Completion of the course requires that students successfully accumulate a passing score through the following evaluations.
• Two in-class examination: 12% of total grade each
• One (1) comprehensive final examination: 14% of total grade
• Science Journal Assignments: 10% of total grade
• In class participation: 7% of total grade
• Laboratory assignments/quizzes: 30% of total grade
• Laboratory midterm: 7% of total grade
• Laboratory final: 8% of total grade
This class uses the following numerical equivalents for grades: A = 100-90% | B = 89-80% | C = 79-70% | D = 69-60% | F = 59-0%.
Submission instructions will generally be given for each assessment. Lab materials may be submitted in person to your individual lab instructor. Journals are to be submitted using D2L, and in class electronic assessments will be collected using Tophat.
Execution of this class will require a focused and directed effort on the part of your instructors to complete grading and input grades on a timely manner. As such, late work penalizes the rest of the class. Late work will only be accepted if the professor (and TA in the case of lab work) are notified and agree to accept it before it is due. Generally, if the request is approved, you have one additional week to submit the work for partial credit.
Attendance for lecture is required. Please show up early and leave only when excused. For the first few weeks, attendance will be evaluated by a randomly-distributed sign-in sheet. It is your responsibility to sign-in each day the sheet is available. Subsequently, the class will use an in-class quiz system which will serve to monitor attendance.
Lab attendance is also required for completion of this class. If you fail to attend and complete more than 2 laboratory sessions, you will be either be dropped from the class or you will receive a failing grade.
Absences will only be excused through Dr. Price. Legitimate excuses submitted prior to the lecture or laboratory assignments will be honored; those submitted after an absence are less likely to be accommodated.
Illness is a legitimate excused absence. If you have a fever or are exhibiting symptoms you deem contagious:
Please note that class schedules and other information will be posted using MSU's D2L system. Students will be required to use this system to participate in the class. It is suggested that students fully impliment the contact settings to receive updates by email, and to check that email prior to each lecture or lab session.
During the semester, there will be a few, limited opportunities for extra credit. In all cases, these opportunities will be offered to the entire class under very specific conditions and limitations. The professor views these as opportunities for enhancement – truly extra to the course. Your best means of securing the grade you desire is to garner as many points possible on in-class participation, assignments, exams, and the labs (the lab portion is a huge part of the grade!).
Semester-long extra credit opportunity: the MSU Counseling Center is conducting a series of four academic workshops each month during the spring, 2015 semester. You can receive 4 percentage points added to your final exam grade for attending one (and one only) and procuring an extra-credit slip. You are welcome (and encouraged) to attend other sessions, but only one counts for this opportunity. The schedule is posted on D2L for your convenience.