Carnegie Mellon

24-780: Engineering Computation

Course Info   
  Fall 2009   

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Reading: Reading assignments are given every week .  Check the "Schedule" section regularly for each week's reading assignment.  
Problem Sets
: 12 problem sets are given to help students better understand the course material.   Problem sets are downloadable from the "Schedule" section.
Computational Assignment
: You will need to write code in C++ and Matlab.
Individual Effort
: The solutions to all the problem sets that you hand in should be generated by your individual effort.  It is ok to discuss the approach to problems with other students, but the written solutions and programs must be your own work and should not be copied from someone else. 
Hand-in Directory
:  Hand in your solutions to the problem sets by the beginning of the class on the due date.  For some problem sets your results should be copied to one of the following AFS directories by the same due date and time:
    /afs/ ...  /your_email_account 
Late Policy:  20% off for one CMU class day, 40% off for two CMU class days, and no credit after the solutions are posted.  For example, suppose that the due date is 11:30am Wed  morning; you will lose 20% by handing it in Thu morning, and 40% Fri morning.   
Grade Correction
: Please review your graded paper right after it is returned to you to make sure that there is no error in grading.  If you find a grading error, you need to let the instructor know as soon as possible but no later than a week from the date your paper is ready to be picked up.  The grade may  not be corrected after one week.

Policy on Missed Quizzes

A missed quiz counts as zero credit unless you get permission in advance from the instructor.  If you are sick a note from the student health center is required.  A make-up quiz may not be of the same difficulty as the in-class quiz.   The instructor can also give an oral make-up quiz instead. 


Time management is a critical factor to your academic success, as to any professional environment.  Being a 12-unit course, it is expected that each student will devote at least 12 hours a week to: (1) reading assignments, (2) attending lectures, (3) completing problem sets, (4) reviewing lecture materials, and (5) preparing for quizzes.

Your Grade

Your final grade will be determined by an absolute method of grading.   This is to allow you to obtain a grade based on your individual performance without having to compete with others.  It is thus possible for the whole class to get an A grade or in the other case for the whole class to get a C grade.  (Of course we hope that you all will work hard and get an A!)  The final letter grade ranges are:  

A: 100-90%    B: 90-80%   C: 80-70%    D: 70-60%

The evaluation of your work in the course will be based on the following distribution:

24-780 Grading Items Total Points
12 Problem Sets 3.5% x 8  +  2% x 4 36%
3 Quizzes 15% x 3 45%
1 Project 1.5% + 1.5% + 1.5% + 1.5% + 13% 19%
 TOTAL   100%

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