CS 395T: Policies and Grading


Class participation

Midterm exam

There will be an in-class midterm on Thursday, October 28, 2010. Please mark your calendars now. If you have a conflict with the midterm, tell the instructor during the first two weeks of class, and we will schedule a makeup for a time before the exam is given to the rest of the class.

The midterm will cover all material up to that point: readings, discussion, and labs. Whether it is open or closed book is TBD.

Turn-in policy, slacking, lateness, etc.

The course permits two kinds of limited slacking:

  1. You can skip at most ONE class discussion during the semester, with no ill effects on the participation grade. You do not have to email us to let us know when you're exercising this option. Missed classes beyond one (or showing up without having done the assigned reading) will adversely affect your grade.
  2. You also get 72 late hours to use on labs throughout the semester. It is up to you how to divide these hours among the various lab assignments. After your late hours are exhausted, each additional day late will incur a full letter grade penalty.

Exemptions of the lateness rules will be allowed in three cases:

  1. Illness, which has to be documented by a doctor and approved by the university.
  2. Death in the immediate family.
  3. Accommodation for students with disabilities as prescribed by the university.
No extensions will be given for any other reason.

You are required to turn in every lab assignment, late or otherwise. If your lateness results in your getting 0 points on the assignment, you will get a D for that assignment. If, by the end of the semester, you have not turned in all of the assignments, then you will receive an F on the entire implementation portion (i.e., 40%) of your final grade. (That is, failing to turn in any one lab assignment, or the project, will cause 40% of your grade to be an F.)

Code of conduct

Please read the UTCS Code of Conduct; it applies to this course.

Collaboration, source material, and cheating

You can discuss the labs in general terms only with your classmates. A few notes on this policy, followed by more detail: Below is more detail. You are responsible for knowing these policies.


You must do the work on your own. What does "on your own" mean? Here are some guidelines to keep you on the right side of the line:
  1. It is never okay to look at the written work of another person or show another person (other than the instructor or TA) your written work until after all grading on an assignment is completed. This includes looking at paper print-outs, sketching solutions on a white board or napkin, or looking at a screen to help debugging. Obviously, copying other people's code or solution sets is prohibited.
  2. Second, after discussing a problem with another student (or the course staff!), go do something else (read a book, watch a movie) for a half hour before going back to work on the assignment. If you can't remember what the person said after a half hour, you didn't really understand it.
  3. Third, everyone in the class is expected to take appropriate measures for protecting their work. For example, you should protect your files and printouts from unauthorized access.

Source material

You are welcome to use existing public libraries in your programming assignments (such as public classes for queues, trees, etc.) You may also look at operating systems code for public domain software such as Linux. Such activities qualify under approved collaboration practices, and you are welcome to take advantage of them.

What you may not do is look at any course material relating to any project or lab similar to this course's assignments. For example, you may not look at the work done by a student in past years' courses, and you may not look at similar course projects at other universities. If you are unsure about whether a particular source of external information is permitted, contact the instructor before looking at it.


Note that the above guidelines are necessarily generalizations and cannot account for all circumstances. Intellectual dishonesty can end your career, and it is your responsibility to stay on the right side of the line. If you are not sure about something, ask.

Students who violate University rules on scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and/or dismissal from the University. Because such dishonesty harms the individual, all students, and the integrity of the University, policies on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced.

Accommodations for students with disabilities

The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 512-471-6259, 512-471-6441 TTY.

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