Grading for SIO 20
Winter 2014

Class Participation via iClicker 10%
Problem Sets (total of 4 assignments) 15%
Midterm Exam 1 20%
Midterm Exam 2 20%
Final Exam 35%

Letter grades for the course are initially assigned on a "curve" which essentially means that students are in competition with each other.

At the end of the course, a total score is calculated for each student using their scores on the various assignments and exams together with the weighting noted above.

All students are then ranked from 1 to N where N is the number of students in the class

Final letter grades are then assigned using the following "GENERAL" criteria:

The top 30% of the class will receive "A" or "A-"
The next 40% of the class will receive "B+", "B", or "B-",
The next 30% of the class will receive "C+", "C", or "C-".

I will also calculate a grade for each student using the following percentiles:
Total Score 85-100% = A (A or A-)
Total Score 70-85% = B (B+, B, or B-)
Total Score 55-70% = C (C+, C, or C-)

Each student will receive the better grade from the 2 methods.

EXCEPTIONS to above rules:
1. Any student with an Overall Score of 0.55 (55%) or less MAY receive a "D" or "F". In this case I will examine the student's scores during the quarter and decide if a non-passing grade is deserved (missing problem assignments and/or no improvement noted during quarter are deserving of non-passing grade).

2. Students near the cutoff for each grade (e.g. just between an "A-" and a "B+") may be "bumped" up if exam and scores improved during the course, if all problem sets were turned in, and/or if they received full credit for class participation via the iClicker.

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