Attendance and Assignments

Attendance at lectures, labs, and the coastal field trip is relaxed in 2022 due to the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic. Please communicate with your instructors if you have to miss class or assignment deadlines due to illness, and we will make every effort to accomodate you. Unless excused due to illness, assignments will be accepted up to one week after the due date. Late assignments will be assessed a penalty of 20%. No assignments will be accepted later than one week past the due date.

Grading Information

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Grading will be based on the percentage of a possible 500 points earned in the course according to the following:

Percentage of a possible 500 points Letter Grade
97%-100% A+
93%-96% A
90%-92% A-
87%-89% B+
83%-86% B
80%-82% B-
77%-79% C+
73%-76% C
70%-72% C-
67%-69% D+
63%-66% D
60%-62%< D-
Points will be distributed as follows  
Mid-term Exam I 75
Mid-term Exam II 75
Final Exam 50
Total exam points 200
Scientific Writing Assignments (choose two of four topics)  
Monitoring program critique 20 - 35
Scientific paper critique 20 - 35
Wikipedia contribution 20 - 35
Blog post entry 20 - 35
Total writing points (first assignment 20 pts, second assignment 35 pts) 55
In Class Identification Test 50
Field Identification Test 30
Lab Notebook 30
Detectability lab write-up 10
Lab Field Project  
Project proposal 5
Introduction/lit cited 10
Methods/Analysis 5
Results and data summary 10
Discussion and abstract 10
Final project writeup 30
Final project presentation 20
Individual project contribution 10
Total Lab Project Points 100
Total lab points 220
Class Participation 25
Extra Credit  
Behavior Study at NC Zoo 25
Sightings, Question of the Week 25
Total extra credit possible 50

Course Info / grading information