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LibraryThing: OU History of Science Collections HSCI 3013 - section 995 - Spring 2014

A Week at a glance

# Due Date Pts Activity Time
1 Tuesday
11:59 p.m.
10 Starting Assumptions
Think about what you know already about the culture and period, share your knowledge and experience with other students in the class
30 min.
2 Wednesday
11:59 p.m.
25

Topic 1 + Quiz
Background: Without a sense of context, history is anachronistic.
Primary sources: Without documentary evidence, history is speculation
The first of two topic assignments per week involving both background and primary sources.

90 min.
3 Thursday
11:59 p.m.
25

Topic2 + Quiz
Background: Without a sense of context, history is anachronistic.
Primary sources: Without documentary evidence, history is speculation
The second of two topic assignments per week involving both background and primary sources.

90 min.
4 Friday
11:59 p.m.
20 Interpretation Essay
Unless it explains, history is trivial.
Write a short persuasive essay agreeing or disagreeing with a common interpretation about the topic and expressing your own view
60 min.
5 Monday
11:59 p.m.
10 Online Resource Project
Over the course of the semester, we will assemble a catalog of online resources for exploring the history of science.

60 min.
6 Monday
11:59 p.m.
10 Reflection + Peer Responses
Think about all that you did this week, including reading the Interpretation Essays of other students, and share your thoughts and ideas with other students in the class
30 min.

Total points: 100 points/week
Total time: 6 hrs/week

Related pages: Grading, Honor Code, Plagiarism, Extra Credit, Computer Requirements, Sample Schedules

Throughout the semester, each week is a self-contained unit. This course is not self-paced. As shown above, six regular assignments are due each week, in addition to Orientation assignments the first week.

Although the course is not self-paced, on the other hand, it is self-scheduled. Create your own schedule each week, so long as you finish each assignment on or before its Due Date as indicated above. To work only on weekends, or only on weekdays, or only on two days each week, see the sample schedules in time management tips. By all means, work ahead (up to two weeks), and don't wait until the last minute!

Tip: Plan to complete assignments at least one day before they are actually due, and to combine two or more assignments on the same day.

"Learn everything. Afterward you will discover that nothing has been superfluous." Hugh of St. Victor, 12th century.
"Learn everything. Afterward you will discover that nothing has been superfluous." Kerry Magruder, 21st century.

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HSCI 3013. History of Science to 17th centuryCreative Commons license
Kerry Magruder, Instructor, 2004
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Brent Purkaple, TA

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