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INFORMATION FOR A SUCCESSFUL SEMESTER:
Notes and Assignments Packet: This packet contains; lecture notes, text and exam study guides, and assignments. Bring this Notes Packet to class every day.
SYLLABUS: Read your syllabus!!! If you have a question more often than not the answer will be in your syllabus or in this Notes Packet.
CLASS SCHEDULE: Your class schedule has three columns; the date, readings and topics, and assignments due. Refer to your class schedule EVERY week to keep up to date on reading assignments and homework assignments. The dates for when your assignments are due is listed in your class schedule but may also be announced in class (any changes will be announced in class- make sure that you either attend class every day or have a fellow student to get notes from).
Attendance: Success in this class (success= passing this class with a C or better) will require that you attend class regularly. It is likely that you will miss at least one class at some point during the semester, either due to an illness or some other serious problem. If you miss class it is your responsibility to get the information that you missed. I DO NOT GIVE OUT NOTES FROM A MISSED LECTURE. I advise you to get to know a couple of other students in the class and exchange email and/or phone numbers (if you feel comfortable doing this) so that you can find out what you missed if you are absent. Make sure that you hook up with a student who is reliable note taker.
Read your textbook articles before class lecture. Check your class schedule and note the topics/readings for the day’s lecture. It is a good idea to first skim over the material to get an idea as to what the reading is about, where it is going and what you should look for. Then read the material before class lecture. Familiarize yourself with the terminology used. Make sure that you have a dictionary to look up unfamiliar words (words are often in the back of the text).
Class lecture & Note taking: Use this notes packet and be an active note taker during lectures. Overheads are used to highlight important concepts and are useful for test reviews.
One of my old professors gave students the following recommendations to do well in college classes; read your text at least 3 times (first just read it, then underline/highlight key points, lastly take notes on key parts and terms), read class notes at least 3 times (similar strategy as above), then write up your notes and review them at least 6 times.
When I was in school I always made 3 x 5 cards for important concepts and terms. I found this very helpful in learning the material.
Exam essay questions: Essay questions will be given to you at least one week ahead of time. To do well on an essay question you will generally need to outline your answer ahead of time and study your answer ahead of time. Make an outline of your essay on a 3 x 5 card and use it to study for the exam. Notes cannot be used while taking the exam, notes are for study purposes only.
ASK QUESTIONS, if you are in doubt or unsure about something ask! If you are having difficulty in class take action EARLY. Make sure you are spending the appropriate amount of time studying (estimated to be 2 hours outside of class for every hour in class), make an appointment with the instructor, go to the skills center or writing center for assistance. Regular attendance is CRUCIAL to do well.
Be an ACTIVE learner: Keep in mind that learning is an ACTIVE endeavor. At the college level if you are passively listening or passively reading classroom material you will not gain the type of understanding that is needed to be successful. To pass your exams you will need to know the definitions for concepts and terms but this is only the start, you will need to know how to recognize and apply what you are learning as well. If you can explain what you are learning to someone else that is generally a good test as to how well you know the material. Make sure you can put concepts into your own words (although make sure the words mean the same thing!). Ultimately to be successful you will need to be engaged in class lecture and discussion. Being an active learner includes; raising your hand and asking questions, making observations and comments on the material presented.
How to figure out your grade: It is important for you to keep track of your grades over the semester. This allows you to monitor how well you are doing in the class. I will pass back all of your assignments and exams so that you can keep track of how you are doing. To calculate your grade you will need to determine how many points you have earned in relationship to how many points are possible.
Sample: If you want to figure out your grade after the first exam you can see from the grading page in your syllabus that the maximum points you can have earned is 120 points
Take the 84 points you have earned and divide it into the 120 points that were possible and you will get .70 this means that you are getting a C at this point (70% = C, 80%= B, etc.). Although if you have read your syllabus you will see that you get to drop one quiz so if you do well on your future quizzes you will likely want to drop quiz 1.
Your syllabus contains a list of all the assignments and the points they are worth. I advise you to keep a list of the scores on each assignment in your syllabus. I also recommend that you keep all of your graded assignments until you receive your grade at the end of the semester.
Extra Credit: Students have the option of turning in two extra credit assignments worth up to 20 points total. Extra credit work can be turned in at anytime during the semester just so long as it is before the deadline listed in your class schedule. You may only complete each option ONCE.
Option One: Take advantage of one of the services offered on campus; skills center, library orientation, transfer center, campus activity, etc. Then write a ½ to 1 page description of what you did and what you learned. This option is worth up to 5 points.
Option Two: Attend a museum, view a film, or read a book or article pertaining to physical anthropology. This option gives you a chance to further your knowledge of physical anthropology and it is worth up to 15 points. Write athree page, typed, double-spaced paper, with three subheadings:
(1) What you read or observed, be specific as well as descriptive. Where did you
go, what did you read, etc. Make sure to identify your source(s).
(2) Incorporate three concepts or terms learned in class. This should be the bulk
of your paper. Discuss what you did in relationship to what you have learned
way in which relate what you did with terms and concepts from class.
(3) Give your personal analyses and reaction to the event/reading/film. Prior
verbal approval of the instructor is recommended for the Option Two extra
Cultural Anthropology Museum Options: Bowers Museum (in Santa Ana), San Diego Museum of Man, Museum of Tolerance (in LA), and the UCLA Fowler Museum. Depending on their exhibits there are other museums that might work for extra credit (such as the Fullerton Museum or The Getty). The key is that the exhibit must cover material covered in this class.
APPLYING CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY textbook:
The class schedule lists the articles that you are assigned to read each week. It is expected that you will read the article and be able to discuss the author’s main thesis, answer the questions and define the terms listed in the Text Study Guide on the date that the article is assigned (do not answer the terms and questions in the text, define the terms and questions in the “Text Study Guide” located IN this reading packet).
WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS MAIN IDEA REVIEWS (MIR) ASSIGNMENTS
MIR’s require that you type the main idea(s) of the article. These assignments must be TYPED and should contain; your full name, your class day and time and the article title. MIR’s will generally only be a few sentences long. If you have two MIR’s due on the same day please put them on the same sheet of paper.
Hints for MIR assignments: The main idea is the key point or points that the author is trying to get across, along with the data and or reasoning that the author uses to support the main idea. The main idea will often be stated in the introduction and/or at the end of the article. You may have to read the article a couple of times before you are able to discern the main idea(s). The MIR is not a description of the article. MIR assignments do not require that you answer the questions in the Text Study Guide but you should be prepared to discuss the terms and questions in class. The questions and terms in the Text Study Guide will also be likely exam and quiz questions.
MIR’s will not be graded. MIR’s are a part of your Class Credit points and are basically
credit/no credit. For the most part I will not grade your MIR’s I will just check that you have
completed the assignment. We will go over most all of the articles assigned in class.
Other Miscellaneous Assignments
Your Notes Packet contains a variety of other assignments that are due throughout the semester. These assignments are located at the end of the Notes Packet. Each assignment contains individual instructions.
NO LATE PAPERS WILL BE ACCEPTED. All assignments must be handed in IN CLASS on the due date. I will NOT accept any papers outside of class (do turn in papers to my office). There are extra credit options to make up for lost points of missing assignments. Keep in mind that handwritten papers will not be accepted, all MIR’s must be typed.
*** Text Study Guide & Article Review Questions EXAM 1 ***
These are the terms, and questions that you need to be able to answer as you read the articles. For the exam you are also expected to read the Notes Packet material and take notes during class lecture, discussions and video.