Final Grading

Final grade evaluation will be comprehensive, qualitative and cumulative, meaning that the quality of the student’s performance in all areas of the class as a whole, over the course of the entire term, will be the subject matter of the evaluation. The different grading areas will be accorded the following relative weights in the judgment process:

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Assignments 1
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Do not interpret this scale in percentage terms. The different factors of your grade are all interrelated. The relative weighting given here indicates that some assignments are clearer indicators of your mastery of course content, skills, and methods, or produce concrete results that can be used as evidence to mark your progress in the class. Think of it like a recipe. Each ingredient listed is necessary in the amount given. You may need twice as much flour as sugar for a cake, but that doesn't mean the sugar is less important than the flour, or that you can leave it out and produce a decent cake. Retaining an independent place for each factor, without tying all three into a cumulative points framework, allows me to give each one the consideration it deserves in making a balanced judgment at the end of the term.

Students should be aware that qualitative terms such as ’outstanding’, ’adequate’ and their like will be applied at the professor’s discretion according to reasonable benchmarks for undergraduate work in the discipline of philosophy. While the professor will support all such judgments, the professor’s judgment in such matters is not negotiable.

Grade Qualifications
A The student consistently produced excellent results in all areas of evaluation.
B The student consistently produced either excellent or good results in all areas of evaluation.
C The student consistently produced results that, on balance, were adequate to meet the course requirements.
D The student consistently produced results that were either poor or adequate with respect to the course requirements.
E The student consistently produced results that were either poor or unacceptable with respect to the course requirements.

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