Your grade for this course will be based in large part on your midterm and final exams, each of which will count approximately 20% when I determine your final grade.   In addition, I will take into account attendance, participation, and quiz scores.

In my upper-division classes,  I require also a paper, a journal, or a  "blog."  The extra assignment is equal in weight to an exam score.

My grading policy allows for improvement, and I frequently have students who fail the first exam who nevertheless end up earning "A" or "B" grades in the course.

Please note:

I factor "improvement" into your course grade *only* if you demonstrate your commitment to the course through good attendance and other evidence of hard work.