Optional book report if you take three exams or two

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Optional Book Report: If you take three exams or two exams and the Test Alternative prior to the final (Option #4), you also have the possibility of completing the Optional Book Report, worth 15 possible extra–credit points. The purpose of this assignment is to have you read and comment on Sapolsky’s (2004) exciting and relevant book, Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers. You will be asked to purchase and read this book in its entirety, then comment on 10 of the 15 chapters. The Optional Book Report assignment is due on the last day of class. In-Class Quizzes: On five occasions throughout the semester simple 2-point quizzes will be given at the start or end of a class period. These quizzes are extra-credit and will only be used to improve your grade. Quiz questions will be drawn from prior lectures and readings. Therefore, if you show up to class, you have the chance to gain extra-credit points at a handful of random times throughout the semester. Point Breakdown: Each of the first three exams (50 points each = 150 points in total); the final (90 points); Test Alternative Assignment (50 points; can be completed instead of one of the first three exams, if a student takes all three exams); Optional Book Report (15 extra- credit points; only available to those students who take all three exams or two exams and the Test Alternative prior to the final); In-Class Quizzes (10 extra-credit points). Determination of Final Grades: There is no curve for this class or weighting of the final grade depending on the “top” student grade. Your course grade is determined by the percentage of total possible points you accumulate depending on the grading option (above)
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you decide to use, as follows: Option #1: 90 pts; Option #2: 140 pts; Option #3: 190 pts; Option #4: 240 pts. Accordingly, your letter grade will be based on the following scale: Percentage of total possible points depending on grading option chosen: 90% & above = A 80%-89% = B 70%-79% = C 60%-69% = D Below 60% = F How to Succeed in this Course: First, come to class. Second, do the readings either before or immediately after the class session during which they are assigned. You need to determine for yourself if you learn better by reading the material before or after lecture. Third, you should have some system of formalized review (AKA: studying). I recommend (if you want to do very well in this course) that you study each week and then immediately before exams. Thus, in addition to coming to class and doing the reading, conducting your own weekly review session (perhaps lasting 1-2 hours) will enable you to most effectively prepare when it comes time for the exams. Fourth, in the course of studying you should generate questions and points for clarification; then, come to office hours with either myself or a teaching assistant. Fifth, it never hurts to study with others; if you can get another person or group together to study, you’ll be sure to master the material. Beware: You might actually have some fun! Finally, do as many of the “optional” assignments in this class as possible in order to increase the number of chances to do well.
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