AY2008/9 Semester I
Module Information - Policies
Correspondence and Communication Channels
Information will be disseminated to you through these means:
and this module website. It is your responsibility to check
your mailbox, IVLE and the course website regularly
(once a day) for news and information. Failure to do so is
no excuse. We will refrain from sending mass e-mails except for
very urgent matters, and rely more on the course website and
IVLE to reach you.
For incoming e-mails (to us), we only recognise
your OFFICIAL e-mail address, that is, address with domain
@comp.nus.edu.sg or @nus.edu.sg.
If you send us any e-mail from a non-official account, we
will only reply if you include your official e-mail address in
your message. This is necessary as we need to ascertain
For outgoing e-mails (from us to you), we will send them to
your official e-mail address.
If you have set forward service to your own ISP mailbox or
other external mail server, you must ensure that the mail server
in use is reliable, otherwise e-mails from us will not reach you
on time, or even reach you at all.
If you have queries, please e-mail your respective discussion leader
or the lecturer, whoever is more appropriate.
Most of the time, especially for queries on general matters,
you are encouraged to post them on the discussion forums
This would allow others -- staff, seniors and your fellow
classmates -- to help answer your queries. Discussion can also
be more lively and involved in a forum than through private
We reserve the right to publish our answers to your private
queries to the class (in IVLE or e-mail) if we feel that they
are of interest and benefit to the class. However, you may
request for anonymity and we will shield your identify.
Notes and Handouts
To reduce wastage of papers, lecture notes, assignments
other handouts are all available on the website or IVLE for
Your attendance will be monitored.
If you have been absent from class and are not coping well
with the course, you will be required to see your lecturer.
I hope that this won't happen - you should help yourself
by consulting your lecturer, discussion leader or seniors
the moment you face problems.
If you have a medical certificate, you may submit it to
your discussion leader or lecturer.
A student who is absent from his assigned class without
acceptable reason will not be allowed to attend another class.
If you have a valid reason, please inform your discussion
leader of your intention.
Weightage of Examination
Weightage of a CA component
is not allowed to be transfered to the examination. That is
to say, if the examination's weight has been fixed at 40%
(which is the case for CS1101), then it shall remain at 40%.
Students who miss a major assessment with valid reason will
be required to sit for a make-up assessment. For other
continual assessment (CA) components,
appropriate adjustments will be made within the CA weightages.
Preparation for Class
Please prepare well before your lecture and discussion
sessions. You are to read all instructions carefully.
Late Submission of Assignments
Deadlines of submission of assignments must be strictly adhered
to and late submissions without valid reason will not be
We permit and encourage healthy discussion among students.
However, students must draw the line between discussion and
plagiarism (copying of other's work or taking credit for
a piece of work that is not original).
The university does not condone plagiarism. If detected, both
the party who copied and the party who had permitted the copying
will be penalised equally.
Please refer to
Preventing Plagiarism site for more
Be Serious in Your Study
All these seemingly 'harsh' policies and rules are to be taken
in the right light. In a small class, we do not need to spell
these out explicitly as we can easily monitor the situation.
But as this is a very large class, we need these policies to
maintain uniformity and fairness as much as we can, and to
ensure smooth running of the course. If everybody cooperates,
your tutors will be relieved of many unnecessary tasks and
hence will be able to devote more quality time on you.
But this is not a one-way traffic. We welcome your comments and
suggestions, if you spot any possibility for improvements.
Just drop us an e-mail or pop by our offices.
Last updated: 17 July 2008