Activities

Introducing Yourself

Please go to the Student Introductions forum in Blackboard Connect and post a brief introduction so that we can get to know each other.

Exploring the Resources

  1. Spend some time browsing the various sources listed in Resources.
  2. If you find articles or references that you think might be particularly useful for this course, add the URL to your bookmarks.
  3. You may also want to keep a notebook of useful references that you find when browsing, for future use.
  4. You may want to develop your own category system, based on the topics these readings seem to cover.

Exploring the Readings

The aim of this activity is to familiarize yourself with the readings.

  1. Quickly skim through the list of contents of the text books and the online readings, noting the titles of the different chapters, articles and papers.
  2. If you have time, quickly skim through those chapters and articles that have abstracts, and read the abstracts. For those that don’t have abstracts, read the introduction and/or conclusions.

You should read the print and online articles in two different ways: when you are specifically directed to them in an activity or assignment; and when you are looking for appropriate sources for an activity, and believe that this article provides useful information, even though it may not have been cited within the course.

Be careful in using these articles and any information you find from the Internet. You may quote from them (or any other articles you find useful) in assignments and projects, but the quotation should be reasonably short, and should be fully referenced. Quotes should be used very sparingly and only when they clearly add value to your paper my making a point in a way that you could not do just as well in your own words. (See the article on the use of quotations in the Resources section.) In most cases, you should re-word or paraphrase comments and ideas from articles, but again be sure to attribute them accurately through a reference. Remember: your instructor has also read these articles and will recognize any unattributed use.

The Online Code of Conduct

This is compulsory. All students MUST do this activity.

We expect the same standards of behavior online as we would in a campus environment. This means respecting your fellow students, avoiding racist, sexist or any other inappropriate comments . For this reason, we expect you to adhere to the University’s “Appropriate Use of Technology Policy”

  1. Visit http://www.it.ubc.ca/security/securitypolicies.html and click on the Policy #104: Responsible Use of Information Technology Facilities and Services
  2. Read this carefully.
  3. When you have done that, read the Online Discussion Guidelines also in the Resources section.

This is a condition of taking this course. If you cannot abide by these guidelines and policies, please send an e-mail to David.Roy@ubc.ca within two weeks of the course start date. You will be removed from the course.

Privacy

We want you to feel free to openly and freely discuss the issues raised in this course so we have restricted access to the Connect site, where the online discussions are held. The only people who should have access to the Connect site are you, the technical personnel responsible for maintaining the site and the instructors. Anybody else who wants access must request it and we will inform you in advance  if other people have been given access.

Please do not give your password to any person not registered in this course.