Psychology490-Syllabus-Spring2017-2.docx

How i compute your final grade i weight the four

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How I Compute Your Final grade : I weight the four exams and extra credit toward your final grade as follows: Performance Measure Points Allocated Exam 1 50 points Exam 2 50 points Exam 3 50 points Exam 4 50 points Optional Comprehensive Exam (Exam 5) - If you decide to take this exam and score higher on it than on the lowest of your first four exams, I will use your Exam 5 score to replace this lowest exam score. If you miss one of the first four exams, you will need to take Exam 5 and I will then use your Exam 5 score to substitute for your missed exam. 50 points Total Points Possible from Exams 200 points Extra-Credit Mini-Quiz (based on Goldstein, Ch. 11) 15 points Total Points Possible in Course 215 points Given that each exam will have 45 questions, I will scale your exam score to fit the above table by multiplying your exam point total by 1.11111. So, for example, if you score 45 correct out of 45 questions (not including any extra-credit questions you may get right) or, in other words, obtain a 100% on an exam, then on the 200-point scale above, you will have earned 45 x 1.11111 = 50 points. The table below shows how you can convert the points you receive on your exams into an approximate final letter grade. It is difficult to determine before a course begins what the distribution of grades will be, and therefore I reserve the right to adjust the distribution to fit the grading pattern for our class. This adjustment will always be in your favor, though, so you will never have your grade unilaterally reduced, say, from an ‘A’ to a ‘B’. I do give final grades with pluses and minuses, and I tend to give them to push you towards a higher letter grade (e.g., a high ‘B’ can be converted into a 'B+' or ‘A-‘). Points Percentage Letter Grade 180-200+ 90-100 A 160-179 80-89 B 140-159 70-79 C 130-139 65-69 D <130 <65 F 4
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1.8.17 Student Conduct and Academic Integrity : Academic integrity is central to any course at WSU, whether face-to-face, hybrid, or online. Any student found in violation of the academic integrity policy will be given an ‘F’ for the course and referred to the Office of Student Conduct. WSU’s Office of Student Conduct identifies key violations at   (once you access this page, look under “Standards of Conduct for Students” for descriptions of key violations, including cheating, fabrication of data, plagiarism, taking an exam for someone else or having someone else take your test, and many others). As a WSU student, you are expected to uphold high standards of academic integrity for yourselves and to demonstrate it to others, so I strongly encourage you to look at the website, even for a short while, to educate yourselves about what constitutes academic dishonesty at WSU. Disability Accommodation : Reasonable accommodations are available for students with a documented disability. If you have a disability and need accommodations to fully participate in this class, it is important that you contact the Access Center (formerly Disability Services), as soon as possible. All accommodations must be approved through Access Center prior to their implementation.
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