Create an Assignment Category

BYU Learning Suite requires that all assignments and exams be located in a category. Categories can hold multiple assignments or exams. If you use the weighted categories calculation method, categories can be used to assign weights to groups of assignments or exams. If you use the total points method, categories are a way to organize your assignments or exams.

 

Step One:

Log in to your Learning Suite course and click Assignments in the Course Home navigation menu.

 

Step Two:

Click +New category.

 

The process of adding a new category differs depending on the calculation method in the Assignments tab:

 

Weighted Categories Calculation Method

Step Three:

 

The following table explains the customizable options of the category and the different functions available.

Tool Options & Functions
[1] Category Title Enter the title of your assignment category.
[2] Grading

Select whether the category will be graded or ungraded.

  • Assignments placed within a graded category count towards students' final grades and appear in BYU Grades, Schedule, and the Assignments tab.
  • Assignments placed within an ungraded category do not count towards students' final grades and appear in the Schedule and the Assignments tab, but not in BYU Grades. An ungraded category can be used for pre- or practice tests.

Note: Options dealing with graded in this dialog window will disappear if ungraded is selected.

[3] Category weight

Enter the weight of the final grade that will be derived from the assignments in this category.

Note: If all the category weights add up to 100, these numbers will work like percentages. If all the category weights do not add up to 100, the weights will be relative. For example, if all of the category weights add up to 60 and your Tests category has a weight of 30, then the Tests category counts as 50 percent of the total grade.

[4] Assignment weights

Select whether the assignments in this category will be weighed variably or equally.

  • Assignments in a variable category will be weighed based on the relative contribution of each assignment's score. For example, a homework assignment worth 25 points would affect students' grades more than an assignment worth 10 points.
  • Assignments in an equal category will have equal weights regardless of each assignment's value. Thus, a homework assignment worth 10 points will count just as much toward a student's final grade as a homework assignment worth 25 points.
[5] Drop low scores Check if you want to drop low scores. A text box will appear to specify the number of low scores that will be dropped in the category.
[6] Student view scores in Select whether students will view scores in Points, Percent, or Letter grade. One option must be selected and it is possible to check all three. If Points or Percent is selected, specify the number of decimals that will be displayed to students.
 

Step Four:

Click Save.

 

Click here for more information on creating assignments.

 

Total Points Calculation Method

Step Three:

 

The following table explains the customizable options of the category and the different functions available.

Tool Options & Functions
[1] Category Title Enter the title of your assignment category.
[2] Grading

Select whether the category will be graded or ungraded.

  • Assignments placed within a graded category count towards students' final grades and appear in BYU Grades, Schedule, and the Assignments tab.
  • Assignments placed within an ungraded category do not count towards students' final grades and appear in the Schedule and the Assignments tab, but not in BYU Grades. An ungraded category can be used for pre- or practice tests.

Note: Options dealing with grading in this dialog window will disappear if ungraded is selected.

[3] Drop low scores Check if you want to drop low scores. A text box will appear to specify the number of low scores that will be dropped in the category.
[4] Students view scores in

Select whether students will view scores in Points, Percent, or Letter grade. One option must be selected and it is possible to check all three.

If Points or Percent is selected, specify the number of decimals that will be displayed to students. 

 

Step Four:

Click Save.

 

Click here for more information on creating assignments.

 

Questions? Contact the OIT Service Desk (801.422.4000, it@byu.edu)