# A note on final grades

As you know, for test grades I use the highest raw score in the class as the 100% mark and adjust everyone’s grades up accordingly. I don’t use a “curve” which assumes that there’s a certain percentage of the class which deserves A, B, C, etc.

I don’t use quite so dramatic an adjustment on the final course grades — since I’ve already done it on tests, and dropped the lowest one besides, it would be excessive. But I do shift the final raw scores up some.

Each question was worth up to 4 points, for a possible total of 32. The highest score in the class before extra credit was 26; the median was a B-, which is good, and nobody who took the test failed. The grade scale works out like this:

 Grade starts at distribution A+ 26 A 24.5 20% A- 23.25 B+ 21.25 B 18.75 40% B- 16.75 C+ 14.75 C 12.25 30% C- 10.25 D+ 8.25 D 5.75 10% D- 3.74 F under 0%

If you answered 8 questions, but failed to answer one from each chapter, I took a 2 point penalty off your grade. (If you didn’t answer all 8 questions, I did not)

If you want to discuss your performance, and how you can improve it next time, feel free to come by my office hours. If you want to dispute your grade, feel free to do so in writing.

For the overall test grade, the average of the highest 4 grades (including students who have not taken the last few tests), the median grade is right on the B-/C+ border and the approximate distribution was like this

 Grade %age A 15 B 35 C 25 D 5 F 20

# Test 5 Organization

For the last test, because there are so many chapters, I’m going to reorganize the terms into three categories: Cold War (mostly 36, 39, 40), Developing World (Mostly 37, 38), Globalization (mostly 41). You’ll be required to do at least one term from each category, and the remaining 5 terms may come from anything else on the test.

# Last Extra Credit Opportunity: Kligman Art Lecture and Exhibit

Reminder: For extra credit, you need to attend the event, and write a short (1-2 page) summary and reaction to it. All extra credits must be handed in by Friday, May 4th. You might want to look through the list of extra credit opportunities and see if you did something credit-worthy without realizing it.

May 3 @ 4:00 pm Room 409 Russ Hall
Reception to follow at 5:00 pm in Porter Hall

The Kligmans will deliver a public lecture May 3 at 4:00 pm in room 409 Russ Hall followed by a reception in Porter Hall at 5:00 pm. In 2009, Misha earned a MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Kansas at Lawrence, KS. In 2001, Amy earned a BFA from the Ringling College of Art and Design of Sarasota, FL. The Kligmans were the recipients of the Juror’s Selection first-place exhibition award for their entries in Visual Territory, the PSU Art Department’s biannual national juried exhibition. The exhibition gathered artists from around the U.S. to investigate “the intimate territories of personal experience and the global landscape of place and the environment”.

About his recent body of work, Misha writes that his work reflects his “continuous struggle to understand the insistent nature of nostalgic longing tinted by the history of exile and the knowledge of genocide.” History is a major influence for Misha and his work aims to clarify and reflect his beliefs. Amy writes, “While creating this body of work, I have been thinking of a kind of place… I don’t think of this place as a location on a map, but more a place in one’s head where life reveals itself… Its a place where you start to put things together, where things seem clear, though not always logical.” Her focus on this “thinking place” is evident in her colorful and engaging work.

# Test 4 Results

Each question was worth up to 4 points, for a possible total of 32. The highest score in the class before extra credit was 28; the median was a B, which is very good, and nobody who took the test failed. The grade scale works out like this:

 Grade starts at distribution A+ 28 A 26 20% A- 25 B+ 23 B 20 45% B- 18 C+ 16 C 13 25% C- 11 D+ 9 D 6 10% D- 4 F under 4 0%

If you answered 8 questions, but failed to answer one from each chapter, I took a 2 point penalty off your grade. (If you didn’t answer all 8 questions, I did not)

If you want to discuss your performance, and how you can improve it next time, feel free to come by my office hours. If you want to dispute your grade, feel free to do so in writing.

# Extra Credit Opportunity: SEK Symphony

Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra
FLYING WHITE
Sunday, April 22, 3:00 p.m.
McCray Recital Hall
\$7 general admission, \$5 children and seniors, free to PSU students

• Mozart Concertone in C Major, K. 190 Featuring Dr. Paul Carlson, violin; Dr. Kexi Liu, violin
• Pierrots Dance Song from The Dead City Featuring Mr. Patrick Howle, baritone
• Flying White by Forrest Pierce (commissioned for this performance) Featuring Dr. Mary Kirkendoll, flute; Dr. Craig Fuchs, conductor
• Beethoven Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36

# Extra Credit Opportunity: Chinese Culture Night

You are invited to join us for an Evening of Chinese Culture, Art & Craft.
Friday, April 20, 6—8 pm , Yates 102.
Edible Delicacies. Music. Dance. Riddles. Calligraphy.
We hope to see you there.
Sincerely, Chinese Culture Club Officers & Members

# Extra Credit Opportunity: NASA lecture

Alan Glines, a retired NASA employee who worked in the control room of the Houston Space Center during the Apollo missions, will deliver a public lecture about recent Kepler Mission results at Pittsburg State University on Wednesday, April 11. Glines’ presentation, at 2 p.m. in 102 Yates Hall, is part of the 2012 Physics, Mathematics and Engineering Lecture Series. The list of planets orbiting distant stars is growing rapidly. These discoveries are the result of NASA’s Kepler Mission, a multi-year project that springs from mankind’s ongoing search for life among the stars.

# Test 3 Results

Each question was worth up to 4 points, for a possible total of 32. The highest score in the class before extra credit, in both sections, was 25, and due to the lower top end, the median was a B-; the grade scale works out like this:

 Grade starts at distribution A+ 25 A 23.5 15% A- 22.5 B+ 20.5 B 18.25 40% B- 16.25 C+ 14.25 C 12 35% C- 10 D+ 8 D 5.75 10% D- 3.75 F under 3.75 1%

If you answered 8 questions, but failed to answer two from each chapter, I took a 2 point penalty off your grade. (If you didn’t answer all 8 questions, I did not)

If you want to discuss your performance, and how you can improve it next time, feel free to come by my office hours. If you want to dispute your grade, feel free to do so in writing.