TNS 560 / SPRING  2016 
Test/Quiz Scores and Attendance Record
Folks/Guys/People: 

PLEASE NOTE:

A course grade is a proxy (it can only be that and nothing more) for what is supposed to be the effort you put into a course and the measurable results of that effort. Not all teachers and students, anecdotal evidence suggests, appear to understand this. Anyhow, you may wish to note this with all the seriousness it deserves: In this class, you will never be assigned a course grade willynilly with little or no regard to your performance vis-à-vis course requirements (regardless of  how intelligent you think you are, or how much you claim you liked this course, or how much you think the instructor is the greatest [or worst] teacher since the dawn of time).

Additionally:

1.  Once your final course grade is submitted at the end of the semester it will not be changed under any circumstances.

2. When written tests/projects are graded, a three-step procedure is followed: first, all submissions are gone through to get a sense of the quality of what you guys have submitted. Second, they are carefully read again to identify a response (for each question, if more than one) that can be considered as the best when compared to that of others--this does NOT necessarily mean that this response will be the most ideal, that is an "A-grade," response. Finally, all the responses for each question, going question by question (if more than one), are graded using the best one as the benchmark. (For example: if the best response was assigned, say, a B, then all the other responses will not receive a grade higher than a B.)

3. If there was a multiple-choice test and your score is missing then the scanning machine at the computing center probably rejected your scantron answer sheet.(No. The computing center does not supply names of those whose tests are not scanned.)  Policy reminder: as indicated in the test instructions, if the computing center does not scan your test because of missing and/or incorrectly placed information on the scantron answer sheet then your test will be assigned ZERO points.

4. To determine your grade you must first convert the raw score to a percentage. When you do the percentage calculations it must be on the basis of ZERO decimal points. (If you are still having problems figuring out your scores then please visit the math place in Baldy Hall or use the WolframAlpha engine on the preceding page.)

5. Grade points allocation for letter grades: see the grading policy in Appendix II of the syllabus. 

6. If you demonstrate that you are really serious about this course (doing your readings on time, attending class regularly, not coming to class late, providing undivided attention in class, and so on), then you may be given breaks to help you improve your final grade for the course. In other words, if you work with the instructor to help you achieve your educational goals, the instructor will work with you too.

7. University regulations concerning grade changes include these two regulations: 

  • Once an "I" [incomplete] grade has defaulted, it cannot be changed.
  • A grade (other than I or J) may be changed at the instructor's discretion only to correct a calculation or data-entry error.... Such a change must include justification by the instructor and be approved by the department chair and cognizant dean. A grade change other than an I or J is not permitted under any other circumstance. 
8. All course grades are FINAL. That is, as indicated above, once the final grades are submitted they are written in stone. They can NEVER be changed. <--- Read this sentence again. (The school does not permit extra-credit work after the fact, nor does the instructor. See the rules above.)

8. Do not send the instructor e-mails about grades because you will most likely not receive a response.  (Instead, you must talk to the instructor during office hours.)

To access your test scores and attendance record click on the link below:

By clicking on this link I attest that I have

carefully read and understood the policies outlined above