Our goal in teaching this class is to help you learn the material. Our grading policies are based on this goal: we’ll provide you with feedback on your learning in homework and lab, and the rest of our policies are meant to further this goal as well.
You will be assessed through the following assignments:
- (about) 14 weekly vitamins
- 6 homework assignments
- 12 lab assignments
- 2 midterms
- 1 final project
Grades will be assigned using the following weighted components:
- Vitamins: 5%
- Homeworks: 20%
- Labs: 15%
- Midterm 1: 20%
- Midterm 2: 20%
- Final project: 20%
- Vitamins are weekly short assignments to check that you are keeping up with lectures. Vitamins should take fewer than 15 minutes to complete. Your two lowest vitamin scores will be dropped.
- Homework will be graded on completion and correctness. No assignment may be dropped, but we will have a slip day policy (see below).
- Lab assignments will be graded on completion and correctness, but all test cases for autograded questions will be public. Your two lowest lab scores will be dropped.
- A grading rubric and more details regarding the final project will be released later in the semester.
There will be two midterms on October 5, 2021 and November 18, 2021. Midterms will be held from 7-9PM. You must take the midterm at the specified time: if you have a conflict, please contact course staff ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will not accept any conflicts after the drop deadline (except for emergencies).
The exams will be proctored, and will tentatively be held in person. Any remote exams will also be proctored, using a protocol similar to CS161.
Each student gets an extension budget of 5 total slip days. You can use the extension on homework assignments only (not lab assignments, weekly vitamins, or the final project) during the semester. Do not plan to use your slip-time; it is there for unforeseen circumstances. These are rounded up, so if you are 1 hour late, then 1 slip day will be used. (Why? We’d rather you get some sleep and make an attempt to finish the assignment the next day instead of staying up to micromanage hours.)
After you have used your slip-time budget, any assignment handed in late will be marked off 20% per day late (rounded up to the nearest integer number of days). No assignment will be accepted more than 5 days late.
We know that we’re still in an unprecedented global pandemic and economic downturn: If you already use up your 5 slip days in the semester and you are facing extenuating circumstances or unusual hardship, you can contact us for extra slip days. We’re here to help!
For information on DSP accommodations, please refer to the course Ed site.
Data science is a collaborative activity. While you may talk with others about the homework, we ask that you write your solutions individually. If you do discuss the assignments with others please include their names at the top of your notebook. Keep in mind that content from the homeworks and labs will likely be covered on both of the midterms. We will be following the EECS departmental policy on Academic Honesty, so be sure you are familiar with it.
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“As a member of the UC Berkeley community, I act with honesty, integrity, and respect for others.”