Course Policies


The following policies will be strictly followed.

Problem Set Policy

Problem sets are for your learning. You can work in groups, but you must write your own code and solutions. See also academic honesty policy below.

You are allowed up to two late submissions, late by up to 2 days each. No further late submissions will be accepted.*

* Except in the case of a documented medical/personal emergency, which must be supported by a medical certificate or signed letter sent by email to the instructor and copied to your academic advisor.

Project Policy

Projects must be entirely your own work (teams of 3-4); see also academic honesty policy below.

No late submissions will be accepted.*

* Except in the case of a documented medical/personal emergency, which must be supported by a medical certificate or signed letter sent by email to the instructor and copied to your academic advisor.

Exam Policy

All students must take exams on the announced days at the announced times. Make-up exams will be offered only in genuine extenuating circumstances, and must be requested at least one week in advance of the exam with supporting documentation. No requests will be entertained after this.*

* Except in the case of a documented medical/personal emergency, which must be supported by a medical certificate or signed letter sent by email to the instructor and copied to your academic advisor.

Academic Honesty Policy

As students of Penn, we expect you to adhere to the highest standards of academic honesty and integrity.

Problem sets in the course are designed to support your learning of the subject. Copying will not help you (in the exams or in the real world), so don't do it. If you have difficulties learning some of the topics or lack some background, try to form study groups where you can bounce off ideas with one another and try to teach each other what you understand. You're also welcome to come to any of our office hours and we'll be glad to help you.

If any part of a problem set/project/exam is found to be copied, it will automatically result in a zero grade for the entire problem set/project/exam (for both the person copying and any person allowing his/her work to be copied), a warning note to your academic advisor, and a referral to the Office of Student Conduct. Any repeat instance will automatically lead to a failing grade in the course.