The ECE 313 Grading Scheme
Grade Distribution Formula:
Scores on quizes and examinations will
be weighted as shown below in determining your grade.
- 10% Quizes:
- You do not need to turn in any homework. Problem sets are posted along with solutions. However there will be a quiz from each problem set on the date stated in the problem set. There will be at least 11 quizes but only the top 10 scores are considered.
- 15% First Midterm Examination.
- 25% Second Midterm Examination.
- 20% Third Midterm Examination.
- 30% Final Examination
After computing each student's Grand Total score
as the sum of the average homework score,
hour exam scores, and final exam score, we find the mean m and the
standard deviation s of the Grand Total scores.
Letter grades are assigned using cut-offs that
are based roughly
on a mixture of
- objective criteria (85% = A, 70% = B, 55% = C, etc.),
As a rough guideline, we intend to award
- statistical criteria (above-average scores = B or better, etc.).
+ and - grades are typically awarded at the edges of the above cut-offs.
The percentages of A's and B's awarded in ECE 313 are comparable to those
awarded in 300-level required courses in the ECE Department.
- A's to scores greater than min(m+s,85%)
- B's to scores in the range min(m,70%) to min(m+s,85%),
- C's to scores in the range min(m-s,55%) to min(m,70%)
- D's to scores in the range max(m-2s,45%) to min(m-s,55%)
- F's to scores below max(m-2s,45%)
Trivia regarding grading practices
- The reason for saying rough guideline
is that we reserve the right to make minor adjustments
downwards) to each cut-off
to avoid discriminating between students on the basis of very
small differences in scores. If we must determine a given cut-off where
there is no obvious gap in
scores, we will be favorably influenced by strong performance on the final
- Regardless of your exam performance and the settings of the
cut-offs, however, you will receive the same grade as everyone who has
the same Grand Total score as you, and nobody who has a lower
Grand Total score will receive a higher grade than you.
Request to regrade a problem set
If you think you should have received more points on a particular problem
set you may submit a regrade request. To do so, attach a separate piece of
paper to the front of the homework you'd like regraded, with the heading
REGRADE along with your name (as in compass), ID, and what problems you
think should be regraded and why, and insert it in the course drop box within one week
after the homework was passed back or hand it in.