My goal is for everyone taking this course to be able to demonstrate familiarity and fluency with the course concepts. I would be very happy if you each met the goals above and received an A. The following weighting will provide a basis for evalution.
|Participation (including labs)
Note that half your grade is based on outcomes (the three exams), and the other half is based on process (participation, warm-ups, and homework).
To make class time most valuable for you, I do not plan to lecture on all of the material you will be responsible for learning. Rather, you should come to class prepared to clarify, discuss, and practice the ideas in the text by reading any assigned material before class. To facilitate this, you will be assigned "warmup problems" to complete before class.
I expect you to come to
every class prepared to participate. If you miss class, it is
your responsibility to talk to a
classmate about what you missed and then
to see me to
discuss any further questions or concerns.
Since our classes will take place bright and early at 8 a.m., everyone gets one "oops," one free day off while still getting full credit for participation. One unexcused absence (your "oops" day) will have no effect on your participation score. Missing 2-3 classes (one week) will reduce your participation score by 10 points. Missing 4-6 classes (two weeks) will reduce your participation grade by 25 points. Missing 7-9 classes (three weeks) will reduce your participation grade by 50 points. Missing more than 9 classes will result in a 0 for participation.
To have your absence count as excused, you must either (a) contact me to make suitable arrangements at least one class-week in advance, or (b) ensure that I receive documentation of the circumstances of your absence from Health Services or Student Affairs. Because I care about you, if you miss class unexpectedly, I would also appreciate a quick call or email as soon as you are able. Don't be surprised if I email to make sure you are OK.
Our primary textbook is
Although not organized perfectly for our class, this is the standard
undergraduate textbook I compared other options to. This was the
clearest and most readable of the options, while still being at an
appropriate collegiate level. I will supplement our primary textbook
with eReserves and handouts from other textbooks, along with the
Before each class, you should check the class schedule for
and do any reading that has been assigned. To get the most out of the
readings, try the SQ3R
Note also that our textbook includes examples and "check yourself"
problems. I encourage you to read the examples carefully and try the
"check yourself" problems; you can find the answers at the end of each
chapter. If they don't make sense, ask about them!
Under a normal 16 credit load, I expect that you will spend at least 40 hours per week on your studies (class time, homework, and studying). Thus, you should plan to spend roughly 10-12 hours per week on this course. With class and lab time clocking in at 31⁄3 hours, you'll have at least 62⁄3 hours per week left for the following:
We will work with relatively expensive equipment in this course. The equipment must stay in SCI 3818, and the door should remain locked outside of lab times. You will be given the door combination, but you must not make the combination public.
In accordance with the schedule issued by the Committee on Academic Standing, the final examination for this course will take place at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13. Do not make travel arrangements that would prevent your presence. The final exam will be cumulative; you will be responsible for the content of the entire course.
Warm-up exercises are due at midnight before class and will not be
accepted late. However, I will grant you two "oops" days; that is, you
may miss two sets of warm-up exercises without penalty.
Homework assignments will be due at 5:30 p.m. Each assignment will indicate how it should be submitted (usually via email or on paper). Assignments that are submitted after 5:30 p.m. will be considered late. Aside from exceptional circumstances documented by SHACS or Student Affairs, and the grace day policy described below, I will not accept late homework assignments.
Every student will be granted three grace days that can be used for
any homework assignment, for any reason. A grace day is an automatic
extension until the next day on which we have class (Monday, Wednesday, or Friday).
Please use your grace days wisely:you may need them more in the future
than you do now! I would appreciate hearing in advance by email if you
intend to use a grace day on a particular assignment. However, any
assignment submitted late will automatically use a grace day if you
have one left to use.
exercises involving programming will automatically be extended by at
least one class period if MathLAN is down for an unscheduled period of
3 or more hours during the week preceeding the assignment due date.
No such extension will be granted for exercises not involving
Absolute deadline: In accordance with the rules of the College, all work must be turned in by Friday, December 16 at 5 p.m.
Be aware that exams are likely to include problems that are similar to homework problems. If you work with a partner, be sure that you both contribute equally and fully understand every problem on the assignment.
The assignments are written such that it is reasonable to do them alone. The point of allowing collaboration is to improve your learning, not to increase your free time.
You may also talk with others about the homework. However, except with your partner, you may only talk. You may not share specific answers, you may not leave a discussion with written notes, and you may not share code. You should cite the people that you have such discussions with if you get ideas from them.
If you have specific physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities and require accomodations, let me know early in the semester so that we can work together to meet your learning needs. You will also need to provide documentation of your disability to the Dean for Student Academic Support and Advising, Joyce Stern, located on the 3rd floor of the Rosenfield Center (x3702).
Janet Davis (email@example.com)Created August 22, 2011