Your class grade will be based on the following four components:
Paper Reviews (25%): You are expected to read the papers before the lecture and write a review of the paper.
Please write "constructive" reviews. Here is a rough outline.
For every lecture (via email to Rachit): You will need to submit a "constructive" review for each paper in the reading list of the corresponding lecture. The deadline for submitting the review is 11:59PM of the day before the lecture. Since the objective of this class is to have constructive discussions on the assigned readings, late review submissions will not be accepted.
Paper Presentations (15%): You are expected to present 5-6 papers during the semester.
Please plan for 35 minutes. The paper presentations must provide a broad overview of the space (corresponding topic) and should cover all the compulsory and recommended readings. Here is a rough outline.
Slides for paper presentation (via email to Rachit) are due one week in advance. That is, for Monday lecture, you should have sent the slides to Rachit by Monday of the previous week.
Research project (50%): Students will work on research projects (either alone, or in a team of two). There are regular deadlines for the project:
Class Participation (10%): You are expected to actively participate in class discussions.
As with all other classes at Cornell, you are expected to maintain a high level of ethical standards and integrity in this course. This means that all work you submit must be the result of your own individual effort. You may discuss the papers with other students in the class, but you may not collaborate on the actual writing of the reviews. No part of the review may be copied from or be based on text on the web. Even higher standards apply for research projects and surveys, where plagiarism is a more well defined academic integrity violation.
Any violations of the academic integrity code will be penalized according to the Cornell Academic Integrity Policy, and may result in failure in the course, suspension, or expulsion from the university.
Here is a simple tip to avoid any problems: do NOT cheat. You know it when you are cheating! It so happens that when you are cheating, we know it too!