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   Labs

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Labs are primarily in-class activities, where assistance from fellow students, TAs, and instructors is available.

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You are allowed to help other students and get help from other students on labs (and labs only).

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Labs should be checked by a TA before you leave class.

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In the case that you do not complete the lab in class, they must be checked by a TA, during their normal office hours, within a week of the class lab session.

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Late labs receive zero credit.

   Late Homework or Project Assignments

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The assignments must be turned in on time with a penalty of 10% per day late, starting the minute it is late.

   Laptop and Phone Policy

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Please close all laptops and phones at the beginning of class.

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Student use of mobile devices during class is at the discretion of the instructor.

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The default is have them available for labs or in-class exercises, but to leave them closed otherwise.

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When permitted, they should only be used to enhance class involvement and learning.

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No email, chat, or other non-class related surfing is permitted.

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Using mobile phones and other distractions are unprofessional behavior and are forbidden in class.

   Role of TAs

    We hope and intend that the TAs will provide you with valuable assistance.

    TAs should:

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Be present for office hours.

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Be helping students during office hours, not doing their own work.

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Help you understand the project assignments and class topics

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Help you with general questions concerning your project assignment code.

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Help you go over what your code should or should not be doing.

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Grade your projects within a week of submission
 

    TAs should not:

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Find your code bugs and fix your code for you.

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Show you their version of the code.

   TAs are also very busy students, and may not reply to your questions by email, chat, phone, Facebook, Twitter, SMS, smoke signal, or telepathy.

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Except if they invite you to contact them.

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Don't abuse the offer.

    If you have complements or problems with the TAs assistance:

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The instructors definitely want to know about it.

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Please tell us about it before or after class, or during office hours.

   Policy on Complaints about Grading

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Grading mistakes may occur.

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Please see your exam papers, assignments and projects, and learn how your work has been graded (within 1 week after grades have been announced).

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Please contact the TA who graded your assignment about grading mistakes.

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It will be up to the TA to handle the complaint.

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If you are still not satisfied with the TA's grade please contact your instructor.

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Our initial reaction will be to support the TA's grade.

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In some cases, however, we might agree with the student and ask for the grade to be adjusted.

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Please make any grading concerns known to your instructor or the TA immediately (within 1 week).

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Set up an appointment with your instructor or the TA and get the matter resolved.

   Attendance

bulletAttendance, Discussion and Contribution (ADC): Attendance is very important to learn the topics in a timely manner. It will be forced by taking attendance.
 
bulletQuestion: Why is attendance taken?  Answer: It is taken for ...
  1. YOU - You can learn the topics in class in a shot time in a timely manner. If you ask questions, and make some contributions to the course, you improve your some personal skills, like public speaking and self confidence, and as a consequence you feel good about yourself. You don't feel guilty and worry for not being in class. You are noticed by your instructor and may get his reference later, ....
    As a result of all these, if you feel good about yourself (and others), you produce good results.
  2. People who cares about you, and pays your tuition
  3. Your friends - The number of students in class and their contributions affect the quality of the lectures
  4. Your instructor - Attendance may affect the morale of the instructor and the quality of the lecture 
  5. Y÷K (The Council of Higher Education of the Republic of Turkey), University, Faculty, Department
     
bulletMy Algorithm for Explaining Attendance Policy and Solving Attendance Problems

The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly
(İyi, KŲtŁ ve «irkin)  v 0.2

The GOOD GUY Algorithm:
if your course attendance > %70
, and if your final cumulative grade is near the boundary of a letter grade
{      You may get a higher letter grade; // This depends on how near the grade is
        if you have asked some questions and made some small contributions to the course,
             you generally get a higher letter grade;
}

The BAD GUY Algorithm:
if your attendance < %70
and if you could not get good grades,
      you cannot take the final exam and you get NA
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if your attendance < %70 (even your attendance may be 0 %) and

if you get good grades in midterms, homework assignments, and labs
{         that's very good, congratulations, you have learned what this course teaches or
           you already know the course topics, you can get the final exam;
                (After the final exam) if your final cumulative grade is near the boundary of a letter grade,
                      I do nothing Good or Bad, you get what your cumulative grade deserves;  
}
     
The UGLY GUY Algorithm:
if you have spoiled the classroom atmosphere a couple of times during the semester by some misbehaviors
{    if your behaviors can not be tolerated, an official action is taken; 
      if your final cumulative grade is near the boundary of a letter grade 
            
I do nothing Good or Bad, you get what your cumulative grade deserves;  
}

   Policy on Collaboration and Cheating

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Collaboration is not permitted in this class. Cheating will be treated very seriously.

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Everything turned in for grading in this course must be your own work. The instructor reserves the right to question a student orally or in writing and to use his evaluation of the studentís understanding of the assignment and of the submitted solution as evidence of cheating. Violations will be reported to the Honor Council for consideration for punitive action. By Department policy, students found to be in violation of this rule will, at the very least, receive a failing grade in the course and may be subject to stiffer penalties.
 

    The following are OK:

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Discussing the requirements of the project as long as no code is discussed

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Discussing general approaches to solving the project as long as no code is discussed

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Finding code samples from the textbook and class handouts.

    The following are considered cheating::

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Discussing code

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Showing anyone your code and looking at anyone else's code

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Having anyone else produce code for you

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Having anyone else correct your code for you

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Copying code you find on the web
 

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A student who shares code with another student will be treated the same as the person who does the copying. Keep your own code safe.

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The first instance of cheating, whether on a test or homework project, will result in a failing grade for the course, and possible expulsion from the program.

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In addition to any penalties imposed by the instructor, including failing the course, all cheating and plagiarism infractions will be reported in writing to the Associate Dean for the program, the Associate Dean of Faculty, the Dean of Student Affairs, and the Dean. They will review and determine if expulsion should be recommended. The report will become part of the studentís permanent record.

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The appropriate people to refer to for help in homework projects are the TAs and the instructors. They can look at your code and help you with it. See them during office hours.

   General Academic Integrity

bulletWe will be very careful in grading the projects, homeworks, exams so that everybody gets the grade that he/she deserves. Copying will not be tolerated and will be checked and punished rigorously.

The Gediz University has a very strict policy on academic dishonesty. All work on homeworks and examinations must be strictly individual.  Violations of this policy will result in an F grade for the class and may result in suspension/expulsion from the university.

You must do all of the homework assignments for grading individually (and the exams, of course). In preparing the solutions for assignments, you may consult with other students, the teaching assistants and myself regarding the general method of solutions. However, the final submission handed in for grading must be your own work. Copying the solutions of others is expressly forbidden. Allowing others to copy your solutions is expressly forbidden. Penalties for violation of this will range from a grade of zero on the assignment, a reduced grade for the semester, to a grade of F for the course, and a letter to the Office of the Dean.
 

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