AAS 254 Spring 2022
End of Semester Schedule
Folks, go through these instructions super-carefully:
(1) FINAL COURSE GRADE
- (a) The formula for calculating your final course
grade is on the Test Scores page--see link in the left margin of the
class home page (preceding page).
- (b) All your test
scores will be available via the Test Scores page, but NOT your final
- Course Grades will be available only through your HUB portal (NOT
through the class home page).
- (c) Once the
grades are submitted, the school will NOT allow me to make changes to
your grades. In other words, your grades
will be written in stone. Therefore, I really urge you to take advantage of the
two options below to improve your grade.
- (d) Do not send
me e-mails about your grades. You will not get a response.
- (e) The school does not allow teachers to submit
course grades by individual students, they have to be submitted for the
entire class at one time (by the deadline). Therefore, all make-ups must
be done by the due dates.
(2) TEST 7-Retake
Available to anyone who wants to retake this test, however, not all
questions will be the same. Therefore study the homework materials
carefully this time.
Date/Time: On Blackboard at 5:00 pm on Monday, May 16.
(3) FINAL EXAM
- Format: The same as the tests we have been doing
this semester--unsupervised, online on Blackboard (UBLearns), and
- There will be no retake for the final exam.
- Reminder: The final exam and Test 5 together are worth 40% of your final course grade! It is not too late to improve your grade.
- What will the exam cover? See the Homework/Tests Schedule available via the class home page at elegantbrain.com.
- Date/Time: On Blackboard at 5:00 pm on Friday, May 20.
- For those who have permission
because of exams schedule conflict, the exam will be available on
Saturday, May 21, at 5:00 pm. (NOTE: Not all questions will be the
(4) TEST 5--Second RETAKE
- Test 5 will cover the same homework as in the
homework/test schedule, but NOT all questions will be the same. So, you
must study the material again (this time diligently).
- Yes, the highest score will be kept.
- Date/Time: On Blackboard at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, May 18
(5) MULTI-PURPOSE TEST
- This is an Extra-credit test and/or a Make-up Test. You
can use this test to replace any TWO of your lowest scores for these tests: Tests 1 through 4, and Test 6.
- This test will cover these materials that you were assigned this semester:
- (a) Reading: Item R from Packet 10 of PART A of Materials for Homework Assignments, via elegantbrain.com.
- (b) Video Documentary: Film Score: Part Three (A. R. Rahman), in Item A of PART M.
- (c) Film: Great Debaters, in Item A of PART M.
- Date/Time: On Blackboard at 5:00 pm, on Monday, May 23.
(6) HOMEWORK MATERIALS
- All homework materials indicated on this page
are available via the usual click-path (Materials for Homework
Assignments Depository on the class home page at elegantbrain.com)
- If you consistently
did not do as well as you would have liked this semester across
different homework materials, then you need to think about changing your strategy
(e.g. no texting or gossiping or talking to your pet lobster, when doing
- NOTE: Most of you never figured out what the
"lazy student rule" is, because you automatically assumed you knew what
it is. I really, really urge you to look it up on the Test/Quiz Preparations page (available via the class home page on www.elegantbrain.com
<--- Have you ever looked at this page at all, which has been
available to you since the beginning of the semester. I urge you to look
at it, even at this late stage.
(7) Study these images for the exam by clicking on them:
(8) GOOD BYE
- To those of you who intend to register for my
other classes next semester please note that the class format will be
more or less the same and a few of the films will be repeated (but not all, obviously).
- To those of you who did all the homework in the way you were supposed to, I hope
you learned something in this class that will stick with you for a very
long time, and perhaps even motivate you to do more good in your life. I wish you all the best.
- To those of you who did not do as well as you
wanted to, you can't say that I didn't give you many breaks in this
class (more than most teachers). So, I did my part.
- Yes, its
been a tough semester for me too (my failing health; the sudden
very close friend; teaching more than a 100 of you; all the homework I
have had to do for classes--researching, writing, editing, and
material for downloading, constructing the tests, etc.--plus, my
school-required research and other commitments; and so on).
However, however, nothing
that most of us are going through here compares to what others are
facing elsewhere in the world--in Ukraine, Yemen, Burma, China,
Palestine, and in
other parts of
the world--where there are massive human rights violations and even the
deaths of thousands of innocent people, including children. As those of
you who did all the homework diligently know, this class has been, in
the final analysis, about promoting human decency; and one of the
critical attributes of decency is the ability to empathize with the
suffering of others.