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disorderly, low resolution or poorly exposed submissions may be rejected at the discretion of your marker. Learning Materials Our course materials are linked to UBC’s learning management system, Canvas. Our textbook, Differential Calculus for the Life Sciences by Leah Keshet, is available for free online. If you choose to purchase a hard copy, you may do so from Copy Smart (5784 University Blvd., 604-222-3189) for $30 + tax. Some homework will be hosted on WeBWorK, a free online homework platform that you can access through Canvas. Other homework will be submitted electronically. Some instructors may make a copy of their personal lecture notes available online. In some cases, these might be printable, or available from a bookstore as a bound notebook. Some instructors may require you to use clickers, which can be purchased at the UBC Bookstore for about $45 and used in other classes. Assessments of Learning WeBWorK WeBWorK is more formative than evaluative. WeBWorK focuses on the computational learning goals of the course. All WeBWorK assignments taken together will account for 10% of your overall grade. OSH OSH is meant to develop your problem-solving skills and your mathematical communication. OSH is also a formative assessment, but doing it well requires a lot of time and effort. Reflecting this, OSH is worth 20% of your overall grade. Midterm Examination The midterm examination will take place outside of class, because in-class examinations are extremely time constrained. The midterm examination will evaluate your problem solving skills, computational skills, and communication skills. Your midterm accounts for 20% of our overall grade. University of British Columbia Vancouver p. 5
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MATH 102 Syllabus Final Examination The final examination will take place at a time and place determined by the university. Usually the date is not known until October. (It is important that you do not make travel plans that might conflict with the final exam.) The final exam is cumulative, covering material from the entire term. It accounts for 50% of your overall grade. Assigning Marks Assessments fall into two categories: formative and evaluative. A formative assessment is meant to help you learn something. OSH and WeBWorK are good examples of this. Completing them should help you develop your understanding of course content. The midterm and the final, on the other hand, aren’t there to teach you — their role is to evaluate your understanding. The points attached to formative assessments are an inducement for you to try hard while you’re studying, and then to pay attention to the feedback you receive. Points on an evaluative assessment are good-faith attempts to certify student understanding. Keep this in mind when you’re writing your exams: coming up with a correct final answer is only a consequence of you demonstrating that you know how to solve problems in general. So, the final answer is often less important than the steps you took to get there.
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