Handout 1: 1/13/03
CPSC 672-600: Computer-Supported Collaborative Work
Lecture: MWF 12:40-1:30, HRBB 104
Web pages: http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/~furuta/672/

Instructor: Richard Furuta, HRBB 402C, 845-3839, furuta@cs.tamu.edu. Office hours: TBA

Required text: Ronald M. Baecker, editor, Readings in Groupware and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work: Assisting Human--Human Collaboration, Morgan Kaufman Publishers, 1993.

Also required: additional readings, to be announced.

Approximate Grading Scheme:

   15%	Course paper presentations
   10%	Class participation
   15%	Short quizzes (approximately every three weeks)
   30%	Assignments
   30%	Term project


  1. This class is a readings and discussions class. There are over 800 pages in the Baecker collection, and there have been many papers published since it was compiled, so by the time all is done we may have read and discussed around 1000 pages of material. You will be responsible for reading all of the papers and will be responsible for leading the discussion on several papers throughout the semester. The quality of your participation in discussions and your performance as a discussion leader will be reflected in your grade.
  2. Refer to the course's Web page for copies of assignments and other handouts.
  3. We will use electronic mail for announcements. To receive the class announcements, you need to register your email address at http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/mailman/listinfo/cpsc672
    Class messages also will be archived there. You should check your account for mail regularly.
  4. If you need to get in touch with me and I am not in my office, please use electronic mail.
  5. The course Web site will be updated regularly to contain information of importance to the class. This will include copies of handouts, copies of slides, and the course's working schedule. You should check it regularly.
  6. Quizzes are intended to make sure that you are keeping up with the reading.
  7. There will be no makeup examinations or quizzes. If you have a valid medical excuse, the examination component of your grade will be computed based on the other examinations.
  8. Include your name and email address on all assignments. You will need to maintain a class Web site during this course. Your class Web site should include copies of all of your assignments. Do not email assignments to the instructor unless otherwise instructed--put them on your Web site instead.
  9. Assignments are to be turned in paper form and maintained in electronic form on your Web site. Note that both the paper and electronic forms are required for most assignments and that you may lose credit if you don't have both.
  10. Assignments will be checked for plagiarism. Assignments that contain plagiarized material will not receive any credit. Instances of plagiarism may be referred to the department and/or University for disciplinary action.
  11. Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the due date. Due dates will be set to give ample time for completion of the project and will not be extended save for the unexpected and unlikely major, long-lived catastrophe. Individual accommodations will be discussed if you have a valid medical excuse. Start projects early--last minute computer malfunctions will not be accepted as reason for delaying an assignment's due date. Changes to an assignment's due date will be avoided because they are unfair to those students who have organized their time to complete the assignment. Late assignments will be decremented by 10% per class day or fraction of day late, starting at class time.
  12. Final course grades are based on the overall average. You are guaranteed a grade based on a 10% window (e.g., 90-100% is an A). Individual grade windows may be increased in size if the instructor finds it appropriate (e.g., if you have 89% you might get an A but you will get at least a B).