The following information will
help students understand how grading procedures work in this course.
It will make clear how all grades are compiled.
I. Grading Scale:
F (Below 60)
II. Exam Grading Procedure:
A. For those who take the test in the regular class
period when it is given:
The machine that corrects scantrons calculates the grade
to two decimal points.
That is what I call
I then add two points for anyone who has taken the
exam at the proper time.
(For example, if you receive an 80.67 on a test taken
at the designated time, your base grade is 80.67, to which two points are
added bringing it to 82.67.)
B. For those who miss the original exam period for
whatever reason and then take a make-up within three weeks:
Any student who takes the makeup within
three weeks will not be penalized.
That person will not receive the
two-point add-on, regardless of the nature of the excuse for having missed
the exam when it was administered in class.
Most exams will be given on a Friday. As a
result, the makeup should be taken by the end of office hours on the
third Friday thereafter in order to escape a penalty.
If an office hour within that period has to be
cancelled, then the non-penalized period for making up the test will be
extended into the next office hour.
Make-up exams may not be
corrected until such time as all of them have been taken.
C. Taking the test after the
three week grace period:
After the grace period of three weeks
has expired, the student must have permission from the professor or the TA
to make up an exam.
There will be a
10 point penalty attached to any such makeup.
If the student does not receive
permission to take a late make-up, it is strongly advised that he/she drop
III. Arriving at the Final
A. Computing the grade
The final grade is based primarily on
two major factors: (1) the exam average; and (2) the paper grade.
Very good or very poor attendance will
also be taken into consideration.
The exam average counts for 2/3 of the
grade; the paper grade counts for 1/3.
Both + and - grades will be used in
computing the course grade which will also be expressed using a +/- scale.
The following are the steps used to
compute a final grade:
1. Average the two exams (the
mid-term and the final) to two decimal places, with both exams counting
2. Convert the number to a
letter grade using the scale shown in section I.
3. Express the letter grade in
the following 0-12 scale:
4. Arrive at an average in this scale
with the exam counting two and the paper one.
(For example, if the student has a B
exam average and a B+ paper, the equation will be as follows: 8 + 8
+ 9 = 25 divided by 3 = 8.33 giving a final grade of B.)
B. Adjusting for attendance
(good and bad)
Excellent attendance, defined as under
5 absences, will be rewarded by the grade being raised a single step. (For
example, an A- will become an A;
a B will become a B+, a D+ will become
a C-, etc.)
From 5 to 12 absences, there will be
no alteration in the grade.
Thirteen is the magic number: 13
or more absences will lead to a penalty, which increases with every five
absences until a point where the student will receive a grade no higher
than D. See the following scale:
+ one grade (e.g. A- to A)
No change of grade
- one grade (e.g. A- to B+)
- two grades (e.g. A- to B)
- three grades (e.g. A- to B-)
C. Adjusting for a
superlative job in one aspect of the course
If a student receives an A+ on either
the paper or the exam average, the final grade average will be raised by
one grade. (E.g. an A- becomes an A; a B+ becomes an A-, etc.)