Grading System for EE42 - Fall 2000
At the beginning of the semester we said that the proportions for
computing your final grade would be the following:
Midterm 1: 25%,
Midterm 2: 25%,
and so will be.
But we find that it would be fair to give you a good final grade
if you do very well in the final, even though you didn't perform so
well in the midterms. So we're going to apply the following system
(it's complicated, but I'll do my best to make it clear!).
This mechanism should give you an incentive to do well in the final.
First of all, we're going to draw a curve for your
i.e. averaging all the grades from
your homework, midterms and final with the propostions reported above.
According to the mean and standard deviation of such curve
you will be assigned to a grade bin (A+, A, A-, B+, B ...), i.e.
you'll be given your first global grade.
It may get better with what follows, but not worse.
Now, we're going to draw another curve, which we'll call
midterms curve, which will only account for the two
midterm grades, each one with the same weight. Again, we
shall compute mean and standard deviation, and assign you to
a certain grade bin, which we will call
- We'll perform the same operation with the final's grade ALONE,
i.e. we'll draw a curve with the grades you got on your final.
We'll compute mean and standard deviation, and assign you to a grade bin,
that corresponds to your final's grade.
So now you have three letter grades: your first
global grade, your midterms grade,
and your final's grade.
- Now for the fun part. IF your final's grade
is lower or equal to your midterms grade,
then your first global grade becomes
your definitive grade, the one you'll get on your transcripts. BUT,
if final's grade
is higher than your midterms grade
(e.g., your final's grade is an A
and your midterms grade is a B), then we're going
to take your homework, midterms, final's points and re-average
them with the following new proportions:
Midterm 1: 15%,
Midterm 2: 15%,
Final: 60%, (!)
and find the grade bin in the global curve described at point 1 of this list.
grade (which is likely to be higher than your first
global grade if you performed better in the final than
in the midterms) will become your definitive grade, i.e. the one that
will go on your transcripts! Not bad, eh?
Note that if you're not among the people who get this
grade promotion your grade won't be lowered, but you'll
just keep your first global grade. In other words,
we're not going to rescale the original grade curve (point 1),
which will be calculated using everybody's grades, using the
*phew!*... That's it! Good luck !!!
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