I think students who can't calculate their own grades should fail the course.
I'm not talking about a small flaw in addition here, but a complete inability to comprehend the way the grades add up, leading to a full-scale email war.
I see I got 73 on my final essay. Why is my mark for the course only 68?
Dear Stu Dent,
As you will see from the syllabus on the website, handed out in the first week of class, the distribution of marks are as follows:
Assignment 1: 10 marks
Assignment 2: 15 marks
Essay: 15 marks
Weekly homework: 10 marks
Final exam: 50 marks.
Your marks were as follows: [details redacted to protect the clueless]
Therefore your final mark (add these all up) comes to 68%.
I thought you said the essay could count for the whole mark of the course?
No, this is not the case. What you may be confusing this with is the policy about the final exam. If a student submits all work on time, AND the final exam mark, as a percentage, is higher than the marks of all the work added together, then the FINAL EXAM MARK stands as the final mark. This is also explained in the syllabus, along with some examples of possible scenarios. Your final exam mark was only 58% (29 out of 50). Therefore it is lower than your total mark of 68% and this policy does not apply to you.
So why don't I get 73%?
God, I wish course transcripts had an option where the lecturer could just enter in the grade column: EPIC FAIL.