Discrete Structures Policies
CS 1800 Fall 2017


College of Computer and Information Science
Northeastern University

Testing out

There will be an exam to test out of Discrete Structures on Thursday September 7th in 108 West Village H. You can take the exam from 7:00 to 9:00 PM or 8:00 to 10:00 PM. See the syllabus and schedule for the topics to study. No calculators are allowed.

Expectations of Students

We expect that you will study with friends and often work out solutions together, but you must write up your own solutions, in your own words. Solutions may not be copied, in whole or in part, from anyone. Cheating will not be tolerated. Professors and TAs will be available to answer questions but will not do your homework for you. One of the course goals is to teach you how to think on your own.

You have two kinds of homework: for CS 1800, 6 written assignments that are distributed throughout the semester, and for CS 1802 (i.e., recitation), 10-12 weekly online assignments completed via Blackboard. For the written assignments, we require that each submission be clearly legible and in PDF format; any difficulty reading your submission may result in a penalty to your grade. Your submission should be written entirely by yourself. If you sought help from or collaborated with any other student, then their name must be acknowledged in your solution.

Written and online assignments must be turned in on time via Blackboard. We will drop the lowest of the 6 written assignment scores and the lowest of the 12 online assignment scores, so if you miss one assignment, no worries. Late assignments, either written or online, will not be accepted. If you will be sick at the time of an exam or a written homework assignment, let us know as soon as possible so we can make other arrangements (please email j.mccrary@northeastern.edu); you will probably need a note from someone documenting your inability to do the relevant work at the normal time. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to get the notes from a classmate (arrange this in advance if possible); then go over them and, if necessary, come to the course staff with questions.

If you don’t understand something, please ask questions. We love questions. One of the benefits of attending a university as opposed to reading a book is that you get to interact with faculty and TAs.

For all administrative or logistical issues (e.g., absences, DRC forms, extensions, or grading), contact John McCrary at j.mccrary@northeastern.edu.

Books and Supplies

The textbook can be purchased from the bookstore. There are also handouts that you will be expected to read during the semester. See the "Textbook and Handouts" tab for more information.

Assignments, Exams, and Attendance

There will be online homework assignments, written homework assignments, one midterm exam, quizzes, and a cumulative final. Your CS 1800 grade is composed of a midterm, a final, and 6 written homework assignments. Your CS 1802 (i.e., recitation) grade is composed of online assignments, quizzes, and participation.

Recitation (i.e., CS 1802) is a weekly practicum for the CS 1800 course. Recitations (or seminars) are once a week. They consist largely of doing problems that cover material taught in lecture. Some problems will be harder than others, and some will be done individually and others in groups. There will be 4 quizzes throughout the semester.

See the "Recitations/Seminars" tab for information about CS 1802's course policies, including grading policies.

Grading Breakdown

Your CS 1800 grade will be computed as follows:

written homework 30%
midterm exam 30%
final exam 40%

See the "Recitations/Seminars" tab for CS 1802's grading breakdown.


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