Grading & Policies

Grading

Studentsā€™ performance in this course will be evaluated as follows:

– Lecture: 60% of course grade; based on at least 4 exams and attendance, respectively 80% and 20% of the lecture grade.

– Lab: 40% of course grade; based on at least 4 quizzes (40% of the lab grade), uniform midterm and final practical exams (40% of the lab grade) and attendance (20% of the lab grade)

Students must pass (i.e. score 60 or above) both components to pass the course.

ALL GRADES ARE COUNTED; NONE ARE DROPPED NOR ARE THEY CURVED.

NO MAKE-UPS ARE GIVEN EXCEPT AT THE DISCRETION OF THE INSTRUCTOR AND/OR PENDING SUBMISSION OF WRITTEN PROOF OF REASON FOR ABSENCE TO THE CENTER FOR STUDENT ACCESSIBILITY. TYPICALLY MAKE-UP EXAMS ARE SCHEDULED ON FINALS WEEK AND A POINT PENALTY IS APPLIED.

The passing grade is 60% (D). Letter grades are determined according to standard percentage point evaluation outlined on the grading scale shown on this document (pdf)

 

Ā Attendance / Participation Grades

Attendance/Participation grades will be based on one of the following (as specified by your instructor) or a combination of:

  • Several pop quizzes given at the start and/or end of class (first and last 5 minutes), based on reading assignments (see lecture and lab lecture schedules on pages 5-8), topics discussed in class, lab activities.
  • Table below (note that leaving class early counts as ā€œlateā€):
If meeting once a week: If meeting twice a week:
0 lateness, 0 absence: 100% 0 lateness, 0 absence: 100%
1-2 absences: 80% 1-2 absences: 80%
3 absences: 50% 3-4 absences: 50%
4 absences or more: 0% 5 absences or more: 0%
2 latenesses = 1 absence

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Academic Integrity Policy

ā€œAcademic dishonesty includes any act that is designed to obtain fraudulently, either for oneself or for someone else, academic credit, grades, or any other form of recognition that was not properly earned. Academic dishonesty encompasses the following:
Cheating: Defined as intentionally giving, receiving, using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, notes, study aids, including any form of unauthorized communication, in any academic exercise. It is the studentā€™s responsibility to consult with instructors to determine whether or not a study aid or device may be used.
Plagiarism: Plagiarism is intentionally and knowingly presenting the ideas or works of another as oneā€™s own original idea or works in any academic exercise without proper acknowledgement of the source. The purchase and submission of a term paper, essay, or other written assignment to fulfill the requirements of a course, and violates section 213-b of the State Education Law. This also applies to the submission of all or substantial portions of the same academic work previously submitted by the student or any other individual for credit at another institution, or in more than one course.

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Accessibility Statement

  • City Tech is committed to supporting the educational goals of enrolled students with disabilities in the areas of enrollment, academic advisement, tutoring, assistive technologies and testing accommodations. If you have or think you may have a disability, you may be eligible for reasonable accommodations or academic adjustments as provided under applicable federal, state and city laws.
  • You may also request services for temporary conditions or medical issues under certain circumstances.

If you have questions about your eligibility or would like to seek accommodation services or academic adjustments, please contact the Center for Student Accessibility at 300 Jay Street room L-237, 718 260 5143 orĀ http://www.citytech.cuny.edu/accessibility/.

 

Online Conferencing Consent

Students who participate in this class with their camera on or use a profile image are agreeing to have their video or image recorded solely for the purpose of creating a record for students enrolled in the class to refer to, including those enrolled students who are unable to attend live. If unwilling to consent to have your profile or video image recorded, be sure to keep your camera off and do not use a profile image. Likewise, students who un-mute during class and participate orally are agreeing to have their voices recorded. If you are not willing to consent to have your voice recorded during class, you will need to keep your mute button activated and communicate exclusively using the ā€œchatā€ feature, which allows to type questions and comments live.

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