Your grade will be largely determined by your performance in the examinations, with a smaller component from home works and labs. Read on for details.
|Term Exam 1||Tuesday, February 15||12:30 - 13:45||Hoyt Aud (in class)|
|Term Exam 2||Tuesday, March 22||12:30 - 13:45||Hoyt Aud (in class)|
|Term Exam 3||Tuesday, April 12||12:30 - 13:45||Hoyt Aud (in class)|
|Final Exam||Wednesday, May 4||19:15-21:15||Hoyt Auditorium|
If you miss the Final Exam for this course you will have to take an incomplete in the course and take the Final Exam in May 2012 in order to complete the course. No exceptions will be made.
If you believe you have had a problem graded incorrectly you should: (i) first be certain to carefully read the posted solutions to make sure you understand the problem correctly; then if you still feel you have a case you should (ii)
leave your exam in the box meet with the TA who graded the problem. The deadline for submission of requests to regrade will be posted on the home page. Late requests will not be accepted.
We reserve the right to completely re-grade exams that are submitted for re-consideration: not just the part that you want. Your grade may go up or down during a re-grade.
If you still believe you have not been graded correctly, please see the Head TA at his next available office hour.The decision of the Head TA will be final.
|Scheme||Exam 1||Exam 2||Exam 3||Final Exam||Labs||Homeworks|
|1||- - -||20%||20%||35%||15%||10%|
|2||20%||- - -||20%||35%||15%||10%|
|3||20%||20%||- - -||35%||15%||10%|
You will not receive a grade in the course until you have completed and turned in all the required laboratory work. Of the 15%, 10% at full credit will be given for passing all the labs; the remaining 5% will be based on your total score on the pre-lab questions that accompany each lab.
Your homework average will be based on your scores on the best 8 of the 10 assigned problem sets.
Your grades on the various components of the course will be reported to you, as they get recorded, via the University's Blackboard system. It is your responsibility to notice any recording errors and report them to your TA as soon as possible.
If the class average in a term exam is below 55% or above 90%, we will normalize the scores before calculating the course average.That is, we will multiply all the scores in that exam by a number that will bring the class average to within the range 55%-90%, before calculating your numerical score using the above table. We feel this is the fairest way of evening out the level of difficulty of the exams.
If you are close to (but below) a grade boundary (within one point, as we will round course averages to the nearest integer) we may advance you to the higher grade depending on how we judge your effort in the course. A recommendation from your workshop leader will play the main role in this assessment. Here is another reason to attend workshops regularly.
If you are at the bottom of the grading curve it does not necessarily mean you are failing the course. It means we will look very carefully at your scores and your effort. If you are living on bits of partial credit and we don't see that you are putting in serious effort, you may not pass the course. If you are making more mistakes than you should, but we are convinced that you are putting in a good effort, you will pass. However, don't expect a stellar grade in that case.
Thanks for reading this rather long exposition.Today's word is strawberry. We will ask you to read this page if you have questions about the grading scheme.