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Grading and exams

The final grade is a compostie of the following:

Homework (LabSim), in-class mini tests                 20%
Quizzes (1 & 2 together)                                      20%
Mid term                                                            20%
Final                                                                  40%

NOTE: 20% homework grade is made up of grades for weekly assignments as well as the grade obtained from a 5 - 20 question mini quiz at the end of each class. Each assignment has maximum point value of 20. Each mini quiz also has a maximum point value of 20. All these points will be added together and divided by the total number of assignments and mini quizzes.

Quiz 1:                   covers weeks 1-3
Mid Term:               covers weeks 1 - Mid Term
Quiz 2:                   covers weeks from Mid Term to quiz2
Final:                     covers all weeks 

Grade      Range
A              90-100
B              80-89
C              70-79
D              60-69
F              00-59

Grades Running Total (GRT):
A running total is accumulated for each student for the grades they receive throughout the course. These are the grades for quizzes, midterm, class participation, homeworks, etc. all added together.

The higher running totals are a very good indication of the effort put in the class by the students. Basically a very good metric for overall performance of each student.

Experience shows that this method is a very quick way of determining how each student is doing in the class. However, GRT has not direct effect on the final grade.

Extra Credit:
If a student is short on the 15 points (the 1st item above), they can get maximum of 3 extra points towards these 15 points by working on a project approved by the instructor. This work must be started after the 2nd quiz and submitted before the final exam.

Note: Highest GRT does not necessarily mean grade A.

NOTE: If final exam is missed, there are NO make up tests or exams. Final grade will be calculated without it.