16 March, 2005 at 18:57 Leave a comment


It is worth mentioning the Grading system inside IIT, since it drives the title of the book “Five Point Someone”. It is a little complicated at first, but once you get the hang of it (which you have to, if you are in there), it is fairly straightforward

Credits
Every course, depending on the workload, is assigned a certain number of credits, typically between 3 to 6. In order to get an engineering degree you have to earn 190 credits in four years. Each semeseter you may have around 20-30 credits. You only earn credits if you pass the course, i.e. get a D or better grade.

 
Grades
For each course, you get a grade from A to F. Each letter represents points, that is 10 points for A, 8 for B, 6 for C, 4 for D, 2 for E and 0 for F.

GPA
Next step is to get a GPA, or grade point average – the overall indicator of your performance (or as for the people in the book – underperformance!) in the institute.
This is done by taking the sum of the points for each course, multiplied by the credits in the course, and dividing by the total number of credits. Or a credit-weighted average. (OK, a bit nerdy, but this is IIT ok!).
This is explained by ‘calculating your GPA’ example below for the first semester gradesheet.

Calculating your GPA – example
Ryan’s first semester grades are a sample for us.

Course Code Name
Credits
Grade
Points
Points*Credits
CS110 Computer Sc.
4
D
4
16
CY110 Chemistry
5
D
4
20
EA110 English
5
C
6
30
GS110 Graphic Science
4
D
4
16
MA110 Mathematics
5
C
6
30
PH110 Physics
5
C
6
30
  Total
28
142

Thus, Ryan GPA will tbe the weighted average = 142/28 = 5.07…and yes, that is low.
It would be easy to dismiss Ryan as just a five point something. See if you feel that way after reading the book!

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