About Grading...

It is your responsibility to keep track of your grades. I used to be able to post grades, but new privacy laws (FERPA) now prohibit me from that convenience.

By Federal Law, I CANNOT email any grades to you. Here is the pertinent clause:

"Notification of grades via e-mail is in violation of FERPA. There is no guarantee of confidentiality on the Internet. The institution would be held responsible if an unauthorized third party gained access, in any manner, to a student's education record through any electronic transmission method."

Please take this to heart.

This means among other things, for group exercises and labs be sure to get with your partners to share the results of those assessments. Getting your partners' emails is a secure way to keep in touch about group grades.

Furthermore, FERPA restricts me from discussing your individual grade outside the privacy of my office. You must come by during an office hour for grade consultations; please do this before final exam week! Bring your original, graded papers for verification if you think there is a discrepancy.

Calculating your letter grade is simplicity itself: add up all your scores and divide by the weekly cumulatively total, given on the This Week page, then match this number with the letter grade table listed on your course syllabus. Grades are calculated with an integer function, meaning that 87.9999% is not rounded up to 88%.

Criteria: taken from the Center for Critical Thinking

A Excellence far above and beyond the ordinary. All the student's work demonstrates superior achievement and commitment to studies with no weakness in any area of that study. The student's question indicate depth of knowledge and insight. Students in this category are eligible for extra credit to order to demonstrate excellence among peers. Impeccable punctuality and attendance.
B Generally good work with occasional flashes of superior talent but demonstrable weakness in some few areas. Questions indicate curiosity without great insight.
C Average. The student's work is sometimes good but often not. Questions reveal incomplete study habits. Occasionally tardy, absent and/or inattentive.
D Substandard work. Rarely even curious, the student's questions are solely and ironically about their grade, which should be obvious. Seeks to do no more than the minimum.
F Failure to grasp even the fundamentals of the course subject. Little interest in the course and lack of real concern about remedying his or her failure. Frequently asks for extra credit, i.e. easy makework in lieu of meeting even the minimum requirements. Usually tardy or absent, always inattentive.

And a note about partial credit: