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UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS
GRADE SCALE

valid for spring 2010 semester (see below for final grade rubric)

PERCENTAGE _____________________LETTER GRADE

95-100________________________ A (4.0)

90-94_________________________A- (3.7)

86-89________________________ B+ (3.3)

85 ___________________________B (3.0)

80-84_________________________ B- (2.7)

76-79___________________________C+ (2.3)

75____________________________C (2.0)

70-74___________________________ C- (1.7)

66-69___________________________D+ (1.3)

65______________________________D (1.2?)

60-64____________________________D- (1.0)

Below 60_____________________F (0.0)

Note: According to the University of Massachusetts Amherst Ombuds Office, there is no standard for
letter grades; faculty may make an "A," "A-," "B+," etc. anything they wish in terms of numerical equivalent.

Calculation of Grades

Six quizzes: 80%

Engagement: 20%

 

FINAL GRADE RUBRIC

Engagement credit (20 % of final grade):

1. There were a total of 7 engagement exercises. Every student gets to drop one assignment, no questions asked. For students who attended all 7 engagement exercises, we will drop the assignment where the student did not earn extra points (i.e. where they did not earn 100% PLUS extra points). If we must drop one of the 100% PLUS extra points assignments, we will add these points to the student's final grade. The engagement portion of the grade, therefore, is divided by 6.

Quizzes:

1. Each student may drop one quiz--their lowest score. If the quiz dropped has extra credit points, we have added these extra credit points to the student's final grade.

2. Bouncing Quiz: We take the remaining 5 Quiz scores. If Quiz #6 is higher than any of those 4 Quiz scores, the lowest remaining Quiz score is replaced by the score of Quiz #6. If Quiz #6 is lower than any of those 4 remaining Quiz scores, Quiz #6 does not bounce.

Extra credit added to the final grades:

1. We added three points to the final grades of the following students listed at:
http://courses.umass.edu/juda102/announcements/3extracreditpoints.html

2. We added three points to the final grades of students who viewed the "The Longing" and demonstrated this in their answers written on the last page of Quiz #6.

And now for the math!

Let's say the average of the 5 quizzes is 86. Calculate 86 x .8=17.68.8 points

Let's say the average of the engagement is 70. Calculate 70 x .2=14 points

The student's final grade is 68.8 + 14=82.8

Then we added the extra credit points. Let's say this student had 3 extra credit points from the dropped quiz, and another 4 points total for various engagement assignments for which they earned above 100%. The final grade would thus be 82.8 + 7=89.8. This student receives a B+. The professor will decide whether or not to jack the student up to an A-.

Students should contact Ms. Molina a week from this Friday (May 14) if they wish a final grade breakdown. If you suspect a grading error, hold on to your quizzes and contact the Professor, with a cc to Ms. Molina.

 

 


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Professor: aben-ur@judnea.umass.edu TA: jbolton@english.umass.edu
Judaic and Near East Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.