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Your grade in this course will be determined as follows:

Undergraduate section (CSCI 4530) Graduate section (CSCI 6530)

The final grade for students in CSCI 6530 will have greater emphasis on the final project. Graduate students are strongly encouraged to select a final project topic that is related to or complementary to their graduate thesis or project. The final project report for students in CSCI 6530 should be appropriately formatted for submission to a relevant conference or journal.

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.

This is an intensive course aimed at graduate students and undergraduates interested in graphics research, involving significant reading & programming each week. Taking this course in a 5 course overload semester is discouraged. Note: You must have a passing average on each separate component (homeworks, final project, quizzes, readings, and exercises) in order to pass the course. This course counts as "communications intensive" for undergraduates. As such, you must satisfactorily complete all readings, presentations, project reports to pass the course.

As this is an elective (not required) course, I expect to grade this course: 'A', 'A-', 'B+', 'B', 'B-', or 'F'. Don't expect consistent C or D level work to earn a "pass" if you choose to take this course "pass/no credit". Note also that by RPI rules, the grade of 'D' is not available for graduate students or students in 6000 level courses.


We will have 2 in-class quizzes covering the lecture material and readings.

In-Class Participation

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.