Assessments

Here you will find more detailed information on the guidelines for the assessments you will submit for grading this semester. You may click the links below to jump to any section of this page.

 

As a general rule for all college courses, you should plan to spend an additional 3 hours of study time (outside of class time) for every one credit hour you are taking. That means, for a 3-credit course like this one, you should realistically plan to spend at least 12-15 hours per week reading, reviewing modules, and studying for and completing assessments. Weekly requirements of course modules and assessments are designed with this time commitment in mind.

Grading

This course uses a standard grading scale, including +/- grades. Final grades are calculated as points earned divided by total points available. Percentages will be rounded to the nearest whole percentage. Grades will not be curved or otherwise modified.

This course contains long quizzes, several weekly assessments including homework and discussions, and a research paper and several assessments associate with the research paper. All assessments will be completed within Oncourse. There are 800 points total in the course. Assessments for this course include:

Long Quizzes

You will complete a long quiz for each unit. Each module within the unit will have approximately 20 points worth of questions. For example, Unit A has 3 modules, and it's quiz will be worth 60 points.

All long quizzess are administered using the Oncourse Tests & Surveys link in Oncourse. Long quizzes will include multiple choice, true or false, matching and short answer questions. A portion of the quiz will be automatically scored by Oncourse after you take the assessment—essay questions will be graded by your instructor after the due date. Short answer or essay questions on long quizzes should be answered in complete sentences and your own words – copied material will receive a zero.

Long quizzes will have a time limit from the point you start the assessment. The time limit will be posted at the beginning of the quiz. If you don’t finish by the time limit, the unfinishedquiz will be automatically submitted. Although you may leave the test and "Save" your answers, you must submit the quiz within the time limit (started when you begin the quiz). If you do not, it will be automatically submitted when the time limit expires with any answers you've saved .

Follow the directions on the assessment page at the end of each module for instructions and guidelines for submitting long quizzes. You will have 7 days to complete the timed assessment before the deadline listed in the course calendar. long quizzes will open at 12 a.m. on the Tuesday before their due date and will close at 11:59 p.m. on their Monday due dates. You may only take a timed assessment in the permitted time frame outlined in the course calendar.

Your textbook and materials will be available to you during the long quizzes, so the following rules will be in effect:

Computer Problems During a Quiz or Exam

In this online course, you only have a limited amount of time to take and submit an assessment. If you have computer problem during a timed assessment, you should re-enter and retake the assessment AND contact your instructor immediately.

If you encounter a problem as described above:

  1. Reenter Oncourse and enter the quiz or assessment again. If it was submitted, Oncourse will prevent you from retaking it again. If it was not submitted, Oncourse will allow you to complete the assessment.
  2. Contact your instructor during the assessment time frame to indicate the type of problem you are having or had. If you have problems of any kind, you should contact your instructor to make them aware of the problem.
  3. If your computer fails altogether, you should immediately locate another computer where you can take the quiz or assessment within the assessment due time/date. Send your instructor an email describing the problem.

In the case of any computer or internet connection issues during an assessment – you should always try to complete the assessment. You should also contact your instructor to let them know you had problems. Your instructor can and will only help you if you contact them during the assessment time frame. Emailing after the assessment due date, or not contacting the instructor when you have problem, may result in a zero on that assessment.

Please be aware that your instructor will not be available on weekends or evenings (after 5pm) to answer questions. Plan accordingly to allow yourself time for fixing problems – those students who complete assessments at the last minute generally do not do as well as those that complete assessments well before the due date.

At the beginning of the semester, you should identify a back up computer you can use. Your instructor will not allow make-ups due to faulty technology - always have a second (or third) choice of computers to complete assessments. Consider computers available at these places:

Homework

Assessments labeled as homework may include automatically graded questions, short answer or fill in the blank questions, or may include the submission of electronic documents (such as a Word document). Guidelines for homework are given with the course modules, accessed by the "Module Index" link in Oncourse.

Follow the directions on the assessment page at the end of each module for instructions and guidelines for submitting homework assignments. Typically, you will have over a week of time to complete homework assessments before the deadline listed in the course calendar.

Some assignments will ask you to write one or more paragraphs on a topic. All written assignments should be treated as writing-to-learn essays and contain a clear thesis and flow clearly and concisely. If you have trouble with course writing assignments or have not yet taken W131, please consider visiting the University Writing Center in-person or review their extensive online documentation for writing assignments.

Written assignment material will be graded based on the following criteria:

Assignments will be manually graded by your instructor after the due date of the assignment. Written responses within homework will be given zero points upon evidence of plagiarism, copying and pasting or other evidence of academic dishonesty. Assignments submitted to the "Assignments" link of Oncourse will be checked against Turnitin.com for originality. Your instructor may choose to investigate the content of other homework against Turnitin.com or other search engines for accuracy.

Researched Writing Assignment

You will be required to complete a researched writing assignment for this course. You will have two options from which to choose your assignment. Click the Research Paper link above for more information on the required writing assignment. Your submissions will be graded according to the criteria within these links - be sure to read them all carefully and completely.

You will be required to submit progressive parts (thesis statement and outline, annotated bibliography, and final paper) of your research to your instructor by given dates. This will help you to stay on track with your research and complete your paper in a timely manner.

If you have trouble with course writing assignments, please consider visiting the University Writing Center in-person or review their extensive online documentation for writing assignments. Your instructor may choose to make a visit to the Writing Center mandatory; he/she will notify you in course email or announcements if this is a required component of your paper.

Writing assignments will be given zero points upon evidence of plagiarism, copying and pasting or other evidence of academic dishonesty. Your paper will be checked against Turnitin.com for originality. Your instructor may choose to investigate the contents of your paper beyond the report generated from this site.

Extra Credit

Two extra credit assignments are available to you. One is listed in the course calendar, and described in the "Marine Resources" module. The second is described on the "Research Paper" page of this syllabus. These assessments are optional, and you may choose to complete them if you wish to have extra points applied to your final course grade.

Other extra credit opportunities, if available, will be listed independently by your instructor by email or within course announcements. Extra credit opportunities may include field trips, written assignments, movie/TV/film viewing, etc. Your instructor will announce these during the semester if he/she chooses to offer other extra credit.