If you can’t find an answer here or on the course syllabus, please don’t hesitate to contact me with your questions.
Q: There are some mysterious letters in the margins of my papers — what do they mean?
When grading papers I sometimes use abbreviations to indicate areas for improvement/correction. Here is a guide to help decrypt my comments.
Q: Where are those writing guides that you keep telling us to keep in mind when we are writing and proofreading?
Right here: Writing Guides.
Q: How do I submit an assignment through Blackboard with SafeAssign?
- There are general instructions available online.
- You will need to save your assignment in one of the following common formats: .doc, .docx, .odt, .txt, .rft, or .pdf.
- Make your file easy to identify by naming it using the following format: YourName_PHL118 (for example: SueStudent_PHL118.doc).
- If you have technical problems, please contact the OIT Help Desk at (989) 774-3662.
Q: Where can I find the PDF of one of the readings for the course?
All PDF readings are available only through Blackboard. Go into the course page in your Blackboard account and look for the reading under the link to “Course Readings” on the left side.
Q: What is involved in earning extra credit for the course?
Throughout the semester I will announce some opportunities for extra credit. These will generally involve completing an out of class exercise (e.g., attending an on campus event) and submitting a written report. A complete and well composed report will earn you up to 3 points on your philosophical journal point total for the semester. The maximum amount of extra credit points you can earn over the semester is 10 (though I encourage you to attend as many of these events as you can!).
Q: What are the guidelines for the out of class exercises?
There are four different kinds of exercises, and you must complete two of the four. The guidelines for the written report are available.