There will be five homeworks during the semester that will count for 25% of your course grade. Unless otherwise noted, you are free to discuss the problems and your general approach with other students in the class. However, the answers you turn in MUST be your own original work, and you are bound by the Student Code. Please start early.
There will be five projects during the semester that will count for 40% of your course grade. Unless otherwise indicated, you SHOULD work in a team of two. You may consult general reference material, but you may not collaborate outside your team. The material you turn in MUST be entirely your team’s work, and you are bound by the Student Code. Please start early.
Collaboration: We are here to provide a nurturing environment for everyone enrolled in the course. However, violations of Illinois' Standards of Academic Integrity, such as cheating or unacceptable collaboration, will result in appropriate disciplinary action such as a failing grade on the assignment, failure in the course, probation, suspension, or dismissal from the University. Cheating is when you copy, with or without modification, someone else’s work that is not meant to be publicly accessible. Unacceptable collaboration is the knowing exposure of your own exam answers, project solutions, or homework solutions, or the use of someone else’s answers or solutions.
At the same time, we encourage students to help each other learn the course material. As in most courses, there is a boundary separating these two situations. You may give or receive help on any of the concepts covered in lecture. You are allowed to consult with other students about the conceptualization of a project, or the general approach for homework solutions. However, all written work, whether in scrap or final form, must be done by you (or your project partners where applicable).
If you have any questions as to what constitutes unacceptable collaboration or exploitation of prior work, please talk to an instructor right away. You are expected to exercise reasonable precautions in protecting your own work.