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Grading and Assessment

Component Value
Class Facebook 5%
Attendance & Class Participation 15%
Individual Assignments 15%
Sketching Project 15%
Group Design Project 50%

Late Assignments

You can turn in your assignments up to two days late for half-credit. After two days, no credit will be given. Unless otherwise specified, due dates are usually 11:59pm local time on the day an assignment is due.


Students are expected to attend all lectures and discussions on time. Attendance will be taken via index cards (described below). This class starts on the first day of instruction. If you join the class later in the quarter, you are expected to complete all missed work immediately.

Because our class periods are incredibly short, late attendance will not be counted. I understand that things happen in life, and you may be late or need to miss class from time to time. It is your responsibility to make up the content by meeting with other members of the class. If you make a habit of tardiness or missing class, it will reflect in your participation grade. More important, it will reflect in your project grade as it will directly impact your project work.

Index Card Attendance

As you enter the classroom:

  1. Collect an index card from the instructor
  2. If applicable, note the question written on the whiteboard or on the projector.

Fill out your index card with the following information:

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By actively participating in class you can develop your professional skills for design. All students are expected to come to class having finished the assigned readings, participate fully in-group discussions, and come to class with questions about the reading material and viewpoints from their own experiences and other relevant literatures and coursework.

Here are some examples of how you can participate:

  1. Treat all with respect – be constructive in all discussions
  2. Come to class prepared – read carefully prior to class meetings, and
  3. Practice active listening – be attentive, be engaged, and use in-class technology with discretion
  4. Ask challenging questions
  5. Comment, build on, or clarify others’ contributions
  6. Post useful or interesting information to the class discussion list
  7. Visit the instructor or teaching assistant to chat, ask questions, or give feedback

If you would like, you may submit an optional 2-3 paragraph personal statement on how you contributed to the class. If you submit a statement, it is due on the day that would be the final exam: 6/12/2013.

Extra Credit

For extra credit, you can participate in UCI’s campus-wide Autism AppJam, a competition where teams have two weeks to come up with the most creative, innovative mobile app that benefits persons with Autism. Whether you’re a programmer, UX designer, or idea person, this would be a great opportunity for experience in designing and developing a product that makes a difference, not to mention the great prizes you can win! See http://forockids.org/appjam/ for more details.

Other Policies


Critical announcements will be emailed to your UCI Net ID / Login. Please make sure it is set up properly and being forwarded to whichever account you normally read email from. The mailing list is managed through EEE and details can be found on the materials page for this course.

Many other announcements will be made in class as well.

Email correspondence to instructors

To make sure that the class staff see your email, please include the class code “INF 132” at the beginning of the subject line. If you do not get a response to the email in 24 hours (except weekends), please resend it or talk to me after class. I recommend also cc’ing the EEE class mailing list on non-personal issues so that the entire class benefits from the discussion.

Drop Policy

This course includes a group project. To support mutual responsibility within these project teams, no drops are permitted after the end of week 2. This policy is firm and there will be no exceptions.

Academic Honesty

Please familiarize yourself with the latest UCI academic honesty policy: http://www.editor.uci.edu/catalogue/appx/appx.2.htm#academic

The consequences of academic dishonesty are not worth the risks.

In a nutshell – you may never use anyone else’s work without clearly acknowledging the source. This includes code you find on the web, text from books, and answers from friends. If an assignment requires you to do the work yourself, then acknowledging the source of an answer does not fulfill the requirements of the assignment. I reserve the right to fail students who do not display complete academic integrity.

Students with Disabilities or Special Needs

Any student who feels he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability, religious observance (or anything else) should contact me privately to discuss his or her specific needs. If appropriate, contact the Disability Services Center at (949) 824-7494 as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

Re-grading Policy

To have work re-graded, you must submit a re-grade request within one week of when your work was returned. The request must be a single page, printed on paper or sent by e-mail. It should contain the following information:

  • An explicit request for the a re-grade that specifies the name of the
  • Student information, including your name, student ID, and group project name
  • An explanation for why you believe you deserve a higher grade

The instructor will consider your request. If the instructor is convinced by your argument, your work will be re-graded. If not, the instructor will send you e-mail explaining why. No re-grades will be considered for late work.