Assignment Breakdown

For the most part, we would prefer to teach this course without grades. What a wonderful concept, learning for learning sake! However, even though we can't change the "system" overnight, we can create grading policies that support learning as much as possible. The various course activities will contribute to your grade as follows:

Activity Points Percent of Total Grade
Weekly Reading Quizzes 20 4%
Lab Check-Offs 30 6%
Homework 1 10 2%
Homework 2 20 4%
Homework 3 30 6%
Midterm Project 75 0 15% 0%
Explore Post 40 8%
Final Project 75 15%
Quest 25 5%
Midterm Exam 75 0 15% 0%
Final Exam 100 20%
Total Points 500 350 100%

  • Each Lab Check-Off is worth 2 points. At the end of the semester, we will drop your four lowest scores.
  • Each reading response is worth 2 points, and we will drop your lowest two scores.


Grade Breakdown

Your letter grade will be determined by total course points, as shown in the table below.

Points Grade
335-350 A+
310-334 A
300-309 A-
290-299 B+
270-289 B
250-269 B-
225-249 C+
210-224 C
200-209 C-
150-199 D
< 149 F