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EECS281: Grading Policy
Fall 2011 EECS 281 (First Half): Grading Policy
- First Half Course Grade Composition:
- 1 Midterm Exam: 13%
- 2 Programming Assignments: 26%
- 2 Homeworks: 10%
- Class Participation: 1%
Homeworks will be due
before lecture and must be turned in as hard copy in class.
Programming assignments must be turned in online.
Do not email
any of your assignment to the teaching staff.
If your individual effort is lacking, a failing
grade is a distinct possibility. Roughly, you'll get the
lower grade if you failed the exams and do not show sufficient efforts.
Insanely great work gets an A+, excellent work an A, good
work a B, and acceptable work a C.
- Regrade and Late Days
You have five working days from when a piece of graded work is
returned to ask for a regrade. To ask for regrade, you
must submit a written request explaining the technical reasons
that would make a regrade necessary. A regrade means regrading
your whole work and may result in overall lower grade.
You have two free late days, including weekends, to use on
any of your programming assignments. It is your responsibility
to keep track of your own remaining free late days. Once the free
late days are used up, late programming assignments will be assessed
a penalty that is a fraction of the total assignment grade
according to the following schedule:
For example, suppose the assignment is worth 100 points and you
turn in your work late by 24 hours and 10 minutes. If you have
no free late days left, your late penalty will be 12 points.
If you still have one free late day left, your late penalty will
be 8 points. Free late days will be consumed first before the
late penalty schedule is applied. Homeworks are not provided
free late days. Instead, the above penalty schedule will apply
immediately on all late homeworks. Since we have the free late
days and late penalty schedule, no extension will be granted.
- the first 24 hours or fraction thereof: 4%,
- the second 24 hours or fraction thereof: 8%, on top of the 4% above,
- the third 24 hours or fraction thereof: 12%, plus 12% above,
- the fourth 24 hours or fraction thereof: 16%, plus 24% above,
- the fifth 24 hours or fraction thereof: 20%, plus 40% above,
- no late work will be accepted beyond 120 hours (5 days) after the deadline.
Start your assignments early, and plan to have them finished a
few days ahead of the due date. Many unexpected problems arise
during programming. In addition, the computer labs and
submission/autograder machine can become crowded and computers
crash and networks fail. Extensions will not
be granted even if these things happen.
Plan for them to happen.
- General Policy on Collaboration
All works must be completed individually.
You are encouraged to discuss ideas and techniques broadly
with other members of your class, but not the specifics of assigned
problems. Sharing of code or intermediate designs is expressly
prohibited. If you receive substantial help from others, you
must acknowledge them in your work. If you use any published
materials (books, papers, or materials found on the Web) in
your solution, you must give full citation that help facilitate
the locating of the original materials (for example, the URL of
the Web site).
You must not discuss exam questions with others nor
lookup solutions to homework and exam questions online.
You are forbidden to solicit help or copy of old homeworks, assignments,
exams, or solutions from other students, including those who have
taken this course prior to the current term. You are also
forbidden to give help or copy of homeworks, assignments,
exams, or solutions to others. To do either will be considered
a violation of the CoE Honor Code.
Acts of cheating and plagiarizing are Honor Code violation and
will be reported to the Engineering Honor Council. Cheating is
when you copy, with or without modification, someone else's work
that is not meant to be publicly accessible. Plagiarizing is when
you copy, with or without
modification, someone else's work that is publicly available without
acknowledging the original author. To incorporate publicly
available code in your solution is considered cheating in this
course. To pass off the implementation of an
algorithm as that of another or to use libraries not expressedly
allowed is considered cheating and violation of the Honor
Code. For example, if the assignment asks you to implement
sort using heap sort and you turn in a working program that uses
insertion sort in place of the heap sort or if you use STL's heapsort,
it will be considered cheating. If you can not implement a
required algorithm, you must inform the teaching staff
when turning in your assignment.
You are required to read the CoE Honor Code.
To break/hack into a computer is not only a violation of the
Honor Code, but also a criminal offense. It will be reported
to the criminal justice system and will be charged and
prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
In case of conflicts, the specific policies override the general
policy, and the general policy overrides the JI
Honor Code. The parts that are not in conflict still apply.
- Specific Policy Applicable to Homeworks
You are allowed to consult both online and offline sources, including
humans, to help solve homework problems. If you do consult outside
sources, i.e., other than yourself and the teaching staff, you MUST
cite them. You do not need to cite the teaching staff nor the
textbooks nor the lecture slides. These are the only exceptions.
What you turn in must be your individual work. Your classmates can
give you an idea on how to approach a problem, but they cannot give
you any solution to these problems. If you find an online solution
to any of these problems, you are allowed to consult them, but not
to use them verbatim. You must phrase your solution in such a way
that shows you have understood the problem and solution. Violation
of any part of the above policy will be a violation of the Honor Code.
If you turn in a handwritten solution, please write legibly.
Illegible scribble will earn zero points.
- Specific Policy Applicable to Exams
You will be asked to attest that you have read, understand, and
will abide by the following policy prior to the start of an exam.
You may therefore want to review it now and ask for any clarifications
necessary prior to taking any exam in this course.
Open-book, open-notes exam. You may consult CLRS, your own
notes, course homeworks, programming assignments, your solutions to
them, any solutions provided by the instructors, and other notes
provided by the instructors, including the course lecture slides.
The above listed material may be accessed in hard copy or electronic
form, either offline or online. A calculator or a calculator program
is also permitted for the exam. These are the only uses of a
computer and the Internet permitted. Any other use of the computer
and the Internet is strictly forbidden. You are expressly
not allowed to use any form of search engine to search the
Internet/Web/Wikipedia for answers to the exam questions. You are
not allowed to compile and run any programming code (including but
not limited to C/C++/C#/Java/Python) during the exam. You must
not consult any resources other than those listed above.
Notation. You must use double equal signs ("==") for equality
checking. A single equal sign (`=') will always be interpreted as
an assignment operation.
Write legibly. If the person grading your exam cannot read
what you've written, he will simply assume that you meant the
illegible portion as a note to yourself and will ignore it. If you
lose points because part of your answer could not be read,
you will not be given the opportunity to explain what it says.
Do not ask questions during the exam. Most questions are
unnecessary and they disturb other students. Figuring out what
the exam question is asking is part of the exam. If you think you
have to make some unusual assumption to answer a problem, note
what that assumption is on the test. The answers to most questions
should be short. If you find yourself writing an excessively long
response, you may want to think more carefully about the question.
Write your name on the upper right hand corner of every page.
Please sign below to state that you have read, understand, and will abide
by the instructions and policies above and the
CoE Honor Code.