At the end of the course the grades may be adjusted, but this can only increase your grade and will be done uniformly. We will use the grade equivalence chart published in the Undergraduate Calendar to convert between percentages and letter grades.
The instructor and university reserve the right to modify elements of the course during the term. The university may change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances. If either type of modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. It is the responsibility of the student to check their McMaster email and course websites weekly during the term and to note any changes.
If you are absent from the university for a minor medical reason, lasting fewer than 5 days, you may report your absence, once per term, without documentation, using the McMaster Student Absence Form. Absences for a longer duration or for other reasons must be reported to your Faculty/Program office, with documentation, and relief from term work may not necessarily be granted. When using the MSAF, report your absence to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the MSAF may not be used for term work worth 30% or more, nor can it be used for the final examination.
If your MSAF form was received then the word "note" will appear in place of your mark on the online system. This will show up within one week after you filled out the MSAF form. If you don't see the word "note" in place of your mark for the missed work one week after filling out the MSAF form, then send an email to Dr. Childs telling him the date that you filled out the MSAF form. If you do see the word "note" in place of your mark, then no follow-up is required.
The perentage for a missed test will be added to your final exam.
The percentage for a missed lab assignment will be distributed among your remaining lab assignments.
Academic dishonesty consists of misrepresentation by deception or by
other fraudulent means and can result in serious consequences, e.g. the
grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the
transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic
dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.
It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic
dishonesty. For information on the various kinds of academic dishonesty
please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, specifically Appendix 3,
located at http://www.mcmaster.ca/policy/Students-AcademicStudies/AcademicIntegrity.pdf
The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one's own or for
which other credit has been obtained. 2. Improper collaboration in group work. 3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.