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Course Policies

This page contains policies & rules that I follow in teaching design. Some of these are done for academic administrative purposes; other are intended to simulate industrial settings.

About Emails

Non-confidential course-related messages must be posted to the relevant Google Group or D2L discussion forum. Non-confidential, course-related messages sent to the instructors and teaching assistants will be ignored.

The instructors may be reached for confidential academic matters directly via email.

While every effort is made to respond to message as quickly as possible, students ought not expect responses beyond weekdays between 08:00 and 18:00 (excluding holidays).

About Cheating

Cheating, including plagiarism, will not be tolerated. Ever.

  • This includes submitting a Solidworks drawing that has someone else's name on it, even if it's done accidentally, unless done under the direction of the instructor.

Other things that constitute cheating:

  • Submitting a Solidworks drawing that is identical to that of another student. With rare exception - for which we check carefully - this indicates the Solidworks files were shared.
  • Talking during tests or exams, between the time when the test/exam is announced to have started and when it is announced to have ended.

About Teamwork

  • Learn about using Salustri's PTI.
  • There will be a deduction of 1% of your final course mark for each day you are late in doing the PTI.
  • Team projects and assignments will be carried out in teams established at the beginning of the term, unless otherwise stated by the instructors.
  • Because of the team-based projects, it is important that all team members be reasonably available to meet off-hours.
  • Therefore, no one who has a full-time job can enrol in this course.
  • No meetings will be held with individual students regarding team problems. If your team is not working well and requires remediation, then the whole team must meet with the instructor.

About Classroom Behaviour

  • No matter what you think of your individual professors, the office of professor deserves respect. One therefore shows respect to one's professors for the sake of the office if not the person.
  • Your classmates deserve all the respect that you would expect for yourself.
  • Do not talk out of turn.
  • Turn your cell phone ringer to vibrate during lectures.
  • Never take a call during a lecture.
  • Everyone makes mistakes, but repeated instances of poor or disrespectful behaviour to the instructor or one's classmates will lead to disciplinary action.

About Projects and Assignments

Solutions are not available

Solutions will not be “provided” in writing. If you want to know what you did wrong, you will have to talk to your TA or instructor.

Late Assignments

Because this happens so often and because so many students are confused by the procedure, the handling of late assignments has its own section of rules.

The standard late penalty is 10%/day (i.e., 1 out of 10 per day).

If you don't follow these rules, you will likely get a zero grade on the assignment.

Let's say you miss a deadline and want to submit an assignment late.

  1. Submit the assignment as soon as possible . Don't wait to be told by your instructor or TA. You can submit it in one of three ways. Pick the way that gets the assignment submitted as quickly as possible. Waiting too long will only make matters worse for you. All work will be graded; comments will be made to provide feedback to students, even on late assignments.
    1. Hand it directly to the appropriate instructor. Do not wait for the next lecture. Find the instructor's office, and go there to submit the work ASAP.
    2. Hand it directly to your TA. Do not wait for the next lab or tutorial. Email your TA and arrange a meeting to submit the assignment.
    3. Leave it in the instructor's drop-box (near EPH-313C) AND immediately email the instructor informing him that the assignment is in the drop-box.
      • Instructors do not check drop-boxes unless they know there's something there. It's up to you to tell the instructor that there's something there. If you do not do this, it may be weeks before the instructor finds the assignment; it will certainly get a zero grade at that point.
  2. Provide documentation that justifies having missed the deadline, as soon as possible. Read about Online Academic Consideration Requests for further details.
    • Year 1 students: documentation must be submitted the documentation to FYEO.
    • Year 2/3/4 students: documentation must be submitted to the Departmental Office (EPH-300).
    • Instructors and TAs will not accept documentation .
  3. The instructor and the student will receive an email from FYEO or the Departmental Office (whichever applies) indicating whether the documentation was accepted.
    • If the note is not accepted, then the student receives a zero grade for the missed work.
    • If the note is accepted, then the instructor will contact the student and the student's TA regarding accommodations. Typically, this means the assignment will be graded without late penalty if it is submitted as soon as possible on the student's return from his absence.

What if you miss a test or quiz?

Make-up tests will be offered, assuming proper documentation is provided to justify the absence. See above for information regarding submission of documentation.

If the make-up test is missed, more documentation must be provided. If that documentation is approved, the instructor will contact you to explain if and how the missed make-up will be handled, in accordance with Ryerson Policy.

What if you miss a group milestone presentation?

If no documentation is provided (see above for details), the student will be given a zero grade.

If proper documentation is provided and accepted, the weight of the milestone will be rolled into another milestone or project report assessment component.

No exemptions if you failed a course

In many of my courses, one must pass midterms and pass the final exam or project to pass the course.

Some students who failed the course because of only one of the components have asked for an exemption from the component that they passed.

There are no exemptions. To pass the course, students must pass both major components. Failing either means failing the course. Failing the course means having to redo the entire course.

Other Rules about Project and Assignments

  • Unless otherwise stated, all assignments are due within 5 minutes of the beginning of class.
  • The weight of an assignment will depend on its duration. As a general rule:
    • An in-class assignments is worth half of a one-week assignment.
    • A two-week assignment is worth twice a one-week assignment.
  • In case a student or team cannot submit a project or assignment directly to an instructor or teaching assistant, the student will deposit the project or assignment in the instructor's Drop Box (across from EPH-313C).
    • Students or teams doing this must email the instructor informing him of a Drop Box delivery.
  • In-lab projects and assignments to be completed by the end of the current laboratory must be performed in the lab room itself.
  • All design homework assignments are expected to be word processed according to standard formating rules described by the instructor. Drafting or other kinds of assignments may be done with pen and paper.
    • Homework that is not word processed will get a zero grade.
    • In-lab assignments may be hand-written.
    • Except for technical sketches, no work that is submitted in pencil will be graded.
      • If hand-written work is allowed for a given assignment or part thereof, then it shall be in written in ink.
    • Any exceptions to these rules will be indicated clearly by the instructors.
  • Forging a signature is cheating and will be treated as such.
  • Handing in an assignment that, in whole or in part, has someone else's name on it constitutes plagiarism, and will be treated as such.

About Room KHE-137 and KHE-139

  • Grace He is the Technical Support Specialist responsible for the lab.
    • Ms. He has the right and responsibility to suspend computer access to any student violating the rules of good lab behaviour.
  • Access and use of the room is based on the honour system, which will be revoked if abuse is observed.
  • Access to the room is permitted whenever KHE is open.
  • No guests are allowed in the room.
  • Catalogues taken from the room must be signed out.
  • No food or drink is allowed in the labs.
  • Do not try to fix the printers. If there is something wrong with a printer, tell either your TA, or your instructor, or Ms. He.
  • Never put lined paper in the printer. The ink used to put the lines on the paper will ruin the printer. Anyone found trying to use lined paper in a printer will be charged with vandalism.
  • Never disconnect or shut down or turn off the computers in the lab. Anyone caught doing this will be charged with vandalism.

About Cell Phones

I believe strongly in the approach used by the professor in this clip:

teaching/course_policies.txt · Last modified: 2020.03.12 13:30 (external edit)