Your responsibilities

As a student in my course, you are responsible for conducting yourself in a manner that supports a positive learning environment for you and your classmates. My expectations are below; please read and follow them.

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Academic Honesty

Each student is expected to practice academic honesty.

Do NOT cheat.

Academic dishonesty will NOT be tolerated.

If you are faced with a choice between cheating and losing marks, the only choice is to lose marks.

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Classroom Behaviour

Please arrive on time. If you are late, enter quietly and minimize disruptions.

Please be considerate: Only one person speaks at any one time. Unsolicited comments and side conversations impair the hearing and learning of others. If you insist on commenting or having side conversations during a class you will be asked to leave.

Disruptive behaviour will not be tolerated. Every student expects the learning environment to support their learning activities. Standards of good behaviour and civility are expected and encouraged.

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Personal computer and devices

Turn off devices that emit audible sounds.

In first-year courses:

You are NOT permitted to use your own device (e.g. laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.) in lecture sessions, unless notified by the professor in writing.

In second-, third-, and fourth-year courses:

You are permitted to use your own device in classes, to support your learning experience. If there is an online test, your professor will announce (before the test date) whether you can use your own personal computer.

Playing computer-based games, or engaging in other computer usage activity that is distracting and disruptive is NOT permitted. You may be asked to leave the class session. In this situation, if you do not comply, I will terminate the class session and leave the room. (Please note that the missed topic coverage will not be delivered, but you and your classmates will still be responsible for mastering the content in a test, lab, or assignment situation.)

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Taking notes in class (and before class, as you prepare)

You must write your own class notes. You don’t have to transcribe verbatim everything that’s said in class. Instead, a page or two per period would likely be enough. What notes should you write?

  • Topics that you want or need to learn or research later
  • Topics that you want to ask questions about
  • Things you want or need to practice
  • Things that the professor identifies as “important

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Do you think that you’re too smart to take notes? Or that you’ll just remember everything? Or that whatever’s being said is boring or unimportant? Or that the content is easily found on a web site?

Well, answer – truthfully – this question: What exactly did the professor say ten minutes ago?

How can you reduce the amount of notes that you write during a class? Prepare beforehand. If you read the materials for the upcoming class, you will be aware of the topics. Then, during class, you can write good class notes, and spend the rest of the time getting the most out of the classroom experience.

As noted above, students in first-year courses cannot use a device in my course’s lecture sessions, even to take notes. Instead, use paper and a pencil or pen.

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