Sea project grades

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  1. jessibee2013

    jessibee2013 Member

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    Is anyone hearing about sea project grades?
    How does it work, I.e., do you have to pass all parts to pass?
    What happens if you don't pass part of it?
    I was told by DS that it wasn't our problem, it's his.
    I get that but I could use a little basic information :frown:
     
  2. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    There is a limit to how many one can fail before having to repeat the entire thing; however, I don't recall ever hearing of that actually happen (minus the rumors of people who didn't turn anything in)

    If you fail a section you will likely simply repeat that section during the second sea year, or potentially make it up during a cruise on the Kings Pointer or similar remediation.

    I can tell you from personal experience that if you fail the NavLaw section in the second sea year you'll get the pleasure of repeating it on a Kings Pointer cruise :wink:
     
  3. KPDADTX57

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    Let's see. DS said the projects are graded and if you fail a section you have to complete it again at sea. Also keep in mind there are exams on the project material that you must also pass when you return from sea along with an oral review after your second time out at sea (DS is a deckie so I assume this is the same for the engineers)

    So, failing a section after returning from the second part of your sea year presents a big problem as kp2001 states - this is even worse if you are an A Splitter because you return at the end of your 2/c year (July). By the time your projects are graded and you complete your exams and orals you are well into the first trimester of your 1/c year before you find out if you have failed anything.
     
  4. cmakin

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    Way back when I had to deal with the Sea Project, I seem to recall not doing all that well on my assignment by the infamous Percy Bardot. I believe that I ended up writing a second essay once I was back. To be honest, I found the Sea Project one of the easier things of Academy life that I had to do.
     
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    DS said that, for engineers, once the sea project is turned in you are done. He didn't have any testing at the Academy upon his return.
     
  6. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    Yes, there are notable differences between the requirements for the Deck Sea Project and the Engine Sea Project.

    Maybe a current midshipman can chime in with the project requirements for the different majors these days (test requirements, book report, etc, etc)
     
  7. SoSick

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    As a Deck Major, I can tell you the big difference is that Deck Majors have to take tests upon their return to KP. Usually these are a big percentage of what makes up your grade for each subject. All the subjects have tests upon your return except the Engine project. I can tell you off the top of my head the NavLaw test made up 40%, Ship Structure 80%, Navigation 70%, and Seamanship 70%, Cargo is probably around the 60-80% range as well. The actual projects that you do out at sea make up a very small percentage of your grade, they are for you to mostly to help you on the tests when you get back. (i.e. study guides.)

    Some of the projects have a 70% passing standard as well such as NavLaw and Navigation.

    Actually, engine majors do have one test when they get back, which is the over the Deckie Project they had to complete. I've also heard they have a small interview with one of the professors in the ME department.
     

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