Course Details

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Fall 2016
Bolin Hall
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M, W, F 10-11

Dr. Linda Fosnaugh (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Expectations

:  Quizzes will be given during some classes and cannot be made up.  In addition, some of the quizzes will be on D2L.   Please arrange for messages to be forwarded from D2L to your personal e-mail inbox.  Homework will be handed in and graded during the semester.  The homework exercises must be worked in the order that they appear on the assignment list.  All work must be shown and the final answer must be clearly indicated.  Homework papers must be stapled together and the student’s name must be on the front page along with the time the class normally meets.  Late homework assignments will not be accepted.

There will be 3 exams during the semester.  Tentative exam dates are October 10, November 2 and December 5.   If an exam is missed, it is the responsibility of the student to notify the instructor prior to the next class period.  No make-up exams will be given after the next class period. 

The final exam will be comprehensive and is scheduled for December 14 at 10:30 for the 10:00 class and at 3:30 for the 12:00 class.

Grading Standards


              3 Exams                                                                                                66 %

Homework                                                                                               5 %

Quizzes                                                                                                   5 %

Final Exam                                                                                            24 %

Final Exam

12/14/2016 10:30

Submission Format Policy

The final exam and all other exams will be taken in class.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Late assignments are not accepted.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance Policy:  Attendance at all classes is expected.  Excused absences (eg. doctor's appointment, university activity) must be documented.   Any student who leaves class without the permission of the instructor is considered to be absent for the class period and any work submitted (quiz, homework, etc.) will not be graded.  If a break is given, failure to return after the break is considered an early dismissal (and hence an unexcused absence) and work done prior to the break will not be graded.   Any student caught doing work for another class will be asked to leave and will be counted absent.    A student is allowed three hours of unexcused absences during the semester.  Each subsequent hour of absences will result in a 1% deduction from the final course average.  A student may be withdrawn from the course for excessive absences.

Tardiness should be avoided.  A student who arrives ten minutes or more after class has begun will be considered absent for the hour.  Chronic tardiness or any other disruptive behavior may result in dismissal from class.

All cell phones must be turned off or set to silent.  A student who is caught using a cell phone during a quiz or a test will receive a grade of “F” on the assessment.  Any student caught using a cell phone or any other electronic device during class will receive one warning.  After the first warning has been issued, if a student is caught using an electronic device during class, the device will be placed on the front desk for the duration of the class.

Other Policies

Make-up exams may be given at the instructor’s discretion for any absence that is the result of a documented medical or personal emergency or an approved university activity.  It is the responsibility of the student to notify the instructor in a timely manner.  Make-up exams must be taken prior to the class period following the missed exam. 


All cell phones must be turned off or set to silent.  If a student is caught text-messaging during class, it will be assumed that he/she is cheating and he/she will receive an "F" on the day's assignment/quiz/exam.

Excessive cell phone use may result in confiscation of the phone.  A student may retrieve the phone after conferencing with the instructor or the department chair.

MP3 players may not be used during class.

The student handbook defines academic dishonesty as giving or receiving help in examinations or quizzes, using unauthorized material on exams or presenting as one’s own work any work which is not one’s own. If a student is dishonest on an exam, quiz or homework assignment, the student will receive a zero on the assignment/quiz/exam. In addition, the student will be asked to sign a letter outlining the incident. A copy of the letter will be placed in the student’s file in the Dean of Student’s office.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at