WO Algorithm (Weights Only)

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The WO Algorithm (Weights Only) is the simplest of the three algorithms.  It assumes that each Task is assigned a relative weight.  To make weight assignment easier, each Task is assigned a Type Code and each Code is assigned a relative weight.  The term grade is then a simple weighted average of all the Task grades.

 

 

Let's simulate the calculation on a simple spreadsheet.

 

 

First, let's set the following Task Types and relative weights:

 

Task Type

Type Code

Relative Wgt

Participation

P

0.2

Homework

H

0.1

Double Homework

DH

0.2

Quiz

Q

0.5

Test

T

1.0

 

 

Now some Tasks, grades, and calculations:

 

Task

Code

Relative

Weight

Student's

Grade (%)

Grade (%) x

Relative Weight

Reflections on Summer Reading

H

0.1

90

9

Classroom Discusssion on Tolstoy

P

0.2

75

15

Paragraph on English Literature

DH

0.2

80

16

Web Research Exercise

H

0.1

100

10

Quiz on 18th Century Poets

Q

0.5

96

48

First Test

T

1.0

85

85

Totals

 

2.1

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183

 

 

Finally, using the Totals of the Relative Weight and Grade(%) x Relative Weight columns on the bottom row,

 

Term Grade = (Grade(%) x Relative Weight) / Relative Weight = 183 / 2.1 = 87.14%

 

 

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