Exams: All exams will be comprehensive, covering all material up to the date of the exam, with an emphasis on recent material (but not so recent that you haven't had time to think about it). Students with serious conflicts (illness, religious holidays) may make alternate arrangements (preferably in advance).
Grading: 50% of the score will depend on homework (10 assignments at 5% each). If there is time, more assignments will be given and the low scores will be dropped. The exams will count, respectively, 20% and 30%.
World Wide Web: All handouts for this course will be available on the Web at:
I serve as the chair of the Iowa Board of Examiners for Voting Machines and Electronic Voting Systems. Since the 2000 general election, my schedule has been thrown into serious disarray by requests that I report on voting practices and voting systems before one or another panel. There may be additional demands on my time in the coming months; I'll do my best to keep these from interfering with my teaching.
Annoying legalistic stuff:
If you do not have the prerequisite for this couse, you are likely to fail. If you are currently registered in any of the prerequisite courses and if you get into any academic trouble in either the prerequisite course or this course, you must drop this course first to avoid risk of regression!
Students caught cheating for the first time may be given a penalty up to an automatic F in the course. Such an F cannot be removed from the transcript. Penalties up to expulsion may apply to second offences. While you are encouraged to discuss homework problems with others in the class (this is a good way to learn), do not discuss your solutions prior to the due date!
Temporary grades of I (Incomplete) will be granted only on the basis of discussion with the professor prior to the final exam.
If you have any disagreement or communications problem with the teaching assistant, take it to the professor. If you have any similar problem with your professor, contact the department chair; due process continues from there to the dean's office of the College of Liberal Arts.
If, for any reason, you need special accomodations for an exam or other assignment, please contact me, either after class, during office hours or by E-mail.