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CS 1110: Introduction to Computing Using Python

Fall 2012


Academic Integrity

Respect academic integrity! Cheating may seem an easy way out, but in the long run, it really hurts you more than anyone else. You end up not learning what you should learn, and it does something to your character, to your self-image. Cheating is not worth it. Please review these notes on integrity.

Course Grade Computation

We calculate your raw numerical score based on core points for assignments and exams, which is used in calculating final grades. The final grade is not based solely on this numerical score. Other items enter in, such as what the instructor and your TA know about your work in the course, special problems you have had (such as illnesses), and whether your performance gets better or worse as the course progresses.

Below is a list of the percentage of the total score that is allocated to each component of the course. These percentages may change as the semester moves on, depending on how many assignments we actually have.

Final 30%
Prelims 28%
Prelim 1 14%
Prelim 2 14%
Assignments 39%
Assignment 1 4%
Assignment 2 3%
Assignment 3 5%
Assignment 4 6%
Assignment 5 5%
Assignment 6 8%
Assignment 7 8%
Class Participation 2%
Course Evaluation 1%

Everyone is expected to do every lab, though labs do not count in the total score. Instead, you simply get credit for doing them. Up to two labs may be missed; any more unexcused absences we reserve the right to reduce your course grade (e.g. B goes to B-).


You will note that 2% of the course is participation. That grade comes from the iClickers and from the online surveys (1% for each). Your iClicker grade will be determined by how often you answered a clicker question. We only grade whether or not you used your iClicker, not whether or not the answer was correct (not all questions have a correct answer). You will be graded on a 3 point scale where 3 points is full credit. To get full credit, you must answer 75% of the questions in the class. You lose one point for each 25% below that. So, if you answer more than half, you get 2 points, and 1 point for answering 25%.

The online surveys will be posted on the CS Course Management System (CMS) periodically throughout the semester. Survey 0 is active the first week of class. These are intended to capture information about the course and the assignments because it is the first year that we are offering Python. They will be graded on a 3 point scale in much the same way as the iClicker. You must fill out 75% of the surveys to get full credit, and so on.

Letter Grades

A typical distribution for final grades is 30% A, 35% B, 30% C, and 5% D or F. However, that is only a typical (average) distribution, and it is not what we expect. Anyone who does A work will get an A, and you are all capable of doing that! We would like that!


If you feel that the graders have incorrectly graded an exam or hand-written assignment, you may request a regrade. You may do it one of two ways; ether

Submit a regrade request online using the Course Management System (if possible).


Fill out a regrade request form in the Consulting room.

Before submitting a regrade request, you should be aware of the CS 1110 policies.

  • We photocopy a random number of exams after grading to catch changes.
  • You must submit your request within one week after we return your graded work.
  • We regrade the entire submission from scratch.
  • Your grade may go up or down depending on the grading mistakes made.

You can retrieve the regraded material in the consulting room about 1 week after you submit your request.

Posted Grades

You can always see your grades online, on the CS Course Management System (CMS)

Exams and Exam Conflicts

The times for the prelims and final are given on this page. You must take every exam! CS 1110 does not offer alternative tests. If you have a legitimate conflict, contact course admin Molly Trufant <mjt264@cornell.edu> two weeks before the exam.