Instructor: Chris Hall
Course Information: Monday-Friday; 2:30-3:20
Instructor Information: Office C230; Office Hours 9:45-10:45 M-F
Phone: (425) 564-2254
Text: Raise the Issues
This course will focus on improving the skills you need to be successful in academic classes. We will work specifically on refining your skills in writing, reading, listening, speaking and critical thinking.
Our textbook will be the primary source of our readings and the focus will be on current international issues in areas such as education, medical ethics, and the environment. For each chapter we study, you will be assigned a topic extension activity, which may include a summary/response paper, vocabulary study and/or a small group oral report. Additionally, there will be a lecture or video to supplement each chapter. Each chapter we cover will culminate with a vocabulary and comprehension test. You will also have a final project that will require research on a specific topic and an in-depth presentation of your findings.
A basic component of this course will be our classroom discussions. You will be expected to initiate, facilitate and fully participate in these discussions. Attendance, consequently, is highly important. Students with 10 or 11 absences will receive a “D” grade and those with 12 or more will receive an “F” grade for the course. For each class period you miss, points will be deducted from the participation component of your grade.
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
In order to pass this class, students must achieve a 75% or higher class average. Class averages will be determined from the following:*
*Point values are approximate and are subject to change.
All submitted assignments unless otherwise stipulated must be typed and handed in at the beginning of class on the day that they are due Late assignments will lose 20% of their value daily and will not be accepted more than two days after the due date.
If you are absent, you are still responsible for your homework and the material covered in class that day. You should have several classmate contacts. You may e-mail me with your work if you are absent. However, in order to receive full point value, you must do so before the beginning of class on the date it is due. Each student may make up only ONE unit test during the quarter. This must be done within two days of the absence and must be arranged by the student.
If you require accommodation based on a documented disability, have emergency medical information to share, or need special arrangements in case of emergency evacuation, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible. To inquire about becoming a DSS (Disability Support Services) student, call 564-2498 or go to the DSS office located in B132.
No Classes January 16, 20; February 2; March 3
Final Presentations Last 7-10 days of class
Final Presentation Quiz March 20