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To: Bio 109 Students                                                Date:  September 7, 2004

 

Students are expected to:

 

§         Attend class and laboratory regularly and on time!

§         Pre-read the related substantive content from the text or lab manual that corresponds to the subject matter to be addressed in class or lab.

§         Have a copy of the current text and laboratory manual available to refer to in class or laboratory.

§         Compile a personal set of notes derived from lecture, discussion or laboratory experiences.

§         Correlate class/lab notes with text chapter(s) and lab manual content after instruction has been provided.

§         Study the text/lab content in more detail to prepare for exams.

 

For this semester (Fall 2004) final course grades will be based on the average percent of correct responses on each of five equally weighted examination grades as follows:

 

Exam I                                          20%

Exam II                                                  20%

Exam III                                       20%                                  

Lab evaluation                             20%  

Final Exam  (comprehensive)      20%

            100%

Letter Grade Equivalents:

A=       >85%

B=        75-84%

C=        65-74%

D=       55-64%

F=        <54%

 

The average achievement on five exams is used to calculate your grade. For each of the first three examinations, as well as the end term laboratory exam, the administration date will be announced at the beginning of class or lab no less than one week prior to the exam. Students who may be late for class or absent at the time of the announcement are nevertheless obligated to meet the exam requirement.

 

 

NOTE: To help you review text related content, I have placed comprehensive notes at http://rmoskowitz.tripod.com.

 

 

 

MAKE UP EXAMS WILL NOT BE PROVIDED!

 

A Student may miss one of the three regular exams and still complete the course as follows: If a student only missed Exam I, II or III, then the Final Exam grade earned will be double-weighted as 40% of the grade and averaged with the other three exam grades to calculate the final course grade.      NOTE:      The Lab grade requirement found below and Final Exam and no less than two of the three regular exams MUST be completed to earn a passing grade for the course.

 

Answers to Your Questions About the Exam Structure

 

Laboratory Exam:  There will be no in-class laboratory exam either at mid semester or at end-term.

 

Laboratory grades will be based on the following:

Each student will be required to submit a series of completed ”Laboratory Report Exercises” selected from the currently used edition of the Laboratory Textbook of Anatomy & Physiology [(2nd edition), Michael G. Wood, M.S.; Prentice Hall Publishers, 2001].

 

Each student must provide me with a legible copy of their completed Laboratory Report Exercise for each of the following as shown below due to be collected during the following Lab periods:

 

Due Week

 

109-023

Monday Lab

109-022

Thursday Lab

109-009

Friday Lab

 

Exercise

Exercise

Exercise

3

2, 3

2, 3

2, 3

4

 

 

 

5

8

 

 

6

 

8

8

7

9-11

9-11

9-11

8

26, 27

26, 27

26, 27

9

28

28

28

10

32, 34

32, 34

32, 34

11

15

15

15

12

 

 

 

13

16

16

16

14

20-22

20-22

20-22

 

All hand written response must be printed neatly in blue or black pen --or they may be typed.

 

·        Laboratory Report Exercises will be graded by me and returned to you at the end of the semester. Forms not provided are graded as 0%.

 

·        The average of all report grades will stand for your laboratory exam grade and be equal to 20% of your final course grade.

 

 

 

Final Exam:     The Final Exam will be an “objective” multiple-choice format exam but will be comprehensive i.e., evaluating all course content. The Final Exam will consist of 100 Items and a two-hour period of administration will be provided. The content is often (but not necessarily) distributed as 60+ % of content area(s) based upon instruction provided after that found on Exam III with the balance going back to content of instruction preceding the 3rd exam.

 

EXAM I – III:

The general area(s) of content to be evaluated on Exam I, II and III will be announced in class not less than one week preceding the exam administration. Content focus will reflect the lecture content and Laboratory experiences previously provided by the instructor as well as related information found within the text-book or Laboratory manual.

 

Exam I and II   will be a “documented take-home exam” (returnable in 2-5 working days as requested)

 

Exam III   will be an in-class “objective” multiple-choice format”:            

 

In-class exams consist of 50-60 Items and the period of administration will last for 55 minutes. Each Item-stem generally will have 4-5 responses to choose from in order to satisfy the item. Sometimes a form of matching question is used. The correct response for each item can either be found directly or deduced from a detailed analysis of the current text-book(s).

 

Optional Process(s):

(1)   If a student completes all five exams or evaluations and if the student’s final exam grade is higher than the lowest of the grades achieved in Exam I-III, the instructor may elect to drop the lowest grade of Exam I-III and to double the weight of the final Exam to 40% and then calculate the final grade.

(2)   INCOMPLETE GRADES will only be provided should a student miss taking the Final Exam for a documented medical or emergency situation provided that the student did receive a grade for all four other exams or evaluations.

 

 

 

 

To: Bio 110 Students                                                Date:  September 7, 2004

 

For this semester (SU II 2004) final course grades will be based on the average percent of correct responses on each of five equally weighted examination grades as follows:

 

Exam I                                          20%

Exam II                                                  20%

Exam III                                       20%                                  

Lab Exam    (end term)                20%  

Final Exam  (comprehensive)      20%

            100%

Letter Grade Equivalents:

A=       >85%

B=        75-84%

C=        65-74%

D=       55-64%

F=        <54%

 

The average achievement on five exams is used to calculate your grade. For each of the first three examinations, as well as the end term laboratory exam, the administration date will be announced at the beginning of class or lab no less than one week prior to the exam. Students who may be late for class or absent at the time of the announcement are nevertheless obligated to meet the exam requirement.

 

 

NOTE: To help you review text related content, I have placed comprehensive notes at http://rmoskowitz.tripod.com.

 

 

 

MAKE UP EXAMS WILL NOT BE PROVIDED!

 

A Student may miss one of the three regular exams and still complete the course as follows: If a student only missed Exam I, II or III, then the Final Exam grade earned will be double-weighted as 40% of the grade and averaged with the other three exam grades to calculate the final course grade.      NOTE:      The Lab Exam and Final Exam and no less than two of the three regular exams MUST be completed to earn a passing grade for the course.

Answers to Your Questions About the Exam Structure

 

Exam I, II and III “objective” multiple-choice format”:             The general area(s) of content to be evaluated on Exam I, II and III will be announced in class not less than one week preceding the exam administration (for Summer semesters one week = two days). Each exam will consist of 50-60 Items and the period of administration will last for 55minutes. Each Item-stem will be followed by 4-5 responses to choose from in order to satisfy the item. The correct response for each item can either be found directly or deduced from a detailed analysis of the current text-book(s). Content focus will reflect the lecture content and Laboratory experiences previously provided by the instructor as well as related information found within the text-book or Laboratory manual.

 

Laboratory Exam:  The Laboratory Exam will evaluate your ability to recognize and knowledge of gross-anatomical structures and the associated histology (and cellular structures). Various strategies are used to evaluate your ability to recognize structures and relationships including image-based observation (diagrams, photographs, line-drawings) and nomenclature and direct observation of physical specimens. Items may require either direct responses (fill-in) or selected responses (matching or multiple choice). NOTE: When direct responses are required then the correct spelling for each anatomical terms or names is expected.

 

Final Exam:     Like exam I-III the Final Exam will be an “objective” multiple-choice format exam but will be comprehensive i.e., evaluating all course content. The Final Exam will consist of 100 Items and a two-hour period of administration will be provided. The content is often (but not necessarily) distributed as 60+ % of content area(s) based upon instruction provided after that found on Exam III with the balance going back to content of instruction preceding the 3rd exam.

 

Optional Process(s):

(3)   If a student takes all five exams without exercising Option 2 below and if the student’s final exam grade is higher than the lowest of the grades achieved in Exam I-III, the instructor may elect to drop the lowest grade of Exam I-III and to double the weight of the final Exam to 40% and then calculate the final grade.

(4)   Pending the results of the grades for Exam I-III the instructor may elect to provide the following opportunity to a course section in order to help support an improvement of the section’s average grade. An optional “documented take-home exam” will be provided (returnable in 2-5 working days). The percentage grade results achieved on the in-class exam and the take-home attempt will be averaged and that average will stand as “the exam grade”.

(5)   INCOMPLETE GRADES will only be provided should a student miss taking either the Lab Exam or the Final Exam (but not both) for a documented medical or emergency situation provided that the student did receive a grade for all other exams.