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Grading criteria

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Grading Distribution: Your final grade will be based upon a 1000 point system. Please note that the instructor reserves the right to raise or lower your grade by five percent based upon factors which may include attendance, effort and professionalism.

940-1000 points            = A

900-939 points             = A-

870-899 points             = B+

840-869 points             = B

800-839 points             = B-

770-799 points             = C+

700-769 points             = C

670-699 points             = D+

600-669 points             = D

0-599 points                = F

Administrative failure = FX

Grading Criteria: The following criteria will determine the grade you receive on individual assignments, as well as the overall grade you receive for the course.

 

90%-100% (A, A-): The work exceeds assignment objectives. It is exceptionally clear, well written, thorough and free of errors. It is an excellent topic and you worked on it for several weeks. It is organized well and contains effective transitions, quotations, AP style, attributions, quote format and anecdotes. It also is an effective coverage of the news story. The story is based completely upon your own interviews either in-person or by phone with experts based upon the instructor’s definition of expert, players or participants and informed witnesses. You do not know the individuals you have interviewed. There are no email interviews. In terms of the course, this means you have almost perfect attendance, scores in this range on assignments and tests and that you make constructive, insightful contributions to class discussion.

80%-89% (B+, B, B-): The work meets assignment objectives, and is adequate but not exceptional. It is well organized but there is some lack of clarity and seems like you rushed through it. Also, the assignment contains a few minor errors and the topic and handling of the story could have been  more interesting, thorough or cohesive. Transitions, quotes, AP style, attributions, quote format and anecdotes could be improved. The story might seem incomplete and not all of the information contained within is based completely upon interviews with experts based upon the instructor’s definition of expert. The same may be true of  players and informed witnesses.  In some cases you may know the individuals you have interviewed. In terms of the course, this means you have good attendance, scores in this range on the assignments and tests, and make constructive, insightful contributions to class discussion.

70%-79% (C+, C) : The work minimally meets assignment objectives; however, it is less than adequate. It was be somewhat disorganized, lack clarity and seem as though it was done in the past day or a few days. It may omit important information or require extensive editing. The organization needs work and there may be minor errors in transitions, quotes, AP style, attributions, quote format, and anecdotes, Some sentences may be vague, complicated and use passive rather than active verbs. Some sentences may have to be rewritten because they are awkward, wordy, or confusing. Attributions may be present, but may be used inappropriately or inadequately. Much of the information contained within is not based completely upon interviews with experts based upon the instructor’s definition of expert. You may know the individuals you have interviewed. In terms of the course, this means you have poor attendance, scored in this range on the assignments and tests, and have not participated in class discussions.

60%-69% (D+, D): The work does not meet assignment guidelines and is superficial, confusing or requires extensive rewriting. It also may contain an unacceptable number of punctuation, spelling, and/or grammatical errors. Attributions are used inappropriately or not at all. Some or all of the information contained within is not based completely upon interviews with experts based upon the instructor’s definition of expert. You know some or all of the individuals you have interviewed. In terms of the course, this means you have missed more classes than you attended, scored in this range on the assignments and tests, and have not participated in class discussions. Students may receive elective credit with a D, but this course will not count among MCOM credits.

0%- 60% (F): The work may be so poorly organized, ineffective, or outside assignment objectives that it cannot be revised effectively. The information presented is completely incorrect. It does not meet the requirements in page length, focus, sources, topic or format. It may also contain significant misspellings and/or grammatical and/or factual errors. Attributions are not used. Only some or none of the information contained within is based upon interviews with experts based upon the instructor’s definition of expert. You know some or all of the individuals you have interviewed. In terms of the course, this means you have missed more classes than you have attended, scored in this range on the assignments and tests, and have not participated in class discussions. If you are caught cheating in any way, you will automatically receive an F in the course. If you attend the final exam and your average is below 60, you will receive F rather than an FX.

(“FX”): This is an administrative failure for non-attendance or failure to withdraw. If you stop attending class and do not withdraw from the course by the University’s present deadlines for the semester and stop attending the class, this is the grade you will receive.

(“I”) Incomplete: Students may receive an incomplete only when “verifiable medical reasons” or “documented circumstances beyond their control “prevent students from completing a course within the term” (Towson University Undergraduate Catalog 2005-2006, p. 25).

 

Final grades in this class will follow the above scale for percentages with the following exceptions: No A+ or D- can be awarded as a final grade in this class. Please note you must earn at least a C to progress in the major.

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