Grading Policy:
Physiology & Cell Biology of Marine Organisms
Biology 600

There will be three lecture exams and a cumulative final examination. The lecture portion of the course will count for 75% of the final grade and the laboratory 25%. Approximately one half of the final exam will count as the fourth lecture exam and the remainder will cover the entire course. Since the final exam covers material representing the breadth of the course, an excellent performance on the final can boost a student's grade higher than the raw score would dictate. On the other hand, an excessively poor performance on the final exam could cause a student's final grade to be lower than the raw score would dictate. The grades will be weighted as follows.

Grade Distribution Percent
Lecture • 9% lowest lecture exam grade
• 14% middle lecture exam grade
• 20% highest lecture exam grade
• 22% final exam (cumulative)
Class Assignment   10
Laboratory • Lab Performance - 3%
• Notebook - 2%
• Reports - 20%

Policy on viewing previous exams

Grading Scale

The grading scale will be approximately as follows:
A = 85 - 100%
B = 75 - 84%
C = 65 - 74%
F = <65%

Make-up Exams

Students who miss an examination for a valid and documented reason must report to Dr. Burnett as soon as possible. All medical or family emergencies must be documented in writing and approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies. Students who do not comply with this policy will receive a grade of zero percent on the missed exam.

Students with Disabilities

If there is a student in this class who has a documented disability and has been approved to receive accommodations through SNAP Services, please feel free to come and discuss this with me during my office hours.

College of Charleston Honor Code and Academic Integrity

Lying, cheating, attempted cheating, and plagiarism are violations of our Honor Code that, when suspected, are investigated.  Each incident will be examined to determine the degree of deception involved.

Incidents where the instructor determines the student’s actions are related more to a misunderstanding will be handled by the instructor.  A written intervention designed to help prevent the student from repeating the error will be given to the student.  The intervention, submitted by form and signed both by the instructor and the student, will be forwarded to the Dean of Students and placed in the student’s file.  

Cases of suspected academic dishonesty will be reported directly by the instructor and/or others having knowledge of the incident to the Dean of Students.  A student found responsible by the Honor Board for academic dishonesty will receive a XXF in the course, indicating failure of the course due to academic dishonesty.  This status indicator will appear on the student’s transcript for two years after which the student may petition for the XX to be expunged.  The F is permanent. 

Students should be aware that unauthorized collaboration--working together without permission-- is a form of cheating.  Research conducted and/or papers written for other classes cannot be used in whole or in part for any assignment in this class without obtaining prior permission from the instructor. 

Students can find the complete Honor Code and all related processes in the Student Handbook at