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Eliminating ambiguity in a grading policy

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( 5 months ago )


In a particular course, there will be one final exam and an online activity.

Say the final exam is worth 50 points and the online activity is worth 5 points.

Based on the following statement, how should the course be graded?

"Online activity points added to the course cumulative score."

For a sample case, we will assume a 49/50 on the exam, and 5/5 on the online activity.

While I know what the above statement means, is it ambiguous to others? If so, how can I remove the ambiguity?

EDIT1: The course grade is only made up of the final exam and online activity. There are no other sources of points.

EDIT2: I bring this up for two reasons: A student has interpreted the grading policy to mean he should get 54/50 (using the example numbers) in the course. He feels that if the points are added to the course cumulative score, they should not increase the total number of points possible (54/55). In order to prevent this misunderstanding in the future, I'm trying to reword the policy.

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( 5 months ago )

Maybe the best way to eliminate the ambiguity is to add a concrete example to your syllabus:

The final exam is worth 50 points and the online activity is worth 5 points. Therefore, if a student scores 48 on the final exam, and earns 4 points in the online activity, then that student will have scored 52 out of 55 points possible.

That seems much less confusing and ambiguous than:

Online activity points [are] added to the course cumulative score

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