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The grading for the course will tentatively consist of:
- 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 110 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 from homeworks 1-8 when calculating your final grade in the class. Note that this does not include the final project, which cannot be dropped.
- 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 110 exams are usually challenging, so a low raw score is not cause for panic.
- Check-in Quizzes
- These quizzes are meant to help you gauge your understanding of the material presented in the weekly short Lecture videos. 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 an 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%. Homeworks are converted by dividing your score by 50 (the maximum number of points per assignment). 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)
- Understanding your performance in the class
- If you want to get a sense of what score you’re earning in the class, you have all of the information that you need to calculate this based on the grades you have so far. Some other details:
- Each homework assignment is worth 7.11% of your final grade.
- The final project is worth the same. (One homework assignment is dropped, so there are 8 assignments and 1 project contributing to your grade.)
- Each check-in quiz is worth approximately 0.5% of your final grade.
- Each recitation you attend with active participation is worth approximately 0.67% of your final grade.