CS 102 - Class Policies
WELCOME: Welcome to the study of computer science. This course is conducted according to departmental policy which is observed by all professors and graduate teaching assistants who participate in it. Computer science is an exacting discipline and because of the large lectures and the equipment scheduling requirements of the labs, we find it beneficial to all students to insist that the following be observed.
ATTENDANCE: Attendance at lectures is mandatory in order to succeed in this class. We will take attendance, and late arrivals and early departures will count as absences. You are allowed three absences with no grade penalty, which will relieve you of the burden of having to provide excuses, and us of the burden of having to evaluate them. We urge you to save your excused absences for emergencies. In the unlikely event that you must miss more than two consecutive class meetings, through no fault of your own, discuss it with Mrs. Mayo as soon as you return to school. If you must miss class, get the notes from a classmate. Always bring your ID to class and lab. In case of snow, follow the published university policy.
GRADING: Points are awarded throughout the term for performance on exams and on the laboratory experience. All exams are cumulative. Tentative schedule and grading are as follows:
|Laboratory||20 percent total||90.00--100||A|
|Exam one, September 26||20 percent||80.00--89.99||B|
|Exam two, November 7||25 percent||70.00--79.99||C|
|Final Exam, December 5||30 percent||60.0--69.99||D|
|Discretionary points,attendance,etc.||5 percent||below 60.0||F|
RE-GRADING REQUESTS: If you think we misgraded your exam, return your exam answer sheet and a standard piece of paper with your user name and your complaint plainly and concisely stated. Either give them to Mrs. Mayo or have them put in her mailbox in Ayres 107. Do not write on the answer sheet! You may question the correctness of your answer but not the number of points deducted for a particular answer. We will re-evaluate the entire exam and return it to you within a week. All requests for regrading exams must be submitted by the end of the next class period after the exams are returned.
MAKE-UP EXAMS: There is no such thing. All exams are required, and you should make every effort to take the scheduled exam. In the event that you have an emergency beyond your control, please notify Mrs. Mayo in advance. To do this, call the CS office at 974-5067 and leave a message. At the next lecture period, you must submit a written statement explaining why you missed the test, and attach written verification. Be warned: only the noblest of excuses will be accepted. The grade you make on the comprehensive final will be assigned as the grade for the missed exam. This is the only procedure we will follow in assigning a grade for a missed exam, and this will be done only for those who followed the rules above. IMPORTANT: missing a test does not automatically allow you to count your final exam a larger per cent of your final grade.
INCOMPLETES: No incompletes will be given and no audits are allowed. Any request for a late drop must be submitted to the Advising Center of your college. The CS department strongly opposes late drops.
ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: Any student found cheating will be given a grade of F for the course.
LABORATORIES: Attendance at labs is mandatory, and you must attend your own lab session. All missed labs must be made up, and done so within ten days. Any lab not made up will result in a grade of zero for that lab; in addition your final grade will be lowered by one letter. You may miss (and make up) only one lab with no penalty. It is imperative that labs be completed in sequence. Therefore, if you miss a lab, work on it before continuing on with the next one. See the CS Lab Policy for additional details. Your account is for CS class work ONLY. It will disappear at the end of the semester.
OFFICE HOURS: Teaching assistants will be available during scheduled hours to answer questions about the material covered in class and in the labs. The place and hours will be announced in class.
NOISE: Please respect your classmates and do not talk during lectures. It is rude and distracting to others who are trying to pay attention.