Up-to-date details of my schedule are in
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This syllabus supplies basic data about all my classes. The class web site (above) may override this document. This syllabus is tentative and changes will be announced in class and posted on my website. Check this web site every day or so! Urgent changes may also be Emailed to your CSUSB EMail account. My classes follow the "General Regulations and Procedures" in CSUSB Bulletin of Courses with respect to course withdrawal, cheating, and plagiarism -- see below.
The College of Natural Sciences (25~35) advises you that you should be doing at least 2 hours of study, outside of class, per week, for each unit you are taking. Study assigned parts of books, handouts, and online resources to prepare for each class. More, you may have to develop novel software, documents, and web pages on your own. Don't waste any money on software or hardware for my classes. Use our systems as much as you can. The more you write and test, the better you will get. You can develop
software on your own machine but to earn full points the results must work on our systems. Talk to the CSUSB Help Desks or the Computer Science Club about software that lets you do CSE lab work remotely like SSH and Putty. You can download SSH at
[ ssh329.exe ]
from the CSE web site.
Expect to work in class. Do not plan to do homework or sit back and listen. Turn off or silence phones. Shut down computers and wireless devices unless instructed to use them.
In lab sessions, you will do experiments and exercises based on the online lab materials, lectures, books, discussions,.... Some lab work (but perhaps not all) can be done remotely or at different times.
Cheating and Copying
Plagiarism means presenting others' work as your own. It is punished at CSUSB. Study the policies in the catalog. If you borrow something from books, friends, handouts, WWW pages, Google, etc. you must state where you found it. It is illegal to make permanent copies of things on the Internet unless you have explicit permission to do so. You have my permission to copy most of my pages, but you must not plagiarize them. When I spot plagiarism, I give ALL copies the same score - ZERO.
Security, the Internet and Your Account
Your account has full access to Internet. We are not to blame for what you find there. Don't be tricked by scams that ask for money, or personal information. We don't ask for passwords via the phone or email. Keep your passwords a secret. Change them regularly. Include numbers, letters, and symbols.
Computers and wireless devices may not be used in exams. I give the highest weighting to points that I see you earn. A comprehensive final examination normally makes a big difference. I do not set special make-up work or grade late work. Instead I design my grading so that an 'A-' is possible with roughly one week of work missing. I bend these rules for documented emergencies like sickness. You can earn 5 bonus/make up points (1%) by attending a computer science seminar
(http://cse.cusb.edu/dick/seminar/) and giving me a one or two paragraph summary of a presentation by the start of the next class.
I don't use a curve. The maximum number of points is 500. Points prior to the final are totaled and no more than 300 can be carried forward. No more than 200 points can be earned in the final. The totals are added and converted to percentages. An A indicates a close to 100% performance. A B is for 90% and so on down to a D(70%). If the best total in the class is less than 98.33%(an A) then all totals will be scaled up to make the best = 100%. The boundaries(%) will be as follows:
If you need some reasonable accommodation to participate in my classes, tell me and contact the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities at UH-183, (909)537-5238.
Adds and Drops
You are responsible for carrying out all adds and drops. If you are not on my roster by census date (above), I can not give you a grade and you must leave the classroom. If you do not drop before the census date I am forced to give you a grade.
Power cuts: http://policies.csusb.edu/blackout.htm
Earthquakes: Remain calm, duck, grab furniture, and cover your head.
Campus Closed: I will switch to online mode from home. I will use EMail, the web site, AIM, and Facebook to communicate.
R J Botting, CSE, CSUSB March 24, 2009