111-1 - GY 111 Notes D. Haywick (2007-08) 1 GY 111 Lecture...

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GY 111 Notes D. Haywick (2007-08) 1 GY 111 Grades vs Attendance (Total student numbers n = 219) 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 180 0-4 5 6 7 8+ # of students (2000-2005) # of absences F D C B A GY 111 Grades vs Attendance (overall percentages) 0.0 10.0 20.0 30.0 40.0 50.0 60.0 70.0 80.0 90.0 100.0 ABCDF Letter Grade Percentage 8+ 7 6 5 0-4 GY 111 Lecture Note Series Introduction and Geo Careers Lecture Goals: A) Introduction to class set up, policy etc. B) Stuff you need to survive C) What is geology and what do geologists do? Reference: Holbrook, John, 1998, Career Potential in the sciences, PALAIOS, Volume 13, No. 2 (supplement). A) Introduction: Today you get the basic information that you need to survive GY 111. The first portion of this lecture will be dedicated to a general overview of this course (GY 111) as regards to material, readings, assignments, labs exams etc. Refer to this years current syllabus or the class web page for due dates, assignments/exam values etc. If you are visiting this website without the benefit of first attending the lecture, I cannot stress enough the following points: 1) Attend all lectures! Some of the material we discuss will not be in your textbook. If you miss a class, you miss the material that might be on a test. There is also an attendance policy in this class. You will be docked marks for not attending classes. Why do I do this (or as one student commented on www.ratemyprofessor.com), “Why do I treat you like “kids” instead of adults? Because I want you to not only pass GY 111, I want you to do well. Past data in GY 111 shows a positive correlation between academic success (A, B or C) and good attendance. Check out the chart to the right. An even more telling plot is this one which shows letter grade versus attendance in overall percentages. In 6 years, over 90% of the A’s awarded were to students who missed fewer than 4 lectures/labs. In contrast, more than 90% of the F’s went to students who missed more than 8 lectures/labs. Now you know why I insist on attendance and why it’s accessible in my class.
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GY 111 Notes D. Haywick (2007-08) 2 By the way, for those of you interested in statistics, I can give you the following grade distribution for my GY 111 class (Data from 2000-2005): Grot 2) All of you need to be doing a GY 111 lab (GY 111L) simultaneously with GY 111.
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