Your grade in this course will be determined as follows:
All components of the class are graded on a curve. What does this mean? The homeworks 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 each assignment as the course progresses so you may gauge your performance. Grades will be posted on Submitty.
Note: You must have a passing average on each separate component (homeworks, final project, quizzes, readings, and exercises) in order to pass the course.
QuizzesWe will have 2 in-class quizzes covering the lecture material and readings.
Attendance and participation in lecture is an important component of the course. You are expected to regularly attend lecture, ask questions, and join in the in-class and on-line discussions.
Laptop / Tablet / Smart Phone Policy
Laptops, tablet computers, smart phones, and other internet-connected devices are not allowed to be used in lecture. The lectures are intended to be discussion-intensive and students who have their head stuck in a laptop -- reading email, checking social media, other non-course-related websurfing, coding (even if it is ACG homework!), or playing games -- are not sufficiently engaged in lecture. An exception to this policy is during the discussion of the day's assigned paper: Students may use their laptop/tablet to view an electronic version of the paper. Other exceptions to this policy are negotiable; please see the instructor in office hours.