Comparative Planetology: Grading

Final grades for this course will be determined as follows:

Study Leader assignment for one module

25%

Modules 1 - 6:
10% each, except module for which participant serves as a Study Leader

50%

Final Project & Module 7:
Lesson Plan development, implementation, summary of selected world & feedback to other course participants

25%
Total
100%

Each module will be assessed as follows:

Weekly discussion participation in both the General and Team conferences:

Discussion counts as half the grade for each module. Each participant should generally contribute a minimum of 2 posts to the general discussion (current module) each week, and in addition, a minimum of 3 posts per week to the team discussion conference. To ensure timely full-circle communication, each participant must make their first contributions to the general and team conferences no later than mid-week**.

The following scheme will be used to determine grades:

Trivial or no participation

0

Minimal Participation

1

Moderate Participation

2

**Expected Participation or Better

3

Posts are expected to be on-topic, reflective and meaningful. Questions, feedback and information that helps to clarify concepts, build understanding of content material, assist in promoting understanding and bring new insights to the group are considered important contributions to class discussions. Simple statements offering positive reinforcement are encouraging to other participants, but will not count as discussion participation.

**The first post in both the general and team conferences must be made by Thursday to receive full credit.

Note: Credit will NOT be given for cross posted or copied posts. Each item posted must be unique for credit to be given.

Reading questions and problems, Team and Individual Activities:

Half of each module grade is determined by a combination of:

  • questions and solving problems based on the assigned readings, and
  • individual and team activities - contribution and/or production.

The grading scheme for answering reading questions and solving problems is:

Trivial or no response

0

Responses show minimal understanding of content material

1

Responses show substantial understanding of content material

2

Responses show mastery of content material

3

Individual and Team activities, will be assessed as follows:

Trivial or no contribution/production

0

Minimal contribution/production

1

Moderate contibution/production

2

Full contribution/production

3

A point grade will be given at the end of each module based on the above course requirements.


Study Leaders and Final Project will be assessed according to criteria specified on each corresponding page.


Due Dates

Modules are two weeks in length each and are set up according to the following schedule:

Monday
Tuesday through Saturday
Sunday
Week 1
All work from previous module due:
-individual & team activity assignments completed and all work submitted
Focus for Week 1:
-reading assignments
-answering reading questions,
-team activity planning
-class discussion
*FIRST POSTS MUST BE MADE BY THURSDAY
-Student Leaders for next unit must submit Study Guide
-Study Leader summaries from previous unit due
Week 2
-Submit answers to questions on reading material
Focus for Week 2:
-completion of individual and team activities,
-*FIRST POSTS MUST BE MADE BY THURSDAY
Current module concluded and Study guide for next module posted


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last updated 1/21/02