Grading Policies


This class will involve a great amount of discussion with time devoted to lecture, in-class activities, student presentations, and prototyping. Grades will reflect project performance, process documentation, class attendance, and discussion participation.

Attendance is mandatory. Students are expected to arrive to class on time, participate during in-class activities and discussions, and be a good team member. If you are late for a class more than 15 min (starting at 9:30), it will be counted as an absence. As a show of respect to fellow students, laptops and cellphones should remain off unless the instructor explicitly permits them for class activities. If students must miss class for an excusable reason, get permission IN ADVANCE from the instructor and keep teammates informed. More than two excused absences will affect your grade.

Grading breakdown:
  • 10%   Experience reports
  • 10%   Quizzes based on readings (no make-up quizzes; the lowest quiz score will be dropped)
  • 10%   Paper presentations (two per quarter)
  • 5%     Panelist contributions (discussing papers in class) 
  • 5%     Audience contributions (posting discussion questions) 
  • 20%   Midterm project
  • 40%   Final project

Team peer evaluation can influence an individual student’s grade by up to 10% (-5% to +5%). 

Poor attendance can also decrease an individual student’s grade by up to 10% (one letter grade).

Late Assignments (not allowed)

It is vitally important to keep up with assignments in the course in order to participate fully. For instance, if you are late doing a reading or doing an experience report, it means that you’ll be unprepared for lecture and discussion in class.

Therefore, late assignments will not be accepted without a doctor’s note. We realize that unavoidable things sometimes come up, and so you can miss at most one day of posting discussion questions for readings as an audience member. Experience reports must be posted, even if late. 

Please try to avoid missing the day you play the Presenter role, especially if you don't have a partner that day. If you need to miss, make sure your partner is prepared or find another student to swap papers with you. You will need to complete your required presentations later in the quarter. 

References and Cheating
    In all your work in this class, you should utilize and cite any sources of information you can: search results, news sources, scholarly papers, personal contacts, and outside faculty. Acknowledge them with specific footnotes or hyperlinks. Specify each source well enough that a reader can find it. We will reward you for using sources of help and penalize you for using none. If you cut and paste content from elsewhere, use quotation marks and footnote.

    Not acknowledging your citations is an ethical failure, but failing to seek help limits your effectiveness.

    Getting help without acknowledgement is considered cheating. Even if you think you might have received inappropriate help (e.g. having someone else contribute too much to a report), describe it in the references and you will not be accused of cheating.

    Should any student be found guilty of cheating on a quiz, exam, or assignment, the University will be notified. Additionally, depending on the circumstances, and at the discretion of the instructor and the Department Head, a student may be failed in the course and may be expelled from the University. A student can appeal any faculty decision to the UC San Diego Academic Senate.

    Special Needs
    If you are will be missing class for religious reasons, let us know during the first week of class and it will not be penalized. If you have a disability and wish to request an accommodation, please contact the Office for Students with Disabilities. We will be happy to work with you to support your success in the class.


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