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Exam Information

Exams:

Three mid-term exams will be given during the course of the semester. They will be held on Thursday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 PM on the following days:

Thursday, September 28, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Rooms: BUR 106, UTC 2.112A Those of you with last names starting with the letters A-L report to BUR 106, those with last names starting with M-Z report to UTC 2.112A.

Alternate Time (for excused changes only*): 4:00 - 6:00 PM, Room: UTC 2.102A

Thursday, October 26, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Rooms: BUR 106, UTC 2.112A Those of you with last names starting with the letters A-L report to BUR 106, those with last names starting with M-Z report to UTC 2.112A.

Alternate Time (for excused changes only*): 4:00 - 6:00 PM, Room: UTC 2.102A

Thursday, November 16, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Rooms: BUR 106, UTC 2.112A Those of you with last names starting with the letters A-L report to BUR 106, those with last names starting with M-Z report to UTC 2.112A.

Alternate Time (for excused changes only*): 4:00 - 6:00 PM, Room: UTC 2.102A

*An excused change is one caused by a regularly scheduled (in the course schedule) class or lab class. NOT an organization meeting, music practice or a job. If you have any unexcused conflicts, it is up to you to arrange to be present at the mid term exams from 7-9 PM (That is why the dates are published in the course catalogue)

Final Exam: Saturday, December 16, 9AM-Noon, Room: TBA.

 

Policy on Exam Coverage:

You will be responsible for all material covered up to the Friday lecture the week before each midterm. That way you will be able to think about the material for almost an entire week before you are tested on it. Also, the pace of the class can vary, so do not be concerned if we are not on the same schedule as descibed below under "proposed exam topics". The bottom line is that you are only responsible for the material covered in the previous Friday's lecture, NO MATTER WHAT THE SCHEDULE IN THE SYLLABUS SAYS ABOUT "UNITS" COVERED ON EACH MIDTERM

Honor Code

"As a student of The University of Texas at Austin, I shall abide by the core values of the University and uphold academic integrity."

University Code of Conduct

"The core values of The University of Texas at Austin are learning, discovery, freedom, leadership, individual opportunity, and responsibility. Each member of the university is expected to uphold these values through integrity, honesty, trust, fairness, and respect toward peers and community."

Any violation of the above Honor Code that occurs during an exam or in the regrading process will result in a 0 being assigned for that exam and the student involved will be formally reported to the Dean of Students, where they will be subject to additional penalties or actions. The exam with the 0 will be automatically counted in the final grade calculation at the end of the semester.

To guard against altered exams being submitted for a regrade, we routinely copy a large number of exams following grading but prior to handing them back.

 

Regrades:

Exams can be turned in for regrades as long as they were taken in permanent ink, not pencil or erasable ink. Regrades must be submitted within 7 days after the exam is handed back. They can be handed the to myself or one of the TA's. You must indicate what problems need to be regraded, and provide a brief explanation for your concern. The entire exam will be regraded.

 

Exam rules:

No notes or books are allowed used during the exams. Because of recent incidents, you will not be allowed to interact with your cell phone in any way during exams. No exceptions. Turn them off, or leave them at home. ***Interacting with a cell phone during an exam will be considered a violation of the Honor Code and will result in a 0 being recorded for your grade on the exam, no matter what you were actually doing with the phone.***

Review Sessions

Review Sessions - I will be leading these review sessions that are designed to help you as much as possible prepare for the exams.

Monday, September 25 Room: JES A121A 8:00 - 10:00 PM

Tuesday, October 24 Room: JES A121A 8:00 - 10:00 PM (Note this is Tuesday not Monday)

Monday, November 13 Room: JES A121A 8:00 - 10:00 PM

 

Incompletes:


A student is expected to complete a course, including a self-paced course, in a single semester, summer term, or summer session. If the course is not completed as expected, the student normally will not be given additional time to complete it, or allowed to do additional work to achieve a better grade. In rare instances, for nonacademic reasons and at the discretion of the instructor, a temporary delay of the final course grade, symbol X, may be recorded.

Approved uses of the symbol X. The symbol X is not issued for student or faculty convenience; it may be issued for one of the following reasons only in the case of compelling, nonacademic circumstances beyond the student's control.

Missing the final examination. The student is unable to take a final examination because of illness or for another nonacademic reason. A physician's statement or other satisfactory verification is required.


Incomplete classroom assignment. The student has not been able to complete the required class or laboratory assignments for a reason other than lack of adequate effort. A request for temporary delay of the final course grade because of incomplete class or laboratory work can be made only if the student has a passing average on the classwork or laboratory work already completed and has taken and passed the final examination (unless a final examination is not given in the course or the student is unable to take the examination for reasons indicated in the previous paragraph).


Reexamination petition. Only a student who has a grade average of at least C- on all classwork and laboratory work submitted before the final examination may request a temporary delay of the final course grade because he or she failed the final examination, which is the examination given during the final examination period as defined in the official examination schedule. If the instructor denies the student's reexamination petition, the student's final course grade remains as originally determined. If the instructor grants the petition, and the student earns a grade of at least C- on the reexamination, then the instructor substitutes the reexamination grade for the original examination grade in determining the student's final course grade. If the instructor grants the petition, and the student earns a grade on the reexamination of less than C-, then a final course grade of F must be recorded.

An incomplete (X) is a temporary delay in reporting the final course grade. An X may properly be assigned for students who must miss the final due to illness or other imperative nonacademic reasons. An X may also be given when the student has not been able to complete all the required assignments for reasons other than lack of diligence but only if the student has a passing grade on the work completed. Documentation of non-medical excuses will be required. In general it is best for students to see a counselor in their Dean's Office regarding non-medical excuses for missing the final. Just to be clear, you will be required to have a written medical excuse stating you are physically unable to attend the final signed by the person who treated you if the reason for the request for a postponed final is illness. Simply not feeling your best is NOT considered to be an excused absence, as we all have days in which we are not feeling well but must take care of our responsibilities anyway. If you are up and walking around campus on the day of the final, you must take it. NO EXCEPTIONS. Students have one long semester to make up an X and extensions are rare. After one long semester, the X converts to an F if no other grade is reported.

An X will not be assigned to allow the student an opportunity to repeat the entire course; the only assignments or exams that should be completed to resolve the X are those that were missed for legitimate reasons during the semester. In addition, the X should be assigned only if the student has been informed and the exact procedures by which the student will make up the work are agreed upon. The assignment of an X constitutes a contract between the student and the instructor. It is often helpful to have the arrangement in writing, specifying what the student is expected to do to complete the course, including due dates.