creative hypertext syllabus, summer 2008

course information

Course Numbers: MAWR 01618, Section 4, 30577
Course Hours: T, W, H 6:30 – 9:00 pm, June 24, 2008 – July 25, 2008
Course Location: Education Hall 2097
Printable Syllabus: ch-syllabus-sum08.pdf

Required Texts | Office Hours | Contacting Each Other | Students with Disabilities | Attendance and Late Work | Grading

Required Texts and Materials

All texts are available at the Rowan Bookstore.

Hayles, N.K. (2008). Electronic literature: New horizons for the literary. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press.

Jackson, S. (1995). Patchwork girl. [CD]. Watertown, MA: Eastgate Systems.

Joyce, M. (1987). afternoon: a story. [CD]. Watertown, MA: Eastgate Systems.

  • Various photocopies and online readings.
  • Computer with Internet access
  • Microsoft Word or any of many online alternatives (papers must be turned in in .doc or .rtf; no other formats will be accepted)
  • Rowan email address
  • Other materials as needed

Office Hours

Office hours are designed for you, giving you a more private environment in which we may talk about your work, your performance in class, etc. If you are unable to see me during my office hours, do not hesitate to make an appointment to see me at a different time. We will have at least one required conference during the second half of the semester.

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Contacting Each Other

There will be times during the semester when I will need to contact the class and you will need to contact me. I will contact you via your Rowan email account, so please be sure that you are checking it regularly and/or forwarding it to the email service you use most regularly. If you do not know your Rowan email address, you can find it on the Email page of the Rowan web site.

I am in my office only during office hours and the brief times before and after class. As a result, calling me in my office will not get you an immediate response. I strongly suggest you contact me via email, which I check all day long.

Email, however, tends to be seen as an informal medium. This, however, should not always be the case. All emails that I send to you will have a meaningful subject line and a proper salutation (“Hi Class,” or “Hi Jane,” etc.). The first sentence will notify you of the purpose of the email, and then will get to the heart of the matter. It will end with a formal closing (“Thanks, BW”). I expect the same from any email you send. Any email that does not will immediately be deleted and not responded to.

Do not send any official course-related queries to me via Facebook messaging or Wall posts. If there is an emergency (such as your email not working) and you decide that Facebook is the best way to contact me, use the message service and not the Wall post—Wall posts are public and cannot be made private.

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Students with Disabilities

Your academic success is important. If you have a documented disability that may have an impact upon your work in this class, please contact me. Students must provide documentation of their disability to the Academic Success Center in order to receive official University services and accommodations. The Academic Success Center can be reached at 856.256.4234. The Center is located on the 3rd Floor of Savitz Hall. The staff is available to answer questions regarding accommodations or assist you in your pursuit of accommodations. We look forward to working with you to meet your learning goals.

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Attendance and Late Work

You are expected to be in class. For every absence after 2 absences your final grade will be reduced by a full letter. A student is considered late if they arrive after the sign-up sheet has gone around the room; lateness equals .5 absences. Work handed in late will not be accepted.

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Grades correspond to the Graduate Handbook (A-C) for graduate students. Requirements for specific projects will be detailed when the project description is handed out. The hypertext piece is 60%, the presentation 20%, and class discussion 20%.

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