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Grading

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Before you assign a grade, you need to develop your grading system.

  • It should reflect the full range of learning goals and activities. (Remember: you do NOT have to grade everything.)
  • The relative weight of each item on the course grade should reflect the relative importance of that activity.


From the Faculty Handbook

Whenever and wherever reasonably possible, instructors shall be responsible for communicating a minimum of 15% of the final course grade to all students registered in courses no later than the week prior to the last date for withdrawal without academic penalty. In cases where, due to the nature of the course, this requirement cannot be met, the instructor shall inform students in the course syllabus.

Read more at: http://www.brocku.ca/webcal/current/undergrad/areg.html#sec61

Assigning a grade is for some professors the most difficult task related to their teaching responsibility, since a certain amount of subjectivity is always part of the grading process. Because marks are very important to students, it is important to make a constant effort to be fair, honest and reasonable when assigning a grade. Marks should be a source of motivation and productivity for students. There are certain practices that you may consider adopting in order to facilitate the task of assessing your students. These practices will also benefit your students.

  • Incorporate your evaluation procedures into the course outline.
  • Discuss the evaluation methods with your assistant or colleagues.
  • Decide on policies for missed or failed midterms and late assignments.
  • Keep accurate records of your students' performance during the semester.
  • Clearly state the extenuating circumstances under which a student will be allowed to rewrite an alternate exam if s/he misses one.

Marks can be a source of motivation and reinforcement for your students. The following tips may help you in your task serving as a guide for marking your students' papers or essay exams.

  • Write comments judiciously and legibly in the margins or append a note.
  • Offer enough information so students can do better the next time.
  • Mark papers on content, organization and style.
  • Mark all papers one question at a time.
  • Budget your time equitably when correcting papers
  • If you know whose copy you are marking, guard against any bias.

[1]Whenever and wherever reasonably possible, instructors shall be responsible for communicating a minimum of 15% of the final course grade to all students registered in courses no later than the week prior to the last date for withdrawal without academic penalty. In cases where, due to the nature of the course, this requirement cannot be met, the instructor shall inform students in the course syllabus. Be sure to check the Brock University Registrar's web site for important dates.

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