In addition to the 3 weekly lecture hours, you are expected to allocate time for studying the course material and completing the assignments. A good rule of thumb is to estimate 3 hours of study for each hour that you spend in the classroom. This is only an average, of course. Some students may need extra time while others will do fine with less.
You are expected to seek help if you have questions about the material or are stuck on an assignment or project. In particular, if you have problems with a programming project, you need to get help way before the due date, so that you have enough time to complete the project. Also, make sure you understand the requirements before starting the coding phase.
You can get help from the teaching assistant for your course or, in some cases, the lab assistant on duty. You can also get help from me during my office hours or by scheduling an appointment in case you are unable to come during office hours.
You are expected to read the relevant chapters in the text before the class meets, even if no specific reading was assigned.
Assignments include programming projects and other written assignments. You are expected to submit assignments on or before the due date. This is to ensure consistent grading and fairness to those students who submit on time.
Assignments are due by midnight on the due date. Assignments submitted after that time are considered late. Exceptions can be made only in case of emergencies.
Penalties for late submission are as follows:
Bonuses for early submission are as follows:
IMPORTANT: It is your responsiblity to ensure that your submission is complete and satisfies the stated submission requirements. For example, there must not be any missing source files, and you must adhere to the correct directory structure.
Unless specified otherwise, written tests (exams and quizzes) are open book and open notes. For fairness, no computers, PDAs, or wireless communication devices may be used during exams. Specifically, only books, handwritten notes, or printed notes may be used during exams and quizzes (materials are subject to inspection/approval).
The following rules apply during the test:
You may take a make-up exam or quiz only in case of an extreme medical or personal emergency. For medical emergencies, a note from your doctor or from the student health center is required. The note must state that you are unable to take the exam at the specified time. If an emergency arises, you need to email or call me preferably before the exam, but definitely within 24 hours of the exam.
If you are out of town when an exam is scheduled, you must to inform me in advance and take the exam early or make other suitable arrangements.
This emergency policy also applies to the submission of assignments.
Requests to take a final quiz or exam early will not be granted. If you must travel before the official date of the final quiz or exam, your only option is to request an incomplete in the course ahead of time and take the test upon your return.
Your final grade is based on the various components of the course work. For the final course grade, typical cutoff points are the following:
Specific cutoff points may vary depending on the difficulty of the course work and/or the performance of the class.
If you wish to dispute your grade, you may do so only in writing (by email to me) within five (5) calendar days from the date and time the graded assignment or exam in question was made available to you. Your message must contain the following:
You are expected to be familiar with Loyola's policy on academic integrity. Any violation of the policies described here may result in a combination of the following actions: