Reviews, Honor Code, and grading:

REVIEWS:

The 3 reviews (exams) will be take-home, closed-book, PLEDGED assignments. See the schedule for the dates on which I will pass out the Reviews and plan your schedule accordingly. Your answers are to be typed, and are due at the time specified in the schedule. These assignments will not be accepted late unless you are using part of your 96 hour grace period (see that section) or extreme circumstances prevent turning in the review on time and I have been notified before the due date and OKed the extension.  Acceptable reasons for delay include: death in the family, personal illness requiring physician’s care.  If you feel you have an acceptable reason, please see me. Once you open the take-home exam file, you cannot use your book, notes, or any other source other than your personal memory and skills. Be sure to give yourself enough time and avoid taking the test late the night before it is due.

Reviews will primarily cover material presented in class from the beginning of the course or since the previous review and through the lecture period when the review is handed out. The reviews will be weighted in favor of material presented since the last 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 concepts to new data.  Scores will be available approximately one week after each exam.

DAILY QUIZZES AND PARTICIPATION

At the beginning of most classes or before class, you will take a short quiz on the day’s reading. It may be as short as 1 multiple choice question. The quizzes will be available on your version of ICB and your scores will be entered in the Trunity Learning Management System. These will count cumulatively for about 5% of your grade. You may not use grace period hours for quizzes, as they are designed to help you prepare for class.

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 (2, each closed book, take-home assignments): 31%
  • Final (also take-home, during finals week): 23%
  • Laboratory (2 oral reports, 1 written report): 31%
  • Participation and daily quizzes: 15%

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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