Grades are based on a fixed percentage of the points possible. There is no curve. You are competing against a single standard of quality, which if achieved can result in an A grade (or any lesser grade) to any and all students reaching the standard. The break-down for grades is
A = 90% +
B= 80% +
D= 60% +
F= any lesser score
The class uses a "round up" rule for fractional percentages as tallied in the final count at the end of the semester. This means that when your final percentage is calculated, any non-zero value in the decimal portion of the number will be rounded up to the next integer percentage however small the decimal value is. Grading will then be based on the integer percentage. For somebody earning 76.4%, the upward rounding to 77% would have no impact on grade. For someone earning 79.000041%, the upward rounding to 80% would result in a B grade. This rounding up procedure is applied only to the final percentage and is intended to give a benefit of the doubt to students for the inherent lack of perfect precision in the grading process. It is felt that grading quality is not good enough to distinguish between the student with 79.1% and the student with 80.1% in terms of the grade they receive.