Grades and grading policies

Projects (90%)

There will be two group projects, each representing 45% of your grade, where you will collaborate with an interdisciplinary group of approximately five students.  See the “projects” section for a description on the projects.


Each project will be assigned a group grade (the same for all members of the group) and an individual participation grade (based on your individual contribution to the project outcome). To determine the individual contribution grades, each group member will be allocated 100 points to allocate among the other members of the group in accordance with their individual participation. Each individual grade is determined by the aggregate points you receive from other group members. The group grade will be weighted 70% and the individual grade 30%.

See the course calendar for project report due dates. Late posted presentations will be accepted for 90% credit within 24 hours of the deadline, 75% credit within 7x24 hours of the deadline, and 50% credit within 14x24 hours of the deadline.

Individual grade (10%)

This grade will be based on contribution to class discussion and individual assignments.