Homework: ALL HOMEWORK SHOULD BE EMAILED TO:
Homework is graded on a level of effort scale as the assignments are open ended (to some extent) and will allow you to research a topic at the level of depth you want to. The goal here is for you to access multiple sources of information and then synthesize a coherent point of view in responding to a particular question rather than to simply cut and paste information from some Web site. This will easily be detected and will detract from your grade. These assignments are supposed to supplement and compliment the course material and are designed to give you alternative avenues of exploration and learning. Sometimes the homework assignments contain questions pertinent to the material within the module and sometimes it contains questions relevant to future modules.
Homework is weighted equally with the exams in this course and its therefore worth your time to do well on the homework.
Failure to do one of the homework assignments will result in a score of -10 points of that assignment
The total available points in this class is 450. Each homework assignment is worth 30 points; the midterm and the (optional) final are worth 150 points each. It also helps to get the homework in by the suggested due date! Late homework will be accepted but at a reduced grade.
IMPORTANT: Failure to do an assignment will result in -10 points for that assignment .
Preferred modes of homework submission are either a)plain text or b) a microsoft word document. Note: if you are using hotmail as your primary email account, attachments often times become corrupt or don’t come through at all.
The final for the class is optional in the sense that if you choose not to take it, you will be given the equivalent points based on your percentage points earned on the combined homework + midterm scores.
For example, suppose that your combined homework and midterm points were 70% of the total. If you opt out of the final you would then be given 105 points (e.g. 70% of 150) for your grade on the final.
I have implemented this system to simplify your obtaining your target or acceptable grade for this course.
The point thresholds that correspond to letter grades are as follows:
- 400 points and above A
- 375 – 400 A-
- 350 – 375 B+
- 325 – 350 B
- 300 – 325 B-
- 275 – 300 C+
- 250 – 275 C
- 225 – 250 C-
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