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:

Tests 2
Special Assignment 2
Reading Assignments 1
Participation 1

This table should not be interpreted to imply strict percentages. What it does imply, for example, is that tests are accorded the same importance as the special assignment in the final judgment. These are the most important single part of your grade because they showcase your ability to demonstrate what you have learned and retained. That said, each one represents only one third of the requirements for the class. The other two-thirds is no less important, and in some ways might even be more important. Retaining an independent place for each factor, without tying all into a cumulative points framework, allows me to give each element the consideration it deserves in making a balanced judgment at the end of the term.

Relative weights for each area are provided to give you a sense of how the factors line up in terms of their importance. Think of the weights as a ratio—much as you would think about the ratio of one ingredient to another in a recipe. A cake recipe may require more flour than sugar, but that does not mean that the sugar can be left out without consequences for the cake! In the same way, it may well be that tests are weighted more heavily than assignments, but failing to do assignments will have definite carryover effects on the other areas of evaluation. Structure your work accordingly, keeping each of the areas and their inter-relationships with each other equally in mind.

Finally, 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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