, students will work through a number of stages before writing the final paper.
1. I will hand out a list of acceptable topics for the paper on October 17.
2. You will submit a two-paragraph abstract for the paper on November 3 (5 points out of the total of 30).
3. You will then submit an annotated bibliography of secondary sources on November 23 (5 points out of a total 30)
4. You will then submit the final paper on December 12. Only paper copies will be accepted.
2 Reading Responses (2 X 5 points = 10 points)
These will be short but detailed answers you will have to write in response to a specific set of questions based on the assigned readings. I will post the questions one class session before the day of discussion, and students will bring in their responses to class to facilitate discussion. You will turn in the responses at the end of class on October 27 and December 5. I will accept only typed responses, i.e., no handwritten responses.
4 Quizzes (4 X 5 points = 20 points)
These will be unannounced in-class quizzes that will test your mastery of the assigned readings or movie for that particular class day. These will typically be short questions about the text that you have to answer. Two of these will be before the midterm, while four will be after the midterm.
Class Participation: 15 points
Participating in class discussions is a must. This is a significant portion of your grade (basically one-and-a-half letter grade!) so it’s imperative that you contribute to class discussions. This doesn’t simply mean that you randomly raise your hand and say whatever that comes into your head; this requires you to read the assigned readings--especially the extra readings posted on the website--and attentively listen to ongoing discussions.
Attendance: 5 points
For an explanation of the grading system, see Explanation of Transcript