Department of Computer Science and Engineering

CSE 131 / 501N

Fall 2015

Grading Policy

We recognize that students enter CSE131 with a wide variety of backgrounds. Therefore, 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 5%
Studios 10%
Labs 25%
Extensions 25%
Exam I 10%
Exam II 10%
Exam III 10%
The videos and exercises you do on your own contain numerous points at which you are asked to complete and submit responses in the exercises folder of your repository. Your earn participation points for the online course by submitting these responses.
  • You don't have to get every response right to earn participation points.
  • However, you must show by your responses that you are following
  • These exercises must be attempted and committed as you go through the modules. The participation points are captured after each module.
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. Prior permission 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.
  • Each module includes practice problems and a quiz so you can prepare for the exams.
  • 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.
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 satisfactory.

We reserve the right to inspect your labs for style, and to refuse credit for labs 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 syllabus.

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.

Extensions can be submitted at any of the following times:

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

What if I feel my work was not graded properly?

Once a grade for an assignment has been posted to blackboard, you have one week to ask for a review of that grade.
It is your responsibility to check your grades and make an appeal, if appropriate, in the alloted time period.

Appeals made beyond the one-week consideration period will not be considered. Emails or piazza posts concerning regrades past the one-week consideration period will not be answered.

Last modified 16:33:00 CDT 28 August 2015 by Ron K. Cytron