Grades

The numeric values for grades seem absolute. You will find that the actual number of points for a quiz is 5.1 points. Such minor variations exist in the class and they always work in favor of students.

When final grades are tabulated they are based upon the numbers listed below, right, not percentages.

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Student assessment . . .

Final grades represent the completion and quality of work done over the semester. That includes the online Study Guide, 15 textbook Blackboard quizzes, three Communication Intensive Assignment Blackboard Blackboard Bb logo/link discussions, five embedded orientation response questions and 2 exams.

Graded Assignments Points Total
Online Quizzes 5 each 75
Orientation Assignments 5 each 25
Blackboard Essays 30 each 60
On-campus exams 100 each 200
Total   360

Extra credit

There are multiple opportunities for extra credit in the class. You may earn extra credit by taking the quizzes early, in two Blackboard discussion forums, and the Blackboard Extra-Credit Bunker linked to the PopUp Helpers you will meet later in the orientation. However, the MAXIMUM number of extra credit points you may earn is 25.

Final grades

You may have noticed that you receive credit for only 2 Communication Intensive Assignment grades. The lowest of the three (anywhere from a 0 to a 30) is dropped at the end of the class.

The following chart list grades by assignment and the final grade. They are based on a 10% curve:

 
A
B
C
D
F
Exams
100-90
89-80
79-70
69-60
59-0
Quizzes
5
4
3.5
3
2-0
Blackboard Essays
30-27
26-24
23-21
20-18
17-0
Final Grade
360-324
323-288
287-252
251-216
215-000

Assessment navigation

In the likely event that you need to revisit this page during the semester notice the menu items at the top of the page. Pass your cursor over the above menu item "Course Essentials" and notice the options. One is "Student Assessment." Click that selection and you will return to this page.

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