BIO220 Exam 1 Scores

The exam were okay, not spectacular, but not awful.  The class median was 63% and the high score was 94%, so there was a 6% curve to the scores.  I’ll give the exams back in class and we’ll discuss them.

ASSIGNMENT 1 for PRESENTATION (DUE MONDAY)

Assignment one for the presentation is to find four (4) valid references for your presentation organism.  We will discuss how you know which one you have in class.  Valid references are primary sources (have an attributable author (NO WIKIPEDIA) and must be formatted in either ALA or MLA format.  See the syllabus for more details.

CEM131 Exam 1 Scores

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I finished grading the exams for CEM131 this evening.  Overall I am very pleased.  The normalization was determined independently for each class (to address any changes in my style between classes), but the results were similar between the two sections.  The morning section (CEM131.01) had a median of 69.8% and a high of 90.5%, so they got a 5% curve (I round up on the curves).  The afternoon section (CEM131.04) had a median of 73.4% and a high of 94%, so they got a 1% curve.  The class grade sheets are posted on the course webpage (as I will do after every exam), but you will need to know your student number to read them.  The student number is on your first exam (it is randomly assigned), so you will have to be patient.

Note, we will start chapter 3 tomorrow, the PPTX is posted, and have a daily quiz.  Since we don’t have any new concepts since the last exam, I would bet on definitions.

New sheets with corrected grades have been posted to account for Scantron Key errors.

Change to BIO220

ATTENTION BIO220 STUDENTS

Due to a scheduling conflict I will not be teaching the lab portion of the BIO220 MW afternoon course.  Steve Thurlow will be teaching the lab on Wednesday afternoon and will alert you to materials you need for the lab.  I will still be teaching the lecture portion of the class and will be responsible for the overall grade.  The lab will count for 25% of the overall grade and will be provided by Steve Thurlow, based on his assessment criteria.

Welcome to Fall 2014 Term here at Jackson College

Jackson College LogoWelcome to the new term here at Jackson College.  I am Professor John Ireland and this is my personal server space where I archive materials for my courses.  This term I am teaching two sections of CEM131 (the -01 and -04 sections) and one section of BIO220 (-03).  Normally I also teach BIO161, but am not doing so this term.

Since JetNet seems to have issues through out the term I prefer to store my materials in an off campus independent server and format them in such a way that they should be readily accessible to students from any device.  All print materials are published as PDF files and PowerPoint presentations in the native PPTX format (there is a free viewer available for Windows machines if you do not have Office).  I do not publish the PowerPoint files as PDF files because it renders the dynamic nature static and therefore decreases their review value in my opinion.

If you are taking one of my classes click on the appropriate tab above and familiarize yourself with the materials present.  You will find the syllabus and numerous early lesson materials already posted.  Thanks for reading and I hope we have a good term.

A NOTE SPECIFIC TO BIO220… Multiple professors teach BIO220, for my section you only need the textbook, NOT the lab manual or course pack.

FINAL GRADES – BIO161

The FINAL GRADES for BIO161 have been posted on the course page.  Please review your grades and bring any problems to my attention before Saturday, when I will be posting them on Eservices.  After they are posted to the system it is much harder to make corrections.

FINAL GRADES – BIO220

The FINAL GRADES for BIO220 have been posted on the course page.  Please review your grades and bring any problems to my attention before Saturday, when I will be posting them on Eservices.  After they are posted to the system it is much harder to make corrections.

Post Exam 4 Grades BIO220

The fourth exam was graded.  The curve was +12%.

The posted grades now account for the dropped exam and have the Unknown and Presentation grades calculated in.  In other words, this is as low as your grade can go.