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Course Requirements and Grading

Grief in a Family Context, HPER F460/F560

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Course Requirements

Grief in a Family Context is organized around the belief that, in order to understand and retain information, one needs opportunities to apply it. With that in mind, the following applications-based course requirements were designed:

* Complete the tasks assigned in the pre-unit. This unit serves as an orientation to the class environment. Also, because some of the activities ask for information about each student to be shared with the class, it also introduces class members to each other. Students are required simply to complete the tasks in the preunit.

* Post your observations about the readings, respond to questions or complete assigned tasks in each of the units. As you read the assigned readings as well as the "lecture," it's a good idea to read them in the context of your professional goals or experiences. In doing that, you are more likely to retain the information after the class is over while also contributing a richness to the discussion on Oncourse, In addition, the questions in the units serve a variety of purposes: to get students to focus on and/or identify important points in the readings; to trigger discussion among students on the topic; to verify that students have learned the information as presented; and to verify that students are able to apply the information. In other cases, a series of tasks will be assigned. In each of the units, the minimum requirements for students will be indicated.

I want to encourage you to take the information from the class and find ways of exploring it and making it personally meanigful. The best way to retain knowledge is to put it in a context and what better context than your own life.

The Culture unit (unit 3) is unique in that it includes an assignment that is to be completed before the between the seventh and the eighth units. It will be evaluated in terms of quality of writing as any paper as well as the degree of thoroughness, insight, coherence and cohesiveness. Spelling and grammar will also be considered in assigning a grade.

* Actively participate in class discussion. In addition to responding to the questions found on the unit Web pages, students are to read and react to the responses of other class members that have been posted on the course conferencing site. These electronic discussions will be our equivalent to classroom interaction. The content of this course is closely tied to everyday life, and the form of the class asks you to apply the information to real-life situations. Your own experiences are very relevant to your understanding of this material and you may wish to discuss the course information with your family and friends. This will not only broaden your information base, it will also help you to consider and re-consider your thoughts on these ideas. If you choose, you may share the results of these discussions with your fellow class members.

In order to pass the class with the bare minimum passing grade (i.e., a D-), students are required to complete the minimum requirements for every unit and submit a culture interview write-up.

Final Course Grades

Indiana University gives faculty the option of awarding plus and minus grades, while other schools do not. We will be using the plus and minus grading system; however students who are not IU students may find that their plus or minus grade transferred to their university or college without the plus or minus attached to the grade. Students will receive a "progress grade" at approximately the 4th week of the semester and at the 10th week. If students would like to know what their grade is at any other time, they can contact Dr. Gilbert for that information.

Grading Scale

The following scale includes examples of criteria used to evaluate student performance on each and every units in this course.

A range: Student does work that is outstanding. For example, student clearly goes beyond the required minimum: All required tasks are completed with evidence that the student has read and thought about the readings; student is actively engaged in discussion and provides evidence of insight and thoughtful consideration of course readings and of the comments of others in the class; student makes clear and positive contribution to the class process, student expands on responses to questions. Typically, students who are receive an A grade in the course respond to all questions, in detail and in depth and post detailed responses to several other students' postings.

B range: Student does work that is very good. For example, student completes required elements, and extends performance on some units beyond the minimum and shows that s/he has read the required readings. Student is actively engaged in discussion. Student responds to most, if not all, questions. .

C range: Student completes more than the minimum requirements of the course (i.e., performance is adequate) and shows at least some evidence that s/he has read the required readings. For each unit, all required elements are completed, with student showing at least some steps to "move beyond the minimum."  Student goes beyond the required single posting and interactive posting per week. 

D range: Student's performance is at the minimum. Participation is cryptic and uninvolved, little evidence that student is doing more than guessing at content of readings. Remember that the minimum requirement (a D-) is to answer at least one question and to respond to at least one other student's posting for every unit.)

F: Student fails to complete required elements, effort is superficial and/or student is abusive to others in the class. Student does not complete minimum required tasks and participation is sporadic, at best or student is abusive to others in class.

If you are an off campus student, and need an official transcript sent to your home university, be sure to contact the Indiana University Registrar's Office.

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