Assignments & Grading

The final grade will be calculated using the following scale:

  • 90 – 100 = 4.0
  • 85 – 89.99 = 3.5
  • 80 – 84.99 = 3.0
  • 75 – 79.99 = 2.5
  • 70 – 74.99 – 2.0
  • 65 – 69.99 = 1.5
  • 60 – 64.99 = 1.0
  • <60 = 0

Your final grade will be based on the following criteria:

Blog Posts /Responses

Each week, students will be required to post a series of posts to the course blog. The details (prompt, length, etc) of each weekly Blog Post can be found on that week’s schedule page.  Every week, students are required to respond to two blog posts that week (meaning you need to respond thoughtfully to two classmate’s posts).  Students must complete each week’s entry and response in order to get credit for the assignment.  If students meet all of the requirements for the assignment (due date, length requirement, entry + response), they will receive full credit.  If students don’t meet all of the requirements, they will not receive credit at all.  No partial credit is given for partially complete Blog Posts.

Blog posts are worth 10 points each. Your responses are worth 5 points each.

Weekly Quizes

Each week, students will be expected to complete a 10 question multiple choice quiz (each question worth 2pts each).  The quiz (which will be accessible through D2L) will test students on that week’s content and concepts.

Final Quiz

At the end of the class (in week 7), students will be expected to complete a 30 question multiple choice final quiz (which will be accessible through D2L).  The final quiz will be cumulative, covering all of the material covered during the course.

Academic Integrity

In accordance with Michigan State University’s policies on “Protection of Scholarship and Grades” and “Integrity of Scholarship and Grades,” students are expected to honor principles of truth and honesty in their academic work. Academic integrity means, amongst other things, not plagiarizing. Plagiarism includes submitting anothers work (words, ideas, etc.) as their own now will the knowingly permit another student to copy and submit their work. Additional discussion of academic integrity is available on the Ombudsperson’s website.