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GE2125 The Bible: Its History, Literature, and Influence

B+

1. Class Attendance and Participation (10%)
TA would use card reader to take attendance at the first 15 minutes of every lecture/tutorials. If you care your grade, don't skip any of the it.

2. Online Homework (15%)
There were 3 online homework in this semester. Each homework contained 5-7 short questions related to the teaching material covered in the tutorial. You would have no problems to get all the answers if you have attend those tutorial session. John would give one week for us to complete the task on Canvas, though you only need 15-30 minutes to finish them.

3. Presentation (15%)
The group presentation topic on week 7 while the presentation would take place on week 11-13. It is just a 20 minutes presentation with a group of 6 with a straight-forward topic (i.e: The life of King David). John would use a timer during the presentation and those over-run would be stopped. Be mindful of the time management. A contribution form of each group-mate is required for assessment.

4. Assignment (25%)
It contained 36 questions with varied format, you will have 3 weeks to complete all of them on canvas. The answers of those question won't be covered in the lectures/tutorial, you have to find the answer by using google or the search function on the "bible gateway.com" as most of the questions requires you to focus on the specific verse of the bible text.

Although the assignment itself was not difficult, it was time-consuming to locate the answer (especially the last part of the assignment). Please reserve more time for that (at least 3-4 hours), I am sure that you will in trouble if you rush the assignment before the deadline.

4. Term Paper (1000-1200 words, 40%)
The Final boss who determined your grade.The topic of the term paper was quite difficult.
i.e.: "Make comparison between the New covenant and the covenant in Hebrew Bible (i.e: Mosaic covenant)."
You will have a month of time to complete the paper.

Overall Comment:
John teaches really well and I enjoyed his lecture very much. The instructor himself don't "promote" the religion but just focus on Bible in an objective manner. The workload was reasonable as well.

This course suitable to those non-christian who wished to know more about bible or those christian who wished to study Bible from the academic perspective.

P.S:
1. Christian/耶撚 don't have absolute advantage in the course, A range is not guaranteed if you just love your god without actual understanding with Bible's theme. If you want to indulge in your love/passion to Christianity, BACK to your church and don't reg this course.

2. Don't need to buy the textbook since it won't be used in lecture/assignment and it is quite expensive. You can find it the library if you want to read it.

3. Please noted that the weight of each coursework had been adjusted in the course outline:
50 % Final Paper ; 40% Assignment ; 10% Class Participation
The workload seems to be lighter after adjustment.

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