Course policies

In-class discussions

We should be respectful of everyone's questions, comments, and opinions; we come from different backgrounds and experiences and have different goals. Since this is a class about research, I (Mike) am learning a lot, too, so I hope you'll feel free to disagree with me. Last time I taught a course like this one, some of the best discussions occurred when I didn't understand something or made some kind of mistake.

Please know that I will hijack discussion periodically to make sure that certain points are part of the discussion and understood by the class.

Try to participate in every discussion, but not so much that others have trouble participating. To assign a fair participation score, I will keep track of who's participating and how insightful the comments seem to be. Quality counts more than quantity. Take risks. It's okay to be "wrong."


To limit distractions, please avoid using phones and laptops, and limit side conversations.

You are welcome to bring beverages such as coffee to class. Food is okay if it's not messy or distracting.

Please help make class start and end on time, by coming on time or early, especially if you're leading a discussion; and by managing class time actively if you're leading discussion. I'll also work to make class start and end on time.


The course involves meeting with me for various reasons, including preparing to lead a discussion and getting feedback about your project proposal and progress. To set up a meeting with me, please e-mail me and include all of your available times for the next three weekdays. Otherwise, it'll take you longer to get a meeting; my response will simply ask when you're available. Also, please send materials (e.g., outline or slides; project proposal; list of papers you've been reading; agenda for our meeting) with your mail with instructions for how you'd like me to prepare for the meeting (e.g., feedback on your materials; find additional background papers for you).


I will give you feedback in various forms, especially on the critiques, the discussions you lead, and your project progress.

I'll request your feedback formally in class in roughly week 3, and OSU collects your feedback near the end of the quarter. You can also give me feedback at other times, for example, if you don't understand something or something isn't working as well it could.


To help cover any cases when you can't do these on time, like sickness or conference travel, I'll drop the lowest class participation, critique, and small group discussion scores. Please contact me, as much in advance as possible, if you'll miss more for illness, conference travel, religious reasons, or similar.

Academic integrity

Representing someone else's work as your own is a serious violation of academic integrity.

You must acknowledge other people who help you in any nontrivial way, sources you consult to help write your critique, sources of any slide material you reproduce, and sources used for your project.

I am obligated by University Rules to report any suspected violation to the Committee on Academic Misconduct (COAM). COAM decides whether a violation has occurred and, if so, what the penalty will be, which can include a failing grade and suspension or dismissal from the University.


Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me privately to discuss your specific needs. Please contact the Office for Disability Services at 614-292-3307 in room 150 Pomerene Hall to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities.