Information and Policies
Office Voice Mail:
E-mail is the best method for contacting me. If you need
to miss a class session, review the calendar on the syllabus. It's fine to send an e-mail to give a heads up. Be sure to check the calendar
at the end of your syllabus to find out what you have missed and need to
recover. Please ask a fellow student to lend to you any handouts that you
may have missed so that you may copy the material.
- Please come to class on time. If you have a standing conflict
that prevents you from arriving punctually, please let me know about it.
- Food and beverages in my classroom are welcome as long as your
consumption of them is not disturbing to me or the other students.
- Turn off all cell phones and text messaging devices prior to
entering the classroom. Do not turn them back on until you have left
- Use of laptop computers during class is okay, but only with
discression. Please use your laptop only for those purposes that
directly pertain to class.
- Exiting the classroom: Please don't pack up your personal
effects until the class session is finished. If you need to leave
early, be very courteous about not disturbing those around you.
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Please refer to the
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I assign percentage
to the exams and exercises that you complete during the semester. This
percentage grade is then converted into a letter-grade scale. I give
of plus and minus which convert to scores that affect your GPA .
(Please note that there is no grade of “A+.” The computer grading system at UCD
is not set up to accept an “A+.”)
policy on attendance is as follows: Any student who misses 20% of the
(a total of three weeks of class) will automatically fail the course.
translates to a total of nine class sessions for those classes that
three times a week and six class sessions for those classes that meet
a week. Attendance is a key issue in foreign language learning, and
to come to class deprives you of the necessary exposure to the
It is my commitment to provide you with the best possible instruction.
If you miss class sessions, you are depriving me of that privilege.
by signing up for a course, you are contracting to attend that course.
If you miss a class session, you are violating that contract and
yourself of the fullest possible experience.
Even though there
be a specific assignment after any given class, you have homework every
day in German. Please refer to the calendar in your syllabus and keep
of the material. The responsibility of coming to class prepared every
rests squarely on your shoulders. Not only do you hurt yourself when
show up to class unprepared, but you create a disadvantage to all the
members of the class as well.
The College of
and Sciences recommends to students that for each hour of class time,
to three hours of study time is required outside of class. This means
a three-credit course requires six to nine hours outside of class and
a five credit course requires ten to fifteen hours of outside study.
students find foreign language courses as difficult as any other
on campus. The work load and complexity of material can be every bit as
demanding as an equivalent course in Physics, Math, History, Economics,
or Biology. If you plan on earning an “A”, you should expect to put in
6-12 hours a week of outside work for each three-credit course and
hours a week for each five-credit course.
SPEAKERS OF GERMAN
UCD sometimes hosts
students from Oldenburg. These students may be available to help you
grammar, pronunciation and fluency. Please seek out these people as
can be a useful resource. Ask the Office of International Education for
a “conversation partner” if you are interested.
The Department of Modern Languages collects a small course fee from
each student enrolled in langauge courses to help maintain ancillary
services. This includes the language lab and tutoring. Please take
advantage of the tutor. For students having difficulty with the
language, the tutor will help explain difficult concepts and work on
drills to provide students with added practice in the language. For
more advanced students, the tutor is an excellent resouce for working
on pronunciation and topics not covered in detail during class
sessions. You are already automatically paying for this service so
please consider visiting the tutor for an hour a week.
Except in the
an extreme emergency, I do not assign the grade of incomplete. I will
an incomplete only in a proven and documented emergency and only under
the following conditions. The student must meet all of these conditions
in order to qualify for an incomplete. These conditions are in
with the university's uniform grading policy:
must complete at least 75% of the course.
includes a minimum of 12 weeks of attendance.
must be passing the course.
will not assign an incomplete to you if you are failing this course.
must provide written documentation.
of a true emergency to the D.M.L. and the C.L.A.S.
must arrange the incomplete on time.
must be before the final day of classes prior to the beginning of final
(or I) must fill out an incomplete agreement form.
sure to attain all the required signatures.
must make up the incomplete within a calendar year.
grade will otherwise revert to an F.
may NOT re-take a course to make up the work for an incomplete.
are allowed only to finish the incomplete material and nothing more.
incomplete is as follows: A student, who is performing well in a
suffers an unpredictable emergency near or at the end of the semester.
This emergency prevents the student from satisfactorily completing the
course. That student takes a brief leave of absence from the course to
settle the outside business and then returns promptly (usually within a
semester but no longer than a year) to complete the remaining work in
course. The student and instructor draw up a contract to outline the
components of the remaining work. Upon completion of that work, the
receives a letter grade which replaces the grade of incomplete.
If you decide to
a a course, you must re-register for the course and pay the appropriate
tuition. The grades for both courses will appear on your transcript.
courses are considered "non-repeatable" in terms of how they count
your graduation. In other words, your transcipt will show both grades
a repeated course, but you will be allowed to count a repeated course
once toward graduation.
Do not cheat. Types of cheating include (but are not limited to):
copying from other student(s) on written exams, falsely representing
material as your own when in fact it was created by someone other than
yourself, using hidden materials on closed book tests, etc. Infractions
against academic honesty will be punished in accordance to their
severity. This can range from earning a zero on an assignment, to
failing a test, to failing the course, and (in severe instances) being
expelled from the university.
If any of the above policies or suggestions are unclear, please come to
me in person and ask me to explain them to you in further detail. They
are meant as helpful guidelines.