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Grading Policy

Grades are straight scale: 90 or above is an A, 80-89 B, 70-79 C, 60-69 D, 59 or below F. In other words, there is NO curve and NO rounding. We look for a gap between students' grades to make the assignment of letter grades. If the largest gap is between 90.0 and 89.9, then 89.9 is a B and 90.0 is an A.

Students are required to hand in unique and original assignments for homeworks one through five. Students are allowed (and even encouraged) to seek each other's advice and opinion, but the homework that gets turned in must be substantially different from all others (this includes submissions from previous semesters). On homework assignments six through nine, students are required to work in pairs. Students will complete a pair-programming contract in their recitation sections. For pair-programming assignments, each pair must have a unique and original submission that is substantially different from that of any other group (in this semester as well as previous semesters). Please do not test us on this...substantially similar submissions may receive a zero and/or be submitted to the Office of Student Integrity. Please see the Collaboration Policy page for more details.

No late assignments will be accepted without previous arrangement with the instructor. All assignments are due at 7:00 pm Eastern time on the due date unless otherwise specified. There will be opportunities to earn extra credit on some assignments.

There will be no make-up quizzes. At the end of the semester, we will count the highest three quiz grades in calculating your final grade. There will be no make-up exams without previous arrangement and an official/reasonable excuse.

Attendance in lecture is not required

If you believe that your grade was miscalculated or was made in error:

BE SURE TO TURN IN SOMETHING THAT WORKS! If your program fails with an error, it becomes very hard for the grader to give you any points at all! Turn in something that works, even if it doesn't do EVERYTHING, and you will get partial credit. If your program stops with an error without getting anything done, we are hard pressed to give you any points at all.

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