Midterm Report
Evaluation and Policy
Course Policies

Grading Policy:

Evaluation Method
3 Quizzes
Midterm Report
Critical Literature Survey Paper
Paper Critics
Course Project Paper
General quality of the paper
Significance of theory and/or practice
Originality and level of innovativeness
Experimental results and quantitative and qualitative analysis
Quality of presentation and material delivery (Format & Organization, Writing Style, References and Source code)
Bonus for hybridization of various techniques

General Rules:
  • Anything submitted/handed in after the due date will be penalized by 50% for each 24 hours of lateness.
  • Midterm report should be done in group (same group as the course project).
  • Missed online/written quizzes will be marked with zero.
  • All online quiz questions are supposed to be answered by individual students without any help from others.
  • All quizzes are required, and you should make every effort to take the scheduled test.
  • The work submitted for grading must be your own work. Submitting a work that is not your own work is considered academic dishonesty (Plagiarism). Cheating will be dealt with harshly, and may result in failure of the quiz/project and/or failure of the course. Each student is responsible for securing his or her work from copying.
  • 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 and from UW LEARN. Neither the instructor nor the TAs will be available (during office hours or other times) to repeat material covered in class.
  • Please use 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 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.