Carnegie Mellon University

C@CM Grading

Is this class Pass / Fail or do I get a specific grade based on my activities score?

The course is Pass / Fail, which means you will not receive a specific grade; however, you need a 75% average to pass the course. For more information about the weight given to each assignment, please review the Grading Policy.


What happens if I don't pass the course?

Completion of the Computing@Carnegie Mellon course is required. If you do not pass the course, you are required to enroll in another section until you have passed the course.


Do the grades of my Pre-Assessment assignments count toward my actual grade? I thought they were graded based on completion not performance.

The Pre-Assessments will be graded for completeness, not performance; meaning that you will receive credit for completing the Pre-Assessments regardless of how well you perform on the assessment. We expect that your Pre-Assessment scores will be low because you haven't received any instruction on the learning objectives being assessed at the time that you complete them.  You will get a grade for your Pre-Assessment when you take the assessment, but that value will not be used as the grade we record for your performance.


Do I have to complete all of the activities in the module to receive credit or just the Pre-Assessments and Exam-Readiness Quizzes?

You should complete all of the Did I Get This? and Learn by Doing learning activities found within the course's OLI exposition, in addition to the Pre-Assessments and Exam-Readiness Quizzes.  For more information about the weight given to each assignment, please review the Grading Policy.


Do you have to do all of the Learn By Doing and Did I Get This? assignments if you pass the Pre-Assessment and want to go to the Exam-Readiness Quiz at the end of the unit?

You should complete all of the Did I Get This? and Learn by Doing learning activities found within the course's OLI exposition, even if you do well on a unit's Pre-Assessment.  Pre-Assessments will not contain questions based on all information found within a unit and will, therefore, not prepare you for all of the questions found in the Exam-Readiness Quizzes or Final Exam.  For more information about the weight given to each assignment, please review the Grading Policy.


I completed all the Pre-Assessments and Exam-Readiness Quizzes, but they are not showing up as graded or submitted in the Grades section of my Canvas - instead they are listed as upcoming. Have I missed something and not submitted them correctly?

The Open Learning Initiative (OLI) and Canvas are separate systems. You can see your grades in the main page of OLI by going through My Scores; there you can track your progress in the course. The Teaching Assistants for your section update your grades into Canvas manually, but the scores won't be updated as immediately as in OLI.

On the C@CM OLI course My Scores page, if all of the blue bars are fully populated you will know you've completed all of the required coursework.  

In the example below, the student has completed all assignments in Modules 11, 12, and 15.  The student has completed some assignments in Modules 13 and 14, but none in Module 16.

Module progress displayed by blue bars filling vertically.

If you believe you have completed a module but the blue progress bar is not full, try clicking one of the Collapse All buttons.

     

Early Access answer only: Since Early Access versions of the course take place over the summer and winter breaks, staff is limited.  Because of this, and the enormous number of students enrolled in the course, it may take more time to load your grades into Canvas; however, you are still able to check your own scores in OLI as described above.


Is there a minimum score required to receive credit for Exam-Readiness Quizzes (ERQ) as completed?

No, there is no minimum score required to mark the Exam-Readiness Quizzes as completed; however, your ERQ score is worth 20% of your final grade. You have three opportunities to take each ERQ, and only the highest grade is kept. For more information about the weight given to each assignment, please review the Grading Policy.


I took the final exam early and passed the course, can I drop it from my schedule?

C@CM must remain on your course schedule so that your passing grade can be recorded. You CANNOT drop the course even if you have completed all of the course requirements. Email c-cm@andrew.cmu.edu if you need confirmation of your passing grade sent to your academic advisor in order to overload.