233043 SE Bodies & Data (2019W)
Exploring the intersections of biology, identity and technology
- Registration is open from Mo 02.09.2019 08:00 to Su 22.09.2019 23:59
- Registration is open from Fr 01.11.2019 08:00 to Sa 30.11.2019 23:59
- Deregistration possible until Sa 11.01.2020 23:59
Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N
Aims, contents and method of the course
Assessment and permitted materials
1. Reading questions: Each student will submit two questions pertaining to the sessions’ readings. These must be submitted by email (email@example.com) by 6 pm the day before the session is to be held.
2. Leadership of class discussion (oral & written): Students will be asked to lead one class discussion on the session’s readings, this will be done alone, in pairs, or in groups, depending on class size. The week’s presenters should come to class prepared with a one-page handout for the other students that synthesizes the key themes of the session’s readings and how the readings relate to those themes. They should be prepared to engage the class in a robust discussion of those themes. The day of their presentation students will not be required to submit ‘reading questions’.
3. Conference Proposal: To get you started on your paper, you should write a 250 to 300 word conference proposal. Although you do not have to submit your paper, I ask that you find an actual conference (and that you attach the CFP to your proposal). You are encouraged to submit your proposal, but you are under no obligation to do so. This is intended to help you choose a topic but also, to start getting acquainted with academic practices. Your proposal may be on any subject, but it must be related to the topics of the course. In class, and based on your interests, I will provide resources for distinct conferences.
4. Course paper: To complete the course, students must submit a 10-page final paper (plus bibliography; no need for cover page) addressing a theme related to the course. This can relate to the oral presentation (and feedback) but must be done on an individual basis. The essay topic must be agreed with the instructor before the end of the first week of the course. The essay should clearly state the chosen question, its relevance to the course, and the conceptual framework for the analysis. It should also reach a clear set of conclusions regarding the academic and/or policy-related significance of the paper. It must include a bibliography. Papers will be due on 01 March 2020. Papers must be double-spaced, 12-point font, with 1-inch margins on all sides.'This course uses the plagiarism-detection service Turnitin for larger assignments.'
Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
The maximum number of points to be acquired for each task is:Participation: 15 percent, assessed individually, feedback on request;
Reading daily questions: 10 percent, assessed individually, feedback on request;
Conference proposal: 10 percent, assessed individually, feedback by lecturer;
Leadership of class discussion: 25 percent, assessed as group,
feedback on request;
Written handout: 10 percent, assessed as group, feedback on request;
Course paper: 30 percent, assessed individually, feedback by lecturer;Minimum requirements
A minimum of 50 points is necessary to successfully complete the course. Failure to meet the attendance regulations, to deliver course assignments on time or to adhere to standards of academic work may result in a deduction of points.Grades
100-87 points Excellent (1)
86-75 points Good (2)
74-63 points Satisfactory (3)
62-50 points Sufficient (4)
49-0 points Unsatisfactory (5) (fail)Attendance
Presence and participation is compulsory. Absences of four hours at maximum are tolerated, provided that the lecturer is informed about the absence. Absences of up to eight hours in total may be compensated by either a deduction of grading points or/and extra work agreed with the lecturer. Whether compensation is possible is decided by the lecturer.
Absences of more than eight hours in total cannot be compensated. In this case, or if the lecturer does not allow a student to compensate absences of more than four hours, the course cannot be completed and is graded as a ‘fail’ (5), unless there is a major and unpredictable reason for not being able to fulfil the attendance requirements on the student’s side (e.g. a longer illness). In such a case, the student may be de-registered from the course without grading. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate this in a timely manner, and to provide relevant evidence to their claims if necessary. Whether this exception applies is decided by the lecturer.Important Grading Information
If not explicitly noted otherwise, all requirements mentioned in the grading scheme and the attendance regulations must be met. If a required task is not fulfilled, e.g. a required assignment is not handed in or if the student does not meet the attendance requirements, this will be considered as a discontinuation of the course. In that case, the course will be graded as ‘fail’ (5), unless there is a major and unpredictable reason for not being able to fulfill the task on the student's side (e.g. a longer illness). In such a case, the student may be de-registered from the course without grading. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate this in a timely manner, and to provide relevant evidence to their claims if necessary. Whether this exception applies is decided by the lecturer.
If any requirement of the course has been fulfilled by fraudulent means, be it for example by cheating at an exam, plagiarizing parts of a written assignment or by faking signatures on an attendance sheet, the student's participation in the course will be discontinued, the entire course will be graded as ‘not assessed’ and will be entered into the electronic exam record as ‘fraudulently obtained’. Self-plagiarism, particularly re-using own work handed in for other courses, will be treated likewise.