Lecture: TR 1:30 - 2:45 Room 117 Hudson Hall
Instructor: Dr. Tom Wolosz
Office: Rm 118 Hudson/323 Hudson
Phone: 564-4031 or 3157 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: W 9 12 or by appointment.
WEB PAGE: /faculty.plattsburgh.edu/thomas.wolosz
Text: Raup, David M., 1991, Extinction, Bad Genes or Bad Luck?, W.W. Norton & Company, New York, 210p.
Class Notes: Class notes are available for downloading from the Extinction Web Page.
Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend all lectures and are responsible for all material covered in class. It is the responsibility of the student to make up any material missed due to absence.
Exams and Grading: The final grade for the course will be based on 2 exams, a term paper, 4 short essays, and a class presentation. Please note that the deadlines listed below are absolute.
Exams: The midterm (October 9th) and the final exam (week of December 8th, exact date TBA) will each count for 20%.
Term paper: The term paper will count for 40% of the final grade. The term paper will be based on a minimum of six (6) PRINT ARTICLES plus other sources - term papers based entirely on internet sources are NOT ACCEPTABLE. The term paper will be submitted in three (3) drafts with the following schedule: topic submitted (September 4th), draft 1 (October 2th), draft 2 (October 30th), draft 3 (November 18th). Each draft will be returned to the student with an Informational Grade Comment Sheet (see attached) with suggestions for improvement and an Informational Grade (i.e., if this were the final draft, your grade would be). Only the grade on the final draft will be counted. NOTE: Failure to submit a draft, or simply resubmitting a prior draft with no improvements or corrections will result in a loss of 13% of grade. Plagiarism will result in a 0 for the term paper.
Short essays: These will count for a total of 10% and will be assigned randomly throughout the semester.
Class presentation: The class presentation will be based on the term paper and count for 10% of the final grade. The student is expected to present the findings of their paper and to respond to questions posed by the other students in the class. Students whose term papers share common themes may wish to work together to present a group discussion. Class presentations will be held on November 20th and 25th and December 2nd and 4th.