Human-Computer Interaction

Spring 2016 :: ECE 69500 :: Purdue University

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Course policies

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Course grades will be based on the following:
Project 40%
Reading responses 20%
Exercises 15%
Midterm 10%
Final 15%
Exercises will be scored as 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, or 0:
5 100 Demonstrates that you understand the relevant method or concept very well; meets all (or nearly all) stated requirements; follows the spirit of the assignment
4 80 Demonstrates that you understand the relevant method or concept; meets most requirements; follows the spirit of the assignment
3 60 Demonstrates some understanding of the relevant method or concept; meets at least half of the requirements; follows the spirit of the assignment
2 40 Demonstrates a substantial effort; attempts to follow the spirit of the assignment
1 20 Seems to be at least half-done in some respect; significant flaws
0 0 Less than half-done
Reading responses will be scored as 2, 1, or 0:
2 Especially insightful and clear
1 Less thoughtful, but still demonstrates that you read the paper
0 Vague or substantially inaccurate

You are expected to be present for every lecture unless otherwise agreed in advance. If conflicts or absences can be anticipated, such as for many University sponsored activities and religious observations, please inform the instructor of the situation as far in advance as possible. For unanticipated or emergency absences when advance notification to an instructor is not possible, please contact the instructor as soon as possible by email or in person. In cases of bereavement, you (or your representative) may send notice via the Office of the Dean of Students.


You have a choice to receive feedback and scores by email or in person. Let me know which you prefer. If I don't hear from you, I'll assume you prefer email.

The project and some assignments will be web-based. Normally, you will post your work to a publicly available web page. This is to give you something to point to in future job interviews and to create a resource for future students. In some cases, I may integrate it into the course web site. I hope this will promote sharing of ideas and encourage all to take pride in their work. If you prefer that your work not be made public, let me know and we can work out an alternative.

Changes This syllabus is subject to change. Assignments, readings, deadlines, and exam dates—may be changed without notice up to 1 week in advance. Other changes to may be made to ensure the integrity of the course, to ensure fairness to students, or as otherwise deemed necessary by the instructor.
Exams Policies regarding each exam will be announced at least 7 days in advance.
Academic integrity

Everything you turn in for this class must be 100% original (i.e., created by you, starting from an empty page or file), except where explicitly allowed in the assignment description.

Do not copy anything (e.g., text, code, images, data, etc.) from any source to anything you submit for this course unless the assignment description explicitly allows it.

Modifying the material does not change the fact that it was copied.

Copying includes reproducing the material by any means (including copy-paste, copying files, hand-typing, etc.) from one source to another.

Examples provided by the instructor and other course materials may not be used, unless explicitly allowed. An open source license or other permission from the creator does not give you permission to use the material in a class assignment. It is still prohibited regardless of the license or permission from the author.

Even a few words or a distinctive code expression may be too much. In general, if it is possible that someone could look at the two and infer that one referenced the other, then it is too much.

Copying a person's name or the name of a product or system is allowed.

Very generic code snippets and English phrases should not need to be copied.

Attempting to use unauthorized resources on any exam or assignment will be treated the same as if the attempt were successful.

The penalty for cheating depends on the severity and how we discover it. Very minor instances (e.g., 1-3 lines of code from the web on an exercise) will result in a penalty equal to 100% of the points possible. For all other instances, the penalty will be an "F" in the course, and a referral to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Late registration Students who register for ECE 695 after any assignment is due, or less than 2 days before the deadline may request a deadline extension for that assignment by providing proof of the late registration to the instructor. The extension is not automatic.
Grief Absence Purdue University recognizes that a time of bereavement is very difficult for a student. The University therefore provides the following rights to students facing the loss of a family member through the Grief Absence Policy for Students (GAPS). GAPS Policy: Students will be excused for funeral leave and given the opportunity to earn equivalent credit and to demonstrate evidence of meeting the learning outcomes for misses assignments or assessments in the event of the death of a member of the student’s family.
Violent behavior Purdue University is committed to providing a safe and secure campus environment for members of the university community. Purdue strives to create an educational environment for students and a work environment for employees that promote educational and career goals. Violent Behavior impedes such goals. Therefore, Violent Behavior is prohibited in or on any University Facility or while participating in any university activity.

Purdue University is required to respond to the needs of the students with disabilities as outlined in both the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 through the provision of auxiliary aids and services that allow a student with a disability to fully access and participate in the programs, services, and activities at Purdue University.

If you have a disability that requires special academic accommodation, please make an appointment to speak with me during the first week of the semester in order to discuss any adjustments. It is important that we talk about this at the beginning of the semester. It is the student's responsibility to notify the Disability Resource Center of an impairment/condition that may require accommodations and/or classroom modifications.

Emergencies In the event of a major campus emergency, course requirements, deadlines and grading percentages are subject to changes that may be necessitated by a revised semester calendar or other circumstances beyond the instructor’s control. Relevant changes to this course will be posted onto the course website and/or sent by email to the Purdue email address ( of students registered in this course. You are expected to read your Purdue email on a frequent basis.

Purdue University is committed to maintaining a community which recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect among its members; and encourages each individual to strive to reach his or her own potential. In pursuit of its goal of academic excellence, the University seeks to develop and nurture diversity. The University believes that diversity among its many members strengthens the institution, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and enriches campus life.

Purdue University prohibits discrimination against any member of the University community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran. The University will conduct its programs, services and activities consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and orders and in conformance with the procedures and limitations as set forth in Executive Memorandum No. D-1, which provides specific contractual rights and remedies. Any student who believes they have been discriminated against may visit to submit a complaint to the Office of Institutional Equity. Information may be reported anonymously.


Among the materials that may be protected by copyright law are the lectures, reference sheet, this web site, assignments, quizzes, exams, and other material presented in class or as part of the course. Always assume the materials presented by an instructor are protected by copyright unless the instructor has stated otherwise. Students enrolled in, and authorized visitors to, Purdue University courses are permitted to take notes, which they may use for individual/group study or for other non-commercial purposes reasonably arising from enrollment in the course during the semester in which the student was enrolled.

Notes taken in class are, however, generally considered to be “derivative works” of the instructor’s presentations and materials, and they are thus subject to the instructor’s copyright in such presentations and materials. No individual is permitted to sell or otherwise barter notes, either to other students or to any commercial concern, for a course without the express written permission of the course instructor. To obtain permission to sell or barter notes, the individual wishing to sell or barter the notes must be registered in the course or must be an approved visitor to the class. Course instructors may choose to grant or not grant such permission at their own discretion, and may require a review of the notes prior to their being sold or bartered. If they do grant such permission, they may revoke it at any time, if they so choose.

// Credit: A substantial portion of this policy document is derived from a template authored by the Purdue Center for Instructional Excellence.

// Credit: The regrade form is from Prof. Yung-Hsiang Lu.


Any updates to this policy will be noted here.

4/27/2016 Scoring system for exercises was scaled so that each assignment is out of 100 instead of 5. This was done for clarity.