Courses at Duke University

Old Courses from Texas A&M

Rules and Guidelines


My goal is to help students understand all of the material covered in class. I also try to provide early feedback to people who may be having trouble with the class. Final grades are determined numerically based solely on individual standing, as explained in the course outline.

Academic Integrity Statement

Students at Duke University are expected to live up to the Duke Community Standard.


While attendance has little (or no) direct effect on your grade in my courses, I remind students that lack of attendence is not an excuse. The class schedule (except for the final exam) is always tentative. If you miss class, be forewarned that a test or assignment may be revised or rescheduled. It is your responsibility to find out what you missed (e.g., ask me via e-mail). If you miss a test and would like a make-up, then an officially excused absence is required. If the absence is due to injury or illness, then confirmation from a health care professional may be requested.

Services for Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. Students with disabilities who believe they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Student Disability Access Office at (919) 668-1267 as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations can be implemented in a timely fashion. In this case, please inform Dr. Pfister within the first three weeks of class. More information can be found at student accomodations.