FALL 2017
AAS 100
IMPORTANT LINKS

A-Z Index of all UB websites

1. Office Hours (Note: read the office hours policies available via this same link before you come to see me.)

2. Original Syllabus

2(a) Learning Outcomes

3. Missed Test/Attendance Form

4. Etiquette (U.B. Policy)

5. Complaints

6. Policy on Academic Freedom

7. AAS 100 Course Materials (Online Course Materials)
   
8. Documentaries and films streaming available via UB libraries here:
(a) http://buffalo.kanopystreaming.com.gate.lib.buffalo.edu/
and
(b) http://digitalcampus.swankmp.net.gate.lib.buffalo.edu/buffalo304245/#/browse

9. Course Related News Links

10 Test/Quiz Scores + Attendance Record

10(a) Grades Schedule

11. Test Instructions

12. UB Policy on Sexual Misconduct 

13. Class Notes.

14. Term paper instructions

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OFFICE HOURS
(Read the office hours policies available via this same link before you come to see me.)

NOTE: Important links are on the left and toward the end of this page.



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 8
Posted 12/6/2017

Guys,
Please note:
1. My office hours will change starting from tomorrow. Link is above.
2. Reminder: All excused absences must be accompanied by the Missed Attendance/Test form (even if you have talked to me about it) and any missed work must be made up during my office hours.
3. Materials you must study for the Final Exam are indicated via link no. 7 to the left.  ..


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 7
Posted 11/26/2017

People,
Please note:
  1. I have updated the AAS 100 readings page (accessible via the online course materials link) for the November 28 quiz. Do not forget to study any images that may be present in the readings! (How many times do I have to tell you this?)
  2. Please also check out the reminders in Announcement no. 3 below (items 1 through 9).


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 6
Posted 11/17/2017

Guys,
Please note:
  1. I have updated the AAS 100 readings page (accessible via the online course materials) and the links to research materials for the term paper (accessible via links on the readings page for October 24). Do not forget to study any images that may be present in the readings!
  2. Further, as per class discussion, items 6 and 7 on the term paper instructions page is no longer necessary.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 5
Posted 11/12/2017

Folks, Please note:

  1. Readings: Please study the asterisked readings and all images in them available via link no. 7 on the left (if you do not already know), for the upcoming class on Tuesday--which will be in our regular room in Knox 110. Note: if an image in a reading appears small, click on it to see if a larger version is available (do I really have to tell you this?).
  2. Quiz: Beginning with the upcoming class and thereafter, inability to answer quiz questions correctly because of failure to study the assigned materials will trigger the following consequences: three or more failures, automatic written quiz the following week; one to two failures, a grade lower than an A for the entire class. Plus there will be no opportunity for anyone to indicate beforehand that they have not done the work. As I had indicated in class, although there was an improvement, I was not completely happy with your verbal quiz performance in our last class--even though all who were present were given an A for it. If you were not present and you completed a Missed Attendance/Test Form (link no 3 on the left) with proper documentation--sending me e-mails is not enough--you should come to my office during my office hours to complete the missed work.
  3. Question: Have you started your research on the term paper? Instructions were already posted via link no. 14 on the left. Do you know when this paper is due in class? (See item no. 4 in the previous announcement below.)
  4. Question: Have you checked when the final exam will take place? (See item no. 3 in the previous announcement below.)
  5. Class notes: Notes by your peers have been updated. See link no. 13 on the left.



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 4
Posted 11/5/2017

People:

Please go through this announcement carefully.
  1. Room change: There is a room change for Tuesday's class (Nov. 7). See item no. 10 in announcement no. 3 below.
  2. Quiz: Readings for Nov. 7 class: as explained in class, questions will come only from asterisked items (starred items). For example, make sure that when you click on the WEB DuBois reading you look for starred items at the top and on the side of the pages that come up (as I showed you in class). By the way, do not lie to me, like many of you did in the last class, about skimming/studying the readings. It is not only extremely unprofessional and unethical (the people who raised you should have taught you this), but it only pisses me off, and that is not good for you.
  3. Final exam: Unlike what I was originally told (as I had explained to one of you after class), I have just found out that Dr. B had scheduled an exam for this class. School regulations require us to have the final exam during exam week. Some teachers, I have been told by students, cheat by having the final exam on the last day of class by relabeling it as a "test." Be that as it may, given my ethics, we will have a final exam during exam week. Therefore, please check your own exam schedule available on your MYUB page for the date, time, and place. Do not screw up on this. (There is one thing, however, I can do: make it either cumulative or make it non-cumulative; but that will depend on how much work you do in the remainder of this semester.)
  4. Term paper: As mentioned a couple of weeks ago, instructions for the term paper, which you will write in class on November 21 are here.
  5. Missing Class Attendance: See item no. 5 in announcement no. 3 below. (NOTE: coming to class is extremely important in this course.)
  6. Your Attendance Record: As shown to you in class, it is available via the link on the left or toward the end of this page.
  7. E-mails: See item no. 7 in announcement no. 3 below.
  8. Class notes: Two of your peers kindly volunteered to take class notes. If you still do not know, they are accessible via the AAS 100 Course Materials link on the left or toward the end of this page.
  9. Mid-term grade: You can access your mid-term grade via your MYUB page.
  10. Grades Schedule: The table indicating points equivalent for letter grades in this course can be accessed via a link on the left or toward the end of this page.
  11. Commemorating MLK. See the flyer here about a commemorating event marking the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s visit to UB. You are encouraged to attend, if time permits.
 

ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 3
Posted 10/28/2017

Folks:

As mutually agreed in class, we will have verbal quizzes in every class. If you are able to demonstrate that you did do the assigned work, then we won't have to have written quizzes. The verbal quiz this coming Tuesday (10/31) will cover the starred items in the AAS 100 Course Materials section. See link no. 7 at the end of this page.

Important reminders:

  1. You must also study any images that may be present in a reading and/or site page(s). (If they have captions summarize them in your notes.) Check if a reading has subheadings; if they are present use them as a guide to organize your notes.
  2. Excuses such as "I couldn't locate the material," "I looked at the wrong material," etc. is simply not acceptable. If your classmates were able to locate the material then obviously your laziness prevented you from really trying.
  3. With rare exception, I will not ask you about dates and names of places. Instead, what you should concentrate on is the "what," and the "why," and the implications / consequences. (E.g. what were the main facts of, say, the rebellion, why did it occur, and what were the consequences for society at large.) Where the reading is an overview of, say, a system (e.g. slavery) or a major event (e.g. the Civil War) then identify the main themes and consequences. In cases of definitions, obviously concentrate on the main elements of the definition. Important: Any reading assignment written by me should be considered an extension of class lectures and therefore must take precedence over other assigned materials.<-- Read this sentence again.
  4. You can bring your notes and readings to class, but you will not be allowed to consult the printed materials while being questioned.
  5. Whether excused or unexcused, if you are absent you will not get points. However, for excused absences you can make up the quiz by coming to my office during my office hours--link at the top of this page--provided you also complete the Missed Attendance/Test Form--link no. 3 toward bottom of this page. (No. Talking to me or sending me an e-mail is not enough.)
  6. If you come to class after the quiz has begun, you will automatically be asked to answer quiz questions. Do not leave class for any reason while the quiz is taking place.
  7. Do not send me e-mails that do not begin with this proper salutation (Dear...) and closure (Sincerely,...), otherwise you may not get a response. I get a lot of e-mails; therefore, if a class session takes place before I have had an opportunity to read and respond to your e-mail then in all likelihood you will never get a response. My assumption will be that if you needed a response then you would have talked to me before or after class. And do not send me e-mails about matters I have already covered on this page. (Note: I only read my e-mails when I am working at my desktop computer. I do not use mobile devices; and I do not read work-related e-mails on weekends and school breaks.)
  8. When you take up your seats in class, there must be an empty seat between you and the next person. Plus, the middle and the last row at the top must be entirely empty.
  9. You must put away all your electronic devices; they should not be visible anywhere. If they are visible or even worse you are caught using them then I may deduct points from any bonus points you may have accumulated for the entire course.
  10. For November 7 class only, we will move to O'Brian 112. (All other class sessions will be in our usual room.) Why this change? No idea. Instructions from the registrar's office.
 


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 2
Posted 10/24/2017

People:

Some important reminders:

1) As you know from your original syllabus, attendance is not only mandatory in this course (see pages 2 and 3, Section II: Course Format and Requirements) but the computation of your final grade will also take attendance into consideration. Therefore, please be aware that attendance roll-call will be taken at every class. If you have a documented excuse for being absent then you must complete the Missed/Attendance Test Form available via a link at the bottom of this page. NOTE: sending me an e-mail is not enough.

2) If you have misplaced your copy of the syllabus then you can get it via the link at the bottom of this page.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 1
Posted 10/17/2017

Guys/Folks/People:

This is the class home page for AAS 100 until further notice which you are required to visit on a regular basis. Your failure to follow instructions posted via announcements on this page will NOT be looked on kindly. You have been warned!  This page will be redesigned and updated soon but in the mean time please download and read ALL the documents below which will give you information on basic course requirements.

A note about e-mails:

Do not send me e-mails that do not begin with this proper salutation (Dear...) and closure (Sincerely,...), otherwise you may not get a response.




Important Links

A-Z Index of all UB websites

1. Office Hours: see link above. (Note: read the office hours policies available via this same link before you come to see me.)

2. Original Syllabus

2(a) Learning Outcomes

3. Missed Test/Attendance Form

4. Etiquette (U.B. Policy)

5. Complaints

6. Policy on Academic Freedom

7. AAS 100 Course Materials (Online Course Materials)
   
8. Documentaries and films streaming available via UB libraries here:
(a) http://buffalo.kanopystreaming.com.gate.lib.buffalo.edu/
and
(b) http://digitalcampus.swankmp.net.gate.lib.buffalo.edu/buffalo304245/#/browse

9. Course Related News Links

10 Test/Quiz Scores + Attendance Record

10(a) Grades Schedule

11. Test Instructions

12. UB Policy on Sexual Misconduct 

13. Class Notes. See AAS 100 Course Materials (item 7 above)



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