Term Paper Topic and Instructions
The topic for the term paper and instructions is available via the link
above. As per my email, the term paper is optional because of Test 5. In
other words, you don't have to do the paper if you don't want to do it.
Course Requirements and Homework
Welcome, welcome to this Spring 2023 AAS 254 course. The complete syllabus will be available in a few days.
Meanwhile below is (a) a quick summary of the basic course requirements
from the syllabus, (b) homework assignments, (c) the test schedule, and (d) a note about emails.
(A) Basic Course Requirements
- This an online course, but no
classes on Zoom. (You must have access to a reliable internet and a
No required textbooks.
Tests/quizzes will be online. (Test/quizzes will not be proctored.)
Tests/quizzes approximately every two weeks, always on Blackboard (UBLearns).
Tests/quizzes will usually take
place per your UB course schedule for this class; that is, on Mondays,
between 2:00 pm and 4:40 pm--exact time for each test will be specified. NOTE: This day/time cannot be changed.
will be available only for the time allocated for the test after it
becomes available at the specified time; not before and not after.
(Example: Supposing the test is 55 minutes long and it starts at 3:00
pm. It will close at 3:55 pm.)
Tests/quizzes altogether will be worth 60% of final course grade.
There will be a final exam
(final exam will be during exam week), it will be worth 20% of your
final course grade.
There will be a two-part test-based term paper project, it will be worth 20% of your final course grade.
grade equivalents of percentage points: A =97-100 A-
=93-96 B+ =90-92 B =85-89 B- =80-84
C+ =73-79 C =66-72 C- =60-65
D+ =55-59 D =51-54 F =0-50
- All homework materials (films,
documentaries, videos, readings, etc.) will be available online.
However, for copyright reasons they will be available via a different
web page--meaning this page.If you claim that you cannot see a link for
an item (or some other information) on your screen, send me a clear picture of the entire screen,
end to end, as an email attachment. Reminder: IF there is a missing link
(or test or some other assigned material) it will affect the entire class, not just an
other words, don't run a scam that you cant see the assigned item.)
not use your phone to access homework materials and to do the tests.
This course is designed for those taking
no more than 15 credit hours total, and do not have a full-time job.
Homework, on average, will require about one hour per day of your time
(which equals to about 7-8 hours per week--this is similar to doing 3
hours of class time, plus about 4 hours of homework for an in-person
Tests/quizzes will be very
demanding IF you don’t do your homework at all, or you don’t do it on on
time, or if you do it SWD (studying while distracted). NOTE: Since
tests will be every two weeks, attempting to cram about 14-15 hours of
homework into about 3-4 hours at the very last minute on test day will
NOT allow you to do well on the tests--in fact, you wont pass them.
communications about the course will be via emails as it progresses.
You must read your emails from the instructor regularly AND save them in an email folder you must
create in your email account. IMPORTANT: See also note below about emails format.
- You must know how to navigate the internet, including accessing Blackboard (UBLearns). You must know how read
text on a computer screen.You
must take notes on the homework material, but your notes must be very,
very brief (about two or three words per page or scene, as you go
through the material--taking detailed notes means you are not digesting
- You will be asked to submit a disclaimer that you
read the syllabus diligently and will fully abide with all course requirements.