MCB 101
Introductory Microbiology Lab
School of Molecular & Cellular Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Basis of Course Grade - Fall 2017

Student grades in MCB 101 will be based on total of 1000 points. Categories and points listed below are approximate, but should closely resemble the final distribution.

12 Lectures (5 pt. each)
50 points nominal
11 Quizzes on LON-CAPA (10 pt. each.)
100 points nominal
2 Hourly Exams (100 pts. each)    
200 points possible
1 Final Exam (100 pts.)
100 points possible

13 Pre-lab Assignments on LON-CAPA

120 points nominal
LON-CAPA based labs
40 points possible
Lab Worksheets
290 points nominal
Lab Practical Exams
100 points possible
Total Lab Score based on
1000 points

All point totals are estimates and may be altered slightly throughout the course of the semester.

The point totals contained in the following table represent the use of the plus/minus grading system coupled with a 4.0 grade point system. The grade point values shown for each letter grade have been assigned by the University. Students who earn the points shown below (out of 1000 possible points), will be guaranteed the indicated letter grade. At semester's end, after the final exam, the instructors will analyze the course grade distribution, and may decrease (to accommodate poor class performance on an examination), but will not increase the points needed for each grade.

Plus and minus letter grades will be used for semester grades.  Your course grade will be assigned according to the following scale:

Letter Grade

Point Ranges

Grade Point Value

A+

  967 - 1000

4.000

A

933 - 966

4.000

A-

900 - 932

3.667

B+

867 - 899

3.333

B

833 - 866

3.000

B-

800 - 832

2.667

C+

767 - 799

2.333

C

733 - 766

2.000

C-

700 - 732

1.667

D+

667 - 699

1.333

D

633 - 666

1.000

D-

600 - 632

0.667

F

0 - 599

0.000

Your section TA will grade lab reports, lab worksheets and the lab practical exam.  Dr. Chapman will grade lecture assignments. Multiple-choice questions will be graded electronically via scantron form.  Pre-labs and quizzes will be graded electronically via the LON-CAPA system.

Procedure for Re-grades.

If you believe that an answer was improperly graded on an exam, quiz or lab assignment you should see Dr. Chapman during his regular office hours. Write down your concern, indicating the number of the question(s) involved and why you feel you should be given more points.  Attach the form to the front of the original assignment.  Do not make any additional comments or marks on the original exam, quiz or lab assignment.

All requests for re-grades must be made within one week of the day that the graded assignment was returned.  The grader has the option to leave the score as is and comment further on the answer in question, accept the argument presented and award additional points or lower the original score if he/she finds additional mistakes that were missed during the first round of grading.  The paper will be re-evaluated and returned to you within one week of its submission.

The decision of the instructor is final and will not be debated.