CLAS224 Word Elements

2nd Semester 1998-1999, Department of Classics, Monmouth College

Course Description / Course Resources / Class Format / About the instructor / Summary of Goals and Requirements / REVISED Schedule of Readings and Assignments / Original Schedule of Readings and Assignments / Grading Scale / Guidelines for Electronic Submission of Coursework / Course Handouts and Study Guides

Course Description:
The aim of this course is to make you more conscious of words and their history and to increase your English vocabulary by studying how words are formed, by learning Latin and Greek elements in English words, and by improving dictionary usage. This course fulfills no general education requirement at Monmouth College, but does satisfy requirements for a major or minor in Classics.

Class Format:
This course expects a great deal of student effort and participation on a daily basis. You will only get out of this course as much as you put into it. Assignments for this course cannot be put off until the night before a quiz or exam. There is a great deal of required memorization which can only be done well on a daily basis. You are expected to keep up regularly with class assignments and to volunteer and participate in class activities.

Classes generally meet three days a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:00 until 1:50 P.M. Occasionally Friday classes will meet in the Wallace Hall Computer Lab (Room L28). While daily attendance is not always recorded, persistent absence from class will inevitably affect performance of course requirements. In exceptional cases, the instructor may place an individual student on "no-cut" status.

Special films and videos may be required extra-class activities. Attendance at convocations, public lectures, and other college functions may be assigned by the instructor. In addition students are also expected to study the "Word for the Day" which appears on the Classics bulletin board in Wallace Hall. Questions relating to all this material may appear on quizzes and tests. Whenever possible, course handouts, including this syllabus, will be available in electronic form on the Classics Dept. webpage (http:\\\academic\classics).

A word on plagiarism:
Plagiarism is copying someone else's work without giving credit. Such copying--from a book, another classmate's paper, or any other source--is dishonest. Any student submitting plagiarized work will receive a failing grade for that assignment. If two papers with identical or nearly-identical work are submitted by different students, both papers will receive a failing grade.

This syllabus is subject to revision by the instructor, provided that written or verbal notice is given in class.

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