What the course comprises.
Topics for discussion sessions and links to information on these
RESOURCES Access to class materials and
to relevant text chapters for each topic
Details of required
A summary of course themes and learning objectives
The planned sequence of coverage for lecture topics
How learning in the course is assessed
Who to contact for more information
Assignments and Grading Scales:
- Exams #1 and #2 (marked out of 60pt, graded out of 72pt)
is worth 10%.
- 10 multiple choice questions + 2 bonus questions (3
- 2 short answer questions (15 points each + 3 bonus)
- The Final Exam (marked out of 180pt, graded out of
- 25 multiple choice questions + 5 bonus questions (3
- 5 short answer questions (15 points each + 3 bonus)
- Examples of exam questions will be distributed prior to
the first exam, and their format will be reviewed in the first review
- Each quiz (graded out of 25pt) is worth 5%.
- Note that some questions on the quizzes are graded
manually. Your raw score in Oncourse will NOT
reflect your true total until the manual grading process is complete.
- A mock quiz will be made available on Oncourse for
practice in answering questions in this fashion, and to illustrate
- There are five different elements that are graded:
- The initial outline and rough draft (5%).
- The revised draft (5%).
- Reviews of other position papers (8%).
- The complete final draft (5%).
- The final copy (8%).
- The principles applied in grading these parts are fully
in the detailed outline.
- Two aspects of the discussion sessions are graded:
- Completion of the preparative questions ("Survey and
Questionnaire") for each discussion
(4 x 1%). Note that it is the effort taken to answer these questions
than the detailed content of the answers that is assessed.
- Quality, originality and accuracy of answers to
summative ("Reflections on Discussion") questions (4 x 1%).
- Individual participation (4 x 2%) in the discussion
based on comments from both instructor and peer evaluations.
- All questions in on-line quizzes and short-answer
in written exams will be scored according to the stated points
- Partially correct answers to multiple-choice questions in
written examinations may earn partial credit.
- 3pt is awarded for the correct answer.
- 1pt is available for one or more other answers on some
- Scores for short-answer questions in on-line quizzes and
will be determined according to:
- Content and accuracy, taking account of relevance and
- Answers in written exams will be marked to denote correct
work, errors and omissions. Comments may be given in the assessment of
reflections on discussion sessions.
- Assignments submitted using oncourse (on-line quizzes,
sessions) are not automatically graded, but require manual
- Concerns about possible errors in grading or addition of
scores should be expressed promptly and will be addressed.
- The instructor (Simon Brassell) will grade all the written
- Both instructors will
determine scores for the on-line quizzes, points allocation for
sessions, and scores for the position paper.
- There are opportunities for bonus credit within the
examinations and on-line quizzes.
- Scores will be curved if the grade distribution deviates
from previous norms.
- There has been no need for such scaling recently in this
- The points scale used to determine interim and final
grades is as follows:
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