Basic Grading Weights


Attendance &
    Participation         15%

Homework (about 6)   20%

Quizzes (2)               10%

Paper project            15%

Midterm exam           20%

Final exam                20%

Exam Grading

This course does not use a fixed point scale for major exams. Percentage scores on exams will be curved. Grades for all other assignments will not be curved.

Make-up Policy

The only valid reason to miss a scheduled quiz is illness. Medical excuses require a doctor's note. No make-up quizzes will be given except for medical excuses or absences covered by applicable campus policies.

Written Assignment Deadlines

Assignments handed in after class will be penalized one "half" letter grade (a plus/minus grade) and papers submitted after the due date will be lowered an additional half-grade for each subsequent day that they are late.  Medical excuses require a doctor's note.

Information on Grading Written Assignments

The initial homework assignment will be marked with a check, check-plus, or check-minus. All other assignments will receive a letter grade. For final papers, formal features such as writing errors will detract from the grade; see Paper Preparation Guide.

Information on Grading Quizzes and Tests

Quizzes will be graded on a numerical scale with corresponding letter grades; quiz grades will not be curved.  The midterm and final exams will be graded on a B-/C+ curve, but that curve may be raised if overall class performance is strong.  Preparation guides for exams will be posted about a week in advance.

Policy on Academic Dishonesty

All written compositions in this course must be your own work and your own words, unless you are using explicit quotations. Please follow the following rules precisely, and in all your written work:  If you use the words of another person, always use quotation marks and indicate the source of the quote, and if you closely paraphrase another person, always indicate that you are doing so and whose ideas you are citing.   Failure to follow these rules is considered plagiarism, which is serious academic misconduct that faculty are required by policy to report, and which is subject to severe penalties under university regulations. Please make sure never to submit work with plagiarized material; always acknowledge your sources.