Work in G380 will contribute to final course grades approximately as follows:
Attendance and Participation in Class Discussions (including Group Report Project): 20%
Outside Reading Journal: 15%*
Homework Assignments (5) & Quizzes (3): 15%
Final Exam: 20%*
Final Paper: 15%*
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.
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.
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.
The initial homework assignment will be marked with a check, check-plus, or check-minus. All other assignments will receive a letter grade. For journals and final papers, formal features such as writing errors will detract from the grade; see Guide for Written Work.
Quizzes will be graded on a numerical scale with corresponding letter grades; quiz grades will not be curved. The take-home midterm exam will be graded on a B-/C+ curve, but that curve may be raised if overall class performance is strong. The exam will include both brief, "objective" questions, and "essay" questions ranging from paragraph to mini-essay length. A preparation guide for the midterm exam will be posted on the G380 web page at least a week in advance.
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