links. These activities will develop models for students to share individual perspectives with each other and to develop effective answers to questions that may appear on examinations. Students will receive feedback from their peers as well as the teaching assistants and the instructor. LearnSmart Exercises: 10% of the final course grade will comprise LearnSmart exercises from McGraw-Hill Connect. LearnSmart exercises must be accessed and completed via the ecampus LearnSmart folder link to qualify for credit. Grading Policy: Final course grades will be calculated on the basis of exams, class participation exercises and LearnSmart exercises: 4 exams @ 20 points each + 10% class participation + 10% LearnSmart Exercises = 100% of the final course grade. Exam grades and LearnSmart exercise grades will post on eCampus once the availability period ends. Class participation exercises will be graded and posted as quickly as possible. Extra credit may be offered at the discretion of the instructor. If extra credit is offered, details for each opportunity will appear in the ecampus Course Materials folder. Letter grades for exams and for the final course grade will be assigned according to the following guidelines: A = 90-100 (Excellent) B = 80-89.999 (Good) C = 70-79.999 (Satisfactory) D = 60-69.999 (Passing) F = 59.999 and below (Failing) Please note that exam scores and final course grades will not be rounded up to the next letter grade. Exam Schedule Released Due Exam 1 Friday, February 16 at 12:00 pm Monday, February 20 by 5:00 pm Exam 2 Thursday, March 8 at 2:00 pm Tuesday, March 20 by 5:00 pm Exam 3 Friday, April 13 at 12:00 pm Monday, April 16 by 5:00 pm Exam 4 Friday, May 4 at 12:00 pm Tuesday, May 8 by 5:00 pm Due dates for Class Participation and LearnSmart activities will be specified in the guidelines for each exercise. Calculating Final Course Grades Use this formula when calculating your grade: Exam 1 score + Exam 2 score + Exam 3 score + Exam 4 score + class participation points + LearnSmart Exercises + extra credit (if available) = final course grade. Do not rely on ecampus to calculate your grade. NOTE: ANY STUDENT WHO CONTACTS COLLEGE AND/OR DEPARTMENTAL STAFF OR ADMINISTRATORS ABOUT FINAL COURSE GRADES BEFORE FINAL COURSE GRADES ARE POSTED ON howdy.tamu.edu WILL RECEIVE AN AUTOMATIC LETTER GRADE OF F FOR THE COURSE. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES CONTACT COLLEGE AND/OR DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATORS REGARDING YOUR GRADE IN THIS COURSE BEFORE THE UNIVERSITY GRADE SUBMISSION DEADLINE.
4 Attendance and Make-up Policies Because this is an online course, students are free to study and review the course materials at their convenience. Keeping up with and taking notes during the recorded lectures, completing all required readings, watching required videos in their entirety and studying with classmates prior to beginning each exam will improve each student’s chances for success. University rules concerning excused absences, which may pertain to scheduled exam dates and times, may be found at Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
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