Grading Policies

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

Attendance is mandatory. Students are expected to arrive at class on time, participate during in-class activities and discussions, and be a good team member. As a show of respect to fellow students, laptops and cellphones should remain off unless the instructor explicitly permits them for class activities. During crits, students are expected to offer constructive criticism on their classmates' work. If students must miss class for an excusable reason, get permission IN ADVANCE from the instructor and keep teammates informed.

Grading breakdown:
  • 15%   Experience reports
  • 10%   Discussion in class
  • 10%   Discussion in online forum
  • 5%   Leading discussion (once per quarter)
  • 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 do not have to do every assignment in order to receive full credit. You can miss at most one day of readings comments and one experience report. You cannot miss the day you lead the class discussion, so plan carefully. 

References and Cheating
    In all your work in this class, you should use any sources of information you can: search results, news sources, scholarly papers, personal contacts, and outside faculty. Then you should 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. I will be happy to work with you and them to support your success in the class.