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:
- 26 lecture worksheets: There will be a short worksheet that is due before the start of each discussion session (10:10 AM Tuesdays and Thursdays).
- 6 homework assignments
- 11 lab assignments
- 2 midterms
- 1 final project
Grades will be assigned using the following weighted components:
- Lecture worksheets: 5%
- Homeworks: 20%
- Labs: 15%
- Midterm 1: 20%
- Midterm 2: 20%
- Final project: 20%
- Lecture worksheets will be graded based on completion/effort. For each question, we’d like you to answer the question or explain where you got stuck: if you do this, you will receive full credit. Your lowest 6 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.
Each student gets an extension budget of 5 total slip days. You can use the extension on homework assignments only (not lab assignments, discussion worksheets, 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 minute 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 the middle of an unprecedented global pandemic and economic downturn: if you are facing extenuating circumstances or unusual hardship, please reach out to the course staff. We’re here to help!
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 the midterm and final. We will be following the EECS departmental policy on Academic Honesty, so be sure you are familiar with it.
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