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Grading Policy:

Evaluation Method
General quality of the report and the code
Originality/level of innovativeness and significance of theory and/or practice
Experimental results and quantitative and qualitative analysis
Implementation of adaptive and/or cooperative version of the algorithms
Bonus for self-study algorithm implementation
Final Exam

General Rules:
  • Anything submitted/handed in after the due date will be penalized by 50% for each 24 hours of lateness.
  • All assignemnts are to be done individually. If you have any homework problems, you are urged to bring your questions to the professor or the TA. Your assignment will not be graded if answers are provided without explanations, if student's name is missing or if some pages are missing.
  • The work submitted for grading must be your own work. It is reasonable to discuss with others possible general approaches to problems. It is unreasonable to work together on a detailed solution, to copy a solution, or to give away a solution. Such instances of academic dishonesty may result in a course grade of F. Submitting a work that is not your own work is considered academic dishonesty (Plagiarism). NO COPYING OF PROGRAMMING ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE TOLERATED! Cheating will be dealt with harshly, and may result in failure of the assignment/exam and/or failure of the class. Each student is responsible for securing his or her work from copying.
  • The final exam will be comprehensive closed-book exam covering material from the entire course.
  • Although class attendance will not be taken, decisions on borderline grades will be based upon exceptional class participation, as deemed merited by the course instructor. You are expected to keep up with all course material and announcements covered in class. If you miss class, you must obtain the covered material from a willing classmate. Neither the instructor nor the TAs will be available (during office hours or other times) to repeat material covered in class.
  • Please use the course website on LEARN as your first resource for course materials. Updates will be made daily as appropriate. It is essential that you check the website periodically. Posted will be homework assignments, course announcements, changes in course materials, handouts, code/examples, and answers to pertinent questions.

Academic Integrity

In order to maintain a culture of academic integrity, members of the University of Waterloo community are expected to promote honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility. [Check www.uwaterloo.ca/academicintegrity/ for more information.]


A student who believes that a decision affecting some aspect of his/her university life has been unfair or unreasonable may have grounds for initiating a grievance. Read Policy 70, Student Petitions and Grievances, Section 4, http://www.adm.uwaterloo.ca/infosec/Policies/policy70.htm. When in doubt please be certain to contact the department's administrative assistant who will provide further assistance.


A student is expected to know what constitutes academic integrity to avoid committing academic offenses and to take responsibility for his/her actions. A student who is unsure whether an action constitutes an offense, or who needs help in learning how to avoid offenses (e.g., plagiarism, cheating) or about "rules" for group work/collaboration should seek guidance from the course professor, academic advisor, or the undergraduate associate dean. For information on categories of offenses and types of penalties, students should refer to Policy 71, Student Discipline, http://www.adm.uwaterloo.ca/infosec/Policies/policy71.htm. For typical penalties check Guidelines for the Assessment of Penalties, http://www.adm.uwaterloo.ca/infosec/guidelines/penaltyguidelines.htm.

Plagiarism-detection software may be used on any submitted work.


A decision made or penalty imposed under Policy 70, Student Petitions and Grievances (other than a petition) or Policy 71, Student Discipline may be appealed if there is a ground. A student who believes he/she has a ground for an appeal should refer to Policy 72, Student Appeals, http://www.adm.uwaterloo.ca/infosec/Policies/policy72.htm.

Note for students with disabilities

The Office for Persons with Disabilities (OPD), located in Needles Hall, Room 1132, collaborates with all academic departments to arrange appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities without compromising the academic integrity of the curriculum. If you require academic accommodations to lessen the impact of your disability, please register with the OPD at the beginning of each academic term.