Robotics MSE Fall 2020 Pass/Fail Grading Policy
The Robotics MSE program recognizes that due to COVID-19, and the restrictions necessary to combat the illness, that the Fall 2020 has been an unusual semester, and students have faced unique struggles. Because of this, the leadership of the program has decided to allow students, at the discretion of faculty instructors, to switch courses to the Pass/Fail grading system. Ordinarily, courses that fulfill either the 10 courses of the Course Option or 8 courses of the Essay Option must be taken for a letter grade; in the Fall 2020 semester ONLY, these courses can be taken for P/F, and if a grade of “P” is obtained, then the course will count as part of the degree requirements. A grade of P denotes an equivalent letter grade of C- or above. Please note that if you obtain an “F” in a course, you will be put on Academic Probation.
Switching to P/F is at the discretion of the faculty instructor for the course, and they are within their rights to refuse the request. To request the change, please email the professor before the beginning of final exams. No grade can be switched to P/F after the semester is over.
At this time, this policy is ONLY for Fall 2020, and it is expected that the grading policy will revert to the regular policy as outlined in the advising manual for Spring 2021. If this changes, we will both email you and post the new policy on the website: https://lcsr.jhu.edu/robotics-mse-academic-resources/
- Students generally elect to take the Course Option. In some cases, with the approval of a research advisor, the Essay Option may be used to fulfill the MSE Robotics degree requirements. In the standard Course Option, ten (10) courses must be taken as articulated herein. For the Essay Option, eight (8) courses must be taken, not including any research courses, and research must be performed leading to a formal MSE Essay. Degree Track requirements are the same for both the Course and Essay Options. Please see the advising manual for more details.
- To qualify for the essay option, fill out and submit the MSE Robotics Essay Agreement Form at least two weeks before the beginning of your research. Note the form requires the signature of you, your essay advisor, and the Robotics Director of Education.
- Register for Essay Research classes
- The correct course is 620.801 Robotics Graduate Research, please register in the section with your research advisor (if you have questions about this, talk to Alison Morrow).
- If you are on non-resident status, sign up for the Non-Resident Course instead: EN.910.600
- If you have any questions about this requirement, confirm you are signed up for the correct course with Alison Morrow.
- It is recommended that students meet with their essay advisors to develop a timeline for research and essay writing, and that portions of the essay be written as the research proceeds. For example, the introduction, background, and motivation for the research can and should often be written in the very early stages of the research. It is recommended that the student and advisor choose a second reader to review the essay.
- Your essay must be submitted to your advisor for edits at least four weeks before the Robotics essay submission deadline
The final version of the master’s essay must be submitted, with the cover page signed by the student’s advisor, to the LCSR Administrative Office and EDT (Electronic Theses and Dissertation staff) by the essay completion date.
For Fall 2020, this date is December 14, 2020.