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Grade Assessment

Course requirements will be weighted toward your final grade as follows:

Class Assignments (i.e., Homework, Discussions, Hands on Labs, Business Communications)30%

Quizzes (5%)
Quizzes may be given daily or weekly at the beginning of classes.  Students who are absent on a day that a quiz is given will not be allowed to make up the quiz.  In addition, if a student is tardy when a quiz is given, they will be allotted only the time left to complete the quiz.  For example, if a student is 10 minutes late and 15 minutes is allotted for the quiz, then the student will have 5 minutes to complete the quiz.  If a student is 20 minutes or more late, then the quiz grade will be counted as a zero.

Class Assignments (30%)
Throughout the semester you will be given various assignments that will count 20% of your overall grade.  These assignments will cover a wide variety of information that you will learn in and outside of the classroom.  Assignments can include but are not limited to the following: 
  • Business Communications (Memos, Technical Papers, Proposals, etc)
    • Please note the Business Communications Category below as this is how you will be graded on any major writing assignments
  • Bulletins
  • Blackboard Discussions
  • Informational Posters
  • Other various assignment types
Assessments (Tests / Final Exam) (65%)
For each class, there will be one exam, one final exam and one possible "elective" exam (at the instructor's discretion).  The questions will be a combination of multiple choice, problem solving and interpretation of results by assimilating data into visual representations as well as technical papers as well as hands on exercises).  The exams are designed to test assimilation and understanding of all information learned by the student.  Exams will be taken during class time unless otherwise specified by the instructor.  If there is an output requirement of an exam that cannot be completed during class time, then requirements will be discussed the class period prior to the exam.  The output portion will be due the day of the exam and turned in prior to commencement of the exam.  No extensions on the output will be granted.

Final Exam (Included with the Assessments Calculation)
Students will be given a final exam that will encompass the totality of the course.  Any information in terms of reading material, presentations, assigned podcasts, YouTube videos, etc that cover content will be fair game on the final exam.  This exam will help the instructor determine if the student is ready to take the corresponding industry standard certification test.   Students who score in the 85% - 100% on all tests and quizzes (not averaged) will be allowed to purchase vouchers for the corresponding certification exam.  If a student is granted permission to take the certification exam and they pass the exam, a grade of 100 will be recorded for the student's final exam grade.  Students are not required to take the certification test to pass the course - but will be encouraged if they do well on the corresponding exams and tests.  The final exam is averaged in the Assessments category along with Quizzes and Tests.

Final Exams will be given according to Methodist University's Final Exam Schedule.

Certification Exams
All of the courses in the Digital Forensics and Cyber Security minor are geared towards industry standard certifications. Students will be required to successfully pass ALL quizzes and exams before they attempt the industry standard certifications.  Students who are unsuccessful in their exams/quizzes will not be allowed to purchase exam vouchers through the Digital Forensics and Cyber Security program until they can prove they can be successful with the content.

Extra Credit
Extra Credit will be given/granted at the sole discretion of the instructor.  Only students who have completed all assignments and quizzes will be eligible to receive extra credit assignments (if approved / granted by the instructor). 

Other Miscellaneous Information
Participation:  Classroom participation is expected and will be evaluated.  Students are responsible for their own learning as well as their classmates’ learning.  Each student will be expected to contribute to class discussions and group exercises.  Participation will be judged on both the quality and frequency of student’s contributions.  There is no particular number of times students must join the classroom discussion, but remaining silent the majority of time in classroom is not acceptable. 

Knowledge.  Students are responsible for all knowledge imparted through the assigned readings as well as that developed in class through discussion or classroom exercises.  Fulfilling that responsibility will be demonstrated through classroom participation and performance on the assignments and examinations.

Integrity.  Students are expected to adhere to the Methodist University Honor Code in all your academic endeavors.  The Honor Code policy in the Student Handbook will be followed.  All work submitted to instructor must be in compliance with the rules of the Honor Code and “pledged” as an indication of its conformity to the rules of the Honor Code.  Violations of the code may be reported by any member of the Methodist University community.  

Plagiarism and cheating.  In academic work, theft, and academic misrepresentation (lying) are offenses that fall under the jurisdiction of the Methodist University Honor Code.  Students who are caught cheating, lying and plagiarizing will receive an automatic "F" for the assignment and will be referred to the Honor Board.  Please make sure you review both the course policies and the Honor Code listed in your Student Handbook.  **Methodist University Computer Use Policy, Honor Code, Course Policy, Justice Studies Cyber Lab Policy, as well as any other appropriate MU Policies apply.

Examinations.  There will be 1 class exam and one final exam per class.  At the instructor's discretion, there may be an "elective" exam. They may be a combination of multiple choice, short answer, lists, and essay that requires the student to problem-solving, and interpret results by assimilating data.  The exams are designed to test assimilation and understanding of the information, NOT necessarily memorization, so students may be allowed to complete examinations outside of class.  Unless otherwise specified by the instructor, exams will be taken during class time.  If a student can not complete an exam during class time, then the student will need to make arrangements to complete the exam by the next class period.  If the exam can not be completed at that time, the exam will be graded based upon the answers that the student has given.  No tests will be graded until all tests have been turned in.  Exams that are turned in late (if taken outside of class) will receive a grade of zero unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor. (See Due Date and Make Up Policy)

Grading Scale
The following MU Grading Scale will be used when calculating graded assignments:

 A 93.00 - 100
 A- 90.00-92.99
 B+ 87.00 - 89.99 
 B 83.00-86.99 
 C+ 77.00-79.99 
 C 73.00-76.99 
 C- 70.00-72.99 
 D+ 67.00-69.99 
 D 63.00-66.99 
 D- 60.00-62.99 
 F 00.00-59.99