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General Information

  • The Understanding Global Cultuers Final Exam Live Chat will be the night before the exam from 07:00-08:00 CST, on Tuesday, 15 December 2015. Sign in on Moodle logo. in the Week 15 Panel.

  • The Final Exam will be

    f2015 Week 16 ("Finals Week"): The Understanding Global Cultures Final Exam is scheduled for 2:00-3:55 p.m., Wednesday, 16 December 2015, in MonH 208

    REM: Bring your Laptop
    Moodle Exams (and everything else on Moodle) works best with a Firefox browser. If you do not have a Firefox browser on your laptop, download one (it's free).


  • The Final will be an open-book / open-notes essay exam

    • Essay exams usually provide a better learning experience and, in addition, afford practice in writing

    • This is an open-book exam. You may bring and use your texts, dictionary, thesaurus, a writing handbook, class handouts, notes, outlines, drafts, memos, a laptop, and a Ouija board. You may also use references and materials from your other classes and the web, with the caveat, of course, that you properly cite any sources you use.

      You may bring and use your laptop

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    Final Exam

  • The exam will cover materials up to and including the end of Week 15

  • Some of the questions will be cumulative, but most will focus on the materials covered since the midsemester exam.

  • This includes the lecture materials, in-class videos, E-mails, the Forums, the basic introductory materials of the text, and the text and class materials on the following new countries:

    • tba

  • There will also be questions on the final asking you to compare and contrast things in two or more countries included in the entire semester

    • these comparison/contrast questions will include countries covered earlier in the semester

  • This is an open-book / open-notesexam

    • You may bring and use your texts, dictionary, thesaurus, a writing handbook, class handouts, notes, outlines, drafts, and memos

    • You may also use references and materials from your other classes, with the caveat, of course, that you properly cite any sources you use

    • Bring and use your laptop

      • REM: Be sure to have your batteries charged


How long should your answers be?

Answer: About the same length as Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

The question of length is a good one. It's also a difficult one to answer as it depends on the question itself, your style of writing, the detail which you give to your examples, and—since this is an open-book exam where you basically could prepare questions in advance and then cut and paste from other sources (with proper credit given to those sources)—a good answer can vary quite a bit in length.

At a minimum you should have a beginning, a middle, and an end (sometimes also known as introduction, body, conclusion).

You should also be sure to answer the question(s) asked, and if there are two, three or more parts to a question, be sure to answer all of them.

Be sure to give examples when you make a statement.

I think it is a good thing to have a look at the OWL's advice before every exam:

Writing Essays for Exams
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To use their recommendations, a well focused, well organized, well supported, well packaged essay answer could be done (for most of the questions) in the equivalent of about a page and a half to two "normal" pages (double-spaced, one-inch margins, #11 or #12 font)—which is about 375-500 words.

How long was the Gettysburg Address?

263 or 268 or 270 words depending on which printed version you check

A standard "letter size" 8-1/2 X 11 sheet of paper has about 255 words, with a size 12 font

So your answer should be about one page long, two if you use the Owl's recommendations




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This course is governed by the . . .

UMD Student Academic Integrity Policy

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"Academic dishonesty tarnishes UMD's reputation and discredits the accomplishments of students. UMD is committed to providing students every possible opportunity to grow in mind and spirit. This pledge can only be redeemed in an environment of trust, honesty, and fairness. As a result, academic dishonesty is regarded as a serious offense by all members of the academic community. In keeping with this ideal, this course will adhere to UMD's Student Academic Integrity Policy, which can be found at www.d.umn.edu/assl/conduct/integrity. This policy sanctions students engaging in academic dishonesty with penalties up to and including expulsion from the university for repeat offenders." -- UMD Educational Policy Committee, Jill Jensen, Chair (08/16/2007)

and the

UMD Conduct Code:



"The instructor will enforce and students are expected to follow the University's Student Conduct Code (http://www.d.umn.edu/assl/conduct/code). Appropriate classroom conduct promotes an environment of academic achievement and integrity. Disruptive classroom behavior that substantially or repeatedly interrupts either the instructor's ability to teach, or student learning, is prohibited. Disruptive behavior includes inappropriate use of technology in the classroom. Examples include ringing cell phones, text-messaging, watching videos, playing computer games, doing email, or surfing the Internet on your computer instead of note-taking or other instructor-sanctioned activities." -- UMD Educational Policy Committee, Jill Jensen, Chair (08/16/2007)

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