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The grading for the course will tentatively consist of the components listed in the following table. The instructors reserves the right to adjust grading policies. Final grade determinations are made by the instructor.
|Midterm Exam 1
|Midterm Exam 2
|Recitation Attendance & Participation
- Homework Grades
- We use points on homework as a mechanism to provide feedback. You should be learning from doing the assignments and also from the feedback on them, which means homework grades may well be lower than you are used to. Don’t worry! In past semesters 30-40% of CIS 1100 students have received an A- or better in the course, and we expect this semester to be similar.
We recognize that events outside your control may make it difficult to do well on all assignments. To allow some space for that, we will drop your lowest homework grade when calculating your final grade in the class under the condition that all of your homework scores are >= 30% of the points available on that HW. The objective of this policy is to make sure that all students at least make a fair attempt on each assignment.
- Exam Grades
- We publish raw exam grades and do not curve exams. Instead, we curve the class at the end of the semester if necessary. CIS 1100 exams are usually challenging, so a low raw score is not cause for panic.
- Published evidence and anecdotal experience indicate that there are many pitfalls related to viewing lecture recordings in lieu of attending lecture, especially when watching the recordings at higher speeds or with diminished focus. We respect your independence as learners, but we believe that there is significant benefit to attending lectures, answering sample exercises, and asking questions. Consequently, you are expected to attend all the lectures in person. In order to incentivize attendance, lecture recordings will only be made available by request. There is no penalty for requesting access to recordings. We will make all recordings available shortly before the midterm exams in order to help students review and study.
Recitation attendance is mandatory.
- Check-in Quizzes
- These quizzes are meant to help you gauge your understanding of the material. You will be graded on correctness, but you will be able to see which questions you got wrong and re-submit until you get them all right.
- Making up work
- Grades are based on your performance on work completed during the semester in accordance with course policies. It is not possible to make up work in order to improve your grade or compensate for violations of course policy.
Incompletes, with permission to complete coursework after the semester ends, will be granted only in verifiable cases of serious, extended illness or similar extraordinary circumstances.
- Grounds for failure
- A serious lack of effort may be grounds for failure in the course. If you find yourself in any of the situations below, you should meet with the instructor promptly to discuss your situation:
- Numerous missed assignments or substantially blank assignments.
- Academic dishonesty (see the collaboration tab). If you believe you may have violated the collaboration policy, you are encouraged to explain what happened to the instructor. Even if your actions constitute a serious violation, the sanctions are likely to be considerably less if you admit to the violation before we detect it ourselves.
- Conversion to letter grades
- All graded work is converted to a percentage grade between 0% and 100%. Here is approximately how the percentage grades will map to final letter grades:
- 97% <= A+ (4.0)
- 93% <= A (4.0)
- 90% <= A- (3.7)
- 87% <= B+ (3.3)
- 83% <= B (3.0)
- 80% <= B- (2.7)
- 77% <= C+ (2.3)
- 73% <= C (2.0)
- 70% <= C- (1.7)
- 67% <= D+ (1.3)
- 63% <= D (1.0)
- < 63% F (0.0)