CMPS183, Fall 2011, Section 01: Grading


Work in CMPS 183 is divided into three main components:

  1. Lectures, with associated readings, and tutorial presentation
  2. Laboratory exercises (in form of homeworks)
  3. The term project, with associated deliverables for each project phase.

Of the total course grade, the lecture component is worth 15%, the laboratory component 10%, and the project 75%.

A necessary but not sufficient precondition for passing the course is individually passing the lecture, laboratory and project components (described below).


Specifically, each aspect of the course contributes the following percentage to the final grade.

Lecture Component (15%):

  • Tutorial Presentation: 15%

Note: As announced earlier there were no quizzes, mid-term or final. 

Laboratory Component (10%)

Laboratory exercises will be individually graded, and together will comprise 10% of the total course grade. The lowest lab grade is dropped when computing the laboratory component score.


Project Component (75%):

  • Scenarios and requirements specification: 10%
  • Design document & paper prototype: 15%
  • Completed project demonstration: 15%
  • Final project notebook: 10%
  • Project code, functionality, and overall project accomplishment: 25%

Passing the project component requires at minimum a 50% average for your individual contributions to the project.

Please note that we are also doing a peer review in the project. 

Late Submission

Laboratory assignments, and project deliverables are due at the beginning of class. Due dates are specified on the course syllabus. Late items automatically receive no credit (0 points for that assignment), though in extenuating circumstances, project deliverables may be turned in late with prior approval from the instructor.

Project Deliverable Resubmission

Each project deliverable may be corrected, and then submitted for regrading within a week of receiving a grade for that deliverable. Up to half of all points lost on that deliverable may be recovered during regrading.

Individual and Group Work

Homework and laboratory assignments, as well as article reviews, are performed individually. Project deliverables are a joint effort by each project team.

Academic Dishonesty

Any confirmed academic dishonesty including but not limited to copying another's homework or article review, cheating on exams, and copying project work without giving credit to the author of the work products, will result in a no-pass or failing grade. Students are encouraged to read the campus policies regarding academic integrity.

Uneven Contributions by Group Members / Peer Reviews

Occasionally, one or more group members contribute less effort to the project than others. In CMPS 183, this is initially viewed as a management challenge: how to motivate and coordinate under-performing team members. Groups experiencing this problem are encouraged to meet with the Professor to discuss management tactics.

If, at the end of the quarter, multiple managerial approaches have been tried without success, it is possible to ask the Professor to assess the relative contributions of each team member. The Professor sends out an email questionnaire asking each member to rate the relative contributions of every team member (including themselves) by dividing 100 points among all team members. For example, if there are four team members, and each member contributed equally, each would receive 25 points. Based on this data, the Professor may, at his discretion, modify the total project grades of one or more team members.

Note that if no effort was made to attempt managerial solutions to the problem, then no reassessment of course grades will be permitted. This reflects the viewpoint that the situation reflects a failure to address an obvious managerial problem, as well as the failure of some team members to contribute their share of the work.