It should be obvious that attendance in a course such as this is essential. If you miss more than one class during the semester without prior approval, your grade may be adversely affected. Missing more than two classes may result in a failing grade.
Plagiarism is unequivocally unacceptable. Please familiarize yourself with the University policies on plagiarism. (In particular, you should review the University's standards for academic integrity for graduate students and understand the potential penalties for violating these standards.) I never expect to encounter plagiarism in a course such as this, but if you do plagiarize in this course, you may fail the course and be subject to University disciplinary procedures.
If you have any problems or concerns about the course during the semester, please see me so that we can address them.