CS:4980:4 Policies, Fall 2015
the CS:4980:4 Retrocomputing Collection
Time and place:
210 MacLean Hall,
9:30-10:20 Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Textbook: Readings from the Internet
Exams This is a readings-based seminar. No exams!
Grading: Grades will be based on participation in the seminar and on the term project. Students are responsible for keeping up with the readings and student leadership in the discussions will be expected.
The Web will be used to distribute URLs pointing to the readings
and other material.
I will make every effort to provide some notes to serve as guidance to the student unfamiliar with the literature, helping to put it in context and helping students understand where the author's primary contribution lies -- this is not always where the author thought.
The Fine Print that must be repeated here as a matter of policy:
If you have not completed the prerequisite, an introductory course on computer organization, you will have significant difficulty.
Class attendance is not required, but participation in discussions of the class material is. Obviously, participation is easiest in person, but we can work out alternatives (for example, e-mail or other channels).
An average well prepared student should expect to spend 2 hours outside of class for every hour of class time in this course. As a 3-hour course, that means the average student should spend 6 hours per week on this class.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Code of Academic Honesty applies in this course. Assignments showing evidence of cheating will receive no credit and will be reported to the college. Reported students are put on disciplinary probation; repeat violations may lead to suspension or expulsion. Nevertheless, you are encouraged to discuss homework problems with others in the class (this is a good way to learn), but do not discuss anyone's solutions prior to the due date!
Temporary grades of I (Incomplete) will be granted only on the basis of discussion with the professor, preferably as soon as possible; this must be prior to the final exam except where "acts of God" (see above) prevent this.
If you have any disagreement or communications problem with the teaching assistant, take it to the professor. If you have any such problem with your professor, contact the chair of the computer science department, 14 MLH; due process continues from there to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 120 Schaeffer Hall. The exception: Cases of sexual harassment may be reported directly to the UI Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator (335-6200). In the event that the appropriate channel is not obvious for any purpose, the University Ombudsman is available to help in C108 Seashore Hall.
This course is given by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 120 Schaeffer Hall. The rules of that college govern class policies on matters of grading and academic conduct, and that college must approve late adds and drops. If you are enrolled from another college, you might want to check http://www.uiowa.edu/~provost/deos/crossenroll.doc.
If, for any reason, including but not limited to long or short-term disability, you need any kind of accomodation, including but not limited to special seating or special arrangements for exams, please contact me during my office hours, or at other times, in person, by phone or by E-mail. The office of Student Disability Services in 3015 Burge Hall may be able to help.
The inner hallways of MacLean Hall away from windows are a reasonably secure refuge from tornado, derecho and other windstorms.