- Required Final Exam: There will be a 3-hour final exam whose time will
be announced later by the registrar's office. It will be a closed book,
closed note, no electronics comprehensive exam on the material listed in
the course schedule covering the material mentioned in the Course Syllabus.
A reference page of material will be made available with the final exam
in the event that a majority of the class can agree on what information should
be on such a page (this agreement will need to be reached in class at least
a week before the actual final exam). The final exam counts 50% of the course mark before bonusses.
Note: the impact of the final exam on the total mark can be reduced by
doing more than the minimum one required 5 hour project (see below).
In the event that any of the
tasks outlined below end up being cancelled (due to nuclear war or whatever),
the value of the final exam will expand to cover the cancelled tasks.
- Projects: Projects are 5 hour tasks to investigate the course
material using a computer. Each project requires an initial proposal
and a final writeup. The project with the highest mark is worth 6% of the
course mark before bonusses. Each of the remaining projects agreed to
at the start of the semester is worth a bonus of at most
4% of the mark (and can reduce the mark by at most 2% -- so a penalty
is associated with not doing a project that was signed up for).
The calculation is to take the course mark before bonusses, sum up the
bonusses (both positive and negative), and add the net bonus mark to
the course mark before bunusses to get the actual course mark.
If your pre-bonus course mark was 78 and you handed in two projects that were
both worth 90%, then one of those 90%s would be part of the 78 calculation
and the other would add 3.6 to your total resulting in 81.6 which would round
to 82. If you had done the maximum of 4 projects each scoring 90%, then
your 78 would get 3 * 3.6 = 10.8 or 11 added to it resulting in an 89
(which would probably become a 90). On the other hand, signing up
for four projects and not handing in 3 of them would turn the 78 into
a 72. [Note: no mark above 100 will be given. Nor will missing (or poorly
done) project penalties drive a pre-bonus mark below 60. A negative net
bonus mark will not be applied to a pre-bonus mark that is already below
By default, you are required to do two projects, one due at the second
quarter due date and the other due at the fourth quarter due date.
Your options for
changing this are listed on the Project Contract form which must be
handed in a week before the first quarter due date to take effect.
Projects require a
proposal at least one week before their due date. Missing the due dates
is a failure to do the task properly and will impact the project mark.
Note that the task is about putting in 5 hours of work along the lines of
the proposal and then writing it up -- having difficulty in completing
the work described in the proposal is not reason to take more than 5
hours to do the task being written up (it is only expected that you make
your best effort to use the project time on the proposed task effectively).
Relevant information as to why the due date was missed should be included
in the appropriate writeup (in the proposal if the proposal is late and
in the final writeup if the final writeup is late).
Larger projects can be undertaken by breaking them up into smaller
projects, that build on the past results across the semester.
- Quizzes: There will be four quizzes. Each quiz counts 6%
of the pre-bonus mark.
In the event that a quiz is missed for a reason
comparable to what the Dean's office accepts for rescheduling a final
exam, the final exam score will be used in place of the missed quiz.
- Employability: The idea here is that you treat the class as if
it were a job and the class was an organization trying to prepare everyone
to do well on the final exam. This is worth 20% of the pre-bonus mark.
As an employee, it would be expected that you:
Note that study groups are encouraged. An attempt will be made to leave
some `class time' for students to meet with each other to form and maintain
such arrangements across the semester.
- Come to work on time.
- Be prepared (see Class Schedule as to what material you are supposed to
have studied by when).
- Have pencil, paper, and ID with you.
- Pay attention -- multitasking doesn't work (indeed, is currently a
leading cause of car accidents).
- Constructively participate.
- Not create obstacles for your fellow students (such as giving them the
flu, etc.). See Academic Offenses discussion in Additional Statements
The employability mark is derived from two parts: the reaction paper
mark (primarily showing that you showed up prepared) and the participation
Note: if you are missing enough classes to impact your employability
mark for the sort of reasons that the Dean's office uses to reschedule
final exams, then it is expected that you will provide the relevant
evidence to the Dean's office and mark adjustment for the problem will be
made following their advice.
- reaction paper mark: For most classes (typically around 25
classes in a semester -- 2 per week for 12.5 weeks), there is a list
of material you are supposed to have reviewed before class. At the top
of the page for a particular class's material, there is also
a `reaction paper assignment' question that you are supposed to answer.
The answer to this question is due during the first 5 minutes of class.
It is not a group project and is supposed to represent your own study
of the material in question. These tasks will typically
require writing about 100 words. Sometimes they will involve answering
questions about the material and sometimes they will involve you giving
your opinion on the material and/or summarizing the material in various
ways. Each will be marked at one of four levels: nothing 0, not good
enough 1, reasonable 2, exceptional 3. The best 15 marks will be used to
compute the reaction paper mark, which will count 10% of the pre-bonus mark.
- participation mark: Participation will count 10% of the pre-bonus
mark. It is assumed that if a reaction paper assignment was not handed in,
then you are not prepared to participate in that day's class (so if you want
to participate, but didn't have time for the assignment, hand in a blank
piece of paper with your name on it). People who handed in reaction paper
assignments will be called on in class to continue the discussion of the
course material begun with the reaction paper. People will also be allowed
to volunteer comments and/or questions during the class meeting, but
an effort will be made to call on people at least half the time to
make sure everyone has the opportunity to participate.