Grades for this course will be determined by considering 4 elements: individual in-class assignments (i.e., ones you do on your own- traditionally this was "homework"), student response participation in answering online questions about the video podcasts, team-based hydrological experiment design, and written exams.
- Individual Assignments = 45%
- Student Response Participation = 5%
- Team-Based Experimental Design Presentations/Reports = 15%
- Exam 1 = 10%
- Exam 2 = 10%
- Final Exam= 15%
*There is no specific portion of your total grade allocated to in-class participation, but this is an important part of your overall performance and will be used to help assign grades in borderline situations based on the professor's professional judgment as an experienced educator.
Student Response Participation
- For each video podcast there is a set of questions in quiz section of Canvas that you need to answer. I recommend that you fully watch a video podcats and then answer the questions in Canvas. Most questions have a correct answer. Students will have 2 days after a video podcast is due to complete the online questions before the questions are closed and students can then check to see how they performed in their answers. Questions will remain in a review mode online for use in reviewing material and studying for exams.
- Online questions will be graded purely on the basis of participation, with each question having the same value towards the total grade for this component of the course.
- You will take 2 one-hour tests and a two-hour final exam. I recommend that you review all course materials before each test. To be successful on the exam, you ought to be able to look at each powerpoint slide from the video podcats and explain to yourself or another person what that slide shows and what it means. You should also understand what each assignment was about and what it means. Try to integrate what you have learned into a coherent structure.
- The first in-class test is scheduled for Friday, February 09.
- The second in-class test is scheduled for Monday, March 05.
- The final exam is scheduled for Friday, March 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Throughout the quarter you will be given opportunities to earn extra credit at your discretion. Extra credit points will be added to your total points in the Individual Assignments category, and there is no upper limit on extra credit possible. Among the individual assignments, there are 5 bonus assignments you can do. On every assignment, you can earn extra credit by providing additional, useful content on your assignments at the discretion of the grader. Other opportunities will be given as the quarter progresses.