Spring 2000 Syllabus
Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
observe these office hours.
Instead, you will read the material in the class notes on your own and class time will be used to supplement the reading. The objectives:
See "Class Policies" section below regarding missed in-class activities. You must bring your class notes to each class; we will use them to coordinate these activities.
One might normally expect to be able to make up a quiz or activity missed due to an excused absence (i.e., an absence for a legitimate reason such as illness). However, the large number of quizzes and in-class activities would entail a unreasonably large amount of time and effort spent on negotiating excuses and administering and grading make-up assignments. Therefore, the policy for this class must be: No make-ups for missed quizzes or in-class activities. As an alternative, when final grades are computed for the course, I will drop the lowest quiz grade and the lowest in-class activity grade. If more compensation is appropriate, I will consider dropping more grades. Also, the course grades will be curved, so your missed classes will probably average out with those of the other students. Thus, if your absences are infrequent, it shouldn't have a significant effect on your course grade.
If you have to miss class for an extended period due to a protracted illness or similar reason, we will treat your needs as a special case and I will do everything I can to help you recover lost ground
You are responsible for keeping up with the reading of class notes per the schedule given in the course calendar.Homework and project assignments
All homework and project assignments must be turned in at the beginning of class on the due date. All due dates for assignments are firm. Any assignment that you do not hand in on time will be given a grade of zero. If you are not able to complete an assignment by the due date, you should hand in as much of it as you have done. You must prepare your assignments electronically and hand in a hardcopy by the due date/time. Assignments may not be submitted via email to either the professor or a GTA.Weather delays
If the university is closed on an assignment due date, it will be due (in a box or pile outside Dr. Hartson's door) by 2 p.m. on the first day the university reopens.Questions about grading
While the professors establish grading standards and work with the GTA in grading, the GTA has the responsibility to grade homework and project assignments. Therefore, when you have questions about grading of these, you should first see the GTA who graded the work. All questions regarding grading must be resolved within one week of return of the graded work. Keep all graded work until the end of the semester. In case your grade is incorrectly recorded, you will need to bring in the graded original in order for the recorded grade to be changed.Responding to e-mail
The professor and GTA will make every effort to answer your email to them in a timely fashion. However, due to the volume of email with classes of this size, you should not expect to get a reply in less than 24 hours. Many times you may get a reply in less than 24 hours, but you should not count on it (e.g., to answer questions about a homework or project assignment within the last few hours before that assignment is due). Please put "CS3724" as the subject line of your email; that will help us identify your emails more quickly.No "extra credit" work
Students sometimes ask for some extra credit work near the end of the semester in an attempt to bring up poor grades. No extra credit work will be given to any student on an individual basis. However, occasionally an extra-credit opportunity might be offered to the whole class.Leaving class early
You are expected to remain through the entire class period, as leaving early is disruptive and disturbs everyone else in the classroom. If you know in advance that you must leave early, you are to clear it with the professor before class begins, and then to sit as near the door as possible and leave quietly. "I'm sleepy" is not a valid excuse for leaving early :>)Grades via e-mail
Because of the large number of students in each class, professors and GTAs will not be able to reply to individual email requests for final exam and/or class grades at the end of the semester, but grades will be posted (on the Web and otherwise).Honor System
The current Honor System policies of the University are to be observed in this course. All individual work (e.g., homework, exams) must be completed by you, working alone. The group project should be carried out without assistance from people outside the group, except as explicitly noted in an assignment.