Component Quantity Points per Total points
Homeworks (lowest dropped) 8 71 497
CPS 544 Project 1 200 200
Exams 3 100 300
Final exam (comprehensive) 1 203 203
CPS 444 Total: 1,000
CPS 544 Total: 1,200

Each homework requires a fair amount of critical thought and design, and approximately 100–500 lines of code. To prepare students for the realities of computer science problems in industry and graduate school (and beyond) this course encourages (and rewards) self-reliance and independent, self-directed work. Handwritten assignments are not accepted. Assignments are due at 4:30pm in class. No exceptions. Late assignments are not accepted. No exceptions. All exams are in-class, closed-book, and closed-notes. Attendance is mandatory at all examinations; make-ups are not given. Any missed exam will result in a zero. Make no assumptions about anything; always consult the instructor first. Final letter grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, and D start at 93, 90, 87, 83, 80, 77, 73, 70, and 60 percent, respectively.

Workload: CPS 444 is a challenging course and moves at a very fast pace. Spending a minimum of 9 hours outside of class each week reading, studying, and programming is required. I advised you to see me to discuss any problems you may have before you are evaluated.

Classroom policies: Students are expected to conduct themselves with professionalism and integrity. Keep phones and similar devices in a silent mode during class. The use of laptop computers and similar devices is not permitted in class.

Academic integrity: To achieve the course objectives, assignments must be a sole result of your individual work, not be shared with classmates, and prepared in accordance with the University Honor Pledge (see below). Evidence indicating a violation of this policy will be handled according to the student handbook (Academic Information) and result in a doubly-weighted zero which will not be dropped. Make no assumptions about this policy; always consult the instructor first. No student should ever feel that they must resort to academic dishonesty. You are encouraged to consult the instructor if you are struggling with the course or an assignment. No grade is worth your integrity. Honesty in your academic work will develop into professional integrity. The faculty and students of the University of Dayton will not tolerate any form of academic dishonesty.

The Honor Pledge as listed in the Academic Honor Code section of the Undergraduate Issue of the Bulletin applies in full to this course. Graduate students and students enrolled in CPS 544 are governed by the Academic Dishonesty section of the Graduate Bulletin.

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