Chem 177 FAQ's-Fall2011

Chem 177 FAQ's-Fall2011 - Frequent Asked Questions: These...

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Unformatted text preview: Frequent Asked Questions: These are some of the questions that came from students over the past few years. So, before sending an email, please browse through this list, you will likely find the answer to your question. Topic: Emailing the course Instructor and Teaching Assistants (TA) Q: How do I email my instructor and TAs? A: Be professional when you email your instructor or TAs. When sending e‐mail, put Chem 177 in the subject line. Your instructors are teaching more than one course. Also, do not use abbreviations or text message short‐cuts, no twitter/facebook language. If any of these standards are not met, you may not receive a reply. Topic: MyLabPlus Online Homework Q: How many points is a MyLabPlus assignment worth? A: The total number of points for assignments is 75 and you will have between 40 – 45 assignments; each individual assignment is worth 1.7 – 1.9 points. At the end of the semester, the average score out of 100% on all of your assignments (except optional assignments, see the next question) will be used to determine your homework points. If you averaged 82% on MyLabPlus, you will earn 82% or 0.82 * 75 = 62.5 points. Q: Do I get any credit for optional MyLabPlus assignments? A: No. Optional assignments are given no credit and are for practice only. They are a valuable tool for preparation for exams and quizzes. If you are struggling with any topics in the course, you are strongly encouraged to complete optional assignments for your own learning. Q: What is the penalty for missing a MyLabPlus assignment or doing an assignment late? A: Late assignments are penalized 0.5% per hour late up to a maximum of 50%. So, submitting an assignment 24 hours late means that the assignment is docked 12%. The maximum late penalty on an assignment is 50%. Q: MyLabPlus problems & questions aren’t working on my computer; what can I do? A: The first thing to try is rebooting your computer and make sure that you are using a browser that is supported by MC (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari should work). If this doesn't fix the problem, then use a campus computer to complete the assignments that are due. Then, go to the MyLabPlus web site and look carefully at the computer requirements and make certain that your computer and settings are appropriate; if you have trouble with this portion, contact the ISU Solutions Center AND MyLabPlus support. MyLabPlus works on the ISU public access computers (in the library and in computer labs on campus). Topic: Clicker Q: What can I do if I forget my clicker? A: You will not be able to earn clicker points. We will be using clickers pretty much every lecture so you should have many opportunities to earn the full number of clicker points. Missing a few lecture quizzes and lectures for valid reasons should not negatively impact your grade. Q: Can I make up a missed lecture clicker quiz? A: No. We will be using clickers pretty much every lecture so you should have many opportunities to earn the full number of clicker points. Missing a few lecture quizzes (3 or 4) should not negatively impact your grade. If you miss a lecture for a valid reason you should get the notes from another student and you should view the on‐line lecture play‐back. Q: How are lecture/clicker quiz points determined? A: The grading will vary daily depending upon the number of clicker questions. Normally clicker quizzes are worth 3 points with the following grading policy: 1 point for being present, 2 points for getting most of the questions correct, and 3 points for getting all of the questions correct. Q: Can I go to any lecture and how clicker quiz will be graded? A: You may attend another lecture section only if there are seats not taken by the students who are enrolled in that section. During the first two weeks, 100% of the seats are filled. Instructors will try to give the same number of clicker questions in each lecture and the questions will be the same or similar to other sessions. Topic: Recitation Quiz Q: Can I make up a recitation quiz? A: No. At the end of the semester, we take the top 10 quiz scores of 12 – 15 quizzes; this gives each student some flexibility to miss a quiz and a recitation for valid reasons. Q: How many quizzes will be dropped? A: None. We will count the best 10 quiz scores at the end of the semester. Q: If I have a valid excuse and if I know in advance that I will miss a quiz, what should I do? A: Contact one of the instructors (not your TA) make an appointment to see the instructor at least 5 days in advance of the quiz. Provide a valid document to prove your valid excuse and discuss possible options ‐ which are few. You may take the quiz on quiz day. If you are travelling on official ISU related event (athletic team, or a professional conference) we might be able to FAX the quiz and have you take it at the same time as if given at ISU providing there is adult supervision. Q: If I have a valid excuse and if I have missed a quiz, what should I do? A: Contact your TA and tell him or her why you missed the quiz. There are not make‐up quizzes Topic: Exams Q: Can I make up an exam? A: No. If you miss an exam, you must contact the instructor, see the next question. Q: If I have a valid excuse and if I know in advance that I will miss an exam, what should I do? A: Contact one of the instructors (not your TA) make an appointment to see the instructor at least 5 days in advance of the exam. Provide a valid document to prove your valid excuse and discuss possible options ‐ which are few. You may take the exam at 4:05 pm or 5:30 p.m. on exam day. If you are travelling on official ISU related event (athletic team, or a professional conference) we might be able to FAX the exam and have you take the same time as if given at ISU providing there is adult supervision. Q: If I have a valid excuse and if I have missed an exam or a quiz, what should I do? A: Contact one of the instructors (not your TA) with a valid document to prove your valid excuse and discuss possible options ‐ which are few. Q: How many exams will be dropped? A: None. Q: Will any exam be curved? A: As long as all questions are fair and the item analysis indicates no major problems, no. Topic: Extra Credit Q: Will there be any possibility for doing an extra project or extra credit to improve my grade? A: No. Q: At the end of the semester, if I find myself close to a borderline between letter grades, may I ask to be bumped up? A: NO. Final grade is non‐negotiable. Do your best during the course. Attend ALL lectures, do ALL homework, Read the lecture notes, Read the text book, ask questions in the class. Seek help if you did not understand the concepts. Meet with one of the instructors after exams and try to learn where you need to put extra effort to succeed in this course. The final letter grade is a measure of your overall performance in the course. Topic: Lectures Q: Do I need to attend all the lectures? A: Yes, for your benefit and to earn clicker question points. Q: If I miss a lecture, what should I do? A: Make sure to read the lecture notes, view the on‐line recording of the lecture, class announcements, and the text book to keep up with the class. Seek assistance (Chemistry Help Center or instructor office hours) for anything that you don’t understand. Q: If there was a quiz or an assignment on the day that I missed a lecture, Can I make up that? A: No. Topic: Grading Scale (more or less, it all depends) Q: What is going to be the grading scale for this class? A: Plus‐minus grading will be used for the final grade. For example, 79‐81 B‐, 82‐85 B, 86‐89.9 B+, 90‐92.9 A‐, 93‐100 A, etc. Q: Will this class be curved? A: The instructor reserves the right to adjust the grading scale and would decide the scale based on the overall performance of the class and NOT just based on a single exam, quiz, or assignment. But, the instructor will apply a fair grading scale consistent with previous semesters and closely related to the grading scale described above. ...
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