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Examination Format 

There will be three examinations conducted altogether made up of two mid-term examinations and a final examination. 

Mid-Term Examinations

The two mid-term examinations will be held on the fourth and seventh weeks respectively. For the night classes, the examination will begin at 8:00 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m. For the classes that meet twice a week during the day time, the examinations will be held on the second class meeting of the fourth and seventh weeks respectively. In this case, the examination will commence at the beginning of the class meeting and cover the entire duration of the class.

The test will be composed primarily of multiple-choice questions. The number of questions will be between 75 and 125 depending on the material covered prior to the examination. In each examination, the focus will be on material covered from the time of the last examination. Two Scantrons are therefore recommended for the examination. Both the mid-term examinations are closed-book examinations with the exception of a cheat-sheet allowed during the course of each examination for use as a reference.  

Final Examination

The final examination will be held on the date and time printed on the Class Schedule. The duration is 2 hours and 30 minutes. Emphasis will be placed on the material covered after the last mid-term examination. The examination may also include an essay component in addition to the section containing multiple-choice questions. The number of multiple-choice questions will be in the neighborhood of 100 to 125, again depending on the material covered during the period following the second examination.  

Two Scantrons are therefore required for the final examination. The number of essay questions, if present, will vary between 2 and 4.  The final examination will also be a closed-book examination with the exception of a cheat-sheet allowed during the course of the examination for use as a reference. 

Examination Schedule 

Examination  Week and Time Focus 
Midterm 1 4th Week Weeks 1-3
Midterm 2 7th Week Weeks 4-6
Final Examination  11th Week Weeks 7-10

Policy on Make-up Examination

A make-up examination will not be conducted except under extreme and compelling conditions of personal distress. Unfortunate circumstances relating to you or to an immediate family member may be considered only with appropriate documentation. Excuses will not be accepted during the week immediately preceding the midterm or final examinations. Any request for the assignment of an incomplete grade during this period will automatically be rejected.

In the extreme event that a make-up examination is conducted, the penalties assigned due to the delay in conducting the examination will be as follows:

Examination Delay Penalty
1 Week 15%
2 Weeks or more 25%

No examination will be conducted prior to the scheduled examination dates. There will not be a make up examination conducted for the final examination.

Cumulative Score Computation

The cumulative score on which the letter grades are based for the course will be computed based on the weights assigned to the individual components as follows:  

1. Midterm Examination  1                     20%

2. Midterm Examination   2                    25%

2. Final Examination                             40%

3. Project Presentation/Report               15%

4. Review Questions                               0%

Please note that the above percentages are provided only as a guideline to the weight being assigned to each component of the cumulative score. The actual percentages may vary marginally from the stated percentages depending on the number of questions given in the examinations and the emphasis placed on the class project. 

Assignment of Letter Grade

The letter grade will be assigned based on a curve representing the cumulative score distribution of the students in the class.


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