G302 Development of the Global Environment
INFORMATION
DISCUSSIONS
RESOURCES
ASSIGNMENTS
INFORMATION
What the course comprises.

DISCUSSIONS 
Topics for  discussion sessions and links to information on these topics
RESOURCES  Access to class materials and reference to relevant text chapters for each topic
ASSIGN.  Details of required
position paper

SYNOPSIS
A summary of course themes and learning objectives

SCHEDULE
The planned sequence of coverage for lecture topics

GRADING
How learning in the course is assessed
CONTACTS
Who to contact for more information

G302 GRADING

Assignments and Grading Scales:
  • Examinations
    • Exams #1 and #2 (marked out of 60pt, graded out of 72pt) is worth 10%. 
      • 10 multiple choice questions + 2 bonus questions (3 points each)
      • 2 short answer questions (15 points each + 3 bonus)
    • The Final Exam (marked out of 180pt, graded out of 150pt) is worth 18%.
      • 25 multiple choice questions + 5 bonus questions (3 points each)
      • 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 session.
  • On-Line Quizzes
    • 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 their format.
  • Position Papers
    • 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 documented in the detailed outline.
  • Discussion Sessions
    • 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 rather 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 sessions based on comments from both instructor and peer evaluations.

Grading Policy:
  • All questions in on-line quizzes and short-answer questions in written exams will be scored according to the stated points scale. 
  • 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 questions.
  • Scores for short-answer questions in on-line quizzes and exams will be determined according to:
    • Content and accuracy, taking account of relevance and clarity of explanation. 
  • 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, discussion sessions) are not automatically graded, but require manual scoring. 
  • 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 exams. 
  • Both instructors will determine scores for the on-line quizzes, points allocation for discussion sessions, and scores for the position paper.
  • There are opportunities for bonus credit within the written examinations and on-line quizzes.

Points Scale:
  • Scores will be curved if the grade distribution deviates from previous norms.
  • There has been no need for such scaling recently in this course!
  • The points scale used to determine interim and final grades is as follows: 
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Grade
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Grade
%
Grade
%
Grade
%
Grade
>100
A+
87-89
B+
77-79
C+
67-69
D+
<60
F
93-99
A
83-86
B
73-76
C
63-66
D
   
90-92
A-
80-82
B-
70-72
C-
60-62
D-



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Indiana University
Department of Geological Sciences, 
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Phone: (812) 855-5582  Last updated: 6 January 2006
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