BIO354: Cell Biology Laboratory
Dr. Ty C.M. Hoffman
Arizona State University
To maintain privacy, your scores are available only via Blackboard
You should carefully read the following explanations of some
of the scores you will see listed in Blackboard.
Score" is the score you would receive if you were to get
100% on everything remaining. Obviously, this is
unrealistic, but itís intended to demonstrate that the
longer you take to make a drastic improvement (if
necessary), the less effect it will have on the final grade.
In other words, if your current score is lower than you
thought it would be, you need NOW to do whatever is
necessary to improve. Each additional score will have less
of an effect (either positively or negatively) on your total
score than the previous scores have had. Itís mathematically
impossible to make up for poor scores after a certain point.
This will become more obvious as more scores are added.
"25% Imp" shows what your final score would
be if, on everything remaining, you do 25% better than
youíve done up to now. Please be aware that achieving a 25%
improvement is a very difficult task (and almost no one
makes that big an improvement). The number is there so that
youíre aware of just how much work will be necessary for you
to receive the score youíre aiming for. Also, be aware that
a 25% improvement is not the same as adding 25% to your
average score. A 25% improvement is doing one-fourth better
on future assignments than you've done on past assignments.
For example, if your average score is 60%, then a 25%
improvement is NOT 85% (60 + 25). Rather it is 75% (60 x
There are multiple scores listed as "Min Score
for...". These indicate what you will need to score on
each of the remaining assignments if you wish to pass the
course with a C, B, or A.
that you want these
values to be as LOW as possible, because
each one is a hurdle you must get over if you wish to
receive the corresponding final grade. If the "Min
Score for C" shows an asterisk (*), then it is impossible
for you to pass the course.
"Blow-off Score" is the final score you will receive if you
choose to take a zero in the remaining assignments. I've
included this score to help students decide how much time to
devote to the final examination. By comparing the "Max Score"
with the "Blow-off Score", you can determine whether showing
up for the final examination will make any difference. You
won't really be able to make a determination until everything
except the final examination is already completed.
If your scores do not appear on
Blackboard, it's probably because you haven't submitted
the Rules Consent Form.