Law 803 Health Care Malpractice
Professor Vernellia Randall
The University of Dayton School of Law

Class Participation

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Unit01: Introduction
Unit02: Professional Liability
Unit03: Institutional Liability
Unit04: Tort Reform


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American Health Care Law

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 Class Participation includes:
bulletbeing prepared to effectively contribute,
bulletactively participating in class and group discussion.
bulletkeeping abreast of news related to Health Care Malpractice and sharing relevant news information with the class (including posting copies of interesting items for the Bulletin Board).

This is a cooperative participatory learning class. That means that your absence effects the learning of others. Consequently, missing classes significantly affects your grade. 

In general, missing more than 2 classes will significantly effect your class participation grade. Missing more than 15% of the classes (3) will cause your overall grade to be reduce by at least a half grade. For instance, from a B to a B-.  However, class participation means more than showing up for class. Class participation includes actively participating in class including being adequately prepared. Your grade for class participation will be based on attendance and your good faith participation in the group process. 

           Attendance is required.  Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class hour.  Students who are not seated and prepared to begin class when attendance is taken will be counted as tardy. A tardy counts as an absence.  

          "Excused absence" shall mean documented illness of self, documented illness of child, school-sponsored participation in competitions, or a family emergency. "Family Emergency" is limited to death or catastrophic occurrence affecting the student's immediate family or closely-extended family.  Flat tires and similar automotive failures, computer problems, speeding tickets, work, interviews, court dates, etc. are per se unexcused absences.   

      Class Participation requires presence  during the entire class period.  Students should not leave the classroom once class has begun except in emergencies.

        Class Participation  requires attention.  Students should refrain from engaging in activities that are disruptive to the class.  Professional conduct requires that students refrain from eating, talking or laughing while others are speaking, passing notes, playing games, reading newspapers, or in any other manner disrupting the educational process by being present but rude or inattentive.  Turn off all cell phones, pagers, beepers, alarms, or other gadgets before class. Students acting in an unprofessional manner will be asked to leave the classroom and will be counted absent for that class.    You may use your laptop during class BUT NOT during small group activities.

      Class Participation requires preparation.  Occasional inability to complete the assignments is understandable. Missing more than 3 problems will affect your problem grade. If you are not prepared for class by having your problem completed before class, your class participation grade will be considered unprepared.

     Daily class participation grade will be as follows: 

Holistic Rubric for Scoring 
Class Participation

Student is prepared, contributes readily to the conversation but doesn't dominate it; makes thoughtful contributions that advance the conversation; shows interest in and respect for other views; participates actively in small groups ++ 95
Student is prepared and makes thoughtful comments when called on; contributes occasionally without prompting; shows interest in and respect for others views; participates actively in small groups; while the students contributions are less well developed, they nevertheless advance the conversation. + 85
Student is prepared, but does not voluntarily contribute to discussions and gives only minimal answers when called on; nevertheless student show interest in the discussion, listens attentively and participates actively in small groups. U 75
Student is prepared but participates in a problematic way; students may talk too much, make rambling poor tangential contributions, continually interrupt with digressive questions,  - 65
Student attended class but was not prepared,  bluff their way when unprepared or otherwise dominate discussion, not acknowledging cues of annoyance from professor or students nc 55
Student did not attend class or if student attended is disruptive or hostile, overtly rude. 0 0



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Professor Vernellia R. Randall
Institute on Race, Health Care and the Law
The University of Dayton School of Law
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Dayton, OH 45469-2772

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