SO503: Honors Research Methods (2-2-3)
Spring 2017 Course Policy and Information
Course Learning Outcomes: At the conclusion of this course students will be able to:
Course Policy and Guidelines
Students in this course will come to class prepared, alert and ready to actively participate in classroom discussions. The following course policies are listed for your guidance:
A. Reading Assignments: Will be completed prior to each class. The text will be brought to class to utilize graphs, tables, figures, etc. during lectures. The instructor may lecture from other material not readily available to the student. It is imperative that students keep well organized class notes. The student is responsible for all material covered in class and during laboratory sessions.
B. Cease Work: Students will immediately stop work on all graded work when instructed to do so by the instructor. Where I come from, failure to do so resulted in dismissal for an honor violation. Here I will take up the matter with your company officer as failure to respond to a direct order and violation of written instructions. If there is not enough time, the crunch applies equally to all students.
C. Quizzes: Short, announced quizzes covering assigned text and handout readings, labs and lectures since the last quiz may be scheduled on the syllabus. Unless you hear otherwise, you should assume that a quiz will take place on the date listed at the start of class. A missed quiz due to unexcused absence will receive a grade of zero. It is the student's responsibility to inform the instructor of the reason for his/her absence, otherwise an unexcused absence is assumed. Unannounced quizzes are the option of the professor should student preparation for class deteriorate to unacceptable levels.
D. Exams: Students can expect short answer, calculation, and essay questions on exams. If calculators are required, either they will be on a separate portion of the exam for which material stored in the calculator memory will no be a problem, or students will be issued calculators by the instructor.
E. Absenteeism: If you miss a class or lab session you are responsible to get the notes, handouts and assignments from that session. Lateness will be duly reported by the section leader or assistant section leader.
F. Extra Instruction: The
instructor has an open door policy, but you must find him in
before you can take advantage of it. The most
efficient way to obtain E.I. is to make an appointment.
E.I. may not be possible on the spur of the moment; professors do
have other commitments. Come to E.I. prepared to recount
what you have already done to find answers to your questions;
have questions ready. The key to education is learning to
find answers on your own. You will be encouraged to do just
that (painful as it may be). Do NOT come to E.I. expecting
"gouge" as you will be disappointed.
There will be no E.I. for an exam, and questions answered about the material on
the exam, after 0001 hours on the day the exam in scheduled.
There will be no E.I. for an exam, and questions answered about the material on the exam, after 0001 hours on the day the exam in scheduled.
G. Section Leader: Section Leaders and assistants are expected to be familiar with the procedures associated with the academic accountability system. The section leader will have the report ready for the instructor at the start of class.
H. Class Decorum: In accordance with USNA policy, there will be no sleeping or eating in class. In accord with Oceanography Department policy, the only drinks allowed in the classroom will be a personal water bottle or covered coffee mug that will be removed at the end of the classroom and will not generate any trash. Violators of this food and drink policy will be dismissed from class with a note to their company officer. Once class starts and until class is dismissed, there will be no using the computers in the classroom unless directed by the instructor for class purposes.
I. Fire or other evacuation: if the classroom or lab must be evacuated, we will move in an orderly fashion to the oceanography department assembly area and wait for further instructions.
J. Paper: Details for the paper required for the course are listed on the web, and the submission dates will on the syllabus.
Grading: The fraction of your grade determined by the grading categories for the different grading periods during the semester is listed below. Students with a 90% average will be guaranteed an A, 80% a B, 70% a C, and 60% a D. I reserve the right to lower (but not to raise) some of those guidelines if appropriate.
|5 week||12 week||15 week||Course|
|Quiz & Labs||50||40||30||25|
|Tests/in class exercises||50||60||40||30|
Late Bonus: Labs and papers turned in late will be awarded a 50% penalty for each day they are late.
Lab and paper submission. Assignments will be turned in electronically on Blackboard. The time stamp in Blackboard will determine if the assignment was submitted on time. The file name will be composed of your last name, an underscore, and the assignment name, such as "YourName_Lab1.doc". Unless specifically instructed, submit one file per assignment--graphics from Excel or Matlab will be pasted into the Word document, and will have correctly formatted captions.
SO503 Web Site. I maintain a web site which will have material for the course, including the syllabus, lab advance sheets, data sets, and readings. It currently contains old exams and quizzes (but not the final exam) which you may use for review purposes. I do not view the file as a question bank, but the file should give you some indication of how we prepare tests and what concepts are important. The exact topics covered, and their order, varies from year to year.