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Assignments

Completion and submission of all assignments are your own responsibility. Your active participation and willingness to keep pace with all assignments are essential to your success in the course. (For online courses, class attendance and participation are measured in terms of timely and thorough completion of weekly assignments, video lectures, films, quizzes, and exams.) Note that your presence or absence in the classroom determines only your attendance grade; your participation grade depends upon your demonstrated involvement with and completion of our assigned material during class discussions (or in a timely and thorough manner in online courses).

All assignments are due on time; I strongly discourage late papers, as they will not earn you full credit for your work. For each day past the due date, your paper grade will drop by a letter grade; papers late in class lose 1/3 a letter grade and papers late the same day lose 1/2 a letter grade.

Please note that without an officially documented medical emergency, there will be no make-up exams/quizzes, late papers, or incompletes. If you know in advance that you need to miss a quiz, exam, or due date, contact the instructor in advance too. To obtain alternative formats and request accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Coordinator, 678-466-5445, disabilityservices@clayton.edu 

Quizzes (20%)

We will have short daily quizzes on your readings and films throughout the semester. See the Conduct page for details on Academic Integrity, which is required for all quizzes.

Exams (30%)

The exams will consist of short answer and clip-analysis essay questions. No blue books are needed, but always bring two pens and two pencils for in-class exams and quizzes, and follow instructions carefully for take-home exams to avoid plagiarism or other academic misconduct. See the Conduct page for details on Academic Integrity, which is required for all quizzes.

Shot-by-Shot Analysis Group Project (20%)

Working together as a small group, you will apply your knowledge of film form to a specific series of images in an assigned film and present that knowledge to the class. See the Shot-by-Shot Project Description for complete instructions on the assignment. See my Comments Guide for a key to understanding my comments on your papers and for suggestions on how to write your very best work.

Film Analysis Essay (20%)

You will create an individual written or video essay that analyzes an entire film. See the Film Analysis Essay Description for complete instructions on the assignment. See my Comments Guide for a key to understanding my comments on your papers and for suggestions on how to write your very best work. Graduate papers require more original thought and critical thinking—not a compilation of someone else’s ideas. So graduate students will complete a longer 8-10 page paper, in which you perform your analysis of one of the assigned films.

Attendance & Participation (10%)

Attendance and Participation are mandatory. See the Grades page for details.

On Experimental Hiatus: Film Journal (0%)

You will write short "think-piece" responses in a film journal weekly during the first part of the term, and intermittently thereafter. See the Film Journal Description for complete instructions on the assignment. See my Comments Guide for a key to understanding my comments on your papers and for suggestions on how to write your very best work.