The management regrets to inform you . . .

General Policies

  • Feel free to bring a laptop or tablet to class. If you have a laptop, bring it to class as often as you can. Of course, there will be times where I’ll ask you to close your laptop and to pay attention to the face to face conversation, and obviously you shouldn’t use a laptop to goof off on Facebook, ESPN.com, etc.
  • Increasingly, I find students using cell phones– particularly smart phones– for useful tasks like taking notes, looking things up online, etc.  I’m okay with that, but please refrain from using your phone to be distracted and/or goof off (e.g., texting with friends, surfing Facebook, etc.), and please put your phone on silent and do not take or make calls.
  • All your work in this class is public. Please don’t write things you wish to remain private.
  • I will not accept late assignments for credit unless you discuss problems with me well in advance.
  • If an assignment is lost or missing, you must provide another copy no matter whose fault it is (so keep back ups of everything!).
  • Absences beyond one will severely affect your participation and professionalism grade (as explained below). Two absences may result in a D (60/100). Three absences may result in an F (0/100) points. Be on time. Two tardies equal one absence.
  • Technology breakdowns happen. Be flexible (don’t freak out if Webcourses goes down) and aware (backup your files–try Dropbox–and use anti-virus software) in order to keep our stress level as low as possible.

Disability Statement

The University of Central Florida is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all persons with disabilities. This syllabus is available in alternate formats upon request. Students with disabilities who need accommodations in this course must contact me at the beginning of the semester to discuss needed accommodations.  Students who need accommodations must be registered with Student Disability Services, Student Resource Center Room 132, phone (407) 823-2371, TTY/TDD only phone (407) 823-2116, before requesting accommodations from the professor.

Just let me know what you need.


This course may contain copyright protected materials such as audio or video clips, images, text materials, etc. These items are being used with regard to the Fair Use doctrine in order to enhance the learning environment. Please do not copy, duplicate, download or distribute these items. The use of these materials is strictly reserved for this online classroom environment and your use only. All copyright materials are credited to the copyright holder.

Third-Party Software and FERPA

During this course you might have the opportunity to use public online services and/or software applications sometimes called third-party software such as a blog or wiki. While some of these could be required assignments, you need not make any personally identifying information on a public site. Do not post or provide any private information about yourself or your classmates. Where appropriate you may use a pseudonym or nickname. Some written assignments posted publicly may require personal reflection/comments, but the assignments will not require you to disclose any personally identity-sensitive information. If you have any concerns about this, please contact me.


As the Council of Writing Program Administrators puts it, “Plagiarism occurs when a writer deliberately passes off another’s words or ideas without acknowledging their source. For example, turning another’s work as your own is plagiarism.” Don’t do this. If you plagiarize in this class, you will likely fail the class and your case may be passed to the university for additional disciplinary action. (Taken from Steve Krause’s blog. See how easy that is?)

Citation/Documentation Style:

We will be using APA style citation.


taught by Douglas M. Walls, PhD