BIO 301C Biology for Citizens (K. Kalthoff)

Exams and Grading

There will be six pop quizzes in lecture (top five will count for 4 points maximum each), three midterm exams (top two will count for 40 points maximum each), and a final exam (comprehensive, maximum 80 points), for a combined maximum of 180 points. You can earn another 20 points maximum by your participation in discussion section. These points will come from a short quiz at the beginning of each section (one half point each) and from your oral participation in discussion. 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.

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-up exams will not be given for exams missed due to scheduling conflicts (job interviews, weddings, etc.) or trivial reasons (overslept, minor stomach upsets, car did not start, parents already bought ticket for you to come home early, etc.). If you miss one midterm exam, for whatever reason, the two other midterms will be counted. If you miss two midterm exams, you may be allowed to make up for one, provided that you missed both exams due to an emergency or serious illness. These need to be documented by a physician's statement or equivalent document within one week after each missed exam. Thus, if you miss one exam due to an emergency or serious illness, and you want to protect yourself against the risk of missing another exam, you need to document the first emergency or illness right away, NOT if and when you miss another exam. Likewise, a final exam may be made up only if it was missed because of a documented emergency or serious illness. Any make-up exam may be oral.

The final grade will be determined as follows. Cumulative scores will be added from pop quizzes, midterms, discussion sections, and the final exam, for a maximum of 200. The average of the top three cumulative scores from the entire class 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 are earned by performance, not given for effort or need.

UT rules on cheating and other forms of 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 is reliance on cramming.

My recommendations for a successful and enjoyable way of studying are the following.

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