Professor of Geol. Sci.
& R in GY126 10:10-11:00 am
GY210 W & R 12:20-2:15 pm,
2:30- 4:25 pm
Earth System History (3rd)
(or 2nd below)
EVOLUTION OF THE EARTH
FALL SEMESTER 2010
ASSIGNMENTS & GRADING
and Due Dates
- For the scheduled dates of
exams, quizzes and lab classes please view the class schedule
- Written exams are based on topics discussed within lectures
- Exams #1 and #2 (60 pt available, graded out of 48 pt)
is worth 8%.
- 8 multiple choice questions + 2 bonus questions (3
- 2/3 short answer questions (12 points each + 3 bonus)
- The Final Exam (120 pt available, graded out of 96 pt) is
- 16 multiple choice questions + 4 bonus questions (3
- 4/6 short answer questions (12 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
- Multiple-choice questions: pick one from five
- 3pt is awarded for the correct answer.
- 1pt is available for one or more other answers on some
questions as partial credit for partially correct answers
- Short-answer questions comprise several parts with choices
(e.g. answer two of four options). They require annotation of figures
and diagrams associated with interpretation of geological records
and/or explanation of concepts, principles, and processes.
- Points available for each part of individual questions
will be noted, determined according to content and accuracy, including
- Exams #1 and #2 will be marked to denote correct
work, errors and omissions.
- A mock test illustrating
the format of the questions will be available prior to the first exam,
and will be discussed in the first review session
- Each quiz (30 pt available, graded out of 25pt) is worth
5%, and will be timed to last 30 min via Oncourse.
- Quizzes will consist of 5 multiple-choice questions (2 pt
each) and a series of short-answer questions (worth 1-5 points) based
on interpretation or
assessment of images or data sets related to topics covered in the
lecture and/or labs.
- 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 12 lab classes (including the field trip) that
will be graded:
- The total points available varies among the labs, but all
contain bonus questions for extra credit
- Each is worth 4%
- The principles employed in grading these assignments are
in the detailed outline of the lab classes.
Reflective Questions: Lecture Follow-Up
- There will be five sets of reflective questions on topics
discussed during the lectures (30 pt available, graded out of 25pt);
each is worth 2% and will be administered through Oncourse.
- The timing of these assignments is not set. Credit for some
of the questions will only be available to students attending the
lecture when the assignment is announced
- A practice set of questions will be made available on
Oncourse to illustrate
General Comments on
Assignments and Grading:
Quizzes, Reflective Questions and Lab Reports are
all administered using the Original Test and Survey within Oncourse.
are strongly advised to submit assignments from locations where
internet access is reliable.
- If you encounter any difficulty in accessing the assignment
through Oncourse, or if a link is inactive please send an email
immediately to email@example.com.
Opportunities to resubmit assignments
depend on timely communication.
- If you are concerned whether an assignment has been
successfully submitted please send an email to ask for
confirmation. Normally, if you can still access the questions your
submission was NOT successful.
- Credit for labs report will only be available for students
who attend the appropriate lab class.
- Concerns about possible errors in grading or addition of
scores should be expressed promptly (to firstname.lastname@example.org)
and will be addressed.
- One of the AIs (Ritu Bose) will grade all the written
exams, the on-line quizzes and the reflective questions.
- The instructors and AI's will
determine the points allocation for lab
class reports, which will be graded by the AI's
- There are many opportunities for bonus credit within all
other extra credit options will be available.
- Scores will be curved if the grade distribution deviates
from expected distributions, or to ensure uniformity in lab class grade
- The points scale used to determine grades is as