CS 136: Elementary Algorithm Design and Data Abstraction, Spring 2016

Assignments

Assignments will become available as the course progresses. See calendar for more details.

Assignment FAQ



If Marmoset fails to accept submissions for more than two of the six hours immediately prior to the deadline, or is down at the deadline, a 12-hour extension will be granted. For an extension to be granted, Marmoset must fail to accept submissions; failure or delay in displaying results is not grounds for extension. It is bad practice, and risky, to rely on Marmoset as your primary means of testing. The failure must be due to problem with Marmoset or a widespread network failure; your home connection is your own responsibility.

Marmoset Test System

All assignments must be submitted to the Marmoset Submission and Testing Server. Submissions are tested immediately, and results are available on-line.

Procedures and Purpose

The purpose of assignments is to give you exercise in the concepts and skills discussed in lecture. The point is not to earn marks by any means possible; marks are a consequence of the understanding gained through practice. Please read the section below on Plagiarism, including the linked UW Policies. These apply to every course you will take at UW, and you should be familiar with them.

Assignments must be submitted before 11:59 a.m. (NOON) on the day they are due, unless otherwise specified in the assignment itself. You may submit as often as you wish, and only your best submission counts.

Extensions will only be granted if Marmoset is down for a significant period of time immediately prior to the submission deadline.

Missed work due to illness

With appropriate, authorized documentation, assignment work may be excused. If a missed assignment is excused, its weight is distributed over the remaining un-excused assignments. In the interest of understanding the course material for future assignments and exams, students who miss work are encouraged to do it, submit it request feedback from the ISAs.

Assignments are a key component of this course, and you are expected to complete them all. Exceptions may be granted in the case of illness or other extenuating circumstances (if you need such an exception, ask your instructor, and be aware that you may be required to provide documentation). However, no more than 1/3 of the assignments may be excluded from the final grade, regardless of your circumstances. If your circumstances are such that that level of accommodation is insufficient, consult an academic advisor to discuss your options.

CS 136 Plagiarism Policy

CS 136 Plagiarism Policy: Assignment questions will be colour-coded as either "Black" or "Gold" to indicate if collaboration is permitted.

For "Black" questions, moderate collaboration is permitted. You may share and discuss your code with individuals, but not online (e.g. Piazza, Facebook, GitHub, etc.) or electronically (emailng, transferring files, etc.)

You may also discuss assignment strategies openly (including online). You can also search the Internet for strategies and code examples for "black questions". You must clearly identify the source of your work, and the level of collaboration in detail. For example:

  • I saw Bob's code, and then I wrote it down from memory later.
  • I saw Bob's code, and copied it directly from his screen.
  • Bob helped me debug my code.

For "Gold" questions, no collaboration is permitted. All work for "Gold" questions is to be done individually. You are not allowed to discuss assignment question implementations, ideas for a solution or code. Only clarification on what an assignment question is asking is permitted (through Piazza). All work submitted must be your own. If you find yourself stuck, contact the ISA or instructor for help, instead of getting the solution from someone else. When trying to deal with difficulties, do not copy from the book or any Web sources, unless explicitly authorized to do so. After the assignment is complete, you may discuss your solutions (including showing your code and/or test cases) for Gold questions with other students, unless it is directly related to content on a current assignment. However you may not give copies of your solutions to other students or make your solutions publicly available.

The penalty for plagiarism is an assigned mark of zero on the assignment or test and a deduction of 5% from the final course grade, consistent with School of Computer Science and Faculty of Mathematics policy. In addition, a letter detailing the offense is sent to the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, meaning that subsequent offenses will carry more severe penalties, up to suspension or expulsion. To avoid inadvertently incurring this penalty, do not copy work from anyone or anyplace.

University of Waterloo Academic Integrity Policy

See here.
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