WARNING: ALWAYS SCROLL THE ENTIRE PAGE TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU DO NOT MISS ANYTHING EVERY TIME YOU ARRIVE ON THIS PAGE.
YOUR FAILURE TO VISIT THIS PAGE REGULARLY MAY CAUSE YOU MUCH GRIEF!
THIS IS THE CLASS HOME PAGE FOR ONLINE AAS 253  FALL 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.
 

[[]] Materials for Class Assignments

[[]] Syllabus

[[]] Learning Outcomes

[[]] Test/Quiz Instructions

[[]] Class Films List

[[]] Test/Quiz/Exam Scores

[[]] Homework/Tests Schedule

[[]] Video File Issues

[[]] Academic Honesty--School Policy

[[]] Educational Success Packet 
 

[[]] Grades Do Matter 

[[]] U.B. Student Calendar

[[]] U.B. Undergraduate Catalog  

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. 3
 
Posted 9/21/2021

 People, Please note:
1. Your final scores for Test 1 are now available via the link on the left.  These are the scores you must use to determine your letter grade. The explanation for these scores are on the test scores page itself.

2. Test 2 is coming up. Check out the homework/test schedule (link below or on the left) for the test date, time, and what it will cover. As always, the test will take place via Blackboard. The same format as Test 1 will be followed. See the test instructions (link on the left).

3. As mentioned before, those who missed Test 1 or would like to improve their scores for Test 1, can take the "Test1 Retake/Makeup" on  FRIDAY, October 1st at  2:00 pm. via Blackboard. This is a retake; so it will cover the same homework material as indicated on the homework/test schedule for Test 1. Important: Not all questions will be identical to those on the first test. (This is extra work for me; so please show your appreciation by doing well on the test!)

4. Everyone must submit the "Syllabus Disclaimer" via Blackboard. Instructions appear as an assignment. Failure to submit the disclaimer will result in forfeiting all bonus points and breaks that the class may get. (I may also assign other penalties.)



ANNOUNCEMENT No. 2
  Posted 9/10/2021 [UPDATED: 9/15/2021] 

People, Folks, Guys, p
lease note:

1. Our first test is coming up shortly; the homework and test schedule is available via one of the links in the next announcement below.
2.
All tests will be available on Blackboard (UBLearns). The test will be no more than 40 minutes long.
3. Some questions will also come from the syllabus, and the images below.
4. Rules and procedures for the tests is available here.
5. Examples of test questions are available here.
6. I strongly urge you to go through this information because I wont have the time to answer questions that I have already answered.
7. Do not access material for this course via your phone.

UPDATE: Going by the Homework/Test schedule, Test 1 will be available today on Blackboard (UBLearns) at 2:00 pm.
all test scores have now been posted via the link on the left. Note: grades are available via your HUB portal.
Good bye.


ANNOUNCEMENT No. 1
 
Posted 12/9/2020 [UPDATED: 12/11/2020; 12/13/2020] 

  People, Folks, Guys,

Welcome to your class home page. Please go through this announcement super-carefully (I will not answer questions I have already answered on this page).

1. Whenever you send me an e-mail it must be in a professional format; that is, it must begin with a proper opening and closure--otherwise you may not get a response. Please allow 24 hours minimum for a response. A proper opening begins with Dear and ends with Sincerely. Look at the format of the announcement you received. The subject heading MUST always indicate your course. (I am teaching about 130 students across three classes.)  Further, it will really help me if you can also quote the exact sentence or paragraph from an announcement or instructions that your e-mail is about.

2.  You are required to visit this page 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. Why this arrangement? For copyright reasons--especially with regard to homework materials.

3. This page will be redesigned slightly at some point soon.

4. The class syllabus will be available soon (via this page); in the mean time, please go through the basic course requirements, the link to which has been available on Blackboard for more than a week now via the announcements page. Here is the link again:
https://buffalo.box.com/v/basic-requirements  Reminder: This course will be taught asynchronously (and not synchronously) as the basic course requirements document explains.

5. The homework and test schedule for the next several weeks is available here. To locate the homework material, follow the instructions on the schedule. Each assignment tells you where to locate it in the Online Homework Depository which you will access via the link provided on the schedule (http://bit.ly/onlinedepository)  Do NOT wait to do the homework until the last minute! You may not have enough time to study the material carefully; plus the internet is not always reliable. (Yes, I will be able to check when you accessed the homework.)
NOTE: Usually an assigned film/video/documentary will be preceded within it by notes and other visual materials to which you must also pay close, close attention because it is equivalent to lecture material in an in-person class--meaning it will point to main issues to ponder AND course relevance of the film/video/documentary. Additionally, separate from the lecture material, the very act of accessing and viewing the assigned homework is considered in this course an end in itself (in terms of learning)--provided, of course, it is done with diligence!
 
6. I hope you will find this course as informative and enjoyable as the effort I will be putting into it. (NOTE: If you are registered for more than 15 credit hours you will find this course tough to handle. You will find the questions on the tests/quizzes to be very detailed if you don't do the homework diligently.)

UPDATE:
  • The syllabus is now available via the link here: https://buffalo.box.com/v/253Fall2021Syllabus
  • Please go through it carefully so you don't have to face any unexpected surprises.
  • Reminders: (a) there are no Zoom classes in this course; (b) all tests/quizzes will be online on Blackboard as per homework/test schedule available via the class home page; and (c) All homework materials are available via the class home page--see the homework/test schedule.
  • Tests of course will be open book since there will be no way for me to control that (therefore, taking notes on what you see or read by way of homework assignments is advisable). My main concern will be for you to prove on the tests that you did the homework really, really, really, well. Looking for shortcuts is not going to work.



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Guys: If anybody knows the answer to the following question posed by the Dilbert Cartoonist, Scott Adams, let me know: "If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions?"



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