CSPG 230/240/250: Science & Global Change Sophomore Practicum
Spring 2016

SGC Website: http://www.geol.umd.edu/sgc/
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Dr. Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Office: Centreville 1216
Phone: 301-405-4084
E-mail: tholtz@umd.edu
Office Hours: Mon 10-11:30 am or by appointment
Dr. John W. Merck, Jr.
Office: Centreville 1218
Phone: 301-405-2808
E-mail: jmerck@umd.edu
Office Hours: Thurs 2-4 pm (GEO 1119) or by appointment

Undergraduate Teaching Assistants:
Shivani Bhangley
E-mail: shivani.bhangley@gmail.com
[Title your email "SGC Practicum"]
Office Hours: TBA (CEN TBA)

Albert Chen
E-mail: albertonykus@gmail.com
[Title your email "SGC Practicum"]
Office Hours: Tues 2:30-3:30 pm (CEN TBA)

Liam Hatch
E-mail: lhatch1@terpmail.umd.edu
[Title your email "SGC Practicum"]
Office Hours: Mon 2-3 pm (CEN TBA)

Katie Judd
E-mail: katieej11@gmail.com
[Title your email "SGC Practicum"]
Office Hours: TBA (CEN TBA)

NOTE: It is your responsibility as a student to completely read through and understand this syllabus. If you have questions about it, please contact Dr. Holtz or Dr. Merck. You will be held responsible for following all requirements of this syllabus.

NOTE ALSO: SGC will subsidize the cost of the printing of posters ($42.50) for the Academic Showcase. Each poster takes 10-15 minutes to print. Consequently, deadlines must be met, given the compressed time schedule for printing of nearly 500 posters. Students not meeting deadlines will be required to get their posters printed commercially in order to meet the Showcase deadline and to avoid a grade penalty as outlined in the poster grading rubric. The deadline for providing the SGC faculty with your poster file via Canvas is close of business Tuesday April 19.

Requirements: All students need to do the following to fulfill your Practicum component of your Science & Global Change Citation, you must do the following:

For students in CPSG 230, 240, or 250, you additionally must complete the following:

Grades: For students doing the CPSG 230, 240 or 250 version of the Practicum, your grade for this class is based on the following:

SGC students approved to be taking a Practicum class not run by Holtz & Merck (e.g., CPSP 249T, CPSP 359S, etc.) will receive a grade based on the requirements of those courses. HOWEVER, you are still required to provide the following deliverable items in order to consider you course as having fulfilled SGC's Practicum requirement:

IMPORTANT!!: Each and every person MUST do their own poster. This is true even if you were collaborators on the same exact project. Each poster must be individualized (although of course there will be some overlap if you are doing the same project!).

A guide is provided to help you construct your poster.

Our expectation is that everyone will get an A by following the rules. However, if you fall short of the standards, your grade will be docked accordingly.

GRADES for CPSG 230/240/250: The numbers given represent the thresholds that must be passed in order to reach that grade (for example, A+ is 97.000... and any number greater). There is no rounding for letter grades; the thresholds must be passed. F is any grade below D-. Thresholds: 97, A+; 93, A; 90, A-; 87, B+; 83, B; 80, B-; 77, C+; 73, C; 70, C-; 67, D+; 63, D; 60, D-; < 60, F.

The Final Grade is the algebraic sum based on the numerical grades.

Schedule: The following includes our various meetings throughout the semester, plus other important dates. If you cannot make the individual evening meetings, please check in with us to make certain that you are getting all the relevant information.

IMPORTANT: It is expected that you will be present for your presentations at the Academic Showcase. Please plan your schedule that day accordingly.

COURSE EVALUATIONS: CourseEvalUM will be open for students to complete their evaluations for Spring 2016 courses between xxxday, April xx, and xxxday, May xx. Students can go directly to the website to complete their evaluations, beginning April xx. You will be alerted about these dates and provided more information closer to that time, and students will be alerted via their official University e-mail account.

Students who complete evaluations for all of their courses in the previous semester (excluding summer), can access the posted results via Testudo's CourseEvalUM Reporting link for any course on campus that has at least a 70% response rate. You can find more information, including periodic updates, at the IRPA course evaluation website.

The expectation is that all students will complete these. This is YOUR chance to anonymously evaluate this class: please use this opportunity!

Last modified: 1 March 2016