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Grades & Assignments Overview

Assignment Grading


The Grading Breakdown & Scheme are available on our main Syllabus page.

Performance Appraisal

All of our non-quiz assignments in this class will be graded on a scale of 0 to 2+. 
This scale mimics the type of assessment that managers and leaders conduct when evaluating their followers' work in organizations (which is why you will be using it in this course). At work it generally only matters if you got the work done, and if you did it poorly or well.
  • 0 = Did not complete, is plagiarized, is off topic/gibberish, or is late. 
  • 1 = Incomplete or below standard work.
  • 2 = Meets requirements. 
  • 2+ points = Exceeds expectations and considerable effort demonstrated.

Required: APA Style for Citations

All papers, discussion posts, etc. in this course must use APA style for both in-text citations and your references pages only (not for the general style or text of your written work) - see the Documentation of Sources page for more detailed information on plagiarism and APA style. Note: If you are found to have plagiarized in this course or submitted unoriginal work then you will receive a zero for the assignment - no exceptions. TurnItIn is used in this course throughout the Dropbox to detect plagiarism.

Assignment Types & Categories

Develop Your Knowledge - Participation Assignments ▶ 20% of Final Grade

Participation is assessed through varied assignments. Details will be given each week on what is required. (Note: Items may be removed or added to this category throughout the semester - which means the weights of items within this category will fluctuate along with that.)

Discussions (D2L or VoiceThread)

If a discussion is required and you want credit, you must plan to space out your participation. In a face to face class you would all be able to just talk back and forth while in the classroom together, but to achieve that online you are required to begin participating by Tuesday at the latest, you should then plan to check in at the least every other day to create a conversation (minimally this means checking in on Thursday and Saturday). Don't forget that your first post, when you want to make your mark, may take you the longest.

Training Quizzes ▶ 20% of Final Grade

These quizzes contain random questions pulled from a larger sample. That means even though you can take the quiz more than once, you may not get the same questions each time. It is in your best interest to know the material before you take them. Between the randomization and the time limitations it is difficult to get a high grade without knowing the material beforehand. You can take each up to 3 times before the deadline and the average of your attempts will be kept.

Develop Your Skills - Application Assignments ▶ 35% of Final Grade

These will be explained in more detail in D2L in the Content tool when required.

Applied Project ▶ 25% of Final Grade

There will be one project assigned during the semester, which is designed to assess your ability
to integrate the course material in an applied context. Additional information about the project will be provided in class discussions and is 📄 available in this separate handout.

This project is designed to increase your knowledge of I-O Psychology by providing practice in applying course concepts to actual work and organizational settings. The activities in this project represent a sampling of the kinds of practical tasks that might be performed by I-O Psychologists. This is a very complex project - thus we will discuss and work on it as a class.

OCBs = Extra Credit
If you are not sure what an OCB is, it’s a fairly simply concept. It basically means going above and beyond in a helpful way that benefits the group (our class) and contributes to effectiveness. How to earn these is explained in detail on this page. I will also include other options to gain extra credit when I see an opportunity.