CSCI 1200 Data Structures
Your final grade in this class combines your performance on the lab exercises, homeworks, and exams as follows:
All components of the class are graded on a curve. What does this mean? The homeworks and exams will contain challenging problems and the grade breakdown will likely be lower than the typical 90%=A, 80%=B, etc. We will give approximate grade breakdowns for the homeworks & exams as the course progresses so you may gauge your performance. Note: Grades will not be available through LMS.
You must have a passing average on each component (labs, homeworks, and exams) in order to pass the course.
Lab AssignmentsThere will be a total of 14 labs, one each week. Labs are graded on a scale of 0-3, depending on the amount and quality of work completed. Labs are designed so that students who work diligently can earn all 3 points. Students must attend their assigned lab sections unless prior arrangements have been made with the graduate TA for your lab section (see Schedule). Lab instructions and a subset of the lab problems will be posted on the course website on Tuesday afternoon/evening. Additional problems will be distributed at the start of the lab. Students should bring their laptop, their reference textbook, and recent lecture notes to lab. Internet access during labs is restricted to lab file downloads only. Reading or sending email, instant messages, text messages, cell phone use, playing video games, etc. is disallowed during lab. Students who violate the policy will receive a 0 for the lab and be asked to leave.
HomeworksThere will be 10 homework assignments, one each week, except for weeks when a test is scheduled. Homework assignments will be made available via the course web site just before the previous assignment is due. Assignments will be submitted electronically and are due on Thursdays by 11:59pm. See the Homework page, the Academic Integrity page, and the Programming Advice from TAs page for more information.
ExamsThree tests will be given during the semester, with 5% of the semester average assigned for the worst test grade (for each individual student) and 15% for each of the other two. The cumulative final, given during finals week, will be worth 20%.
Note: We will not provide a makeup exam unless the absence is excused by the Student Experience office.