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Grading and Examination Policies for 2008


  • The total number of points for SBMP will be 900.
  • Grades will reflect the total of 4 lecture examinations and 4 laboratory examinations (exams 1-8), each worth 100 points, and an additional 100 points for embryology [divided into 4 sections consisting of 15 points (exam #9a), 40 points, (exam #9b), 25 points, (exam #9c) and 20 points, (exam #9d)]. Scores on the laboratory and on the lecture examinations will be provided, along with a cumulative (running) average of all examinations.
  • Scores on the laboratory and on the lecture examinations will be provided, along with a cumulative (running) average of all examinations.
  • 60% will be the passing grade for all examinations.
  • Individuals with a cumulative (running) average of less than 60% after each set of examinations will be asked to meet with the faculty in order to provide guidance for improvement.
  • To pass the course students must have a cumulative (running) average of 60% on all 9 examinations and a score of at least 60% on 5 of the 9 examinations.
  • Approximately 10-15% of the class will receive an Honors grade.
  • Approximately 10-15% of the class will receive a High Pass grade.


  • Students are required to take all examinations.
  • There will be a lecture and laboratory examination for each of the 4 sections of the course (i.e., 4 lecture and 4 laboratory exams).
  • Inasmuch as possible, each examination will reflect a particular section of work. In other words, the examinations will not measure cumulative learning. However, structures (e.g., nerves, arteries) in one section of work that overlap with another section will be the responsibility of the student.
  • There will be an embryology examination for each of the 3 sections of the course.
  • Unless otherwise noted by the faculty, only information from the textbook (Standring, Gray's Anatomy, Sadler, Langman’s Medical Embryology) or the dissector (Grant's) will be recognized.
  • Irregularities on tests observed by faculty, staff, and/or students will be immediately brought to the attention of Dr. Richard Simons, Vice-Dean of Educational Affairs.
  • Students are on the honor system for examinations. However, faculty will be present to address questions.
  • In the event a student becomes ill and cannot be present for an examination, a doctor’s excuse and a completed Notification of Absence form must be presented to the Preclinical Curriculum Coordinator (Ms. Barbara Blatt, C1704) within 48 hours of the schedule exam and arrangements can be made to reschedule the examination. The student is required to contact a course co-director prior to the scheduled examination if he/she is unable to attend the exam.
  • Students having problems other than illness must speak with one of the Co-Directors of SBMP in order to be excused from an examination at an assigned time, and make arrangements to reschedule the examination.
  • All corrected tests will be returned to the student. Please retain all tests until the conclusion of the course.
  • Answers to examination questions will be posted.
  • Questions to faculty about answers and/or grading of tests are welcomed. However, these concerns must be brought to our attention within 2 weeks of a particular examination.
  • Sign-up sheets for examinations will be posted at least 2 days prior to scheduled exams. Students will select a number when signing up for the examinations and this number will serve as the identification of that student.





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