Grading Policies for Homework and Exams
Homework Instructions (Click on the
Homework button in Blackboard).
Your course numerical grade is determined by summing your scores on the
problem sets and the 3 exams. Of course, each of the three grades in
parenthesis is normalized to 100. Course Numerical Grade = (Sum of
6 Homework Assignments Grade) x 0.30 + (Midterm Exam ) x 0.30 + (Posting) x 0.05 + (Final Exam Grade) x 0.35. Letter grades with +/- will be assigned
according to reasonable cutoffs, which roughly correspond to:
A+ 97 , A 93, A- 90, B+ 87, B 83, B- 77.
A proctor will be required for
monitoring the Midterm Exam and the Final Exam. A proctor can be a supervisor, principal, superintendent, Department
Chair, Secretary, administrative personnel at your school, or
colleague or other teacher. You can also use proctoring facilities at
local community college. Many community colleges offer such services
of charge. No relatives, in-laws, spouses or social friends are allowed
to be proctors.
It is the proctor's responsibility to assure me you took the exam
according to the given instructions and that you abided by the UVa
honor code. You will download the exam with your proctor present, which
will start the clock for taking the exam. At that time the proctor
checks to be sure that you are
abiding by the instructions for taking the exam. I will email you and
proctor instructions for taking the exam. The proctor does not have to
present during the entire time you are taking the exam. Before taking
exam you will email me your proctor's name, professional relationship
you, title, email address, and telephone. Do not wait until you take
exam because then it is too late for me to contact your proctor. After
have submitted the exam electronically, your proctor will email you the
words "I concur" to inform you that you took the exam according to the
rules and the honor system. You will copy the email and post it on
Blackboard under the forum "Proctoring Test 1". If the proctor does not
concur, then the proctor emails me the words "I do not concur".
I trust every student in this course to fully comply with all of the
provisions of the UVA honor system. In addition to pledging that you
neither received nor given aid while taking your exam, your electronic
also affirms that you have not accessed any notes, study outlines,
sets, old exams, answer keys, or the textbook while taking an exam and
you have not obtained any answers from another students exam. All
honor violations brought to my attention will be forwarded to the Honor
Committee. If, in my judgment, it is beyond a reasonable doubt that a
has committed an honor violation with regard to a given exam, that
will receive an immediate grade of 'F' for that exam, irrespective of
subsequent action taken by the Honor Committee.
All UVa. Students' are bound by the UVa Honor code. Please familiarize
yourself with it. You can find more information at http://www.virginia.edu/honor.
In accordance with the U. Va. honor code, a student normally writes on
exam that they have neither given nor received aid and sign it. It is
possible for the student to sign the exam, since it is submitted
As a substitute procedure, the last question on the exam will be in
"I pledge that I took the exam in compliance with the honor code." The
student must answer that question yes or no. You are expected to make
arrangements with your supervisor, principal, or superintendent, to
proctor your exam. Ground rules and policy for proctoring the exam will
be given to you and the proctor.