Grading

Your grade is based on a preliminary exam, 3 lecture/reading exams, 2 lab practical exams, a lab notebook composed of worksheets and drawings, and 2 writing assignments.  Your final grade is based on a curve done on the grades compiled at the end, with the mean in the B-/C+ range.  (The curve can only benefit students.)  Exceptional improvement will be rewarded.  Active participation in office hours, lecture and lab can be a positive factor in cases where your final course grade is near a boundary.

 

Exercise

Due date and place

Coverage

% grade

Notes

“Preliminary” Exam

 take home, end week 3

Lecture Units 1-5

Labs A-C

1

a

Midterm Exam I

Lab Practical Exam I

F Feb 13, in lab (GML 101)

Lecture units 1-7

Labs A-D

10

6

b

Midterm EXAM II

Lab Practical Exam II

F Mar 31, in lab (GML 101)

Units 8-15

Labs E-I

12

8

b

Final Exam

Th May 4, 12:00 (SSMB 138)

“cumulative”

20

c

 

 

 

 

 

Lab attendance/ worksheet

by Tuesday lecture after lab

week’s lab material

20

d

 

 

 

 

 

RFB reference/topic 1

F Feb 3, Dropbox, start of lab

 

0.5

e

RFB report 1

F Feb 17, Dropbox, start of lab

See writing webpage

10

f

RFB references/topic 2

F Mar 24, Dropbox, start of lab

 

0.5

e

RFB report 2

F Apr 7, Dropbox, start of lab

See Writing webpage

12

f

 

 

 

 

 

Invertebrate concept map

at each exam

See ICM webpage

x-credit

g

Questionnaire

Th May 4, at final exam

course evaluation

x-credit

 

Active participation

lecture and lab

all course material

bump

h


Notes:

a.  Preliminary EXAM will give you experience with the format of questions used in lecture and lab exams.  It will be a take-home exam that must be completed in one sitting.

b.  Midterm EXAMS will include a lab practical exam and a separate lecture/reading exam.  These exams will be given in succession during a single lab session. (Note that first Midterm EXAM covers some of the same material as the Preliminary EXAM.)

c.  Final EXAM does not involve a lab practical.  This “cumulative” exam will cover lecture/reading material and written information from laboratory covered in the last few weeks of course, but will also assume knowledge of more general information from earlier lectures.

d.  Laboratory exercise sheets are due by the start of Tuesday lecture following the lab.

e.  Topic and reference must be submitted for review (two weeks before the RFB) in the appropriate OAKS Dropbox.  Include all of the information listed on the RFB assignment page.

f.   Report must be submitted as an MSWord document in the appropriate OAKS Dropbox.  Follow format described on the RFB assignment page.

g.  See website for details and suggestions about how to complete an Invertebrate Concept Map.

h.  Exceptional participation in lecture and lab could bump your grade up if it is near a boundary.


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