EECS 398-001: Information Science

University of Michigan, Winter 2017

Instructor: Clayton Scott (clayscot)
Classroom: EECS 1003
Time: MW 9:00-10:30, F 9:30-10:30
Office: 4433 EECS
Office hours: Wed 2-4 or by appointment, EECS 4433

Required text: Information Science by David G. Luenberger, Princeton University Press. Click link for online version (restricted to 3 concurrent users).

Prerequisites: Math 116 and (Engineering 101 or equivalent)

Course Outline

Homework assignements: 30%
Class participation: 10%
Reading assignments: 10%
Midterm exam: 15%, in class Wed. March 8.
Final project: 15%, due last week of classes
Final exam: 20%, Mon. April 24, 4:00-6:00 PM

The median course grade (before extra credit) should be no lower than the B/B+ boundary. A passing grade also requires participation in the two exams and the project.

Homework assignments will be assigned weekly. There will be occasional programming exercises. You may use Matlab or Python (sometimes I will give you short snippets of code to use, and that will be in Matlab). The lowest homework score will be dropped.

Exams: Open book, open notes.

Final Project
There will be a final project in groups of 2. The project must explore some aspect of Information Science not covered in lecture. Suggested topics will be provided. Deliverables will be a written report and an oral presentation to the class. Please reserve Tuesday, April 18, 4-8 PM for project presentations.

Collaboration on homeworks
Students may consult classmates for the purpose of brainstorming, but not for obtaining the details of solutions. Each student will prepare the final write-up/coding of his or her own.

Class participation
In-class group exercises: You will be asked to form groups of about 4 people. During most class periods, group exercises will be assigned. Each group will turn in one solution. Group members should take turns scribing for their group. Grading will be based primarily on participation, with a modest reward for correctness. Group members who are not present for a given lecture will not receive credit for their group's work. Each student's lowest four grades for in-class group exercises will be dropped, so you can safely miss four lectures without penalty. Groups will be randomly reassigned on occasion throughout the semester.

Reading Assignments
There will be brief reading assignments assigned for every lecture. It is important that the reading be completed in advance of the corresponding class period. To provide some incentive, students will be asked to complete a simple quiz (typically one basic question) on Canvas. Grading will once again be based on participation with a modest reward for correctness. The lowest four scores will be dropped.

Extra credit
I will give extra credit for contributions to Piazza. You can contribute by asking good questions, and providing good answers to others' questions. Every time I endorse a post it will earn you 0.2 points toward the final grade, with a maximum of 2 points.

Discussion Forum
Most questions you have about the course, both logistical and technical, should be posted to Piazza. Questions about how to solve homework problems are encouraged, but responses should provide hints as opposed to detailed answers. You can also ask private questions if your question would disclose solutions to the rest of the class. 

Standards of Conduct

Honor Code
All students are expected to abide by the College of Engineering Honor Code as stated in the Student Handbook and the Honor Code Pamphlet.

Students with Disabilities
Any student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments or accommodations is requested to speak with me during the first two weeks of class. All discussions will remain confidential.

Counseling Center
Your attention is called to the Counseling and Psychological Services (734-764-8312), 3100 Michigan Union. The Counseling Center staff are trained to help you deal with a wide range of issues, such as how to deal with exam-related stress and other academic and nonacademic issues. Services are free and confidential and do not impact student records. Shivaun Nafsu is the CAPS consultant directly within COE: or 734-763-8211.