There will be six pop quizzes (top five will count for 4 points each), two midterm exams (50 points each), and a final exam (60 points). In addition, the teaching assistant will assign up to 20 points for your participation in discussion sections. Thus, the highest cumulative score that you can earn is 200. The final exam will be comprehensive. Quizzes and midterm exams will be held during normal class hours in the normal lecture hall. The final exam may be moved to a different place; be alert for related announcements.
Assuming that a grader position will be assigned to this course, each exam will be a mixture of short essays (about 60%) and various objective formats such as multiple choice, fill-in-the-blanks, etc. (together about 40%). If you do not participate in a quiz or exam this means you got a zero-score on that quiz/exam. No make-up quizzes will be given. Make-ups will not be given for exams missed due to scheduling conflicts or trivial reasons (overslept, car did not start, minor stomach upsets, etc.). Make-ups will be given for exams missed due to an emergency or serious illness. The latter must be documented by a police report, physician's statement or equivalent document. Make-up exams may be oral.
The final grade will be determined as follows. Cumulative scores will be added from pop quizzes, midterms, the final exam, and participation in discussion section. The average of the top three cumulative scores will be normalized to 100%. A normalized score of >93% will translate into a grade of A, >90% into A-, >87% into B+, >83% into B, >80% into B-, >77% into C+, >73% into C, >70% into C-, >67% into D+, >63% into D, >60% into D-, and 60% or less into F. Final grades are final unless a clerical error has occurred. Grades must be earned by performance; they are not given for effort, need, planned graduation dates, jobs already lined up, etc.
UT rules on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced.
The University of Austin provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259, 471-6441 TTY.
Although the grading procedure described above would make it possible for every student in a class to receive a grade of A, this has not been happening. By far the most common cause for a disappointing grade in this course is reliance on cramming.
My recommendations for a successful and enjoyable way of studying are the following.
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