CMPSCI 645: Database Design and Implementation

Grading


Homework assignments
25%
Paper reviews and class participation
15%
Midterm
25%
Project
35%

Students can also take the course with a pass/fail option. In that case, the midterm exam is waived. Homework assignments and the project are necessary for a passing grade.

Specific project requirements are listed here.

Policies on cheating and plagiarism

You are encouraged to discuss the content of this course with anyone you like, but your writing should be your own and be based on your own conclusions. Copying from other students or other external sources is strictly disallowed. Assignments are to be completed individually, unless specified otherwise. Please do not discuss your answers with others, although feel free to point each other to any relevant documentation. Paper reviews should be done individually without talking to others. Feel free to look-up any information on the web that you may find useful in completing the assignments, projects, or paper reviews.

Projects are to be done in groups of up to 3 students. When working in groups, you can divide the work as you see fit. Groups can talk to each other about their projects as much as they want. Of course, if two teams pick the same project, we expect each team to produce original work different from that of other teams. When in doubt, contact the instructors about whether a potential action would be considered plagiarism. If you do discuss material with anyone besides the instructors, acknowledge your collaborators in your write-up. If you obtain a key insight with help (e.g., through library work or a friend), acknowledge your source and write up the summary on your own. In most write-ups, we will expect to see citations. Occasionally you may want to borrow a graph or figure from an existing presentation for your in-class presentation. This is OK with proper citation. You should not, however, copy the majority of someone else's slides. You are presenting the paper from your perspective, not the perspective of the paper's author. You should point out the merits of a paper, but you should also point out the deficiencies and areas for improvement that the author did not consider.

Again, we cannot emphasize enough that you must cite all your sources properly. You must remove any possibility of someone else's work from being misconstrued as yours. We also consider the facilitation of plagiarism (giving your work to someone else) as plagiarism as well. Never misrepresent someone else's work as your own. It must be absolutely clear what material is your original work. Plagiarism and other anti-intellectual behavior will be dealt with severely.