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CLASS HOME PAGE FOR ONLINE AAS 254 SPRING 2021 CLASS





IMPORTANT LINKS

ANNOUNCEMENTS
are in reverse chronological order--You should go through all announcements since your last visit, as simple common sense would suggest! NOTE: excuses such as "I did not know this was available via the class homepage," or "I did not have time to go to the class home page," and so on, will not be tolerated. In this class, intellectual laziness has its price: a poor grade.
 

[[]] Syllabus

[[]] Test Instructions

[[]] Homework Materials Depository

[[]] Course Clarifications (FAQs)

[[]] Test/Course Schedule

[[]] Test/Quiz Scores


 






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SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE TO THE END to see all the announcements you have missed.
Man, do I really have to tell you this?


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 7
  Posted 4/14/2021 
People, please note:

1) To give you a big break, I am making the term paper optional. That is, you do not have to do it, if you don't wish to. However, if you would still like to do the paper then after you have carefully read the instructions for it, send me an e-mail with this statement: "I have diligently read, understood, and agree to abide by all the instructions for the term paper." If you do not send me an e-mail with this statement, your paper will be rejected. The instructions for the term paper are available here.
2)  If you have to resign from this class, then the deadline is in a day or two. (Check your HUB portal or registrar's page.)
3) As indicated before, although we don't have a final exam in this course, we will have a regular test during exam week.
4) Before you send me e-mails, ALWAYS make sure you go through the Course Clarifications page (link on the left) to see if your question has been dealt with.
5) Homework for weeks 11 and 12:
Week Eleven (beginning April 12). Please DOWNLOAD, view and study (without any kind of distractions) these two items:
(a) Video: "Institutional Racism Versus Interpersonal Racism," available via this YouTube page here.
(b) Video documentary: "The Film Score: Part Two (Quincy Jones)," available via this click path: Homework Materials (link is in the left margin)--> PART A -->  Class Films List. NOTE: Everything in this video documentary, everything, is important! That means all text, all visuals, and all sound--everything!

Week Twelve (beginning April 19). Please DOWNLOAD, view and study (without any kind of distractions) these two items:
(a) Film: Mr. Church
(b) Film: A Hundred Foot Journey
Both items are available via this click path: Homework Materials (link is in the left margin)--> PART A -->  Class Films List.
6) Test date for Test No. 6, which will cover all homework for Weeks 11 and 12: Monday, April 26 (usual time frame 2:00 to 11:00 pm).  
7) Important: Although we don't have a final exam in this course, we will have a regular test during exam week.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 6
  Posted 4/1/2021 [UPDATE: 4/12/2021]
Folks, please note:
1) Test 5 coming up will be worth 20% of your final grade.  <---IMPORTANT
2) As indicated before, although we don't have a final exam in this course, we will have a regular test during exam week.
3) Before you send me e-mails, ALWAYS make sure you go through the Course Clarifications page (link on the left) to see if your question has been dealt with.
4) Homework for weeks 9 and 10 (do not screw up on this homework):
Week Nine (beginning March 29). Please DOWNLOAD, view and study (without any kind of distractions) these two items:
(a) Reading: "Reading No. S," available via this click path: --> Homework Materials (link is in the left margin)--> PART A --> Readings Packet 10.
(b) Video documentary: "The Film Score: Part Three (A. R. Rahman)," available via this click path: Homework Materials (link is in the left margin)--> PART A -->  Class Films List. NOTE: Everything in this video documentary, everything, is important! That means all text, all visuals, and all sound--everything!

Week Ten (beginning April 5). Please DOWNLOAD, view and study (without any kind of distractions) these 5 items:
(a) Readings: "Reading No. F(a); I; K; Q; and R," available via this click path: --> Homework Materials (link is in the left margin)--> PART A --> Readings Packet 10.
5) Test date for Test No. 5, which will cover all homework for Weeks 9 and 10: Monday, April 12 (usual time frame 2:00 to 11:00 pm).  UPDATE: Test 5 (worth 20%) is now available.

6) Important: Although we don't have a final exam in this course, we will have a regular test during exam week.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 5
  Posted 3/18/2021 [UPDATED: 3/31/2021]
People:

1) Before you send me e-mails make sure you also go through the Course Clarifications page (link on the left).
2) Homework for weeks 7 and 8:
Week Seven (beginning March 15). Please DOWNLOAD, view and study (without any kind of distractions) these two items:
(a) Reading: "Reading No. 26 (Film Composer)," available via this click path: Homework Materials (link is in the left margin)--> PART M -->  [C] Readings on Cinema.
(b) Video documentary: "The Film Score: Part One (SECTION A)," available via this click path: Homework Materials (link is in the left margin)--> PART A -->  Class Films List.

Week Eight (beginning March 22). Please DOWNLOAD, view and study (without any kind of distractions) these two items:
(a) Film: Into the West, available via this click path: Homework Materials (link is in the left margin)--> PART A -->  Class Films List.
(b) Video documentary: "The Film Score: Part One (SECTION B)," available via this click path: Homework Materials (link is in the left margin)--> PART A -->  Class Films List.
3) Test date for Test No. 4, which will cover all homework for Weeks 7 and 8: Wednesday, March 31 (usual time frame 2:00 to 11:00 pm). UPDATE: Guys, Test 4 is now available. Reminder: The preliminary score you will see in the grade center is NOT your final score for this test. The final (adjusted) score for this test will be posted on your class home page, not here.
4) Mid-term grades have been posted via your HUB portal.
5) Important: Although we don't have a final exam in this course, we will have a regular test during exam week.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 4
  Posted 3/2/2021 [UPDATED 3/15/2021]
Guys:

1) Before you send me e-mails make sure you also go through the Course Clarifications page (link on the left).
2) Homework for weeks 5 and 6:
Week Five (beginning March 1). Please DOWNLOAD, view and study (without any kind of distractions) these two items:
Film: Places in the Heart   
Video: mise-en-scene 
Week Six (beginning March 8). Please DOWNLOAD, view and study (without any kind of distractions) these two items:
Film: Great Debaters   
Film: Inflicting Disability  
Test date for Test No. 3, which will cover all homework for Weeks 5 and 6: Monday, March 15 (usual time frame 2:00 to 11:00 pm).
UPDATE: Test 3 is now available on Blackboard. Reminder: The preliminary score you will see in the grade center on Blackboard is NOT your final score for this test. The final (adjusted) score for this test will be posted on this page via the link in the left column.
3) Mid-term grades will be posted as satisfactory (MS) or unsatisfactory (MU) based on Test 2 scores only to help motivate some of you to change the trajectory of your test grades--if necessary.
4) Test 2 scores from yesterday--together with an indication of who downloaded the homework--have been posted (link on the left).
5) Test 1 retake scores have been posted. (Yes, the retake only was optional as per announcements).
6) It is your responsibility, as an adult--see the slide image above--to be on top of all announcements for this course (you will not always get reminders like this one) via the class home page.
7) This is an intellectually simple course, but you have to put in the time to do your homework--which is not that much compared to your other classes--however, some of you are not doing it. 
8) This course is not just about grades. As those of you who are doing the homework know, the issues we are covering in this course are relevant to all of us.
9) Question for you to think about: What if I prevented you from downloading or streaming the homework on test day? (At the moment this is just a thought--but you are being warned.)


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 3
  Posted 2/22/2021 [UPDATED 3/1/2021]

People:

1. The retake option for Test 1 (both parts) for those who want to or need to improve their test scores  is now available. This is a one time deal.
2. Homework for Week Four (this week):
Week Four (beginning February 22). Please DOWNLOAD, view and study (without any kind of distractions) these two AV items:
Film: In the Name of the Father  
Film: American Outrage 
3. Test 2 will be next week on Monday, March 1 during the usual time frame: 2:00 to 11:00 pm. Test 2 will cover homework for Week 3 (see below) and Week 4 (see above).
UPDATE: Test 2 is now available on Blackboard. Reminder: The preliminary score you will see in the grade center on Blackboard is NOT your final score for this test. The final (adjusted) score for this test will be posted here via the link in the left margin after the test is over for everyone.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 2
  Posted 2/8/2021 [UPDATE 2/15/2021, 2/17/2021]

People, Folks, Guys:

1. If you haven't already done so, please go through the next announcement below regarding homework and next week's test dates.
2. While the dates are the same, the time frame for the tests have now changed: you will be sitting for the tests within this time frame: 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Yes, everything else remains the same.
3. Please go through the Test Instructions carefully available via the link in the left margin. <--This is also part of homework for this week.
4. Homework for Week Three:
Week Three (beginning February 15). Please DOWNLOAD, view and study (without any kind of distractions) this AV item: 
Film: The New World  
UPDATE: Test 1, Part 1 is now available on Blackboard (UBLearns). Test scores will be posted via link in the left column.
UPDATE: Test 1, Part 2 is now available on Blackboard (UBLearns). Test scores will be posted via link in the left column.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 1
  Posted 1/31/2021 / UPDATED 2/1/2021

People, Folks, Guys:

Welcome to your class home page, which you are required to visit regularly (at least once a week). From this page you will be able to access everything related to this class, except tests/quizzes (which you will take on Blackboard--aka UBLearns). <-- Read this sentence again.

Please go through the following announcements carefully:

1) This page will be redesigned slightly in the next few days.
2) The class schedule will be available soon (via this page); in the mean time, please do the following homework:
(a) Week One (beginning February 1); and next week (Week Two, Beginning February 8), DOWNLOAD, and view and study (without any kind of distractions) these two AV items:

Week One: Film: Just Mercy 

Week Two: --Film: Life 
                   --Reading: Stages of Filmmaking
                   --Video: Movies are Magic

Yes, this is the only homework for weeks one and two. If you want more, send me an e-mail. :)

(b) Test 1 only will be divided in two parts--Part 1 will be on Monday, February 15; and Test 1--Part 2 will be on Wednesday, February 17. (Since this is the first test you are taking for this class, Test 1 is divided into two parts to give you a chance to improve your score in the second part, if you don't do well in part one.) Both parts will cover the above homework for weeks 1 and 2. Time of day for both parts: Tests must be done in the time period between 2:00 pm and 11:00 pm. Each part will have an exact time limit (about 40-50 minutes long--depending upon number of questions). Additional instructions about the tests will be posted shortly on this page.

3) The course syllabus is available via the link in the left margin of this page. Please go through it carefully, so you do not face any surprises.











 

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