Class participation and quizzes
There will be an occasional sign-in sheet to evaluate class participation. Pop quizzes may be given during any lecture. The purpose of a pop quiz is to motivate you to keep up with the material and to give you practice working potential exam problems. Class participation and quizzes are 25% of the total homework grade. Reading assignments should be done before coming to class.
Homework will be assigned
periodically and the due date announced. You may ask others for
help at places where you have made diligent attempts and have
become stumped. You may ask others for confirmation of results at
significant milestones in the problem. However, homework
submissions are to be as individuals; please do not copy (see
Failure to include one of these elements will result in lost credit for the problem. Not all homework or homework problems may be graded. Partial credit will be given for wrong answers that demonstrate some of the correct solution method.
Homework is due at the beginning
of class on the assigned day. Unless you have a university excuse
(see Absences below), late assignments will not be accepted for
full credit. Please do not ask for exceptions.
There will be one group project, handed out March 21, 2005, and due on May 10, 2005. You will work in groups of three students each. Grading of the group project will make use of a student evaluation form.
Two, 50-minute midterms are scheduled (see the course calendar given above). The two midterms will be cumulative. Unexcused absences will result in a grade of zero for missed examinations.
The exams are closed book but you may prepare crypt-sheets as follows. You may prepare notes on the front and back of one page of 8 1/2 x 11 paper for each exam. You may prepare one new sheet for each exam and you may bring the sheet from exam 1 along with a second sheet of notes to exam 2. You will need a hand-held calculator for each exam. It is your responsibility to ensure that your calculator is working and will perform in the examination.
Plagiarism and Cheating
Please read Section 20 of the Texas A&M University Student Rules at
No form of scholastic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, etc.) will be tolerated. As commonly defined, plagiarism consists of passing off as one's own the ideas, words, writings, etc., which belong to another. In accordance with this definition, you are committing plagiarism if you copy the work of another person and turn it in as your own, even if you should have permission of that person. Since the homework grade for this course is a high percentage of your total grade, no plagiarism or cheating will be permitted in the homework. This includes programming assignments.
Please read Section 7 of the Texas A&M University Student Rules at
Please contact me as soon as you know you will miss a class or an exam so that a reasonable alternative can be accommodated. Unexcused absences will result in a grade of zero for the missed work.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Department of Student Life, Services for Students with Disabilities in Room 126 of the Koldus building, or call 845-1637. If you require accommodation for activities related to this course, please contact me as soon as possible.
You may be asked to allow copies of your assignments and exams to be submitted to the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) review panel. The purpose of this is to demonstrate to ABET that our stated mission and objectives are being effectively implemented. Your grade will not be affected by participation.
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CTS-0348572. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).