We recognize that students enter CSE131 with a wide variety of
CSE131 strives for a non-competetive learning environment. Our aim is to
help you learn, not filter you out. To avoid putting you in competition
with your classmates, we will not compare students in the determination
of grades for CSE131. No "means" are used and there are no "curves."
Your semester score is computed as the following weighted average:
| Component ||Weight|
| Participation || 5% |
| Quizzes || 10% |
| Studios || 10% |
| Labs || 20% |
| Extensions || 25% |
| Exam I || 10% |
| Exam II || 10% |
| Exam III || 10% |
- Reading assignments are posted before each lecture. Using
WUTexter, you can respond to questions at the beginning of
Your score for this component is based on your responding to these questions.
You don't have to get every question right to earn a perfect participation
score. However, you must show by your responses that you are
prepared for class.
- Quizzes will be given in your lab section meetings, the week after your
work for a given module is due. We will automatically drop your lowest quiz
grade. No make-up quizzes will be given.
- You earn credit for studios simply by participation. The studios are
an important component of how material is learned in this course. They
are essentially a substitute for lecture, except that you learn actively
by doing rather than by listening.
At the end of each studio session, you are cleared by a TA and your
participation is automatically recorded.
You are allowed one unexcused studio absence without penalty.
- Any excused absence can be made up with the TAs during their office hours.
is required from the instructor for the absence to be considered excused.
- Any other studio absence
drops your overall studio score to zero, which essentially lowers your final
grade in the course by one letter.
- The course divides into thirds and an exam will be given after
each third. The dates for these will be shown on the
course calendar and syllabus.
includes practice problems so you can prepare for the exams. Also,
a review session will be conducted before each exam.
There is no comprehensive final exam for this course. However, the third
exam will be given during the scheduled final exam period for this course.
Because of conflicts in scheduling evening exams for our course
in Fall 2013, I will be dropping everybody's lowest exam score.
This means that your best 2 out of 3 exams will count for 30% of your
- Each module of this course has a lab assignment. Most labs are
graded by the demo you perform in front of a TA. The TA will inspect your
code, watch your demo, and pass you on that lab assignment if both are
We reserve the right to inspect your labs for style, and to refuse credit
do not meet the style standards
for this course. In such cases you may resubmit the work as a late
lab (see below).
Labs are due as posted on the course calendar and
We realize that you are taking other courses, and that you may occasionally
need more time to complete a lab. You are given a certain
number of late-lab coupons as
described in the late policy, and these are spent automatically
when you demo a lab after its regular deadline
and before its late deadline.
Once you are out
of coupons, no other late labs will count toward your lab score.
Your lab score is the fraction of labs you have completed as compared
to those assigned. Thus, your lab score will be 100% if all labs
are completed as described above.
- While the labs test your basic knowledge of the course material, the
extensions serve both to reinforce each module specifically but also to
integrate techinques between the modules.
Extensions are demonstrated like labs, with
a TA evaluating both your code and its functionality. Please read the following
carefully concerning how extension points are counted.
- Each extension is worth a certain number of points, as shown on the extension's
page and in
this table .
- Points for the extensions you successfully demo accumulate and count towards
your extension score, subject to the constraints articulated below. If you meet
the contraints, let's call the associated points valid.
- Your fractional (or percentage) score for extensions, overall, is simply the
sum of your valid extension points, taken out of 100.
- Valid points in excess of 100 still count toward your extension score, thus
earning you extra points that count toward your overall grade, in proportion to the
weight given to your extension score.
For example, if extensions count 25% toward your overall course score, then each
4 points over 100 that you earn in valid extension points adds one point to your overall
- The validity of your extension points is associated with turning in a certain
number of points by deadlines that are shown on the course calendar.
- The calendar will divide your extension points into n groups. If
we number the deadlines 1, 2, …, n, then i/n points are due at
the ith deadline.
For example, if there are 3 deadlines, 1/3 of your points are due at the first deadline,
2/3 are due by the second deadline, and all of your points are due by the third deadline.
- Important! At each deadline, the maximum number of points you can earn
is limited by how many you have at that deadline. Each deadline i limits the total points
you can earn for extensions to n/i the points you have at the ith deadline.
Continuing the example, you will be awarded no more than 3 times the points you
have at your first deadline, 3/2 the points you have at your second deadline, and
3/3 the points you have at the third deadline.
- No valid points can be earned after the final deadline.
Extensions can be submitted at any of the following times:
- At the time you demo/submit the module related to the extension.
- During any of the extensions fests that are held
during the semester. These are shown on the
course calendar and syllabus.
How are grades assigned?
Your letter grade in this course is based on your semester score, computed
as described above. No rounding is performed on your semester score: you
must have at least the stated number of points to earn the associated grade.
The following table explains how the score is converted
into a letter or pass/fail grade:
| Score || Grade |
| 97 ||A+ ||Pass|
| 93 ||A |
| 90 ||A- |
| 87 ||B+ |
| 83 ||B |
| 80 ||B- |
| 77 ||C+ |
| 73 ||C |
| 70 ||C- |
| 60 ||D ||Fail|
| 0 ||F |
Last modified 05:42:51 CST 13 November 2013
by Ron K. Cytron