Lectures and Syllabus - GRADING/TEST POLICIES for Biol 412...

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GRADING/TEST POLICIES for Biol. 412 Sp. 2015: Grade will be based on 4 tests (100 pt ea)= 400 pts . In addition, there will be 10 “pop quizzes” worth 5 pts each (= 50 pts ) plus 5 extra credit points spread throughout the quizzes for a total of 450 pts in the course, with the possibility of earning 455 pts. Tentative grade distributions: >90% 102% some form of A (A+, A, A-); 80-90% some form of B; 70-80% some form of C; 60-70% Ds,F. There is no final. Pop quizzes are not listed on the schedule and are designed to review material as well as to reward attendance in lectures. No make-ups for missed quizzes will be given, regardless of whether or not a student has an excused absence. To minimize the penalty for missing a quiz, extra credit questions and a total of 11 pop quizzes will be given. If a student takes all 11, the worst score will be dropped and the total of the other 10 will be applied toward the grade. If 10 are taken, the worst score will be replaced with the second worse score; if 9 are taken, the average of the 9 will be used for the 10 th score . So, if a student misses only 2 of the 11 quizzes, there will essentially be no penalty . However, if 3 or more of the 11 quizzes are missed, then a 0 will be given for all quizzes missed beyond the two that are allowed. Examples: student takes all 11 quizzes: 545 2 5455645 to receive 48 pts after dropping lowest score (2); student takes 10 quizzes: 545 2 545564 to receive 47 pts after replacing 2 score with 4; student takes 9 quizzes 545254556 to receive 46.5 after adding in avg of first 9 scores (41/9=4.5) for 10 th score; student takes 7 quizzes: 5452545 to receive 30 points after receiving 0s for 8 th ,9 th , and 10 th quizzes. Quizzes will use iclickers (iclicker, iclicker+, or iclicker2) but NOT the iclicker app for smart phones. Cell phone use during the lectures is prohibited . Please respect those around you (including your professor) and refrain from using your cell phone during all lectures. To obtain points on your quizzes, you must register your iclicker at iclicker.com AND bring your iclicker to each lecture. Answer keys to the quizzes will be posted before each exam; if you want to know how you did on the quizzes, please keep track of your answers and check the answer keys. Given the size of this class and the fact that there is no TA support, please do not ask to turn in handwritten quiz answers or to have your quiz grades sent to you. If, however, you have problems with use of the iclickers, please contact me as soon as possible to clear these up. Tests and quizzes are non-cumulative in that they cover only material that was presented since the previous test or quiz. In all tests and quizzes, questions will be strictly on subjects covered in lectures (i.e. if something is covered in book but was not explicitly covered in lecture, it will not be on a test or quiz; but note also the converse material covered in lecture but not covered in text is fair game for questions); tests will be ~75% short-answer questions (e.g. true-false; fill in the blank; multiple choice; matching) vs. ~25% brief essays or definitions. Actual examples of test
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