Discussion Rules and Grading Criteria: CS/ECE 560 Spring 2011

Sanjay Rajopadhye

The discussion problems arre usually simple "lead-in" questions that get you going with the Homework assignments. The goals of the discussion are two-fold. The first is to get you to articulate your problem solving processes, and for us to make sure you are on the right track. The second goal is to develop some collaborative skills, especially with the on-line students who don't have direct access to the labs, the instructors and/or the TAs. The discussion counts for 5% of your total course grade, so it is important, and it is not a difficult set of points to get. It simply requires you to be organized and be on the ball.

Grading Policy and participation rules

In each HW assignment, and possibly at other times, we will post problems for you to discuss. Each discussion will be worth 10 points. Your posts will be classified as follows: You are required to make at least one significant and several standard posts to the discussion. In addition, you must initiate discussion at least 24 hours before the deadline. The points are tentatively as follows: 2 points for initiation, 4 points for a meaningful post, and 2 points for a standard post. Scores for multiple posts are added up (so two significant posts and an initiation will get you the full 10 points). You can make up for a missed initiation by additional other posts, but you cannot recover points for a missing significant post.
Sanjay Rajopadhye 2011-1-25