We will try to focus on discussing content, not following procedures, but here's some practical information. If you have questions, feel free to ask one of the teachers.

The overall grade will be determined as follows:

  • 40% weight on final exam (mid-december) 
  • 30% on Homework 
  • 30% on Term Project


See policies on deadlines below
  • Submission in physical form, please
  • Probably 4 homeworks over the semester, two weeks time to work on it
  • Individual work (see below)
  • Closely related to individual topics discussed in class

Term Project

See the term projects page

  • Ideally a research problem
  • One per semester
  • Can be done in groups
  • You can submit own topic ideas

Deadlines and Lateness

Homework (assignments and projects) is worth full credit at the beginning of the class on the due date. Unless granted an extension, it is worth at most 90% credit for the next 24 hours, at most 50% credit for the following 24 hours, and at most 25% credit after that. If you need an extension, please ask for it as soon as the need for it is known. Extensions that are requested promptly can be granted more liberally. You must turn in all assignments.

Collaboration among Students

We encourage collaboration between students and studying materials in groups only when the purpose of this is to facilitate learning, not to circumvent problems. It is allowed to seek help from other students in understanding the material needed to solve a particular homework problem. But the actual solutions must be done by every student alone. Student should report any collaboration on the first page of homework. If the instructors think the collaboration is too much, your grade may be affected somewhat. However, collaboration without full disclosure will be handled much more severely, in compliance with CMU's Policy on Cheating and Plagiarism.