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Grading

There are 920 total points over the semester: 60 points each of the 15 weeks, plus 20 points for the first week's Orientation.

Grade
Percent
Points
A
90% +
828 +
B
80% +
736 +
C
70% +
644 +
D
60% +
552 +

Did you know you can check your current grade at the Desire2Learn website without having to add up all your scores yourself? In the Grades area at D2L, click the Calculator button. When a new page appears with your grades, scroll down to the bottom and find your total points so far. Once the points for the weekly Wikipedia Editing Project have been added, compare your point totals to those in the graph located below. Pay attention only to the total points, not the current percent (because the current percent is calculated against some assignments that are already set up but that you will not have completed yet).

Use the chart below to track your weekly progress. For example, if you have 594 points at the end of Week 12 (when all Week 12 assignments have been graded), then you are headed toward a B in the course. Or, 670 points at the same time would mean you are headed toward an A.

Week
Total possible points
A
B
C
D
1
80
72
64
56
48
2
140
126
112
98
84
3
200
180
160
140
120
4
260
234
208
182
156
5
320
288
256
224
192
6
380
342
304
266
228
7
440
396
352
308
264
8
500
450
400
350
300
9
560
504
448
392
336
10
620
558
496
434
372
11
680
612
544
476
408
12
740
666
592
518
444
13
800
720
640
560
480
14
860
774
688
602
516
15
920
828
736
644
552

Honor Code: All grades in this course are subject to our Honor Code. Plagiarism or misrepresented gradebook declarations will not be tolerated.

Effort: For the most part, grading for this class is based on effort: if you do the required work, following the guidelines for each assignment, you can receive an A. I would be absolutely delighted to give each and every student in this class an A. Unfortunately, many students who take this class do not have enough time to spend on all the assignments. The single greatest difficulty that students have with this class is that they sign up for the class even though they do not have enough time available to do the work required. If you do not have time to complete all the assignments, you will not be able to receive an A in this class.

Due date extensions for medical emergencies only. If you are ill or a member of your immediate family is ill and needs your help, you need to contact me as soon as possible to arrange for an extension. It is very important that you let me know about this as soon as you can. Extensions of the due dates will only be given for medical emergencies; they will not be given for other reasons (such as computer viruses or interrupted Internet access).

Computer glitches, viruses, and unreliable internet connections are not a valid excuse (see computer requirements). Have a backup plan ready to go at a moment's notice (including access to a backup computer, and a second place with internet access). Even better, work ahead to give yourself a cushion in case of technological difficulties.

Your safety net: work in advance! Especially if your life is very busy, you should try to work ahead in this class instead of doing things at the last minute. You can do the work up to two weeks in advance. Given how hectic life can be, I would recommend that every student work a few days, or even a week in advance, if possible. If you put work off until the last minute and miss the due date, you will receive no credit for the work. So, work in advance if you can -- that way you will not have any problem at all getting work finished by the deadline.

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"Am I a procrastinator? Well, I haven't decided yet; why don't you ask me that later?" Kerry Magruder

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HSCI 3013. History of Science to 17th centuryCreative Commons license
Kerry Magruder, Instructor, 2004
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Brent Purkaple, TA

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