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Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 06:51 (06:51 AM) CST, day 326 of 2017

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Midterm Exam Rubrics

Midterm Exam

  • The Midterm Exam will be an open-book / open-notes essay exam made up of the questions on the annotated Wiki Study Page? You may bring and use your texts, dictionary, thesaurus, a writing handbook, class handouts, notes, outlines, drafts, memos, 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.

  • What will be covered?

  • How long should the answers be?

  • When is it?

  • Other Useful Information

  • Make-up Exams

s2018 The Live Chat for the Senior Seminar Midterm Exam will be Sunday, 25 February 2018, 7:00-8:00. Sign in on Canvas n the Week 8 Panel.

s2018 Week 7: The Senior Seminar Midterm Exam is scheduled for Week 8 Day 13, Monday, 26 February 2018, 4:00-5:15 p.m., in Cina 214

REM: Bring your Laptop
Laptop

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

What will be covered?

The Midterm Exam will be on all class materials up to and including the end of Week 6

  • This includes the lecture materials, in-class videos, E-mails, the Forum, the basic introductory materials of the text, and the text and class materials.

This includes . . .

Anthropology and Contemporary Human Problems, Sixth Edition, by John H. Bodley

    • Ch. 1.
       

      Anthropological Perspectives on Contemporary Human Problems

    • Ch. 2.  

      Scale, Adaptation, and the Environmental Crisis

 John H. Bodley, Anthropology and Contemporary Human Problems, Sixth Edition

Videos

.

Class Materials

    • All class materials through the end of Week 7

"Optional Resources" may be used in answering the exam questions, but they are not, strictly speaking, required

 

How long should your answers be?

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
 OWL logo--Online Writing Lab, Purdue University

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.

Bring your laptop.

Check your grade in your Moodle logo. Gradebook

Use "The Curve" to figure out your letter grade

     ~ "The Strike Zone"

     ~ Information on Standard Deviation (sometimes useful for interpreting your grade)

Criteria for Grading College Papers

Academic Integrity Policies

Incompletes

General Information

  4. Exams
(up to 1000 points)
   
A.
Midterm
(for up to 400 points)
   
B.
Final
(for up to 600 points)
       
      (Makeup Exam Information)
       
  • s2018 The Live Chat for the Senior Seminar Midterm Exam will be Sunday, 25 February 2018, 7:00-8:00. Sign in on Canvas n the Week 8 Panel.

  • The MIDTERM ON-LINE EXAM will be timed at 1-1/4 hrs. (The timing will start after you read the introduction, when you say 'go'")

  • Includes in-class videos / film, important e-mails, Forum posts, assigned web materials and weeklly reading and other class materials

  • The Midsemester exam will be an open-book 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, 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

      • You will need to bring and use your laptop

        • but you must upload your exam to your Moodle folder at the end of the exam period

        • be sure to save your work regularly throughout the exam

        • REM: Be sure to have your batteries charged

s2018 Week 7: The Senior Seminar Midterm Exam is scheduled for Week 8 Day 13, Monday, 26 February 2018, 4:00-5:15 p.m., in Cina 214

REM: Bring your Laptop
Laptop

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




Midterm Exam
Sample Exam Format

Anthropology Senior Seminar
Midsemester Exam

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Answer the FOUR (only 4) questions randomly selected from the question pool. Keep in mind that there is more than one approach you can take in answering these questions. Follow these guidelines:  

Organize your answer before you begin  

Where appropriate, be sure to state:  
 
  • What or who something is
  • Where it occurred or is located
  • Why it is important
  • When it occurred
  • How it happened or how it works
 

State YOUR position or approach clearly  

Cite specific examples or references to support your statements  

Mention problem areas or other relevant materials which you would like to consider further in a more thorough statement. That is, when you're finished with your answer, what major questions are still left unanswered?  

Summarize your argument or discussion  

Where appropriate use materials from more than one region of the world  

Remember that your responses should have a beginning, a middle, and an end  

Do not discuss any topic or country at length in more than one question  
     

The four exam questions will be taken from the pool of questions that you and your classmates generate on the Final Exam question wiki

    • The pool will include at least one current affairs question

    • The pool will include one question allowing you to make up and answer a question

See details and my comments in the Moodle wiki

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Makeup Exams
  1. With prior consent of the instructor, you may take makeup exams at a mutually convenient time.

  2. It usually takes several days for makeup exams to be returned to you

  3. Makeup Exam scores will be posted in your Moodle grade folder as soon as they are ready.

  4. Use "The Curve" to figure out your letter grade

This course is governed by the . . .

University of Minnesota Duluth Student Academic Integrity Policy
<http://www.d.umn.edu/conduct/integrity/Academic_Integrity_Policy.htm>

UMD Office of Student and Community Standards
<http://www.d.umn.edu/conduct/>

"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 [http://www.d.umn.edu/conduct/integrity/Academic_Integrity_Policy.htm]. 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 Student Conduct Code
<http://www.d.umn.edu/conduct/code/>

and the

Student Conduct Code Statement (students' rights)
<http://www.d.umn.edu/conduct/conduct/conduct-statement.html>

The instructor will enforce and students are expected to follow the University's Student Conduct Code [http://www1.umn.edu/regents/policies/academic/Student_Conduct_Code.html]. 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)

Instructor and Student Responsibilities Policy

AVISO!

A Note on Extra Credit Papers

Failure to comply with the above codes and standards when submitting an Extra Credit paper will result in a penalty commensurate with the lapse, up to and including an F final grade for the course, and, at a minimum, a reduction in total points no fewer than the points available for the Extra Credit project. The penalty will not simply be a zero for the project, and the incident will be reported to the UMD Academic Integrity Officer in the Office of Student and Community Standards.

 

A Note on "Cutting and Pasting" without the Use of Quotation Marks
(EVEN IF you have a citation to the source somewhere in your paper)

If you use others' words and/or works you MUST so indicate that with the use of quotation marks. Failure to use quotation marks to indicate that the materials are not of your authorship constitutes plagiarism—even if you have a citation to the source elsewhere in your paper/work.

Patterned failure to so indicate that the materials are not of your own authorship will result in an F grade for the course.

Other instances of improper attribution will result in a 0 (zero) for the assignment (or a reduction in points equal to the value of an Extra Credit paper), and a reduction of one grade in the final grade of the course.

All incidents will be reported to the UMD Academic Integrity Officer in the Office of Student and Community Standards as is required by University Policy.


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