Your grade is composed of the following components:
|Midterm Exam 1
|Midterm Exam 2
|Midterm Exam 3
All your grade components will be added up with the percentage weights indicated and result in a single number. This number will determine your letter grade, according to the following scales:
If you are signed up for the four-credit-hour section, a larger project assignment will be posted about halfway through the class and will count for two homework sets and factor into your homework grade correspondingly, diminishing the weight of the other homework.
CS 450 is, unfortunately, too popular for its own good, leading to annoyances like waitlists and sections with controlled access.
Some of you have asked to take part in class activities despite not being officially registered for the class, and I am usually happy to make this possible. If you choose to make use of this, you will be held to the same standard as every other student that is officially registered for the class, and, at the discretion of the instructor, work you do as part of this 'unofficial' participation may be eligible for class credit if you later become officially registered.
However, please keep the following two things in mind:
While it is quite likely that spots will open up as the semester continues, I am unable to promise that this will happen.
As long as you are not officially signed up (check with the academic office in 1210 Siebel if you're not sure), you will not receive university credit for the work you are doing.
In particular being "enrolled" in the course on this site has no administrative significance to the university. What matters is enrollment as shown in the UIUC self-service application.
There will be a small amount of pre-class material along with a short quiz before each class. All these quizzes (also the one on grading policies!) contribute a small amount to your grade.
These rules apply to the quizzes, unless otherwise stated:
Pre-lecture material and associated quizzes will be posted 24 hours before the lecture at the latest. You will find links to this material on the class calendar page in the section for the upcoming lecture.
Quizzes will usually allow three graded attempts.
Of these, the one with the higher grade will count.
We obviously can't keep you from looking up information while you're taking the quiz. To an extent, that's fine. Nonetheless, try to do as much of the quiz as you can from memory. You'll learn more.
Please don't take these quizzes as a group, or speak with your peers about the answers.
Each quiz has a deadline. Usually, that deadline will be the beginning of the next class. After that deadline has passed, you can still take the quiz for half-credit for one week. Once that week has passed, you will be able to review your answers and the correct answer, but you will not be allowed to take the quiz again for credit.
There is no time limit on these quizzes other than the deadline. (I.e. if it takes you a day to complete the quiz, that's fine, as long as you click "End Session" and "Confirm" before the deadline.)
If you do not submit your quiz before the deadline, it will automatically roll over to half-credit.
After the half-credit deadline expires, you will lose the ability to make changes to your quiz. The current state of the quiz at that point will count as your submitted answer (for half credit).
There will be generally weekly longer-form homework sets over the course of the semester. One of these sets will be due every week except for exam weeks, as shown in the class calendar.
Homework will typically come out during the day on Wednesdays and be due late at night the following Wednesday, around midnight. Each homework set will typically consist of a combination of coding and written responses.
You get exactly one submission per homework set. In particular, this means that:
No resubmissions of work already graded. If, between the posted solution and your graded work, you still have questions, feel free to raise those on Piazza or during the TA's office hours.
We do not accept partial submissions unless you have a very good reason. (e.g. we won't let you submit problem 1 and 2 before and 3, 4, 5 after the deadline.) If you modify your submission after the deadline but before it's graded, your entire submission will be counted as late.
Homework submitted after the deadline will count for half of its original worth. This offer is good for up to one week after the original deadline. After that, no late work will be accepted.
Solutions to the homework sets will be posted after the due date. If you are submitting homework for the half-credit due date, feel free to use the posted solutions in writing up your own solution. You may however not directly copy the sample solution. What you submit must still be written by you, not just copied.
Collaboration on Homework
You may discuss your approach (but not your code or your writeups) with your peers. All parts of each homework set must be your own work. You must have typed/written every part of your homework yourself. In some cases, code/pieces of work from elsewhere may be allowed--if so, this will be stated in the instructions. In that case, you must acknowledge the source.
If we notice that your work has considerable overlap with someone else's (and we do check), the both of you should be ready to have an unpleasant conversation and face penalites as provided by campus rules regarding academic honesty.
There will be four exams: Three midterms and a final. The exams will take place in a computer-based testing facility ("CBTF") in DCL. The exam will be offered over a period of a few days. Each student must schedule a 1 hour block within that time span in which to take the exam. You will need to schedule your exam using a self-service web site provided by the facility. Instructions will be given in the class calendar. One class period will be cancelled during exam periods to ensure that you have time to go and take the exam.
All exams are cumulative.
All students will take exams as scheduled with the CBTF, and only on that day and time. There will be no exceptions to this policy except in cases of severe emergency (e.g., loss of life or limb). Examples of events that do not qualify as emergencies include (but are not limited to): transportation problems, conflict with work schedule, important family vacation, or computer problems. For exam security reasons, students may not enter an exam after its start time. Students who arrive after their exam start time will only be accommodated if CBTF capacity and policies allow. In all other cases, a grade of zero will be assigned for the exam.
Make-up exams are not allowed without proper documentation as described above or for university-approved activities. Make-up exams are not allowed for any type of unexcused absences, including missing class to study for a test, oversleeping, not being ready to take the exam, or having to work at an outside job.
For any type of foreseeable absence, documentation must be received at least one week before the exam to be acceptable, at which point the instructor will determine whether a make-up exam will be allowed. For health-related or other absence because of an emergency, the instructor must be notified at least two hours prior to the exam to receive consideration for a make-up exam, but preferably as early as possible. An hour before the exam at the latest, the instructor will provide guidance on whether a make-up exam will be allowed.
A grade of zero will automatically be assigned for any absence not explicitly allowed by this policy.
No aids other than pencil and paper are allowed in exams. In particular:
- If you are seen near a phone, MP3 player or other digital device (turned on or not--it does not matter) during an exam, you will receive a grade of zero for the exam.
Since we allow you to take the exam at the exam center over a period of a few days, conflict exams will generally not be provided.
Please let me (Andreas) know as soon as you can if you need special accommodations (extra time etc.) on exams. Thanks! Send accommodations email now »
Please read and understand the UIUC student code (link opens PDF).
In particular, make sure to read and understand Paragraph §1‑402. The rules there along with the rules in this tutorial form the foundation for making sure you and everyone else in the class receive a fair, transparent grade.