Two Terrible Tests!
The first test (almost-mid-term), originally planned for Tuesday, July 14,
has been pushed to Thursday, July 16. It will be a fill-in-the-blanks ad short-answer test
on material covered through the previous day, including discussions,
lab assignments, online course materials and
readings in the Dead Tree Edition, plus some HTML bug-hunting.
The final will be a multiple-choice test on
Wednesday, August 5, 1998, at 8 a.m. and will
cover all material in the course. Two-thirds of the test will
focus on the last half of the course. The remaining one-third
will come from the mid-term test material.
The UNC-CH registrar
requires that students take the final at the assigned hour
unless there is an acceptable reason, such as a medical
emergency. (I'm told that getting to the beach or the mountains does not
count as an emergency, even with a special airfare.)
On the third day of class you will pick a research topic, and
throughout the course you will collect information on that topic,
evaluating the quality of the sources you find. By publishing
your list of evaluations as a Web page, you will not only learn
Web page building, but might even help other scholars
interested in your topic. Your research page will include an explanation
of how you found and evaluated the information.
All projects are due at the beginning of class on the assigned
date or by noon on Friday if Friday is the deadline.
Late projects will be penalized for each day they are late.
If it's not ready at class-time, it's already considered a day late.
Important: Give yourself as much time as you can... Deadline stress seems
to cause computers, printers, modems and networks to crash mysteriously.
How Projects Are Graded
Evaluating information-gathering projects is
subjective in many ways. One person's trash is another person's
The purpose of this class is not to make you a
but to improve your skills at using information
resources and strategies. All project grades will be based on the
- The information sources you select should be appropriate
to your purpose and your intended audience.
- All projects should be free of errors in both content and
(for Web pages) function.
- Your projects should show originality.
- Projects should meet School of Journalism and Mass Communication standards
for grammar, punctuation and spelling. Take special care with the spelling of