Dr. Paige H. Meeker
Learning Computing with Robots
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A deadline has a wonderful way of concentrating the mind. – “Professor Moriarty,” Character, “Star Trek, TNG,” episode title: “Ship in a Bottle”
Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog. – Doug Larson
Don’t ask for extensions – you will be given more than enough time to complete your work. Instead, begin work as soon as you get the assignment and everyone will be happy.
”I wrote the examination, determined the marking scheme (which was quite complicated) and set the Grade levels, so you can take it from me, as the sole examiner, that if you received ‘Acceptable’ or higher you really earned your grade. Of course, this meant that some people had to fail, but what would be the point of putting you through all that work without giving you honestly earned rewards?”
– J. K. Rowling,
concerning the W.O.M.B.A.T
test on her personal website
So, what does that mean to you?
I don’t “give” grades – you earn them. Think about this now, not the last week of class. It will save us all time and heartache!
Grading will be assigned using the standard +/- scale. Your final grade will be calculated as follows:
NOTE: 70% of your grade is effectively determined before the Thanksgiving holidays. There is no extra credit offered. You should have a good idea of your class understanding throughout the semester – if you’re having trouble, don’t wait until the last minute to ask for help. The final exam is a large percentage, but it can’t work miracles (good or bad).
I take the PC honor code very seriously. If you have any questions about what is considered “bad behavior” ask BEFORE, not AFTER. Ignorance is no excuse.
Where is there dignity unless there is honesty? – Cicero
Every act of dishonesty has at least two victims: the one we think of as the victim, and the perpetrator as well. Each little dishonesty makes another little rotten spot somewhere in the perpetrator’s psyche. – Lesley Conger.
All assignments will be pledged:
"On my honor, I will abstain from all deceit. I will neither give nor receiveunacknowledged aid in my academic work, nor will I permit such action by any member of this community. I will respect the persons and property of the community, and will not condone discourteous or dishonest treatment of these by my peers. In my every act, I will seek to maintain a high standard of honesty and truthfulness for myself and for the College."
“He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever” – Mark Twain
Check for conflicts now. If you miss assignments, tests, or the final, you will receive a 0. You are not allowed to make up either test after it has been given. If you must miss the class for an excused reason, you must make up the assignment BEFORE the rest of the class.
“What work I have done, I have done because it has been play. It if had been work I shouldn’t have done it.”
– Mark Twain