Grading:
Your final grade for the course will depend on the weighted average of all of your work.
The value of each component of the course is as follows:
Project 
35% 
Written Presentation à 15% Oral Presentation à 10% Data Report à 5% Experimental Design à 5% 
Exams 
25% 
Midterm à 10% Final à15% 
Quizzes 
10% 
Quizzes are given at the beginning of the class
period. Missed quizzes cannot be made
up. 
Short Papers 
15% 

Other Assignments 
15% 

All quizzes and exams are opennotebook, but not opentextbook.
The content of this course is cumulative in nature; that is, each assignment lays the foundations for future work. As such, it is imperative that students keep up with the coursework. Late work will be grudgingly accepted, but at a penalty of 20% off per session late. After two sessions, late work becomes worthless.
Individual assignments and evaluations for this course are not curved; however, the grading scale used to calculate final grades is slightly more generous than in other courses:
To receive a grade of: 
You must have a minimum of: 
A 
92% 
A 
88% 
B+ 
85% 
B 
82% 
B 
79% 
C+ 
76% 
C 
70% 
C 
65% 
D 
50% 
While there is a significant quantity of collaborative work in this class, work that you take credit for should be your own. If yours is the only name on the paper, then yours should be the only thoughts on the paper. Any instances of academic dishonesty will be dealt with swiftly, decisively, and unpleasantly. You will at least fail the assignment, and depending on the severity of the infraction, you may fail the course.
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