Visual Stimulation in a Graphic Sense

Heh,I bet the title threw you off eh?

I’m talking grades, and more precisely, my grade performance from last term. I was very curious to see where I stood from within all my classes, and then compared that to the rest of the students in those classes. As I was compiling the data I found that over all there was a failure rate of 9 percent. These are people who, for whatever reason, failed at least one of the two classes, or both, listed here. Also, I only had enough data to graph two of my classes, so this is not a complete picture by any stretch. Sometimes the instructors post grades with student numbers, so unless you know everyone’s student number, you will never know who has what grade.

I found that from the two classes there are two distinct groupings of grades, and as you can tell from the bars they mostly seem to be above the threshold of the passing requirement of 60 percent but one group is way ahead of the others. The curve represents the normal distribution of all the students with the overall average, or mean, of 72.4 percent.

I think in general most students are happy with their grades, maybe the scale could go to very happy too, like me, but in general most are happy–as a pass is a pass. I find it hard pressed to know that are some who did not pass, and the reality of this is about $450.00 down the drain, and they would need to retake the class and pass it in order to have the credits count. I know that there is an attrition rate, and because these are third year classes, the rate is low; nonetheless, it’s there accounting for some, if not all, of that 9 percent.

My theory is that those who take more then three classes are not going to have a higher grade point average then those who are taking three or less. Obviously time is crucial point, and having time to complete assignments and to study are the mainstay of a student’s existence. The only problem is that you are spending more money and taking more time to complete whatever degree program you are attempting.

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