ATTENDANCE AND GRADING POLICY CHEMISTRY 3324. SPRING 2004
INSTRUCTOR - Dr. T. E. SNIDER, SC 225L, firstname.lastname@example.org, (580) 581-2890
GRADING SCALE: A (91-100%), B `82-90.9%), C (70-81.9%), D (60-69.9%) of points possible.
GRADED PAPERS: There will be a series of homework, quizzes, tests, and 132 Classroom Participation (CP) points to be earned by being present on time and by answering questions correctly in class. You will receive one CP point per lecture period (less those we do not meet and or are dedicated to testing) for each lecture you attend on time (defined as you were present and logged yourself in with your keypad before the lecture started) and one CP point for each question answered correctly during the lecture. There will be 100 CP points. All scores will be returned in a fraction form of "points earned" divided by points possible (example: 43/52, or 43 points earned out of 52 points possible). To know your grade at any moment, you must keep a running total of points earned and points possible. Simply do the division multiply by your best Scaling Factor, and refer to the "Grading Scale".
ATTENDANCE AND TESTING: Attendance is not mandatory nor will you be penalized for absences. However, it is my belief that good scholastic habits of turning in assignments on time, taking quizzes and tests when scheduled, and class attendance are to be encouraged. In an effort to reward these practices, the following policies will be employed.
1) Homework assignments are due at the end of the class period of the day specified. One (1) point of the points earned is granted only for papers turned in on time. Papers not turned in on time will be accepted and graded up to the time that the entire class is graded (that is not turned back) at this point, a "L" for "late-but not graded" will be entered in the grade record for those papers turned in late. If the homework is not turned in prior to the return of the homework to the class a none is recorded and counts as a zero. No credit will be given for homework that occurs between missed quizzes but the possible denominator will still increment..
2) Quizzes - The course will have a series of quizzes (8-11 in number) that will average 40-60 points value each. Each QUIZ will have 2 or 3 points as part of the total possible, that will be awarded only when the Quiz is taken during the specified time. Make-up quizzes are not given. If you plan on being absent prior arrangements must be made to allow you to take the quiz. You must take the quiz before the next scheduled class period. Generally if you are not able to take the quiz before the next class period then you will not be able to take it. Quizzes will be un-announced. You will have a quiz every Friday or Monday with possibly the exception of shortened weeks, midterm week, and other days that make disrupt the normal schedule. If events require that you miss one quiz, the next quiz taken will count double (as a translated percentage) less the points for promptness. If any other quizzes are missed, the second is recorded as 15 pts less than the last quiz taken. Any other Quizzes missed will be recorded as "none" and count as zero points earned divided by points possible. If and only if all quizzes are taken, all HW is turned, and Midterm taken, a bonus of 25 points will be added to the points earned column.
3) A scaling exam will be given on Wednesdays Feb 4, March 3, April 7, and April 28. The scaling exam will consist of naming and/or drawing any of the first four carbon members of the families of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkanols, alkanals, alkanones, alkanoic acids, alkanamines, and the ethers, esters, and amides of any of the four carbon compounds. You should know both the IUPAC name and the common name for all. Each quiz will consist of four name compounds which you must draw and three drawings of compounds which you must name. These scaling exams will be scored as a fraction of one and will also count in the point total. After you get a perfect "one" score the remainder of the scaling exams may be taken for a bonus of seven points. Your accumulated point total will be multiplied by your highest scaling quiz (0 to 1) to achieve your final average.
4) Your lab grade will count as 20 % of the total points possible . This will be approximately 250 points and will be calculated at the end of the semester.
5) A multiple choice midterm examination
and final will be given. Midterm = 150 points,