CSE 416a Syllabus (FL19)

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Lectures will be held every Tuesday and Thursday 10-11:20am in Cupples I / 115.

Course Content
Find a list of topics to be covered on the course Roadmap!

Homework Assignments 
There will be homework assignments consisting of written and coding problems:

  • should be worked on in groups of up to (not more than) 2 students
  • submit via Gradescope
  • ca. 5-6 assignments (each weighted equally)
  • contribute 50% towards your total course performance

Homeworks will be assigned concurrently to the lecture sessions covering the respective materials. Due dates will be indicated on the course webpage under homework assignmentsIt is every student’s responsibility to meet the submission requirements and deadlines. We cannot accept late submissions and submissions that do not follow the submission instructions for no reason (see also Late Policy below).

Each homework assignment will be graded and the total grade achieved for all homework assignments (no drops, no make-ups) will contribute 50% towards your total course performance.

Regrade Requests
Any regrade requests and claims of missing scores will have to made within one week of the grade announcement. We will not take any regrade requests after this period for no reason. Grade announcements and grading comments will be provided via Gradescope. All grades will be maintained on Blackboard. Regrade submissions should be exclusively done via Gradescope.

In-class Exam
There will be one written in-class exam contributing 25% towards your total course performance. Date:

  • exam: THU 14 Nov 2019 10-11:20am in-class
  • no final exam

Final Project 
There will be a final project assigned in the 2nd half of the course. Due date:

  • FRI 13 Dec 2019 6pm (no extension)

The final project contributes 25% towards your total course performance. It will be graded on a 0-100% score scale and grades will be assigned based on both, its implementation component and its conceptual component (a report motivating, describing, and analyzing the project and a discussion of its experimental results and impact).

Non-curricular Activities
We can not offer accommodation for examinations and given deadlines for non-curricular activities outside your Wash U commitments. This includes job interviews or flying home early. I understand that you may decide to miss a scheduled exam date for these reasons, but you will need to weigh the consequences when making such a decision.

Grading Summary
50%  homework assignments
25%  exam
25%  final project

Final course grades will be assigned using the following straight scale:

Letter Grade Cutoff Percentage
A 93%
A- 90%
B+ 87%
B 83%
B- 80%
C+ 77%
C 73%
C- 70%
D+ 67%
D 63%
D- 60%
F < 60%

Late Policy
Your homework assignments must be turned in on time. There are absolutely no makeup assignments for any reason. You get an automatic 3 day extension on every homework.
WARNING: there is absolutely NO extension to this extension for NO reason!

Collaboration Policy
You are encouraged to discuss the course material with other students. Discussing the material, and the general form of solutions to the labs is a key part of the class. Since, for many of the assignments, there is no single “right” answer, talking to other students and to the TAs is a good thing. However, everything that you turn in should be your own work, unless we tell you otherwise. If you talk about assignments with another student, then you need to explicitly tell us on the hand-in. You are not allowed to copy answers or parts of answers from anyone else, or from material you find on the Internet. This will be considered as willful cheating, and will be dealt with according to the official collaboration policy:

Academic Integrity
Unless explicitly instructed otherwise, everything that you turn in for this course must be your own work. If you willfully misrepresent someone else’s work as your own, you are guilty of cheating. Cheating, in any form, will not be tolerated in this class.

Checkout these questions and answers in the CSE FAQ.

There is zero tolerance of Academic Dishonesty. I will be actively searching for academic dishonesty on all homework submissions and the exam. If you are guilty of cheating on any assignment or exam, you will receive an F in the course and be referred to the School of Engineering Discipline Committee. In severe cases, this can lead to expulsion from the University, as well as possible deportation for international students. If you copy from anyone in the class both parties will be penalized, regardless of which direction the information flowed. This is your only warning.

Please refer to the University Undergraduate Academic Integrity Policy, for more information. If you suspect that you may be entering an ambiguous situation, it is your responsibility to clarify it before the professor or TAs detect it. If in doubt, please ask us.

Providing/Posting Solutions
Providing your course work (written or code) in any form to others is a violation of the academic integrity policy. If you provide your solutions to someone else in the course or post them publicly onlineyou are guilty of violating our academic integrity policy. Such a case will be treated the same way as described above and prosecution will also take place after finishing the course or even graduating form Wash U.

Mental Health
Mental Health Services professional staff members work with students to resolve personal and interpersonal difficulties, many of which can affect the academic experience. These include conflicts with or worry about friends or family, concerns about eating or drinking patterns, and feelings of anxiety and depression. See: http://shs.wustl.edu/MentalHealth

If you have any problems with the workload of this class, please come and talk to me. The earlier we talk the better.

Accommodations based upon sexual assault
The University is committed to offering reasonable academic accommodations to students who are victims of sexual assault. Students are eligible for accommodation regardless of whether they seek criminal or disciplinary action. Depending on the specific nature of the allegation, such measures may include but are not limited to: implementation of a no-contact order, course/classroom assignment changes, and other academic support services and accommodations. If you need to request such accommodations, please direct your request to Kim Webb (kim_webb@wustl.edu), Director of the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center. Ms. Webb is a confidential resource; however, requests for accommodations will be shared with the appropriate University administration and faculty. The University will maintain as confidential any accommodations or protective measures provided to an individual student so long as it does not impair the ability to provide such measures.

If a student comes to me to discuss or disclose an instance of sexual assault, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking, or if I otherwise observe or become aware of such an allegation, I will keep the information as private as I can, but as a faculty member of Washington University, I am required to immediately report it to my Department Chair or Dean or directly to Ms. Jessica Kennedy, the Universitys Title IX Coordinator. If you would like to speak with the Title IX Coordinator directly, Ms. Kennedy can be reached at (314) 935-3118, jwkennedy@wustl.edu, or by visiting her office in the Womens Building. Additionally, you can report incidents or complaints to Tamara King, Associate Dean for Students and Director of Student Conduct, or by contacting WUPD at (314) 935-5555 or your local law enforcement agency.

You can also speak confidentially and learn more about available resources at the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center by calling (314) 935-8761 or visiting the 4th floor of Seigle Hall.

Bias Reporting 
The University has a process through which students, faculty, staff and community members who have experienced or witnessed incidents of bias, prejudice or discrimination against a student can report their experiences to the Universitys Bias Report and Support System (BRSS) team. See: http://brss.wustl.edu