ESRM100 Frequently-Asked Questions
Do you have questions about this class? Sure you do! Most of these questions have been asked before multiple times. There is no punishment for asking them again, but if you sort through these, you will find out all kinds of things about the class without having to wait for us to respond.
Answer: Instead of giving out numerous handouts, and having the chance that you might miss something important, all class announcements will be distributed by email. When you register for the class, your UW email address will be automatically added to the ESRM100 distribution list by the end of the day.
Forward UW Email to Another Account:
Look for emails from us during the first week of classes. Only the instructors and TA's are authorized to use the distribution list, so any message you send to the address listed above will be bounced back to you and not received by us. If you need to send the TA's a message or ask a question, use email@example.com.
Obtain a UW Email Address:
If you don't receive aabout one email from us per week, you are not on the list. In this case, you need to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org quickly, as you might miss an important announcement.
Where is the syllabus?
The syllabus has all due dates posted on it, so you should check it out if you have a question. If there is a change in plans, it will reflect those changes. If you do not meet a due date, by all means, do the requirement as soon as possible and post, publish, or otherwise finish it. Please check your assignments to make sure they have been posted correctly.
Can I get writing credit for ESRM100?
You must make arrangements with Rob or Darlene to complete the extra work required to meet the W-credit criteria. We require that you ask to do this by the end of the first week of classes.
Please read the W credit requirements page for more detailed instructions.
Answer: Send questions to email@example.com. This is the first place to ask a question about ESRM100 material and requirements. All instructors and TA's will try and answer the question quickly and accurately. If you type in a short description of the problem in the subject line, this can also help us to prioritize answering.
Since we receive a considerable amount of spam, it will be difficult to deal with emails that don't come from your UW account.
Answer: Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org from a UW email account. This is for grading questions, personal questions, questions about TA's and other students, and anything you don't feel comfortable to send to a TA. Don't worry about hurting my feelings or the possibility of reprisal. I welcome complaints as a way of improving the course. I don't hold grudges.
Any email originating from a UW account or that contains "ESRM100" or "ESRM 100" in the subject line will not be filtered into the trash and will be read and responded to.ANOTHER good way to get an answer to a question or seek help is to send an email to email@example.com.
The course email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. This is the email address that will be checked frequently and from which you will receive the most prompt reply
How is ESRM100 graded? Is a curve applied?
There are 2 exams. The top 2
grades make 75% of your final grade.
Instructions for most of this is given below, as well as on the syllabus. A "curve" may or may not be applied depending on class performance. In previous years, a curve has always been applied to bring the class average up to the UW average for a 100-level course. For such a large class as this, I use the University of Washington average for 100-level classes, which is presently 3.3. If the class average is higher than 3.3, I give those grades without a curve. If the class average is less than 3.3, I scale the average up to 3.3. The curve will be applied at the end of the quarter on the entire class grade, not on individual requirements (exams, projects, etc.). The following link shows the normal grading scale (click here).
You can opt to do one of the two types of projects:
Question: What is plagiarism and how can I avoid it?
Answer: Plagiarism, in plain and simple terms, is
the stealing of someone else's words or ideas. If
you don't know what constitutes plagiarism, please visit
the UW site at:
Answer: Exams will include 40
multiple-choice questions. You will also
need to answer one essay question. You will be
able to pick between 2 essay questions and choose the
one you want to answer. Scantron sheets will be
provided for students to take the exam. You
can study previous exams from a previous ESRM100
quarter, but we suggest you study the text and online
lectures as well as old exams. Some questions from
old exams will be included on the exam.
What is the ESRM100 Grade Appeal Policy?
However, also realize that it is unfair to give more credit that is warranted by the answer given. In ESRM100, requesting additional points isn't a fishing expedition, so you need to demonstrate to me that you actually did answer the question better than we thought.
The following policy applies to asking for more credit for any work done in the class:
1) You will become the "grader" for your answer.
2) Write down your SPECIFIC reasoning for more points than you were initially given. You should explain exactly why the grade wasn't correct, and how an answer or work was worth more credit than credit given.
3) State exactly how many points you feel the answer deserved. I will only give that amount of points or nothing. You could break down specific parts of the answer by the amounts of point, with the total not exceeding the number of points for that question.
4) Submit your reasoning by email with the subject heading "ESRM100 GRADE APPEAL-your name." I'll grade it and return your exam with my reasoning for why I accept your reasoning or not.