Delta State University

SSC 470: Methods of Social Research

Fall Semester 2004

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Explanation of Quiz Grades**

Each quiz is worth a total of 10 points. You are allowed to drop the lowest quiz grade at the end of the semester, so the total for both quizzes is 20 points, or 1/5 of your final grade.

Unless otherwise specified, each quiz question is worth an equal point value, so if there are twenty questions on the quiz, each question is worth 0.5 points. You get the full value for a correct answer.

If you answer a question, but the response is incorrect, you get 40% of the full value of the question. So if the full value is 0.5 points, you get 0.2 points for an incorrect response.

If you leave a question blank, you get no credit for your response, i.e. zero points.

In some cases, if your response is not the correct response but is close (e.g. on fill-in-the-blank questions), then you may get partial credit, generally 70% of full value (or halfway between 40% and full value). So if full credit is 0.5 points, partial credit would be 0.35 points.

You should check the scoring on returned quizzes carefully to be sure you got proper credit for all of your responses, and to be sure the final score was added up correctly. Let the instructor know if you find an error. Also, you can challenge any of the questions if you wish; that is, if you believe a question was ambiguous or you can make a good case for the response you gave to any question, even though it was marked incorrect, you can submit a challenge to the instructor. Write a note with an explanation for your response, and why you believe it should be correct. If the instructor finds your argument to have merit, you will get full credit for the response (and if your challenge is particularly thoughtful, you may get additional credit). Be aware that if you challenge the question, and the instructor finds your challenge to be invalid or to show that you simply do not understand the material, he may also opt to lower your score.