Final Grade Breakdown

Participation and attendance: 10%
Class blog posts and comments: 20%
Tutorial assignments: 40% total (broken across the different tutorials)
Final project: 30% (broken across stages)

Grading Rubric

Grading criteria and rubrics will be provided for particular assignments. My general Grading Rubric is:
A Reserved for excellence. The assignment, paper, exam, class participation, etc., demonstrates all the qualities of a B and demonstrates originality or complexity in thinking.
B Assignments, exams, and papers fulfill all the requirements of the assignment, demonstrate strong competency in the course material, and are well proof-read. Participation demonstrates preparation and critical thinking about the material.
C Assignments, exams, papers, participation, etc., demonstrate preparation and competency in the course material but are deficient in one of the key elements of B quality assignments, etc.
D Shows little competency in the subject or is missing more than one key element of B quality assignments, etc.
F Demonstrates little to no competency in the subject matter and/or is missing several elements of B quality assignments, etc.

Grade Scale

93-100 A
90-92.9 A-
87-89.9 B+
83-86.9 B
80-82.9 B-
77-79.9 C+
73-76.9 C
70-72.9 C-
67-69.9 D+
60-66.9 D
0-59.9 F

Late & Makeup Policies

Late blog posts and comments will earn zero points, since their timeliness is required to advance class discussion.

Digital Tutorial assignments due in class are due at the beginning of class; students absent from class for whatever reason should email their completed assignment to the professor by the beginning of class time.  (Please note the absence policy under Attendance & Participation, as well!)

For this class, the late policy described in this paragraph applies primarily to the scaffolded sub-assignments on the final project.  Almost all other assignments are required on time due to class activities and discussion, as mentioned above. Assignments submitted late will be penalized 10% per 24-hour period late. (E.g., an assignment due Wednesday in class but was submitted on Thursday at 9 am that would have earned 45 out of 50 points now earns 40; if submitted at 5 pm Thursday, it would earn 35.)

Extensions on assignments and rescheduling in-class presentations, activities, etc., will be provided only in emergencies (e.g., death of a parent, severe illness, etc.) or unavoidable conflicts with another required university commitment (such as an athletic competition) with advance notice. Students with an emergency should contact the professor to make alternative arrangements immediately.