Monday, 24 February 2014

LIBS 7026 Mid-Term

The Mid-Term Examination is a stay-at-home examination.

The examination requires you to write between 400-600 words, in the basic paragraph form of the essay, on your choice from two available topics.

Your writing will be judged on the following criteria:
  • exclusive fidelity to lecture concepts and discussion.
  • irrefutable evidence that the course texts were read diligently and ahead of lecture, and that the lecture material was attentively engaged with.
  • proper grammar
  • proper basic paragraph form.
  • clear, succinct, and unique statement of thesis.
  • consistent rhetorical arrangement. 
  • correct and coherent logical development.
  • quotations from the course texts: advised but not required.
  • quotations will not need formal citation; however the Instructor will verify them for exactitude.
The length and number of paragraphs that form your Mid-Term will be determined by your structural and dialectic decisions; but, for your guidance, know that the present setting mandates (unless you are an accomplished prose writer) either one or three paragraphs.

The essay will be graded on the assumption that it was written in a maximum window of two-hours (ninety minutes to write, outline, and draft the essay, and thirty minutes to revise.) This is your precise benchmark for the level of quality that your Mid-Term essay should meet. You can of course schedule your work across the open nine-hour assignment window as you see fit.

Course texts, online lecture slides and, most importantly, your own notes from classroom lecture can be used in the Mid-Term. On the honour system, no consultation or contact with anyone else is permitted during the stay-at-home Examination. Your work must be entirely your own; independently done.

The completed essay must be received by e-mail at no later than 23:59:59 on February 25th, 2014 in the following form:
  •  '7026midtermlastnamefirstname.rtf'.
Mid-Terms will be graded only if they meet the deadline and the precise submission format stipulated above.

The two choices of Examination topic will be released here on the Course Website at 15:00, February 25th , 2014.

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