252.food.grading+info.2011.02.20

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Unformatted text preview: Philosophy 252, Eating Right: The Ethics of Food Choices and Food Policy Spring 2011 Grading guide: Part I: Participation Grades 10%: Clicker micro ­quizzes. There will be one question at the beginning of lecture, and one at the end, which count for points. In general, the question at the beginning will be on the reading for that day, and the question at the end will be on the content of the lecture. Questions will be designed to be easy if you did the reading and paid (some) attention to the lecture – they won’t be designed to be tricky. The grading scale (see below) is designed to allow quite a bit of slack, so that you can miss class occasionally when something comes up, you’ve got a doctor’s appointment, etc. without damaging your grade. Please plan accordingly – there won’t be makeup credit available except in the case of some kind of serious long ­term or recurring obstacle to attendance (if something like that happens, please contact us ASAP.) Grading scale for clicker quizzes: A: 75% of possible points B: 65% of possible points C: 50% of possible points D: 35% of possible points 15%: Recitation attendance and participation. Part II: Non ­participation grades 75% from the following non ­participation grades: Cumulative short assignments over the first half of the term Cumulative short assignments over the second half of the term Poster & presentation Argumentative paper draft Argumentative paper final version The contributions these five grades make will be weighted in your favor – the one you do best on will count for the most, and the one you do least on will count for the least, in the computation of your final grade. Best of these five grades: 20% 2nd, 3rd, and 4th: 15% Lowest of these five grades: 10% Extra credit: Short extra credits Short extra credit assignments are graded (generously) on the same 10 ­point scale as regular short assignments. They are then factored in to your short assignment grade (for the part of the term in which you do them), as an additional assignment, if (and only if) doing so would increase your grade. So for example, if there are 5 short assignments in the first half of the term, and you do an extra credit assignment and get a 9 on it, the extra credit grade will be factored in as a 6th short assignment, and your short assignment grade for the first half of the term will be the average of those six assignments, if that’s higher than the average of your five required short assignments, excluding the extra credit. Optional final exam The final exam is optional. If you take the final, your grade on the final will replace the lowest of your non participation grades (Cumulative short assignments over the first half of the term, cumulative short assignments over the second half of the term, poster & presentation, argumentative paper draft, or argumentative paper final version), subject to the following constraints: (a) The grade on the final myst be higher than the grade it would replace. (i.e., the final will only count toward your final grade if it would help you.) (b) The grade that replaced by the final must be at least a C ­. (This is to prevent people from gaming the system by just not doing one of the core assignments.) Entrepreneurial extra credit: If there’s something you want to research, or a project you want to work on, that’s relevant to the class, talk to your TA. We’ll see if we can figure out a workable extra credit activity based on your idea. ...
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