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05-830, Advanced User Interface Software, Spring, 2013

Homework summary

Grading and Late Policy

No cheating. No copying other people's work. All homeworks are individual. No collaboration is allowed. The official disciplinary policy is below.

Turn-in instructions:

Deadline: All homeworks are due before class (before 1:30pm Eastern time) on the due date, except for HW1 which is due at noon, so I have time to process all the files.

Late Policy. Assignments are due before the beginning of class on the specified day (except for HW1 which is due at noon). A penalty of 10 points out of 100 (one letter grade) will be immediately applied that time. An additional 10 points will be subtracted for each additional class period late. For the final assignment, the penalties will increase every day (since I have to get the final grade submitted).

Discussions: We decided to have discussions about this class and the homeworks on Piazza:

Homework 1: Evaluate the Usability of a User Interface Tool or Toolkit, 10% of grade. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 - Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013

Homework 2: Implement a Retained Object System, 18% of grade. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 - Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013

Homework 3: Design and Implement an Input Model for your Retained Object System, 18% of grade. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 - Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2013 extended to: Thursday, Mar. 7, 2013; Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2013

Homework 4: Implement a Constraint System for your Retained Object System, 18% of grade. Thursday, Mar. 7, 2013 - Tuesday, Apr. 9, 2013

Homework 5: Build an interesting UI or some widgets with your toolkit, 18% of grade. Tuesday, Apr. 9, 2013 - Tuesday, May 7, 2013

In class presentation of various topics, 18% of grade. Various dates (see the schedule).


(The HCII faculty have been asked to include the following in the course syllabus.)

While there is a university-wide disciplinary committee which handles serious disciplinary matters referred to it, the responsibility for establishing disciplinary guidelines rests with each department. Since the primary affiliation of this course is with the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII), we will follow the set of rules established by that department. The following are the rules to be applied uniformly by the HCII

First, cheating in any form is not permitted as an ethical or professional behavior and will not be tolerated. Cheating includes, but is not necessarily limited to:

Should any student be found guilty of cheating on a quiz, exam, homework or project, at minimum a zero grade will be recorded and then averaged in with the other grades (should there be any) for the term. Depending on the circumstances, and at the discretion of the instructor and the Department Head, the student may be failed in the course and may be expelled from the University. In any case, the University will be notified of any case of cheating or plagiarism. A repeated occurrence of cheating will be treated as an automatic failure (R grade) and expulsion from the University.

A subtler form of cheating arises in the form of plagiarism, which is defined as "passing off as one's own the ideas or works of another." Making use of reference material and failing to note (either at all or properly) the original source constitutes plagiarism. When two or more people work together on an individual project and each then turns in his/her individual report as though no collaboration was involved, this also is plagiarism. Simply rewriting another's words or thoughts, or rearranging another's materials, is in every sense plagiarism - unless the student properly and completely references such material, each and every time it is used and to the full extent of usage. Should a case of plagiarism arise, the initial responsibility for judging the seriousness of the offense will rest with the instructor. If the instructor feels that the student was simply sloppy in referencing the material used and plagiarized, a judgment of sloppy professionalism rather than cheating will be made. The grade for the paper, project or thesis will be lowered by at least one grade point. On the other hand, if the instructor feels that the student plagiarized flagrantly, and intentionally meant to mislead the instructor into thinking that the work was the student's own original work, the grade for the report, project or thesis will be recorded as zero.

It should be emphasized that any group collaboration that involves individual take-home projects, papers or theses should be carried out only with considerable discretion. That is, students are encouraged to discuss and collaborate among themselves on the various principles which are exposited in class or covered in the reading material, etc.; but any group discussion or collaboration which involves any specifics of take-home projects, papers or theses should be avoided - unless the ideas or efforts of others are properly noted. Put differently, when individual work and thinking is called for, group thinking and/or work is entirely inappropriate and is a form of plagiarism. In any case of cheating or plagiarism, the student may request a review of the instructor's decision by the department head, who will then make the final decision for the department. The student, of course, can appeal any faculty decision to the University Committee on Discipline. In a case of flagrant cheating by a graduate student on a thesis, the matter will be forwarded to the Disciplinary Committee for stronger action.

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