Pass Or Fail?????

  1. I'm in pharmacolgy right now and we just took our dosage exam and we had to make a 93 or better on it or we fail the class. Our teacher gave us a practice exam, the real exam, and if you still didn't make it then you had one more chance. Well there were 2 girls in my class that didn't make it because they put 0.5 tab instead of 1/2 tab. All of their math was correct they just did not put 1/2. So they failed the class, they can finish the other 2 classes we have but they cannot move on next semester, they have to wait another year and just take pharmacology. Another thing in the back of our book when it gives you the answers it says 1/2 OR 0.5. They had a meeting with our teacher and the director and they said that meant they had to put both answers, which is not right OR means either one, AND means both. but anyway they met with the dean today so I won't know what happened until tomorrow. I was just curious what you thought about it, and if this has happened to anyone else. personally i think it is ridiculous. The teachers reasoning was you cannot give 0.5 of a tablet you have to give 1/2 well to my understanding 0.5=1/2 it is just written in a different way. Let me know what you think.
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  3. by   IvoryLena
    In my class we had a calculations test on the computer which was horrible! You had to pass it by the 2nd time or you failed the entire 10 credit hr semester. But luckily for all of us, WE ALL FAILED IT! and the instructors decided to accept various answers instead of one single answer for each question. It was really sad people were failing because we hit the space bar more than once or some didnt hit the space bar when typing in answers. I dont think they even use this system anymore cause it was so bad.
  4. by   Hoozdo
    [QUOTE=Tonyas00]I'm in pharmacolgy right now and we just took our dosage exam and we had to make a 93 or better on it or we fail the class. Our teacher gave us a practice exam, the real exam, and if you still didn't make it then you had one more chance. Well there were 2 girls in my class that didn't make it because they put 0.5 tab instead of 1/2 tab.

    At my school you need 100% to pass and 2 more chances in the next two days to do it. The tests are all different on the next attempt. If you fail, you have to back to the PREVIOUS semester and take all the classes over again from the last semester! The tension is so high in the room during the math test you can cut it with a knife! If I had that question, my answer would be 0.5 tab because that is more precise than 1/2 tab IMO. My school would have taken the 0.5 or 1/2 tab answer.
    Lu Ann
  5. by   SoulShine75
    Y'all are scaring me.
  6. by   SoulShine75
    Y'all are scaring me.
  7. by   Race Mom
    That was worth saying twice!

    I find tht to be outrageous! The answer is not incorrect, and 0.50 is = to 50%. Give them 50% of a tablet. Of course all that goes without saying. The point is that they had the correct dosage and to fail someone for saying you cannot give 50% of a tablet....

    Gosh, I just don't know what else to say.

    Woogy



  8. by   Race Mom
  9. by   GrnHonu99
    Quote from Tonyas00
    I'm in pharmacolgy right now and we just took our dosage exam and we had to make a 93 or better on it or we fail the class. Our teacher gave us a practice exam, the real exam, and if you still didn't make it then you had one more chance. Well there were 2 girls in my class that didn't make it because they put 0.5 tab instead of 1/2 tab. All of their math was correct they just did not put 1/2. So they failed the class, they can finish the other 2 classes we have but they cannot move on next semester, they have to wait another year and just take pharmacology. Another thing in the back of our book when it gives you the answers it says 1/2 OR 0.5. They had a meeting with our teacher and the director and they said that meant they had to put both answers, which is not right OR means either one, AND means both. but anyway they met with the dean today so I won't know what happened until tomorrow. I was just curious what you thought about it, and if this has happened to anyone else. personally i think it is ridiculous. The teachers reasoning was you cannot give 0.5 of a tablet you have to give 1/2 well to my understanding 0.5=1/2 it is just written in a different way. Let me know what you think.
    hmm..sounds fishy to me...seeing as though 0.5 of a tab is exactly the same amount as 1/2 tab...we had to pass our dosage test 100%.
  10. by   hopefully
    O.5 and 1/2 is the same.

    If you look at 1/2, it is 2 divided by 1 which is 0.5 which is the same.

    Another examle is 3/4, that is equivlant to 0.75. Mathmatically it is correct.

    The students should fight this and the instructor who marked it wrong is very mean.

    Life is not fair.
    Last edit by hopefully on Nov 8, '05
  11. by   Raevyn
    Quote from hopefully
    O.5 and 1/2 is the same.

    If you look at 1/2, it is 2 divided by 1 which is 0.5 which is the same.

    Another examle is 3/4, that is equivlant to 0.75. Mathmatically it is correct.

    The students should fight this and the instructor who marked it wrong is very mean.

    Life is not fair.

    We are taught in our class to use the 0.5 instead of the 1/2.... I think the instructors are being an ogre about it... but hey... I have had hairy ogre's for instructors in my two years....

    they should fight it... I would... either that.. or call the Pearson people..LOL.. I bet o.5 shows up as an answer choice all the time on Nclex and the Hesi exams!

    HUGS
    Rae
    Graduating in in less than 4 weeks!! YEAH
  12. by   hopefully
    In grains, I could see why they could mark it wrong. Grains are always in fractions or in roman numerials

    gr 1 1/2 = 90 mg
  13. by   cinder526
    I go to school in PA and all answers must be in Med form: tablets or cc. mg. Even if all the math is right, you will get it marked wrong. So 0.5 would be 1/2 tablet or it would be wrong. We have written tests for med dosage and a clinical med po pass. Which started today, you go in the clinic they give you MAR with an error you must find. Then there are 5 med's to do. must figure out correct dosage. know the side effects, action, class, 3 nursing interventions for each drug. Get dosage ready and give to the patient and document. If you mess anything up you fail. You get to redo test one time if you fail again, you flunk Phram. So far we tested Sub q's now it's po next week I.M. s
  14. by   retour_divin
    THIS IS STUPID! STUPID, STUPID, STUPID, STUPID. What in the HELL has happened to common sense anymore? They complain that they're turning out book smart people without common sense and then they quibble about whether the correct answer is 1/2 or 0.5 ?! For crying out loud, does anyone in their right mind think that medical programs are this stupid? Of course not, they have more important things to worry about. Give me a break. Those instructors should be ashamed of themselves. And if they're this ridiculous over a med math exam just imagine the type of NCLEX questions they come up with.

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