Grading Policy

Graded Course Activities

Assignment Points Possible Total Points Description
Introduction 20 20 Practice assignments to introduce you to the course structure
Problem Sets 24 on each 240 Top 10 scores from 11 problem sets
Discussions 12 on each 120 Top 10 scores from 11 discussions
Muddiest Points 2 on each 20 Top 10 scores from 11 muddiest points
Exams 200 600 Multiple choice and short answer
Total 1000 Possible points

Grading Scale

Grade Points Percentage Performance
4.0 900 to 1000 90 to 100% Excellent Work
3.5 840 to 899 84 to 89% Nearly Excellent Work
3.0 780 to 839 78 to 83% Very Good Work
2.5 730 to 779 73 to 77% Good Work
2.0 670 to 729 67 to 72% Average Work
1.5 620 to 669 62 to 66% Below Average Work
1.0 560 to 619 56 to 61% Poor Work
0.0 0 to 559 0 to 55% Failing Work

Viewing Grades

Grades will always be available on the D2L gradebook. Problem sets and muddiest point grades are based on participation and will be posted as promptly as possible. Problem set grading is based on a serious attempt at answering the question. The answer does not need to be correct to receive points. Answers for the problem sets will be given in the review videos. The multiple-choice portion of the exams will be automatically graded but will not be available to students until after the exam closes. Short answers will be graded by hand and will not be completed until the day after the exam.

Any grading questions or concerns should be addressed as soon as possible. At most, questions about grades should be submitted within one week of the grade being posted to D2L.

Work Submission Policy

The teamwork nature of this course requires that students keep up to date with their assignments and actively engage in the activities. Since the review videos open immediately after the assignment’s due date, late work will not be accepted. One assignment from each of the following categories: problem set, discussion forum, muddiest point, is dropped to accommodate the occasional issue that arises.

Sometimes, though, life gets complicated. In the case that one dropped assignment is not sufficient, or an exam must be missed, please review the guidelines for excuses absences below.

Excused Absences

Illness or Injury

Email me if will be missing the exam/assignment prior to the start of the exam day/due date. Within 24 hours of the missed exam/assignment, provide me with a note from a medical provider that states your name, the name and address of the healthcare provider, the date you were seen, a statement excusing you from classwork for the date you missed for medical reasons, and a signature of the healthcare provider. Notes stating that you were seen but not excused will not be accepted. I recognize that it can sometimes be difficult to see a medical provider on short notice, but this policy is in place to create fairness for all students. If it is impossible for you to obtain documentation, please contact me via your private discussion forum.

Bereavement due to death in the family or similar tragedy

Email me if you will be missing the exam/assignment prior to the start of the exam day/due date. Within 48 hours of the missed exam/assignment, I should also receive an email notice from the Dean’s office that you have been approved for a grief absence. In order to request a grief absence, you must fill out the Grief Absence Request Form within 7 days of the event and provide the requested documentation.

Chronic health issues, physical disabilities, and learning disabilities

If you experience severe and chronic health issues, physical disabilities, or learning challenges that prevent you from completing assignments by the deadlines, we can attempt to devise a plan to help support you.

Within 7 days of the first day of class (if diagnosed prior to the start of the semester) or within 7 days of diagnosis (if diagnosed during the semester), you must provide me with a VISA issued by RCPD. I am extremely willing and able to provide accommodations for students with such conditions, but a VISA is required in order to do so. Information regarding a VISA is kept confidential, and you will not be asked to provide personal health information related to the diagnosis. Students eligible for a VISA are HIGHLY encouraged to obtain one and provide it to me as soon as possible. If you have applied for a VISA but it has not been issued, please inform me, and send me the name of your RCPD advisor.