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no; Extra Credit yes
No special make-up or extra-credit assignments will be given on a one-time
individual basis for this course. If you fall far behind in the regular
weekly assignments, drop the course. However, keep in mind that all assignments
except for the content points of the Wikipedia Editing Project are based on effort, and consistency
rather than completion of every single assignment is what matters most. See
the Top 10 List and the
time management tips.
There are four extra-credit methods announced to everyone in advance that
you can do any week:
- Finding broken links
or typos (1/2 point per correction).
- Submitting a quotation
that is adopted on one of the course pages (1 point per quotation actually
- Attending colloquia
and other public events sponsored by the History of Science Department (1
point per event, maximum of 1 per week).
- Watch approved documentaries related to that week's topic (1 point per video, maximum of 1 per week).
Many times there are links to documentaries on the Unit pages or the Starting Assumptions pages; these count as "approved." When these links are present, watch the video (requires iTunes) and then email me a 1000 word summary of what you learned and thought of the documentary. Be sure to note any connections with the week's topic, or places where the documentary filled in gaps not covered in the course or extended themes barely touched upon. Also let me know whether you would recommend that documentary to other students in the future, and why. All documentaries must be pre-approved.
"When a dog runs at you, whistle for him."
Henry David Thoreau