Grades Assignment #1
GOAL Since we are beginning statistics, it is a good time
for you to figure out your class average so far.
You will use information from WebCT and the grading policy from the syllabus
to do so. This will be due with
test revisions
Participation Average 20%
 quiz 1________ quiz 2________
From the main WebCt page, click on the "grades and tracking info" link.
Click on "grades". Write down both quiz grades.
Cross out the lowest quiz grade, since the lowest quiz is dropped.
This is your quiz average.

From the main WebCt page, click on the "grades and tracking info" link.
Then click on the "tracking participation" link
Write down the following:
Number of visits to the Homepage____________
Number of visits to the ToolPages_______________
Number of Discussions Articles Read____________
Original Posts__________
Have you been reading any messages from Dr. Sarah at least twice a week?
If the answer is no, then your participation grade goes down.
 Homework: Have you been turning in and receiving checks or checkpluses on
assignments that are not graded numerically? If not, then your
participation grade goes down.
From the syllabus
Participation in class and lab activities, on the bulletin board, in assignments that are not graded numerically, and WebCT
quizzes 20% You are expected to contribute to discussions, read the WebCT bulletin board, take and retake WebCT quizzes and turn in homework on
time. You are also expected to actively engage the material in class and lab. This means that when we are doing a calculation, you must also do this on your
calculator, and you are expected to take notes since the book does not contain everything you need to know. These kinds of baseline activities will result in
a participation grade of 16/20. Other activities can increase or decrease this grade. Asking and answering thought provoking questions, coming up with
creative ways of thinking about the material, and explaining the material to others are some examples of positive participation that will increase your grade.
On the other hand, doing work or holding conversations unrelated to the class, sleeping in class, letting your cell phone ring in class, talking to your
neighbors instead of engaging the material, challenging authority instead of looking for answers within yourself, leaving the classroom, refusing to engage
in the baseline activities and performing other activities that detract from the professional classroom environment will result in a lowered participation grade.
Based on the above, give yourself a participation average
out of 100________ (recall that
satisfactory baseline participation is 16/20 or 80%)
4 Major writing assignments 20%
The Ben F writing assignment is the first of these, but you don't have
it back yet. You will have a chance to revise your Ben F assignment.
Weekly lab projects average 20%
Write down all of your lab project grades from WebCT.
(From the main WebCt page, click on the "grades and tracking info" link.
Click on "grades")
If you see the assignment on the WebCT "grades", but don't see a number,
that means that you have received a 0.
If you don't see the assignment header, than
I haven't posted that assignment yet
Ben1/25 _____
condo/25_____ tax/25_____
Now cross out the lowest lab (just one!), and then take an
average of the labs that remain. (ie add up the lab grades that remain,
and then divide
by the number of those labs that remain).
lab average out of 25______________
lab average percentage
out of 100 (multiply the average out of 25
by 4) _____________
Major topic exams, presentations, and/or papers average 20%
Test 1 Percentage out of 100________
(take your grade,
divide by the total number of points,
and then multiply by 100 to get the percentage).
Final 20%
We don't have this at the moment.
Your class average
The listed parts of the course are all weighted equally (20% each)
in the grading scheme.
So,
add up your participation average
out of 100, your lab average out of 100, and your exam percentage out of 100
and divide by 3 to obtain your class average out of 100______.
As other grades become available, such as the
Ben F. writing assignment, you can see how they factor into your
class average.
Late Work Grading Scheme Work will not be accepted without explanation and must also be turned in on or before the due date. If there is some reason you must miss a
class, then obtain the assignment from the web pages. One late allowed over the course of the semester  save this for computer or other emergencies and
turn your lab or major writing assignment in within one week from the due date. (There are no lates allowed on other aspects of the course, but the lowest
quiz and lab are dropped).
If all of your work is turned in on time and you have received at least 50%
credit for all work, then add +1/100 on
to your course average to form your new course average __________
Otherwise, leave your course average alone.
Attendance Grading Scheme Department policy mandates that missing
more than 8 official and/or unofficial credit hours of absences during
the course (careful  each
class is 1.5 credit hours and each lab is 2 credit hours!) will
result in a grade of F. Save your absences for emergencies! If
the university is open and you
miss part or all of a class, then that counts as an absence. You
will receive (.5*credit hours of absences + 2)/100 added
on to your final average.
From the main WebCt page, click on the "grades and tracking info" link.
Click on "grades".
Write down the number of credit hours of absences that you have so
far_____
Calculate the number (1/2)*(credit hours of absences) +2 _________
This will be positive if you have less than 4 credit hours of absences,
and negative if you have more than 4 credit hours of absences.
Take your new course average and add (this might be a negative number)
(1/2)*(credit hours of absences) +2 to it.
This is your class average at the moment out of 100_________
Time outside of class
On average, how many hours per week are you spending outside of class on this course? ________
As a
general rule of thumb for mathematics classes, on average, you can expect to spend about 23 hours outside of class per week reviewing material and class notes, 36 hours outside of class
per week for homework assignments, and about 1 hour outside of class per week on checking the main web page and bulletin board. If you find that you are spending
fewer hours than these guidelines suggest, you can probably improve your grade by studying more. If you are spending more hours than these guidelines sugges, you
may be studying inefficiently; in that case, you should come see me.