In order to receive a grade of B for the class, students will have to have completed all assignments for the class reflecting a good grasp of the topic, integrating lecture material, discussions, and readings. An A will signify that all work has been completed well and a substantial amount of the work has been completed excellently. In addition, to receive an A or B, students must be engaged actively in discussions throughout the semester and demonstrate familiarity with lecture materials and readings. A C or lower will be given if some assignments are not completed, if a significant number of assignments are not completed acceptably, or if students fail to participate in class discussions or to engage with the course content. Assignments will be given letter grades (A, A-, B+, B, etc.). An A should be considered to be in the middle to high 90s; an A- in the low 90s; a B+ in the high 80s; a B in the middle to low 80s; a C+ in the high 70s; etc. The percentage that each assignment bears on the final grade is as noted on the assignments. Discussion and participation will be the final 15%. By discussion and participation I mean that students are expected to make substantive contributions to the discussions that help the learning process. This may be comments about interesting things they have read, questions about materials in the readings and other content material, insights from their own experience that have a bearing on topics under discussion, etc.
Each assignment will be graded, and each assignment will be given a percentage weight for the semester grade. Assignments will be given numerical grades. The cumulative numerical grades plus participation points will determine the final grade for the semester on the following scale
E (59 or below)
Each assignment is due on the date specified. A student may negotiate a revised due date if necessary, but this must be done in advance. Assignments will be accepted late only at the discretion of the instructor.
A significant portion of the semester grade is dependent on active participation and engagement in the substance of the class including the discussion topics, lectures, and readings. There will be ongoing discussions throughout the semester. Students will be expected to read the postings in the discussion forum and to contribute their ideas and opinions on a continuing basis. Participation points will be given on the basis of the percentage of postings read and the number and quality of contributions. A substantive posting is one that contributes new information, new ideas, or new perspectives or one that moves the conversation along or into new areas. On average students will be expected to contribute at least two or three substantive postings per week in addition to responding to others’ posts.
If a grade of Incomplete is assigned, it will be accompanied by a date by which the work of the course is to be completed. Students may not assume that they have a full year to complete the work.