CSCI A348/548
Assignments & Grading

Fall 2000

Grades will be posted here


A348 is offered in the same rooms and at the same time with A548. The syllabus is the same for A348 (undergraduate) and A548 (graduate) students. There are about 6-7 assignments per semester, two in-class closed-book exams (the midterm and the final) and a team project. There are also 6-7 quizzes and 6-7 in-class assignments in the labs (a few).

The assignments and the exams have two components: a basic component that is required of all students (this part tests understanding of the concepts presented in class and demonstrated in the lab modules) and a more advanced component that is optional for the undergraduates but is required of the graduate students. The basic component of an assignment accounts for 100% of the assignment grade of an undergraduate student, and for 67% of that of a graduate student.

The advanced component of the assignment usually requires a certain amount of independent study on the part of the student, as it refers to concepts and procedures mentioned but not presented in great detail in lectures or lab modules. This component is optional for the undegraduates, but it accounts for 33% of the assignment grade for the students enrolled in A548.

Quizzes and in-class assignments are identical for all students, and team projects (coordinated by the instructor) are all of the same difficulty.

Where teams are composed of both graduate and undergraduate students the graduate students are expected to assume additional responsibilities in terms of team coordination, project implementation and final presentation, and contributions to the project will be graded separately.

Course grades will be determined as follows:

Component Category Weight
6-7 Assignments HWK 35%
6-7 Takehome Quizzes THQ 10%
6-7 In-lab Assignments LAB 10%
Group Project PRJ 15%
Midterm Exam MID 10%
Final Exam FIN 20%

The overall cutoff scale is as follows:

0-54 55-59 60-65 66-67 68-69 70-75 76-77 78-79 80-85 86-87 88-89 90-95 96-100
F D- D D+ C- C C+ B- B B+ A- A A+

Late policy: you may lose all points for a homework assignment if you don't turn it in on time, so please ask for help well in advance to make sure all goes well.

Last updated: August 30, 2000 by Adrian German for A348/A548