the Friday before Reading Week, and for the Summer Term the window of dates is noted on the Arts
and Science Online syllabus prior to the start of the course. Students should delay nalizing any
travel plans until after the examination schedule has been posted. Exams will not be moved or
deferred to accommodate employment, travel /holiday plans or ight reservations.
Assessments and Activities Description
We design quality courses with the primary goal to engage our learners with the learning materials.
Research suggests that learners who actively participate in the learning environment take more
responsibility for their performance in the course and consider the course as more valuable and
more directly related to their goals. This is the reason we integrate active learning strategies in all
Here are some example strategies you will most likely nd in one of your courses: small group work,
problem solving exercises, debates, role-play and many more.
There are 10 weekly quizzes, each open after the weekly lecture (opens at 4 pm and closes the next
day by 8 am) plus a mid-term quiz that will be held in class. These weekly quiz questions will assist
you in assessing your understanding of your Tuesday lecture (including the Spotlight Speaker) as well
as your weekly readings (which should be read BEFORE your lecture). Each quiz has 3 questions and
is worth 1% of the course grade; only Question 1 and Question 2 are graded. Question 3 is a practice
question for which feedback examples are provided. These 10 weekly quizzes are worth, in total,
10% of the course grade: the one mid-term quiz on 23 October is worth 5%. These low-stakes
assessments offer direction with your studies by determining gaps in your knowledge, and will also
help you to prepare for your nal exam. They will also help you to come to learning labs prepared
and on a level playing eld. Please remember that attending lecture is necessary if you wish to do
well in this course.
The Geography of X Overview
This assignment asks you to be at once a detective, analyst and storyteller; that is, a very good
geographer. You will choose something (let's call it "X") that you have purchased and nd out where it
comes from. Trace out and succinctly summarize the chain of locations and processes that has
enabled this good (X) to come to you. During the term, you will work on several assignments that are
part of the The Geography of X assignment including a proposal, bibliography and route map and a
research paper. Below is a brief overview of each assignment. You will nd a more detailed
description within the course.
The Geography of X: Proposal
Assessment incudes the following criteria:
1. Is there a dened focus and a coherent rationale for why the topic was chosen?
2. Does the thesis statement explain the preliminary argument in clear terms?
3. Is the research plan clearly laid out and does it make sense?
4. Are the ve preliminary sources cited suitable and credible?
5. a) Is the citation style comprehensive and consistent?
5. b) Is the proposal well organized and is the writing clear, free of errors and grammatically correct?