Homework Submission Guidelines

CSC 161 - Imperative Problem Solving and Data Structures - Weinman

We provide details on the policies for submitting individual homework problems.


1  Collaboration
2  Header
3  References and Academic Honesty Certification
4  Format
5  Testing
6  Submission

1  Collaboration

Each homework problem must be done individually, without consulting classmates, mentors, tutors, or other individuals (except the instructor). Thus, discussions must respect the course academic honesty policy and guidelines on allowable help from peer educators.

2  Header

The very beginning of each and every homework file (including references and testing files) should contain the following identifying line. (You would be surprised how often the wrong files are submitted; this makes it easier for all to identify.) Even if the file is text commentary, the same (C-style comment) format must be used.
 * Homework: Title
The title must exactly match that give on the corresponding web page.
DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME. Because your program will be graded anonymously, you must not place your name in any file except the references/honesty file, below.

3  References and Academic Honesty Certification

Each and every homework assignment must include a single file, references.txt, with the following information (sources, help, certification) completed.
Academic honesty certification:
  Written/online sources used:
    [include textbook(s), CSC 161 labs or readings;
     use complete citations for Web or other written sources;
     write none if no sources used]
  Help obtained
    [indicate names of instructor, class mentors
     or evening tutors, consulted according to class policy;
     write none if none of these sources used]
  My initials below confirm that the above list of sources
  is complete AND that I have not talked to anyone else
  (e.g., CSC 161 students) about the solution to this problem 
   Initials:  ABC

4  Format

All submission files must be in plain text files (note: source code is a text file), rather than special word processing or other document formats (e.g., .doc, .docx, .odp, .pdf).
To facilitate blind grading, references and academic honesty must be included in a separate file, not included within any program files.
A complete program should usually be given as a single entity (file), unless otherwise specified in the instructions.
Commentary regarding testing must be given in a separate file, not included within the complete program. (Note: Opening a file in Emacs with a .txt extension is generally a good way to author such a file, as Emacs will automatically wrap lines sensibly.) The commentary should describe how one knows a program is correct (cf. 5). As with any writing, this commentary should be logically structured and carefully written.
Use a plain text file; files submitted in any other format will receive no credit.

5  Testing

Homework problems require more formal testing as outlined in the rubric. Whereas these problems apply problem solving in C to non-robot-based problems, solutions must be tested systematically, and the results of the tests collected and submitted.
All code must be tested; commentary must address the basic question of how you know the code is correct. Commentary that simply repeats the logic of the program does not address correctness. If the logic in a program is faulty, simply stating the logic again does not make it correct.
Evidence based on testing must be described. For example, program output should be copied into your commentary. In order to analyze the output, be sure to state clearly what input was used for each test. To generate a transcript of compilation and relevant test or demonstration runs for inclusion in your work, use the script command and paste the resulting file at the end of your commentary. For example
weinman@noyce:homework$ script captured.txt
Script started, file is captured.txt
weinman@noyce:homework$ export PS1="$ " 
make homework
clang -Wall -std=c11 -I/home/walker/MyroC/include -L/home/walker/MyroC/lib -lm -lMyroC -lbluetooth -ljpeg homework.c -o homework
Script done, file is captured.txt
The second line removes your username from the prompt. When you copy captured.txt into your commentary, be sure to omit only the line with your username (to preserve your anonymity).
IMPORTANT WARNING: Be sure you do not accidentally give the name of your program file (e.g., homework.c) as the argument to script. If you do, it will overwrite your file and you will have to start over completely.
IMPORTANT REMINDER: Including script-based transcripts (or simply pasting text copied directly from the terminal window) are subject to the syllbus academic honesty policy (based on the student handbook):
Any program results or output must be faithfully recorded, not forged. (A thoughtful explanation of unexpected behavior can often be a worthwhile submission and is much better than the alternative.)

6  Submission

Submit your files to the corresponding assignment on PioneerWeb by the deadline. Attach each file containing your answers (cf. 4) to upload. Type your complete e-mail address into the Comments box. For example
This will enable the graders to provide responses easily. Failure to match this format may result in receiving no feedback about your grade.


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