The raw scores earned on each of the exams
in this course will be converted to Standard T-Scores. The Standard T-Score is computed as follows:
T = [(x-X/s) 10] +
x = your
raw test score
X = the
class mean score =Sigma x/N
N = number
of test scores
s = standard
deviation = [Sigma
Using Standard T-Scores allows an
effective averaging of grades without introducing a bias in favor of
tests with the greatest standard deviations. Since it is based on a
normal (Gaussian) distribution, it generally represents the fairest
way of grading. (Nearly all national exams such as the SAT, MCAT, and
GRE use a similar form of Standard T-Scores)
93.0000 < T ...............................A
90.0000 < T < 93.0000 ..............A-
87.0000 < T < 90.0000 ..............B+
83.0000 < T < 87.0000 ..............B
80.0000 < T < 83.0000 ..............B-
77.0000 < T < 80.0000 ..............C+
73.0000 < T < 77.0000 ..............C
70.0000 < T < 73.0000 ..............C-
67.0000 < T < 70.0000 ..............D+
63.0000 < T < 67.0000 ..............D
60.0000 < T < 63.0000 ..............D-
T < 60.0000 ...............................F
NOTE: WE DO NOT ROUND SCORES. AN 89.92
IS ENTERED AS 89.92, N0T 90.00.
In general, using T-scores increases everyone's grades compared to using
absolute percentages. Nevertheless, we will keep track of your percentage
scores on every test. If the percentage scores are ever higher than
your T-score, we will use the percentage score for your course grade
calculation. Thus, if everyone does extremely well in this course,
no grade will be lowered by using a curving system!
Your homework grades will be added to the better of your T-score or percentage score for each exam and that total is the score we will record for your official exam score.
Taken together, the mid-term examinations
will count for 55% of the final course grade. Plan NOW to be
present for these exams! During the semester, however, one exam
may be missed for any reason whatsoever without penalty. If
you take all three exams, we will automatically drop your lowest grade. Failure
to take two mid-term exams will result in an automatic F (or,
in the case of justifiable excuse, an X) being assigned in 320M/328M. It
is particularly important that students avoid any potential conflicts
between these scheduled evening exams and any other activities such as
laboratory classes. If unavoidable conflicts exist, please come see me
immediately. Please note, I am sorry for any inconvenience these
out of class two-hour exams might cause, but we do things this way for
your own protection because:
1) We can use rooms large enough to ensure
no cheating is taking place during the exam.
2) The two hour format means we can administer
tests that are comprehensive, yet do not have unreasonable time limits.
Thus, you will have a chance to show what you know, not just how fast
you can write.
Note that for the midterm exam grade that
is dropped, the homework points for the weeks leading up to that exam
do not count for any other exams. Also, for any exam for which you
arrive after the official start time, you will only be allowed to enter
the exam room if not a single student has already finished and left.
BE ON TIME!!
The final exam, accounting for 40% of the
course grade, will be comprehensive in its coverage of the material presented
in Chemistry 320M/328M. There will be no make-up exam for the final and
it may not be taken at an alternative time for any reason. Specifically,
failure to take the final exam at the scheduled time and place without
an approved, documented excuse will automatically result in a failing
grade being assigned for 320M/328M. A documented, excused absence
at the final will result in an Incomplete being assigned for the course.
An example of a documented, excused absense is a note from a doctor that
states you are physically UNABLE to attend the final. 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.
At the end of the semester, your cumulative electronic reading quiz grade will be included as the final 5% of your final grade.
Final grade calculation: 55% is the top two midterm exam grades (including homework problem set points), 40% is your final exam score and the final 5% is your cumulative electronic reading quiz grade.
There will be
two kinds of homework assigned in this class. There will be weekly
homework sets that will be turned in BEFORE CLASS on the day it is
due. These will be graded, and the points you earn will amount to
extra credit that is added to your next exam grade as T-score points
or Percentage points, whichever is in your best interest. The second
type of homework will involve book problems that are assigned, but
not collected. These are extremely important, as the only way to
master organic chemistry is to work many, many problems over the
course of the semester. Click here
to see the homework assignment web page. The links will become active
when the homework is assigned.
"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."
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 submitted in the labeled class slot adjacent to WEL 2.212 or
you can hand the exam 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.
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.***
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. 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.
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.