Darlene Hatcher


The following information comes from the named instructor and should describe characteristics general to courses as taught by this instructor. Individual sections of specific courses will deviate from this description in some respects.

Class Format

Face-to-face sectionsClasses are mainly lectures with many examples worked out in class. For most classes, students are responsible for writing their own notes. Student participation and questions are encouraged.

Online sections: n/a

Resource Use

Textbooks: Essential. Assignments are given from the textbook each class period or listed on the syllabus for practice problems. Quite a few of the examples done in class are even-numbered problems from the exercise sets in the textbook.

Calculators: Scientific calculators are allowed on exams. Depending on the course and the material, graphing calculators may or may not be allowed.

Assessment

Most of the grade comes from exam scores. There is typically a "hand-in" assignment component to most courses as well as quizzes. Approximately 70% of the grade is determined by exam scores and 30% from other assignments that are turned in and/or graded.

Homework Policy

Generally, one week's notice is given for anything that is to be turned in; however, there may be assignments which are due by the next class period. No late work is accepted.

Attendance Policy

Attendance is taken daily; but no direct points for an attendance grade. I believe it is important to attend class, and absences may affect the grade because of lack of understanding or knowledge. Exams may be taken earlier than scheduled. In some classes, one exam may be taken late as long as it is taken before the next class period. The final exam percentage may replace one lower unit exam.

Availability

I am always available during my posted office hours with few exceptions, which I will announce. I am also on campus many other times, but an appointment would be best to take advantage of these opportunities to meet. I try to respond to emails within 24 hours on days when school is in session, but possibly longer on weekends.