Excel Grade Book Project  Due Date: February 20, 2018 Understanding how weighted

Excel Grade Book Project  Due Date: February 20, 2018
Understanding how weighted averages work will be a very important topic for you in this course, since your grades are determined in this way. In this project, you will create an Excel spreadsheet that can calculate a student’s final grade in a course. You will then write a reflection paper answering several questions regarding your project.
In this project you are required to do the following:
1. Create an Excel spreadsheet that will be capable of calculating a student’s final grade in a given course. Keep in mind that weighting is involved in determining the final grade. Your Excel spreadsheet should contain the following:
□ Your name, course name and project name.
□ The scores provided on the next page
□ Category averages
□ The weights used to determine the final weighted grade for the course
□ A labeled cell with the Final course grade that uses a formula to calculate the weighted average grade for the course. If a value is changed in your spreadsheet, your final calculation should recalculate. Please limit your use of Excel functions to those used in the course-packet (for a list see the ‘Excel Reference sheet’ in IvyLearn’s ‘Excel Help’ Module.
□ Include a pie chart to represent the weights of each category.
□ In addition to correctly calculating the final grade, your spreadsheet should be well-organized, with clear labels
2. Write a typed reflection paper (minimum one page). Remember that we are looking for elegant and sophisticated reasoning. It must include the following information: Your name, course name and project name.
□ An explanation of your process for using Excel to calculate the weighted average final grade. If you encountered any difficulties, how did you overcome them?
□ Analyze and reflect on the results for the student data provided. What is the final course score you determined based on the initial data provided? What letter grade is this?
□ The student wishes to know what changes she could have made to increase her grade to the next higher letter grade. Is it possible for the student to have improved in any individual category (this means you must check in each category 1 at a time) in order to receive the next higher letter grade? If it is possible, what was the minimum increase and category that would achieve this increase of a letter grade? If not possible, explain why. Leave your work on the tab labeled Higher Grade.
□ The student also has questions about how dropping the lowest homework scores would affect the grade. If the lowest 2 homework scores were dropped from the total, how would this change the grade? Leave your work on the tab labeled Drop Low HW.
□ This student feels that the homework is undervalued in the course grading. Create a new weighting system and explain why/how you chose your new weight values. What final course grade would the student earn under your new category weighting system? Leave your work on the tab labeled New Weights.
□ Compare this to your current MATH 123 course. Based on the percentage of each category in your class, what can you conclude about your MATH 123 grade? What category is more important? If your teacher were to give you 5 extra points (not %, but points), where would you want them to be applied and why? Leave your work on the tab labeled Points.
□   Reflect on the results of your project. What have you learned from doing this project?
In addition to addressing the given statements, your project should:
¨ Contain a paper that is well organized and in paragraph form (not just bulleted answers!).
¨ Contain a paper that is clear to someone who is not familiar with the project. (i.e. don’t assume that you are writing this to your instructor, make sure anyone could understand your statements.)
¨ Give specific values (i. e. quantify statements).
¨ Provide support for your statements (e.g. explain how values were found and justify statements).
¨ Contain a spreadsheet using the original grade values given below.
¨ Include a pie chart that represents how much each weighted category includes.
¨ Use appropriate representations (tables, color, formatting) that will help the reader understand the project.
¨ Have sophisticated and elegant solutions.
Project should be your original work. Copying someone else’s work is cheating. Sharing your work with someone else is cheating.
These instructions cover the MINIMUM expectations of this project. Students are encouraged to make additions beyond these items.

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