Students who fail to log in to the course and begin participation by the end of the first week of class may be administratively dropped. The course opens in D2L no later than the first day of class, often a few days before. Visit http://d2l.arizona.edu and select LIS 671 from your list of available courses. If the course is not showing in your list of available courses by the first day of class, contact the School of Information office immediately.
Regular logins and participation in discussion components are mandatory and tracked by the D2L system. This course is not self-paced. Students should plan on logging in regularly throughout the week to review and respond to course materials and readings, discussion posts and announcements. Infrequent logins or failure to participate in required on-line discussion is treated as an absence. It will adversely affect the grade for discussion and may result in the student being administratively dropped from the course.
Accessibility and Accommodations:
It is the University’s goal that learning experiences be as accessible as possible. If you anticipate or experience physical or academic barriers based on disability, please let me know immediately so that we can discuss options. You are also welcome to contact Disability Resources (520-621-3268) to establish reasonable accommodations.
Students are expected to abide by The University of Arizona Code of Academic Integrity, see http://deanofstudents.arizona.edu/codeofacademicintegrity. The guiding principle of academic integrity is that a student's submitted work must be the student's own.' If you have any questions regarding what is acceptable practice under this Code, please ask an Instructor.
Syllabus and schedule
The information contained in the course syllabus, other than the grade and absence policies, may be subject to change with reasonable advance notice, as deemed appropriate by the instructor.
Late Assignment and Discussion Policy
Due dates accompany all assignments. Late assignments including late discussion postings will be penalized 10% for up to five days past due and 20% for discussion or assignments submitted more than five days past the deadline. Discussion may be closed to posting after two weeks. Assignments or discussion more than two weeks overdue will not generally be accepted for credit. In any event, the last day of class is the last day to submit any work for credit.
Incompletes are not generally approved except under exceptional circumstances in advance consultation with the instructor. The grade of I may be awarded only at the end of a term, when all but a minor portion of the course work has been satisfactorily completed. The grade of I is not to be awarded in place of a failing grade or when the student is expected to repeat the course; in such a case, a grade other than I must be assigned. Students should make arrangements with the instructor to receive an incomplete grade before the end of the term. If the incomplete is not removed by the instructor within one year the “I” grade will revert to a failing grade. See http://registrar.arizona.edu/gradepolicy/incomplete.htm
This course is required to meet or exceed the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) guidelines for hours of expected work. ABOR requires a minimum of 135 hours of work for a 3-credit course. As a rule of thumb, students should expect to spend a minimum of 9-10 hours per week over the duration of this course. Most students report needing to spend a greater amount of time on this course compared to other master's level courses they have taken.
All policies and codes of the University of Arizona apply to students in this school. See: http://deanofstudents.arizona.edu/policies-codes for a list of policies. Additionally, the School of Information has behavioral policies. In a class or in communicating with other students, faculty and staff it is perfectly acceptable to disagree with opinions expressed in the posts of your instructor or fellow students, but you are expected to demonstrate professionalism and respect at all times. Personal attacks, bullying, flames, or lack of respect will not be tolerated in email, discussion boards or in person. Repeated violations in the classroom will result in the student being recommended for administrative drop. Repeated violations in the school community outside of the classroom will be reviewed by the faculty and may result in a recommendation for expulsion from the school or other sanctions to correct the behavior.
Bruce Fulton, MLS, PhD
School of Information
1515 E First Street
Office hours for virtual courses are by appointment, and are available via Skype, telephone or face to face.