CS 475: Grading Policies

If you have any questions or concerns, please ask in lecture, during office hours, or on Piazza.

Regrade requests

Final course grades

We will determine final course grades as follows.
  1. Compute raw totals from homework, quizzes, and exam scores. Course work is weighted as follows.

  2. Remove outliers and exceptional cases.

  3. Determine letter-grade cutoffs from the undergraduate raw totals. Outliers and graduate students are excluded from the cutoff computation to avoid unfairly skewing the curve for undergraduates. The mean is the center of the B range, and each standard deviation is worth 3/4 of a letter grade. For example, the B+/A- cutoff is 2/3 standard deviations above the mean, and the B-/C+ cutoff is 2/3 standard deviations below the mean.

  4. Compute final letter grades (for non-outliers) from adjusted totals.

  5. Adjust grades upwards at the instructor's whim.