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Overall course grade
Your overall grade will be determined as follows (approximate):
If you find an error in our grading, please bring it to our attention within one week of that item being returned.
Re-grade PolicyIf you have a question about an assignment or exam that was returned to you, please don't hesitate to ask a TA or the instructor about it during their office hours. Learning from our mistakes is often one of the most memorable ways of learning!
If after discussing your question with a TA or the instructor you feel that your work was misunderstood or otherwise should be looked at again to see if an appropriate grade was given we ask that you submit a written re-grade request as follows:
Computing environmentThe course labs are Allen 002, 006 and 022. Labs have Windows machines with X servers to access the instructional Unix server attu.cs.
Grading guidelines for programming assignmentsSee also the "Programming Guidelines" at left. Approximate grade breakdown:
The reason why "so few" points are allocated towards program correctness and error-free compilation is because students who have gotten past 143 are smart enough to know how to get their code to compile and run against the general input (although testing "boundary conditions" is a skill which students should aim for), so program correctness and error-free compilation is neither a fair nor discriminating measurement of project quality.
The two biggest discriminating factors among 326 students are program design (such as style and architecture) and analysis (the README/writeup), which is why these factors are weighed a little heavily. Also, 326 is a course about data structures and the tradeoffs made during algorithm/data structure design, so putting additional weight on program design, and questions about program analysis and weighing tradeoffs is more in keeping with the course goals.
Putting weight on the design and writeup aspects for projects is also useful because it doesn't penalize students who "have the right idea" but couldn't get their code to compile because of a last-minute code change.
Extra Credit: We will keep track of any extra features you implement (the Above and Beyond parts). You won't see these affecting your grades for individual projects, but they will be accumulated over all projects and used to bump up borderline grades at the end of the quarter.
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