Grading in Mineralogy / Optical Mineralogy - GEL3050
A+ > 990
A = 900-990
A- = 895-899
B+ = 870-894
B- = 795-799
C+ = 770-794
C = 700-769
C- = 695-699
D+ = 670-694
D = 600-669
D- = 595-599
F = ≤ 594 points
Attendance & Student Responses will be tracked using the I-clicker interactive student response system. The timely purchase of the device is REQUIRED in order to earn full participation points .
If you forget your clicker or do not have one (NOT recommended), you MUST sign a special roll in order to receive at least partial credit for attending class (Lowest score of the day minus 10%). Points can NOT be assigned retroactively !!!
REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS
Perkins, D., 2011, Mineralogy, 3rd ed., Pearson/Prentice Hall, ISBN 978-0-321-66306-1
Kackstaetter, U.R., 2017, Rapid Mineral Identification Vol I, II, & III e-copy, CD w/ incl. advanced Mineral / Chemical ID kit
Raith, M.M., Raase, P. & Reinhardt, J., 2011, Guide to Thin Section Microscopy. Free Download HERE!
Field Notebook, rock hammer, hand lense, acid bottle!
i-clicker (Absolute Must! Your Grade Depends on it)
The above link will open a self check list of activities that are known to make a difference. If you are doing at least 90% of them (or 11 out of the 13 listed) you should see an improvement in your performance. Low grades are usually the result of doing very little of what is listed in the indicated link.
WARNING! MINUS POINTS FOR LAB INFRACTIONS, ESPECIALLY CLEAN-UP VIOLATIONS!
FINAL GRADE POINT DEDUCTIONS:
1st Infraction: Warning! 2nd Infraction: -5pts of Final Grade
3rd Infraction: -10pts of Final Grade 4th Infraction: -15pts of Final Grade
5th Infraction: -20pts of Final Grade and revocation of Lab privileges
Note: Deductions are cumulative!!!
Example: 4th Infraction = -15 + -10 (3rd Infr.) + -5 (2nd Infr.) = -30pts TOTAL