The grades are done for Exam 2. The median was 71%, meaning a curve of 3%.
The exams will not be returned today because I am having a difficult time grading left handed. I will post the grades as soon as I can and return them after break.
The PPTX files for Unit 2 are posted on the class webpage.
According to the doctor on Friday I broke the metatarsal bones in the pinky side of my right hand. I need to go to an orthopedic surgeon on Tuesday morning to have them check out the damage and see what I need to do. The appointment is in the morning so I won’t miss class or lab, but I will not have office hours that day.
BIO220 is cancelled today (2/5/14). I got stuck taking my daughter to school and while extracting my car and another, my hand got caught in the middle and took a beating. I don’t think it is broken (I still have range of motion) but it was a challenge to just drive home. I’ll see you guys on Monday.
Since I left the exams at school this means I may not have the BIO161 exams graded for tomorrow.
The first exam in BIO220 is graded. The following is the breakdown of grades.
- Median = 64%
- High Score = 95%
As per the course syllabus all grades are normalized to whichever is lowest of the following three.
- Median score raised to 74%
- Highest Score raised to 100%
- Maximum adjustment of 10%
Given the performance of your class, the normalization was +5%, the final scores reflect this value. When you get your exams back there is an underlined number between 1 and 24, this is your student number and how you find both your grade on the gradesheet and your assigned organism for the presentation.
Speaking of the Presentation, the first assignment will be due on Monday February 10, 2014, either in hardcopy (typed) or by email. Below is the text from your syllabus about Assignment One.
Assignment 1: References
For the first assignment you must submit a list of a minimum of five (5) relevant reference sources for your microbe. These references must be typed and formatted in the APA (the most common style guide for Nursing and Sciences) or MLA (the style used in English) style. All references must have a direct attributable author (that means no Wikipedia) unless they come from military (.mil on the web), governmental (.gov on the web) or the United Nations (http://www.who.int/en/). All web references must include the complete address for cross-checking, even though this is no longer formally part of the MLA or APA styles. This assignment will be worth ten (10) points.
- BIO220.01 Lecture: Chapter 5 (Enzymes and Catalysis), read chapter 5 for Wednesday.
- BIO161.01 Lecture: Exam 1, Read Chapter 26 for Thursday
- BIO161.01 Lab: Evolution Lab
- BIO220.01 Lecture: Chapter 5 (Metabolism), Start Chapter 6 for Monday
- BIO220.01 Lab: Gram Staining Lab
- BIO161.01 Lecture: Daily Quiz, Chapter 26, Read Chapter 27 for Tuesday
- BIO220.01 Lecture: Chapter 4, Exam 1 for Wednesday.
- CLASS CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
- BIO220.01 Lecture: Exam 1
- BIO220.01 Lab: Lab Cancelled due to Weather throwing off prep materials
- BIO161.01 Lecture: Daily Quiz and Chapter 23, Exam 1 on Tuesday
I know the weather has been a challenge for everyone the last couple of weeks but I want you to keep a few things in mind during this time. Our lecture is only cancelled if school is officially closed (as it was on Tuesday), any other days you are expected to be in class. Exams are not allowed to be made up, you are allowed one “dropped” exam during a term and if you choose to use that to avoid driving in poor conditions that is your choice but you must accept the consequences. Just like many of you I am also dealing with children, the drive, school cancellations, and the like, and like me you should have backup plans for unforeseen issues (childcare worker is ill, etc.). Finally, I do not provide “class notes” for classes you miss, I provide the PowerPoint files, it is your responsibility to get any other materials you need.
As I mentioned in class, roughly half of the assessments in the BIO220 laboratory are practical in nature and the other half are inquiry-based. The inquiry-based labs require a short lab report to be typed up. For the first one, The Nature of Science, I have made a MS Word template for you to use. You will need to download the file from the link below (it is also on the class page) and complete the report for class on Monday (1/27/14). The report must be typed and can either be submitted in hardcopy (during class) or electronically (it must be received by the start of class on 1/27/14) at my JC email address (listed on your syllabus).