PHYS 721 Fall 2009

Atmospheric Radiative Transfer


Policies & Expectations

Policy on Attendance
Attendance at most lectures is optional - the only exceptions being for Quizzes, Exams and Project Presentations (see below). Despite being optional, it should be stressed that you are strongly encouraged to attend the lectures. They are an integral part of the course.


A note on Classroom Etiquette: You are expected to show the professor and your fellow students respect. You are expected to arrive prior to the start of the lecture, and not to leave until after the end of the lecture. You are expected to pay attention to the lecture, and usually to take notes. Behavior such as reading non-course related material, wearing headphones, disrupting fellow students etc are unacceptable. If you need to clarify a point with your neighbor, please do so in a "hushed manner". You are encouraged to ask questions, but to do so you are expected to raise your hand & wait to be called upon.
Please turn cell-phones OFF prior to entering the lecture hall.
Please do NOT use laptops or PDAs during class


Policy on Exams & Quizzes:
Make sure you read & understand the "rules" and consequences of academic misconduct (see below).


Policy on Grading etc
Dr Martins will determine all final grades. Your final grade is based on your actual total score.
Grade Distribution: Final Exam (25%), Mid-Terms (25%), Project (25%), Homework (25%)

You have one week from receiving a grade to appeal.

Academic (Mis)Conduct
Cheating will not be tolerated. We all know what that means, so I am not going to list all the possible "dos & donts". However here are a few pointers:


Quizzes & Exams are to be completed alone (not with the help of your neighbors), aided only by a (non-programmable) calculator (no notes, books, PDAs etc).
Lab Reports are to be completed by yourself and must acurately reflect the experiment you performed & results as you obtained (not the results you think you should have obtained).


A note on academic integrity:

By enrolling in this course, each student assumes the responsibilities of an active participant in UMBC's scholarly community in which everyone's academic work and behavior are held to the highest standards of honesty. Cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and helping others to commit these acts are all forms of academic dishonesty, and they are wrong. Academic misconduct could result in disciplinary action that may include, but is not limited to, suspension or dismissal.

The consequences of misconduct will be severe, and may be reported to the Academic Conduct Committee. See also the UMBC Graduate School website.
If you are uncertain as to whether something is allowed: ASK FIRST!!