ECON 121 and 122 - 50% requirement on the final exam
Do you support this requirement for ECON 121 and 122?
I have taken ECON 121 at Spring 2012 and ECON 122 at Fall 2012 and both of these classes have a policy of requiring all students to earn at least a 50% on the final exam, which is cumulative and the Accounting dean writes the final for the instructors, who then administers the final to students taking the Accounting course. However, the final is not very easy, it is hard and rigorous. For those who failed the final will earn an automatic 'F' in that class. But I feared those who are freshman and taking the class who failed the departmental final and earning a fail grade would not only have their GPA lowered, but if their cumulative GPA is below a 2.0, they will be in academic probation (assuming they took it in their first semester of college).
From my point of view, once I supported this policy, but after ECON 121 final, I became bitter and obsessed about the ECON 122 final, fearing that I might fail the final, but I passed both ECON 121 and 122 final and the class. What I'm thinking is what should not have to abide this policy anymore! But what about Intermediate Accounting? The Accounting dean once told me that the 50% requirement is meant to prepare them for that class, because for ECON 121 and 122, there are several professors teaching it, but for ECON 301 (Intermediate Accounting I) and ECON 302 (Intermediate Accounting II), there is only one instructor teaching it. We must take this into facts about the 50% requirement for ECON 121 and 122. What are you thoughts about this requirement? Does it relate to ECON 301 and 302 (I'm not an economics major, I took ECON 121 and 122 for my IS major, but I'm somewhat aware of the econ major).
Do you support this kind of policy for ECON 121 and 122, that we must earn a 50% on the final exam? I'm leaving this poll and the comments section to you. If you really want to e-mail me one-on-one, my UMBC e-mail address is...
By the way: This question is meant for those who have taken ECON 121 and 122 or will take ECON 121 and/or 122 (depending on their major).