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SYLLABUS PART 3: HELP (2019)

LAST UPDATED: 2018-08-31

This year, in a dramatic change from last year, I’ve not updated anything other than adding this one sentence; so if you see anything that’s no longer true and accurate, please let me know and I’ll make the necessary changes (and of course credit you for your generous crowdsourcing collegiality).

(The second general-purpose appendix to any syllabus.)
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I (Dr O’Brien) am sharing some general useful resources below: openly-accessible freely-available information from the University. I use these resources a lot in the advising side of my work, you might also find them helpful, and they could also help you to help someone else. There are many people here at UBC who can help; even if it is “just” talking to someone with whom you feel comfortable and whom you trust, who will listen to you, that alone is already a vital service.

The same goes for any need to talk and to find support, whether something has happened to you or to someone you know, and also if nothing has happened but you worry that it might. Even if sometimes this seems like an overwhelmingly large university, and impersonal through its size and complexity: UBC is a compassionate caring community, made up of individual human beings.

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SYLLABUS PART 2: THE RULES (2019)

It’s that time of year again. Time for updating the general-purpose appendix to all syllabus for all courses … and for playing Spot The Difference with previous incarnations … This year, in a dramatic change from last year, I’ve not updated anything other than adding this one sentence; so if you see anything that’s no longer true and accurate, please let me know and I’ll make the necessary changes (and of course credit you for your generous crowdsourcing collegiality).

LAST UPDATED: 2019-09-30

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I. Aims and objectives
II. Expectations
III. Responsibilities
IV. Grading criteria
V. Academic integrity & avoiding plagiarism
VI. In-term academic concession: late work, extensions, and rescheduling missed tests or examinations (UPDATED 2019-09-30: new UBC Academic Concession policy, effective September 2019)
VII.Quick links to UBC rules, policies, and procedures

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SYLLABUS PART 3: HELP (2018)

LAST UPDATED: 2018-08-31

(The second general-purpose appendix to any syllabus.)
folon-villebleue2

I (Dr O’Brien) am sharing some general useful resources below: openly-accessible freely-available information from the University. I use these resources a lot in the advising side of my work, you might also find them helpful, and they could also help you to help someone else. There are many people here at UBC who can help; even if it is “just” talking to someone with whom you feel comfortable and whom you trust, who will listen to you, that alone is already a vital service.

The same goes for any need to talk and to find support, whether something has happened to you or to someone you know, and also if nothing has happened but you worry that it might. Even if sometimes this seems like an overwhelmingly large university, and impersonal through its size and complexity: UBC is a compassionate caring community, made up of individual human beings.

QUICK NAVIGATION:

(more…)

SYLLABUS PART 2: THE RULES (2018)

It’s that time of year again. Time for updating the general-purpose appendix to all syllabus for all courses … and for playing Spot The Difference with previous incarnations …

LAST UPDATED: 2018-12-31

la règle du jeu / renoir

QUICK NAVIGATION

I. Aims and objectives
II. Expectations
III. Responsibilities
IV. Grading criteria
V. Academic integrity & avoiding plagiarism
VI. Late work, extensions, and making up for missed work
VII. Missing or rescheduling quizzes and examinations
VIII.Quick links to UBC rules, policies, and procedures

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SYLLABUS PART 3: HELP (2017)

LAST UPDATED: 2017-09-09
(The second general-purpose appendix to any syllabus.)

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If in doubt, if you have any questions or worries about anything, please ask!

  • this course, your class, and your instructor are a safe space and here to help
  • if I don’t know an answer—I’m merely human—I’ll help you to find someone who does
  • this is a community of care

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