Handout 1: 8/30/99
Lecture: MWF 12:40-1:30, HRBB 113
Web pages: http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/~furuta/436/
Instructor: Richard Furuta, HRBB 402C, 845-3839, firstname.lastname@example.org
Office hours: Mondays 9-10 am and 4-5 pm, or by appointment.
Jenny Preece, Human-Computer Interaction
Additional readings to be announced.
Approximate Grading Scheme:
9% Exam one (9/20/99)
9% Exam two (10/11/99)
9% Exam three (11/1/99)
9% Exam four (11/29/99)
4% Final exam
25% Programming/homework assignments
20% Term project
15% Class chapter presentations and class participation
- We will use electronic mail for announcements.
To receive the class announcements, you need to
register your email address. Send an email message to email@example.com, with a body
SUBSCRIBE CPSC436 your name
where you make the obvious replacement of your name with your name.
Note that this host is not the regular CS department computer. (CPSC436
is the number that will be used for this class beginning in Fall 1999.) Class
messages also will be archived at the course's Web site (see above for
location). You should check your account for mail regularly.
- If you need to get in touch with me and I am not in my office, please use
- 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.
- We will follow Preece fairly directly. Expect to read 3 or 4 chapters a
week, possibly augmented with external readings. The schedule of readings,
which details the topics to be covered in the course, will be found at the
class Web site.
- Examinations will be comprehensive and will cover all course material to
date (e.g., both lecture, text, and discussions).
- There will be no makeup examinations. If you have a valid medical excuse,
the examination component of your grade will be computed based on the other
- Include your name and email address on all assignments. Your class
Web site should include copies of all of your assignments.
- 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 15% per class day or fraction of day late, starting at class
- 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 nothing lower than a B).