Grading

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Grades will follow plus/minus system with the following cut-offs.

100-93=A, 92-90=A-, 89-87=B+, 86-83=B, 82-80=B-, 79-77=C+, 76-73=C. Grades below a C will not receive credit for this graduate course.

Note: I will not round up final grades – an 89.99 (as close as it is to 90) will still be a B+. I assume all assignments will be turned in on time and will penalize late assignments at my discretion (i.e. I will consider valid, documented reasons, but I will significantly penalize your grade if the lateness is unwarranted, including computer, printer, relationship, and transportation issues, just to name a few). Generally, assignments turned in late will be reduced by 25% for each day late.

Class Participation & Attendance
Each class, you will receive a participation score from 0-3, based on the quality and quantity of your participation during that class. One point will be awarded for attending class that day. The second and third point will be awarded based on your quality of contribution that day. Answer questions, pose questions, and provide insightful observations. Keep in mind that quality is an important component of this – simply giving one-word responses to questions I pose to the class will not automatically result in 1 point each. Periodic cold calls also count here.

Note that if you arrive more than 10 minutes late to class or leave more than 10 minutes early, you will not receive the one point for attendance. Additionally, if tardiness becomes a chronic problem (e.g., consistently showing up 3-5 minutes late for class), then I will consider more penalties because of the disruption.
At the end of the session, the participation scores will be summed and then averaged across the entire class. If your total score is equal to or greater than the 75th percentile, then you will receive 10 points (or 10% of your total class grade). If your total score is below the 75th percentile, then you will receive between 0-9 points, based on the distribution of points across the class participation scores below the class average.

At the end of the session, the participation scores will be summed and then averaged across the entire class. If your total
score is equal to or greater than the 75th percentile, then you will receive 10 points (or 10% of your total class grade). If
your total score is below the 75th percentile, then you will receive between 0-9 points, based on the distribution of
points across the class participation scores below the class average.

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