Get Your Grade Setup Instructions

For a student to be able to calculate their course grade, the course grade distribution must be stored somewhere on the server. Here course grade distributions are stored in the file /www/math/ugrad/get_your_grade/Year/Semester/Course on the server (More > Computing for connection instructions). Here's how to create this file:

  1. First create a PLAIN TEXT file (Windows users: see 3. below) containing lines of the form
    Review 1:100:1
    Review 2:100:1
    Test 1:100:24
    Test 2:100:24
    Quizzes:100:12
    Web Assign:100:4
    Final Exam:100:34
    etc
    
    There can be as many lines as needed. For an example, click /www/math/ugrad/get_your_grade/2016/Spring/1042.

    The first field is the quantity name, and may be anything, but please use correct english and do not abbreviate, as this will show in the web page. The second field is the maximum score for the given quantity. The third field is the percentage assigned to the quantity. The percentages don't have to add up to 100, and may include decimals eg 53.35%. The fields must be separated by a colon.

    The maximum score and percentage are the TRUE values. For example, if Test 1 counts for 24% for a score of 100 but students are allowed to get a maximum of 105, then really the maximum score is 105, NOT 100, and the percentage is really 25.20% = 24% * 105 / 100, NOT 24%, so enter

    Test 1:105:25.20
    
    NOT
    
    Test 1:100:24
    
    The 25.20% equals 24% * 105 / 100.

    Any line with a percentage of 0 will be ignored and not be shown on the web page. Any line starting with # will be assumed to be a letter grade (see below) and not be shown on the web page.

  2. Save the file as course number (=four digits eg 0701 or 1042) and place the file in the correct folder /www/math/ugrad/get_your_grade/2013/Fall/ by connecting to the folder /www on the server.
  3. To create the file in windows, use WinScp to connect then use notepad++ (free download) to edit, and remember to fix EOL problem (under "edit"). In a Mac, create the file directly in the remote folder /www/math/ugrad/get_your_grade/2016/Fall/, using Temple Connect and TextEdit.
  4. If you already have such a file for another course with the same grade distribution, no need to recreate, just copy and modify.
  5. Test that things work by going in your browser to the URL https://math.temple.edu/ugrad/get_your_grade
  6. Letter grades: To enter your letter grade dictionary, add lines of the form
    #A:100:91
    #B+:90:87
    #C-:57:43
    etc
    
    Each line starting with # is assumed to be a letter grade. The second field is the maximum and the third the minimum. Not all letter grades need be shown, this is optional, not required. Also if your maximum course score is more than 100, be sure to enter it correctly eg
    #A:105:91