Reviews, Honor Code, and grading:

REVIEWS:

The 4 exams will be drawn from the Integrating Questions and the summary questions at the end of each chapter. The exams will be take-home, closed-book, PLEDGED assignments. See the syllabus for the date on which I will pass out the Reviews and plan your schedule accordingly.  The answers to the take-home questions are to be typed, and are due at the time specified in the schedule below. These assignments will not be accepted late unless extreme circumstances prevent turning in the review on time and I have been notified before the due date and you and I have made prior arrangements.  Acceptable reasons for delay include: death in the family, personal illness requiring physician’s care.  Unacceptable reasons include but are not limited to: intramurals, athletics, Homecoming, Patterson Court functions, other tests or exams due, and weekend getaways. Once you open the take-home exam file, you cannot use your book, notes, or any other source other than your personal memory. The than a memorization test, so be sure to give yourself enough time and don’t start taking the test late the night before it is due.

Reviews will cover material presented in lecture from the beginning of the course or since the previous review and through the lecture period when the review is handed out. The final review will be weighted in favor of material presented after the third review, but you may be asked to apply central concepts from earlier in the course.  To be successful in this course you must be able to evaluate material critically and apply problems and concepts.  Scores will be available approximately one week after each exam.

DAILY QUIZZES AND PARTICIPATION

At the beginning of most classes you will take a short quiz on the day’s reading. It may be as short as 1 multiple choice or short answer question. Your answers will be entered in Lecture Tools. These will count cumulatively for about 5% of your grade. If you miss class without an excuse you will receive a 0 for that day’s quiz. In addition, your participation in class discussion will count for another, more subjective, 5% of your grade.

PLEDGING UNDER THE HONOR CODE:

All of your tests are closed book, closed notes, closed-friend exams.  Set aside a block of time during the interval between when I pass out the exam and when it is due.  You can take the exams any place you want.  This form of testing is only possible because of the Honor Code.  If you violate my trust in you and the Honor Code, we will have to take the tests during the 50 minutes of class, and I will be extremely disappointed.  You are required to not cheat on these exams and to report to me or the Dean of Students any violations you observe or hear about second hand. This means that even your lab partners or best friends must be reported if you know they are cheating. The entire system will break down when individuals make exceptions to the rule in order to spare their friends.

GRADING:

  • Reviews (3, each closed book, take-home assignments): 48%
  • Final (also take-home, during finals week): 17%
  • Laboratory (2 oral reports, 1 written report): 25%
  • Participation and daily quizzes: 10%

Grading Scale:

A: 94.0-100%; A-: 90.0-93.9%; B+: 87-89.9%;

B: 83.0-86.9%; B-: 80.0-82.9%; C+: 77-79.9%

C: 73.0-76.9%; C-: 70.0-72.9%; D+: 66-69.9%

D: 60.0-65.9%; F: < 60%

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