GEOG 481
Topographic Mapping with Lidar

Grading

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Registered students earn academic credit at Penn State by completing the following assignments. Student achievement of objectives will be evaluated as follows:

  • Quizzes: Students will be required to take an objective quiz related to the online and textbook reading material for each lesson. The quizzes are objective, and point values are identified for each question. Each quiz can be taken only once; however, there is no time limit.
  • Lab Activities: The hands-on lab activities introduce the student to the “real world” of remote sensing and constitute a substantial portion of the learning experience in this course. Students will work through each lab individually, answering specific questions posed in the instructions and submitting screen shots as evidence of their work. They will also be asked to post commentary in the online discussion forum, which will be considered as part of the grade for each lab exercise. The lab deliverables are a mixture of objective and short answer/essay answers to questions posed in the lab instructions. Point values are identified for each question.
  • Final project: The final project represents an opportunity for students to apply skills, techniques, and methods from the course to a problem set of their own choosing. The project consists of a problem statement, a short proposal, and a final written report. Students are also required to peer review the problem statements and proposals of course-mates as part of the final project grade.

Please see the course syllabus for a more detailed outline of assignments and grading on a lesson-by-lesson basis.

Students can monitor their progress throughout the course in Canvas grades. See the Canvas page in this orientation for information about grade reports.

Deferred Grades

If you are prevented from completing this course within the prescribed amount of time for reasons that are beyond your control, it is possible to have the grade deferred with the concurrence of the instructor, following Penn State Deferred Grade Policy 48-40. To seek a deferred grade, you must submit a written request (by e-mail or U.S. post) to the instructor describing the reason(s) for the request. Non-emergency permission for filing a deferred grade must be requested before the beginning of the final examination period. It is up to the instructor to determine whether or not you will be permitted to receive a deferred grade. If permission is granted, you will work with the instructor to establish a communication plan and a clear schedule for completion within policy. If for any reason, the coursework for the deferred grade is not complete by the assigned time, a grade of "F" will be automatically entered on your transcript.

Questions?

If you have any questions now or at any point during this week, please feel free to post them to the General Questions and Comments Discussion Forum in Canvas.