Grading

 

Grading procedures
All assignments are "turned in" both in class and when they are posted to the T369 Oncourse web site. For many, you will also be required to turn in the source media files used to produce your work. Each assignment will have a due date listed on the class schedule. No credit will be given for late assignments. Grade records will be maintained using Oncourse. Understand that Oncourse is used for reporting scores on individual assignments; NOT official final grades.

Assignments
In T369 you will be expected to complete eight assignments over a variety of sound design-related topics. While each is different in nature, the format, point structure, and deliverables will be much the same. For each assignment you will deliver:

The eight assignments are weighted at 20 points each, for a sub-total of 160 possible assignment points. For each, the points break down as follows:

abstract: 5 points
classmate critique/discussion: 3 points
assignment and participation: 12 points
These 12 points are sub-divided into four areas that each sound design project must consider: concept (the idea(s) at the root of your work), fidelity (the mix, DSP, and spatialization), craft (source recording, levels, and editing), and your overall success with the project.

The nine assignments you will complete this semester are:

An additional 20 points will be added for participation, brining the semester point total to 180. Your score for participation is cumulative and will be based on your overall involvement and engagement in the course throughout the entire semester. All students will earn a midterm participation score to help them gauge their efforts. This score does not in any way guarantee a student's final participation grade and should be viewed by the student as a metric to either improve or maintain. As always, students are more than welcome to see the instructor in office hours to discuss any questions or concerns over their performance or a course grade.

Grading calculations
Your final grade will be calculated by dividing the total number of points you have earned by 2 (half). At any point during the semester you can calculate your grade by dividing the number of points you've earned by the number of possible points. Then, multiply that number by 100 to get your grade percentage. For instance if we've done one 5 point quiz and one 20 point critique the possible points are 25. If you scored 4 and 19 respectively, your total points are 23. Now, do the math: 23/25 = .92 * 100 = 92% You have earned an A-.

Constructive classroom involvement will be used to nudge a grade either up or down. For example, C+ to B- or A- to B+. Constructive classroom involvement includes attendance, constructive discussion, helping other students, and volunteering for demonstrations. Non-constructive involvement is anything which adversely disrupts the labs and/or non-attendance. This specifically includes working on class computers during times when the instructor is lecturing or students are making presentations. Students who insist on being disrespectful in this manner will have their grades lowered. The nudge is completely subjective and will only be used in borderline situations unless involvement is perceived to be non-constructive in which case the grade will automatically move downward. The bottom line: be respectful and do good work.

The following grade descriptions have been adapted from the grade definitions defined by student and faculty members of the Committee on Improvement of Instruction.

Grade Percentage Description
A+ 100 Amazing performance; rarely ever happens.
A 96-100 Superior performance; student work goes far above and beyond requirements of the course; demonstrates a command of course material through an innovative and creative application of concepts; far exceeds course expectations.
A- 91-95 Excellent performance; student work goes far above and beyond requirements of the course; demonstrates a command of course material through an innovative and creative application of concepts.
B+ 88-90 Very good performance; student work meets requirements and demonstrates creative or thoughtful application of course material; exceeds course expectations.
B 84-87 Solid work; student performance meets requirements and demonstrates a good understanding of course material.
B- 81-83 Above average; work that meets requirements and demonstrates better than average understanding of course material.
C+ 78-80 Work that meets requirements and shows promise.
C 74-77 Work that meets all basic requirements.
C- 71-73 Work that meets requirements but is not especially polished or thoughtful.
D+ 68-70 Below average work.
D 64-67 Below average work.
D- 60-63 Below average work.
F < 60 Failing.