Your instructor will have two office hours per week. In this course
especially you should consider office hours a time when you can conveniently
supplement the various materials you are working with. I am there to be
consulted: you can ask questions about any aspect of the course, and can
receive individual assistance on the computer component of the course if you
need it. If you can't make it to my office hours, the best way of reaching me
is by e-mail (I check it at several time a day); alternatively you can phone
during my office hours at 721-6210. I will get back to you as soon as I can.
General assistance on computer matters is available in the MacLab.
The weekly tutorial for the course will be the most important way for
you to learn about differing approaches to the plays. Sections will be limited
to about twenty students, so there will be an opportunity for all to
In each tutorial we will discuss in detail a short passage from the play under study, to prepare for the final assignment, the explication. You will find a list of passages for discussion here.
In preparation for the tutorial you should
- Be sure you have read the play, and completed the self-test to be sure you
- Think about the general issues discussed in the commentary and the
background section of the module
- Check the Web Board for discussion topics
- Come with questions about the play--or the course
||Note that you will be asked to come prepared with at least two questions about the play, the readings, or the commentary in the Course Guide. |
The Course Instructor is also the Course Designer. He will oversee the general functioning of the course, and will be available for personal consultation by e-mail, phone, or in person by appointment. In addition he will:
Be sure to contact your Course Instructor or Tutor for any of these reasons (and any other problems you may have):
- Give an opening introduction to the course
- Meet with the tutorial group each week
- Participate in the electronic "bulletin board"
- Hold two office hours per week, both to be available for telephone consultation as well as normal student visits
- Grade the assignments
- Mark the exams
- You do not understand some aspect of the written materials
- You have undue difficulty with any of the assigned readings
- You have undue difficulty with the computer component of the course. (Note that the staff of the Computer Assisted Language Laboratory are both helpful and knowledgeable.)
- You are uncertain about the nature of a practice exercise or an assignment
- You have a question or problem arising from his or her comments or grading on one of your assignments
The first thing to do if you have a problem with the course is to approach the Course Instructor directly--in person, by phone, or by email. If you are not satisfied, you should go one step higher: speak to the Director of the Language Program. Hey, nobody's perfect. You should also be aware that the Department of English has two Equity Officers (one male, one female) if your problem has to do with issues that concern equity. The UVSS also has an Ombudsperson.
This page last updated on 8 September 2003. © Internet Shakespeare Editions, 2002.