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Class Policies_FAQs

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This a list of typical questions students make about the class. You can sort the table by name, topic, or date published by just clicking the header of each column.

CategoryQuestion
Class PoliciesCheating
Class PoliciesCell phone use
Class PoliciesI am late for class, can I still come?
ExamsDo I need a Scantron for the lecture tests and lab quizzes?
ExamsI am late for an exam, can I still take it?
ExamsI have answered the study guides and read the handouts, am I OK for the test?
ExamsMake-up exams
ExamsWhat chapters do I have to study for the test?
Extra CreditIs the extra credit included in my overall grade?
Extra CreditWhat are the conditions for extra credit points?
Extra CreditWhen and how is extra credit given for this class?
GradeHow is my overall grade calculated?
GradeI am in a 65% overall before the final exam, can I still pass the class with a 70% (C)?
GradeIs the extra credit included in my overall grade?
GradeHow is the grade for the lab calculated?
GradeWhat is the grading scale for this class?
LabsDo I need to bring my own hard-copy of the lab exercise every week?
LabsHow is the grade for the lab calculated?
LabsI missed last lab, what quiz will I be given in the next lab meeting? Is there a lab make-up?
Website useDownloading files: I cannot download a handout or study guide!
Website useI do not see my grade updated!
Website useIf a need a print out or I need a study guide for LECTURE, where do I go?
Website useIf a need a print out or I need a study guide for LAB, where do I go?
Website useThe instructor said it would be in the web page, but I cannot see it!

 

Do I need a Scantron for the lecture test and lab quizzes?

You need to bring a Scantron 882-E for the lecture tests. Lab quizzes are normally a one page quiz with short answers, fill-in the blank, and multiple choice questions, no scantron is needed for labs

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I am late for an exam, can I still take it?

The days for the exams are indicated in your syllabus, so you know you have an exam on a particular day. Plan in advance and be on time. If you are late AND no one has left yet, you can still take the exam. However, you would still lose your chance for extra credit for being late

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Make-up exams.

As a general rule there will be no make-up exams for this class. However, the lowest of your tests’ scores will be dropped before the final exam, so if you miss an exam because of any last minute reason, that would be your dropped score for the class. Do not email me asking me for a make-up exam because I will not answer your email! Exceptionally, and when you know in advance you will not be able to come during the scheduled day for the exam, you can let me know and we talk about rescheduling your exam. Please note that in advance means that you know at least a couple of days before that you will not be able to make it.

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What topics do I have to study for the test?

Assuming that we do not get behind with the class schedule, the topics for each test are those in between the previous exam and the one you have to study for. Check your class schedule! If we are getting behind with the topics, I will tell you the class before the exam the topics you have to study for the test. If you do not come to class right before the exam, email me to find out if there have been any changes regarding the topics for the exam.

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Is the extra credit included in my overall grade?

Yes, the overall grade always includes the extra credit points. Extra credit points, even the few that may be given during lab activities, are included in your lecture grade. If you check the grades sheet, you will see there are two % points columns for lecture, one before and one after considering the extra credits points.

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What are the conditions for extra credit points?

In order to qualify for any extra credit activity, the following conditions apply: 1) If the extra credit is given as part of a test, you will have to score at least 50% of the points in the test in order to receive the extra points, 2) you had to be present in class at least 80% of the time at the moment the extra credit assignment is given, and 3) you have to show up on time for the exam. Students who come in late for a test lose their chance for extra credit

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When and how is extra credit given for this class?

Extra credit points are intended to help you passing the class or moving a grade up, but they will not save your life if you do not perform close enough, this means you have to stay a few points away from the passing grade as to make it with the extra points offered during the class. Some extra credit points, about 10% of the test points, are given during lecture exams as multiple choice questions, each worth 1 point. The more you study and understand the material, the more chances you have of getting more extra credit points. Additionally, some other opportunities in the form of essays or reports may be announced during the semester.

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How is my overall grade calculated?

How to calculate your overall grade in the class: For both lecture and labs, the grade will be based on the total accumulated points, and presented in the grades spreadsheet as % of total points. If the class has both lecture and labs, the grade is calculated based on 70% points coming from lecture and 30% points coming from lab in the following way Lecture grade (example): 75% points overall ... then for the final grade (70% of 75, which means 0.7 x 75) ....... = 52.5 Lab grade (example): 83% points overall ... then for the final grade (30% of 83, which means 0.3 x 83)…......= 24.9 Your final grade in the class would then be………………………………………............. = 77.4

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I am in a 65% overall before the final exam, can I still pass the class with a 70% (C)?

Sure you can, but you have only one score left to compensate for those 5 points you got behind with during the entire semester and boost your grade up to a 70% (C), you actually need to get a lot more than 5 points above a "C" in the final then! If the final test is worth 150 points, then you have to score 125 (B) to get to a 70% and pass the class.

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How is the grade for the labs calculated?

A quiz on the lab topic covered during the previous lab will be given at the beginning of each lab meeting. Questions will come from material covered in your lab book, any handouts given to you during the lab, and from experiences you have in lab. Each quiz is worth 10 points and each lab report is worth 5 points, so the maximum score for each lab is 15 points. 13.5 to15 is an A, 12 to 13.4 is a B, and 10 to 11.9 is a C. In order to take a quiz you had to be present during the previous lab meeting.

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What is the grading scale for this class?

Approximate Grade Scale: 90-100%=A, 80-89% =B, 70-79%=C, 55–69%=D, <55%=F

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Do I need to bring my own hard-copy of the lab exercise every week?

If your class is Bio3 at ELAC or Bio10 at ECC yes, you have to print out the exercise from this website according to the class schedule. If your class is Bio11 at PCC or Bio1 at MtSAC then the college sells the lab manual for you to use during the lab activities

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Downloading files: I cannot download a handout or study guide!

To download a DOC or PDF file: Left-click on the link to open or Right-click on the link and choose "Save link as..." or "Save target as..." to save the file to your computer.

If you cannot download or open the file several things may happen: the handout may not actually be there (email me then please!), somehow your computer has the security settings set too high and does not allow you to download the file (especially if is ".doc" document), you do not have Acrobat PDF reader or Microsoft Word installed in your computer, or your browser is downloading the files but not opening them by default, so you need to go the folder where files were stored and open them manually

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I do not see my grade updated!

It is probably because I have not updated the web page yet, or because you need to refresh (reload) the page. Your internet browser normally saves the pages you visit the most for faster access, but they do not show the last configuration that web page might have. Reload it!

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The instructor said it would be in the web page, but I cannot see it!

It is probably because I have not updated the web page yet, or because you need to refresh (reload) the page. Your internet browser normally saves the pages you visit the most for faster access, but they do not show the last configuration that web page might have. Reload it!

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I have answered the study guides and read the handouts, am I OK for the test?

Well, that depends on whether or not you have really understood the topics. The key to success is always about understanding, not memorizing. You have to learn a lot of terms for this class and conenct many of them together. If you study on your own, and not in a study group of three or more people, you may think you got it, but you do not have a way to check your knowledge with someone else. The day you have the test, you might realize it was not that clear at all after all. Here there is a list of things you should be doing as to ensure you will pass this class.

    1. Regularly attend lecture and Lab classes, take notes, think, and make questions! If something is not clear to you, do not be afraid and ask me. If you are a little shy, ask after the lecture, it is perfectly understandable if you do not understand the concept the first time.
    2. Read before lecture to be familiar with the topic and look over your notes after lecture to see if you really have understood the topic. The course moves at a rapid pace. Ideally, you should spend at least the same amount of weekly class hours outside of class understanding the text and/or reading your notes. Do not expect miracles later if you spent only 1 hour preparing for this class
    3. If the college offers tutoring for this class, consider this option if you are having problems understanding the topics, do not wait until it is too late, most topics covered in class are connected, if you do not understand one of them, it might be a problem later when you try understanding a later chapter.
    4. Having study groups always helps understanding topics better, things that do not appear as clear to you may be easy for others and vice versa

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I missed last lab, what quiz will I be given in the next lab meeting?

If you missed a lab, you cannot take the quiz of a lab you did not attend. you have to study the material corresponding to the last lab in which you were present.

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I am late for class, can I still come to class?

Attendance is seriously recommended for lecture and lab as absences in both classes may lower your overall performance in the class. Tardiness as a repeated behavior is disrespectful and disturbing to me and to your classmates, so it will count as half of an absence if you persist in doing it

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Cheating

Students caught cheating will receive a zero (0) in that exam or quiz. Situations that may be interpreted as cheating include looking at a classmate test instead of your own, talking to a classmate during a exam’s time, or having a notebook open or any paper with materials related to the ongoing test. Be aware that there is no way you can make a zero up and that your final grade may be considerably lowered when averaging a test with score zero

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Use of Electronic Equipment in the Classroom

During the class, the use of cell phones, pagers, and other devices that potentially may create classroom distractions is not allowed (e.g., cell phones must be set on “silent”). Any student caught texting in the middle of the lecture will be asked to leave the classroom for the day and will automatically lose any chance for extra credit for the upcoming exam. If you think I am the only one sensitive about cell phones... check this video out!

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If a need a print out or I need a study guide for LECTURE, where do I go?

The website is organized with a left and right bar. Everything that strictly matters for your class is on the RIGHT side. There is a category for "LECTURE resources" under which you will find several links for lecture "powerpoint slides", "study guides exams", assignments, and videos that may help you doing better in the test.

If a need a print out or I need a study guide for LAB, where do I go?

The website is organized with a left and right bar. Everything that strictly matters for your class is on the RIGHT side. There is a category for "LAB resources" under which you will find links for "lab exercises" and "study guides lab quizzes".