Computer Science Department
College of Arts and Sciences

Fundamentals of Computing Systems

Grading (except for the final exam) is done by a number of class graders, under the direct supervision of the Teaching Fellow and the Instructor. If you have an issue with a grade (homework or exam), please contact the Teaching Fellow. If your issue is not resolved, then (and only then) please contact the Instructor. In doing so, please note that (to ensure fairness and grading consistency) it is seldom the case that the Instructor will overrule the Teaching Fellow.

This class is NOT graded on a curve. This means that if everybody in the class is an A-student, then everybody will get an A. The converse is also true! Therefore, don't be satisfied with an "average" grade because that average could well be less than what you expect! In previous years, the average grade for this class was between a C+ and a B-, which is low compared to other classes in CS and in CAS.

Being a "gate" to all other (more advanced) CS "systems" classes (e.g. CS550, CS552, CS555, CS560, etc.), you should expect this class to be competitive. Thus, make sure you work hard from the very beginning.

Grade Breakdown:
The final class grade will be broken down as follows:

Extra Credit "Bonus" Points:
In an effort to make things a bit more dynamic during lectures and sections, the teaching fellow and I will be awarding "Bonus" points for student participation. The bonus points will count as extra credit points for the homework that is due next and will be capped at 5 points per homework for sections and 5 points per homework for lectures. In other words, you will be able to add a maximum of 10 points per homework. Any points above the maximum grade for the homework will not count (i.e. if your grade in a homework is 100/100 and you get 10 extra points, your grade for the homework will continue to be 100/100).

Created on: 1997-10-01
Updated on: 2005-07-22

Maintainer: Azer Bestavros