CS440/ECE448 Course Policies

Academic integrity: You are encouraged to discuss assignments with each other, but coding and writing of reports must be done individually or in your designated groups. You are also encouraged to conduct this discussion online, but do not post code on the class discussion group, either for the purpose of debugging or demonstrating a possible solution. Feel free to search the Web for tips or code snippets, provided this does not make the assignment trivial and all external sources are explicitly acknowledged in the report. At the first instance of cheating (copying from other students or unacknowledged sources on the Web), a grade of zero will be given for the respective assignment or test. At the second instance, you will automatically receive an F for the entire course. See the student code for more information on what consitutes an academic integrity violation.

Late penalty on assignments: For every day that your assignment is late, your score is multiplied by 0.75. The penalty saturates after four days, that is, you can still get up to about 32% of the original points by turning in the assignment at all. However, if you choose to turn in an assignment that is more than four days late, alert the course staff by email to make sure it gets graded. You are not allowed to submit different parts of the assignment at different times to receive a late penalty on only part of the assignment.

Extension requests on assignments: Extension requests must be emailed to the instructor at least four days before the assignment due date. If you receive an approved extension, make a note about it at the top of the report you submit. Short-notice extension requests will only be granted for documented emergencies and will be handled on an individual basis.

Requests for conflict exams: This course will have conflict midterm and final exams that will be announced well in advance, together with directions on how to sign up for them (including sign-up deadlines). To request a conflict, you must follow the directions. Conflict exam requests after the sign-up deadline will only be granted for documented emergencies and will be handled on an individual basis.

Regrade requests: Regrade requests will only be accepted within a week after grades are released for an assignment and within 24 hours after grades are released on an exam. Note that the course staff reserves the right to regrade not only the items questioned by the student, but also the entire assignment or test. This may result in your overall score actually going down!

Incomplete requests: Requests for an incomplete in the course will only be accepted through the last day of class and must be accompanied by documentation of your special circumstances.