Daily Archives: December 9, 2012

Final Grades (HUM303/415/455/470)

Some of you have noticed that the ilearn grades are off. I am still working with IT to resolve this problem. In the meantime, I can show you how your final grades are calculated.

20% midterm: your score multiplied by .2  (ex. 85 x .2  = 17)
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20% classwork: the sum of all your quiz scores/ class assignments divided by the highest total score possible and multiplied by .2  (ex. 6 + 8 + 8 + 10 + 0 + 9 = 41. 41 divided by 60 = .68 x .2 = 13.67)
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25% final paper: your score times .25 (ex. 90 x .25= 22.5)
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25% final exam: your score times .25 (ex. 75 x .25= 18.75)
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10% attendance: pass/fail. fail equals zero. pass equals 100. this score multiplied by .1 (ex. 100 x .1 = 10)

= final score (ex. 81.92, rounded up to 82 or B-)

+ extra credit (2 chances, 0-2 points added for each to overall score)

example: 82 +1 +2 = 85 or B

Format/ A Challenge (HUM303/415/455/470)

Just a reminder. Papers should be in MLA format. See http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/

I also want to urge writers to avoid the term “lifestyle” in their papers. This is not an arbitrary request. “Lifestyle” is less of a critical concept than a kind of placeholder for a vague idea, a non-concept derived from the marketing vocabulary of consumer “choice.” By avoiding this term I think writers will be impelled to think more deeply about what it is they are attempting to analyze.