Computer Networking - Fall 2016

Policies

Communications

Announcements regarding the course, including assignments, schedule changes, etc. will be published through the announcement web page and through the Moodle system. Students are responsible for reading those announcements.

Questions

The instructor and the assistant are available by appointment. Students are also welcome to stop by the instructor's and assitants' offices at any time to ask questions. However, the instructor and the assitants do not guarantee that they will be available for extemporaneous visits.

Evaluation

There will be one midterm exam and one final exam. There will also be a number of small projects assigned during the semester with due dates spaced throughout the term (usually between three and five). Some of the projects will be graded and will contribute to the course grade. The course grade will be a linear combination of the midterm exam, some projects, and final exam. Participation in class will also be considered in determining the final grade. These final grade is computed according to the following weights:
+30%projects
+30midterm exam
+40%final exam
±10%instructor's discretionary evaluation (e.g., for participation)

Deadlines

Principle: Deadlines are firm.

Exceptions may be granted, at the instructor's discretion, only for documented medical conditions or other documented emergencies.

Penalties: late assignments will incur a penalty consisting of a reduction of the grade by one third of the value of the assignment per day. As a consequence, an assignment turned in more than two days late will be considered completely failed.

Plagiarism

Principle: A student should never take someone else's material and present it as his or her own. Doing so means committing plagiarism.

The term "material" here refers to ideas, words, code, or any other piece of intellectual work, including suggestions and corrections regarding the student's own work.

Using someone else's material in homeworks and/or exams may be appropriate -- indeed sometimes it is encouraged. For example, in creating software for a homework, a student may want to use external libraries, programs, code fragments, or other external software artifacts. In every such case, whether the external material is used verbatim or with modifications, the student must clearly identify the external material, and acknowledge its source. Failing to do so means committing plagiarism.

In any case in which external material is used by a student in homeworks and/or exams, the work will be evaluated based on the added value produced by that student.

Penalties: committing plagiarism on an assignment or an exam will result in failing that assignment or that exam. Penalties may be escalated in accordance with the regulations of the Faculty of Informatics.

this page is maintained by Antonio Carzaniga and was updated on January 18, 2016