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Course Grades and Assignments

Grade Components

Course grades are based on the following required assignments:

Total Required Points 1,000
Assignment Number Points Each Total Points
Homeworks 6 50 300
MyITLab Lessons
(7 Lessons, each with a variable number of questions)
190 correct questions 1 190
Participation Projects 16 10 160
Exams #1-#2 2 100 200
Final Exam 1 150 150

Additionally, students can earn up to 60 points in bonus (extra) credit:

Possible Bonus Points 60
Assignment Number Points Each Total Points
MyITLab Bonus Projects 3 20 60

Final Grades

The following letter grade scale will be used in issuing final grades:

Letter Grade Total Points Earned
A 900 or more
B 800-899
C 700-799
D 600-699
F 599 or fewer

Incomplete grades are issued extremely rarely, only in the case of severe family or medical emergencies. Significant documentation is required.

Assignments

Homeworks

Homeworks are formal assessments designed to provide students with an opportunity apply the skills they have learned in the course in solving real world problems. They are graded based on a rubric included at the end of their instructions.

Homeworks are due at 11:59pm Eastern Time on the listed due date. A penalty of 20% per calendar day will be deducted from late work. During Summer semesters, Homework #6 may not be accepted late.

Exams

Exams are formal assessments designed to measure student learning of the objectives and skills required in this course. They are graded based on a rubric included at the end of their instructions.

Exams are closed book, closed notes, and closed Internet. The only allowed outside resource is the built-in Microsoft Help system. You must have a valid WVU or government-issued photo ID to take each exam.

Students will have 50 continuous minutes each for Exams #1 and #2 and 120 continuous minutes for the Final Exam. Exams must be completed in one sitting. If students arrive late, leave early, or miss the Exam entirely, any lost time if forfeited.

Exams for on-campus sections are at the regularly scheduled class time and location. Exams for online sections are held in Open Lab’s Armstrong Hall location or, at the instructor's discretion, an instructor-approved exam proctor. Instructors may restrict or place conditions on the ability for students to take exams with a proctor if they believe proper procedures are not being followed. CS101 reserves the right to refuse a student-requested exam proctor for any reason.

Please arrived at least 10 minutes before any scheduled exam start time and plan to stay the entire allowed time. Students taking exams in Open Lab should arrive sufficiently early they can complete the exam before closing time as they will not be permitted to stay late to complete an exam.

If you wish to reschedule an Exam because of a schedule conflict, scheduled event, or Day of Concern, you must notify your instructor prior to exam day. If you miss an Exam because of a personal, family, or medical emergency, you must notify your instructor within 48 hours of the scheduled start time to request a makeup exam. Documentation may be required. Other requests for makeup exams will generally not be accepted.

All makeup exams are at the instructor’s discretion. They must be completed within 4 weekdays of the scheduled exam day (Exam #1 and Exam #2) or at the announced makeup session (Final Exam).

MyITLab Lessons

MyITLab Lessons are computer-based simulations of Microsoft Office. Each Lesson consists of multiple modules, each containing one or more simulation questions. In total, approximately 206 questions are available across 7 Lessons.

MyITLab Lessons are computer-based learning activities designed to teach students how to use Microsoft Office as required by this course. They are automatically graded by the MyITLab software with credit being given for the highest-scoring attempt for each modules. Credit of 1 point is awarded for each on-time successfully completed question. Students are required to successfully complete at least 190 questions during the semester to receive full credit. MyITLab Lessons are due at 11:59pm Eastern Time on the listed due date. Late work is accepted for 50% credit until the listed MyITLab Lessons Late Submission Deadline.

Students are responsible for setting their Student ID in MyITLab as shown in our instructions. Students with incorrectly set Student IDs may not receive credit for MyITLab Lessons if the issue is not corrected by the MyITLab Late Submission Deadline.

MyITLab Bonus Projects

MyITLab Bonus Projects are optional formal assessments of student knowledge that can be completed for bonus credit. They are computer-graded based on a rubric included with their instructions. Students may submit each assignment twice and will receive bonus credit for the highest-scoring attempt. Grades for MyITLab Bonus Projects may not be appealed.

MyITLab Bonus Projects are due at 11:59pm Eastern Time on the listed due date. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Students are responsible for setting their Student ID in MyITLab as shown in our instructions. Students with incorrectly set Student IDs may not receive credit for MyITLab Bonus Projects if the issue is not corrected by the MyITLab Late Submission Deadline.

Participation Projects

Participation Projects are learning activities and informal assessments that introduce students to the skills taught in this course. They provide students with opportunities to practice the skills taught in the course. They are graded based on a rubric included at the end of their instructions. Students are required to successfully complete at least 16 Participation Projects during the semester to receive full credit.

Participation Projects are due at the end of the class period in which they are assigned for on-campus sections or at 11:59pm Eastern Time on the listed due date for online sections. Late submissions will not be accepted. Lab computers must be used for submissions from on-campus sections.

Students will be assigned into groups of 3 to 4 students to conduct peer evaluations of each others' Participation Projects. Peer evaluations are to be conducted on at least 3 projects of each group's choosing during the semester. Students should provide copies of their completed files to their group members for the projects on which peer evaluations will be conducted. Peer evaluations are to be completed using a rubric included at the end of each Participation Project's instructions. Peer evaluators should evaluate the student's overall performance on the project and note any errors they find in the student's work. Evaluations should be completed and provided to the student being evaluated within 10 calendar days of when the Participation Project being evaluated was due.

Due Dates

CS101 is not a self-paced course. For sections lasting the entire semester, Homeworks, Exams, MyITLab Lessons, and MyITLab Bonus Projects are due on the dates shown below. Participation Projects are due as listed on each instructor's Assignments page.

Due Date Assignment
Thursday, August 24, 2017 MyITLab Lesson A
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 MyITLab Lesson B
Friday, September 8, 2017 Homework #1
Friday, September 15, 2017 Homework #2
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 MyITLab Lesson C
Friday, September 22, 2017 Homework #3
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 to Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Exam #1 - date varies by section
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 MyITLab Lesson D
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 MyITLab Lesson E
Friday, October 27, 2017 Homework #4
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 MyITLab Lesson F
Friday, November 3, 2017 Homework #5
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 to Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Exam #2 - date varies by section
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 MyITLab Lesson G
Friday, December 1, 2017 Homework #6
Monday, December 4, 2017 to Tuesday, December 5, 2017 Final Exam for online Section 7D1
Monday, December 4, 2017 to Tuesday, December 5, 2017 Final Exam early makeups with instructor authorization - in Open Lab
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 MyITLab Bonus Projects #1, #2, and #3
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 MyITLab Lessons Late Submission Deadline
Thursday, December 7, 2017 to Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Final Exam for on-campus sections - see schedule for day and time

Participation Projects due dates are not listed on the above schedule as they are not announced in advance. A listing of previous Participation Projects is on your instructor's Assignments page.

Schedules showing the content being taught each week are posted on your instructor’s website.

Grading and Feedback

Grades and detailed feedback are posted to the CS101 View Grades page. Students should review grades as soon as they are posted. Grades may be appealed within 7 calendar days of when they are posted by contacting your instructor. After this time, grades are final. All grades for MyITLab Bonus Projects are final and may not be appealed.

Grades and feedback for Homeworks and Exams will generally be posted within 14 days of when the assignments were due. Official grades for MyITLab Lessons and MyITLab Bonus Projects will generally be posted to the CS101 View Grades page within 7 days of when the assignments are due, although MyITLab's evaluations and unofficial grades will be available in MyITLab immediately after the assignments are completed. Participation Projects grades will be updated at least once per unit.

Technical Problems and On-Time Completion

Students are responsible for completing and submitting their assignments on-time, regardless of any problems they encounter. Extensions will not be provided because of technical problems. Start your work early.

To reduce the likelihood of problems, students are encouraged to use CS101 Open Lab or a WVU-maintained computer to complete their work.

If you encounter problems in completing your work, please immediately notify your instructor. You should also contact Pearson Tech Support for MyITLab issues. Notifying your instructor does not absolve you of the requirement to complete your assignments on-time.

Accessing Assignments

Homeworks and Participation Projects will be posted on each instructor’s website. Instructions for accessing Exams will be provided at the time of the test.

MyITLab Lessons and MyITLab Bonus Projects are available in MyITLab.

Submitting Assignments

Homeworks, Exams, and Participation Projects are submitted through the Submit Assignments tool. Participation Projects for on-campus sections must be submitted from a CS101 lab computer.

MyITLab Lessons modules are automatically submitted when the entire module is complete. They can also be manually submitted from within the simulation.

MyITLab Bonus Projects must be submitted from within MyITLab. Students have two attempts for each MyITLab Bonus Project. Credit will be given for the highest scoring attempt.

Assignments must be fully submitted to receive credit. Students are responsible for ensuring their correct work was successfully submitted. All applicable late penalties will be applied for late submissions or submissions of missing work.

Work Retention

Students must retain copies of all submitted Homeworks and MyITLab Bonus Projects. Online students must also retain copies of their submitted Participation Projects. Files must be secured so that nobody else is able to access them.

Academic Integrity

The integrity of the classes offered by any academic institution solidifies the foundation of its mission and cannot be sacrificed to expediency, ignorance, or blatant fraud. Therefore, the instructor will enforce rigorous standards of academic integrity in all aspects and assignments of this course.

For all assignments except Participation Projects, students must work independently by themselves. Sharing of files is not permitted for any reason. Unless otherwise instructed, students must start working from a new blank file for each assignment.

For Participation Projects only, instructors may authorize groups of students to work together. Sharing of files is only permitted within the group.

Violations

Examples of academic integrity violations include but are not limited to:

Penalties

A range of penalties is possible for academic integrity violations. The standard penalties are listed below, but more severe penalties including an unforgivable F for the course can be applied.

Occurrence

Standard Penalties

First Occurrence

For violations not related to an Exam or MyITLab Bonus Project, no credit will be given for the assignment. An additional 50-point penalty will be applied.

For violations related to a MyITLab Bonus Project, no credit will be given for any MyITLab Bonus Project. An additional 50-point penalty will be applied.

For violations related to an Exam, a failing grade (F) will be issued for the course.

Second Occurrence or After

Failing grade (F) will be issued for the course. This penalty can be applied even if the student had no notice of the First Occurrence violation.

This academic integrity policy continues to be in force even after you complete Computer Science 101. Post-completion penalties may be enforced through modifications to the final grade recorded on your transcript.

If an academic integrity violation is suspected, you will be notified via e-mail. You may appeal to the Course Coordinator within 10 class days of the notice being sent. Failure to appeal or reply within this time period will be considered an admission of guilt and applicable penalties will be applied.

Additional information on WVU’s academic integrity policy is available in the West Virginia University Academic Catalog. If you have any questions about this policy or if an activity is allowed, it is your responsibility to check with your instructor beforehand.

Policy Acknowledgment Form

All students must complete the Policy Acknowledgment Form to receive credit for their work. Credit may not be granted for work due prior to when this form is completed.

Academic Integrity Compliance Audit

At any time, CS101 may audit a student’s compliance with the Academic Integrity Policy. Students who do not successfully complete the Audit will lose all credit for assignments being audited. The audit may also lead to the finding of academic integrity violations.