The grading for this class will comprise of the following continuous assessment milestones and a final exam. The final exam will be open book.
|Midterm (13 February 2012, 1st lecture hour)||20%|
|Best 4 of 5 Homework Assignments (10% each)||10% * 4 = 40%|
|Final Exam (Tuesday, 24 April 2012)||40%|
Although attendance and participation will not tabulated, you are required to come to tutorial. Class and tutorial participation can only help your grade; it will not be held against you. Students who participate substantially during lecture, tutorial and/or IVLE forum will have their grades rounded upward a half letter grade, if their grades are borderline.
Participation is very helpful for your teaching staff too. Without
it, we have very little idea whether you understand the material that
we've presented or whether it's too difficult or trivial. Giving
feedback in the form of questions, discussion provides us with a
better idea of what topics you enjoy and which you are not too keen
Academic Honesty Policy
Please note that I enforce these policies vigorously. While I hate wasting time with these problems, we have to be fair to everyone in the class, and as such, you are advised to pay attention to these rules and follow them strictly.
Collaboration is a very good thing. Students are encouraged to work together and to teach each other. On the other hand, cheating is considered a very serious offense. Please don't do it! Concern about cheating creates an unpleasant environment for everyone. You will be automatically reported to the vice-dean of academic affairs if you are caught, no exceptions will be made for any infractions no matter how slight the offense.
So how do you draw the line between collaboration and cheating? Here's a reasonable set of ground-rules. Failure to understand and follow these rules will constitute cheating, and will be dealt with as per University guidelines. We will be enforcing the policy vigorously and strictly.
You should already be familiar with the University's academic code. If you haven't yet, read it now.
This section on academic honesty is adapted from Surendar Chandra's
course at the University of Georgia, who in turn acknowledges
Prof. Carla Ellis and Prof. Amin Vahdat at Duke University for his
policy formulation. The Gilligan's Island rule origin is
uncertain, but at least can be traced back to Prof. Dymond at York
University's use of it in 1984.
All programming and homework assignments are due to IVLE by 11:59:59 pm (Singapore time) on the due date. No exceptions without a medical certificate will be made. The following penalties will apply for late submissions:
These penalties are intentionally set severe to encourage students to turn in assignments on time. Do not expect any type of preferential treatment if you turn in an assignment late.