CSE370 Workload, Grading, and Policies
The course comprises the following elements:
We will try to ensure that the workload is typical for a four-credit
course: Namely, eight to ten hours per week outside of the lectures. If
we do not succeed, please let us know.
- Lectures: There are 29 lectures. I will post the slides
as PDF files for your reference.
- Sections: There are 9 section meetings during the quarter.
We will use this time to review the lecture material, do sample
problems, demonstrate the design tools, and answer questions. Once you
choose a section, you should stick with it.
- Reading: The schedule will give the pages from the
textbook that we will cover in each lecture. The presentation in the
lectures and text should complement each other. It will be helpful for
you to read the relevant pages before lecture, even though you may not
- Assignments: There will be an assignment handed out each
week, typically on Wednesday, due the following Friday at the
beginning of class. These assignments will include both problems
from the book and design problems to be solved using the CAD tools
(Active-HDL). These will lead to a project involving the design of a
- Quizzes Four in-class quizzes (20 minutes per quiz) will
be given at the end of class every other Friday. Only in rare cases we
will allow quizzes to be made up.
- Final exam: There will be the usual two-hour final exam at
the end of the quarter. We will schedule this exam so that all students
will take it at the same time.
We have structured the course so that spending an hour or two per
day will maximize your efficiency. You will work this way in the real
world—you cannot cram a three-month design assignment into the last
night—so you may as well work this way now. Plus, you will understand
the material better. If you leave the homework for Thursday night, then
you will not have time to study for the quizzes, and you will not have
time to ask questions when (not if) the software misbehaves.
Software tools frequently consume more time then they should. We
have designed the assignments to get you up to speed gradually (over the
period of a few weeks), but undoubtedly there will be some start-up
cost. Essentially, you are learning a language, a compiler, and getting
familiar with a process. Every tool imposes a certain model: Your
frustration can be high until you assimilate that model and learn to use
it. Be sure to use the tutorials, and do not spend countless hours
making no progress. Ask for help. We will spend some of the office
hours in the lab so that you can get immediate help.
Your assignments must be neat and legible. We will not spend time
trying to decipher messy work. If we can't read your work, we can't
grade it. As you learn the tools, you may want to use them to draw
schematics turn in.
Your weekly assignments are due at the beginning of class on the
assigned due date. Assignments handed in during or immediately after
class will incur a 10% penalty. We will penalize your assignment 10% per
day for each additional day late. Since the due date is almost always
Friday, assignments handed in during the weekend will be penalized 20%,
on Monday, 30%, etc. We do not accept partial turnins, i.e.
assignments completed on the installment plan. See the class schedule for assignment due dates and times.
We will post solutions for the assignments in a timely fashion.
Please review the assignment solutions carefully before questioning
a grade with either the instructor or the teaching assistants.
If you miss an assignment as a result of unavoidable circumstances,
send the instructor a one-line email asking for an extension, the reason
for your request, and the date you anticipate handing in the assignment.
You know which circumstances are avoidable and which are unavoidable.
If you have a reasonable but avoidable reason for requesting an
extension, send email to the instructor at least 24 hours before the
assignment is due, citing a reason for the extension as above. Assume
the extension is granted, unless the instructor responds to the
contrary. Avoidable extension requests made after the assignment is due
will generally be rejected.
We will compute your course grade as follows:
50%: Weekly assignments
30%: Biweekly quizzes
20%: Final exam
Your grade will be determined by how well you understand the
material as evidenced by the assignments and tests. We would like
nothing better than to give the entire class a 4.0
Homework: Unless specifically stated otherwise, we encourage
collaboration on homework, provided (1) You spend at least 15 minutes on
each and every problem alone, before discussing it with others, and (2)
You write up each and every problem in your own writing, using your own
words, and understand the solution fully. Copying someone else's
homework is cheating (see below), as is copying the homework from
another source (prior year's notes, etc.). The quiz problems will be
very similar to the homework problems; if you truly understand the
homework, then the quizzes will be easy. If you have copied the
Quizzes: A quiz is a short exam—no collaboration or
discussion is permitted. If you have a question during a quiz,
ask the instructor. Quizzes and exams will typically be open book,
Cheating is a very serious offense. If you are caught cheating, you can
expect a failing grade and initiation of a cheating case in the
University system. Basically, cheating is an insult to the instructor,
to the department and major program, and most importantly, to you. If
you feel that you are having a problem with the material, or don't have
time to finish an assignment, or have any number of other reasons to
cheat, then talk with the instructor. Just don't cheat.
To avoid creating situations where copying can arise, never e-mail
or post your solution files. You can post general questions about
interpretation and tool use but limit your comments to these categories.
If in doubt about what might constitute cheating, send the instructor email describing
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