Important notes
  • In Gradebook Setup, you can create assignment categories, such as Homework (HW), Quiz (QZ), and Exam (EX), to group assignments and average assignment grades to determine category averages.  
  • Before defining categories, carefully consider how you want to group assignments for grading purposes. For example, a foreign language teacher may group assignments using an Oral Exam category. A science teacher you group assignments in a Lab category.
How to add a category from the Edit categories screen in FAWeb version 7.83 or higher
  1. In Faculty Access for the Web, select Edit categories from the Gradebook menu
  2. Select the marking column and class for which you are defining categories
  3. If the marking column grade is based on category averages and the defined category factors, mark the checkbox by This class is graded using category percentages. If you determine the marking column grade by dividing the total points received by the total points possible for assignments, leave this checkbox unmarked.
  4. In the Name column, enter the full name of each category.
  5. In the Default Name column, enter an abbreviated name for each category. 
  6. In the Graded column, indicate whether each category is graded and counts toward the marking column average
  7. If a category is graded, in the Number to Drop column, enter the number of lowest assignment grades to drop (BB160550) from calculations
    Note: The program drops grades based on lowest percentage. The grades are not deleted. Entering a 0 is the same as leaving the field blank.
  8. In the Grading Scale column, if you plan to enter non-numeric assignment grades for assignments in a graded category, select a grading scale to associate with the category
  9. If a category is graded, in the Default Maximum Points column, enter the highest possible value for an assignment grade. This value defaults when you create an assignment in the category on the Assignments page. 
  10. If a category is graded and you are calculating marking column averages based on category percentages, in the Averaging method column, select Sum of assignment points or Assignment grade averages.
  11. If a category is graded and you are calculating marking column averages based on category percentages, in the Factor column, designate the percentage of each category average in the marking column average calculation. 
  12. Click New on the action bar to add additional categories as needed.
  13. To change the order of the categories, select a row by clicking the box to the left of the row and use the Up and Down buttons on the grid
    Note: The order of the categories in the grid is the order the assignments appear on the Grades page as assignment grade columns and category average columns
      
How to add a category using Setup categories in FAWeb version 7.83 or higher
If you have yet to define any categories or assignments for a class, then a tools icon will appear in the Gradebook column on the homepage.  This option will not be available once any categories or assignments have been created for that class.
 
  1. Click the tools icon for the appropriate gradebook on the homepage. 
    Note: There is no option to choose a marking column in the Setup categories screen.  It defaults to the marking column you were last working on in your gradebook.  In the example above, it defaults to SEM 2.
  2. On the Categories tab in the Setup categories screen, enter the full name of each category in the Name column.  
  3. In the Default name column, enter an abbreviated name for each category.
  4. In the Graded column, indicate whether each category is graded and counts toward the marking column average
  5. If a category is graded, in the Number to Drop column, enter the number of lowest assignment grades to drop (BB160550) from calculations
    Note: The program drops grades based on lowest percentage. The grades are not deleted.
  6. In the Grading Scale column, if you plan to enter non-numeric assignment grades for assignments in a graded category, select a grading scale to associate with the category
  7. If a category is graded, in the Default Maximum Points column, enter the highest possible value for an assignment grade. This value defaults when you create an assignment in the category on the Assignments page. 
  8. If a category is graded and you are calculating marking column averages based on category percentages, in the Averaging method column, select Sum of assignment points or Assignment grade averages.
  9. If a category is graded and you are calculating marking column averages based on category percentages, in the Factor column, designate the percentage of each category average in the marking column average calculation
  10. To copy these categories to other classes, select the appropriate classes on the Copy to other classes tab.
  11. To copy these categories to other marking columns, select the appropriate marking columns on the Marking columns tab.
  12. Click Create categories to complete the setup.

How to add a category in FAWeb version 7.82 or lower
  1. In Faculty Access for the Web, select Gradebook
  2. On the Gradebook page, select the Setup tab and select Categories from the list on the left
  3. Select the marking column and class for which you are defining categories
  4. In the Determine marking column grades using field, select category averages or assignment grades
    • Select category averages to calculate marking column averages based on category averages and the defined category factors
    • Select assignment grades to calculate marking column averages by dividing the total points received by the total points possible for assignments
  5. In the Name column, enter the full name of each category
  6. In the Default Name column, enter an abbreviated name of each category. 
  7. In the Graded column, indicate whether each category is graded and counts toward the marking column average
  8. If a category is graded, in the Number to Drop column, enter the number of lowest assignment grades to drop from calculations
    Note: The program drops grades based on lowest percentage. The grades are not deleted.
  9. In the Grading Scale column, if you plan to enter non-numeric assignment grades for assignments in a graded category, select a grading scale to associate with the category
  10. If a category is graded, in the Default Maximum Points column, enter the highest possible value for an assignment grade. This value defaults when you create an assignment in the category on the Assignments page. 
  11. If a category is graded and you are calculating marking column averages based on category averages, in the Calculation Type column, select Using Total Points or Using Percentages
  12. If a category is graded and you are calculating marking column averages based on category averages, in the Factor column, designate the percentage of each category average in the marking column average calculation.
  13. To change the order of the categories, select a row by clicking the box to the left of the row and use the Up and Down buttons on the grid
    Note: The order of the categories in the grid is the order the assignments appear on the Grades page as assignment grade columns and category average columns


How to delete a category
  1. To delete a category, click the gray box to the left of the category name and then click Delete on the action bar 
  2. A message appears letting you know that deleting the category will automatically delete all assignments defined for the category. Click OK.
     
For more information on the difference between Total Points and Category Percentages review: Gradebook Calculations in Faculty Access for the Web