Policies are subject to change. If something is not clear, please contact the course staff.


The grade components are: 50% role-playing presentation and discussion participation, and 50% final research project.


Each student will submit a final research project. Please see the project page for details.

Pass/fail Option

Students who already took the class in the past and wish to re-take it (the content is different each time), may ask for instructor permission to take the class with S/U grading. As far as work, this option only differs in not requiring a project.


Auditing is not possible. Please see the pass/fail option.


Your access in this course is important. Please give the instructor, the TA, or the Course Coordinator your Student Disability Services (SDS) accommodation letter early in the semester so that we have adequate time to arrange your approved academic accommodations. If you need an immediate accommodation for equal access, please speak with the instructor after class or send an email message to the instructor and/or SDS at If the need arises for additional accommodations during the semester, please contact SDS.

Academic integrity

Each student in this course is expected to abide by the Cornell University Code of Academic Integrity. Any work submitted by a student in this course for academic credit will be the studentโ€™s own work. For this course, collaboration is allowed in the following instances: working on assignments as detailed above. You are encouraged to study together and to discuss information and concepts covered in lecture and the sections with other students. You can give โ€œconsultingโ€ help to or receive โ€œconsultingโ€ help from such students. However, this permissible cooperation should never involve one student having possession of a copy of all or part of work done by someone else, in the form of an e-mail, an e-mail attachment file, a diskette, or a hard copy. Should copying occur, both the student who copied work from another student and the student who gave material to be copied will both automatically receive a zero for the assignment. Penalty for violation of this Code can also be extended to include failure of the course and University disciplinary action. During examinations, you must do your own work. Talking or discussion is not permitted during the examinations, nor may you compare papers, copy from others, or collaborate in any way. Any collaborative behavior during the examinations will result in failure of the exam, and may lead to failure of the course and University disciplinary action. All course material is under copyright. Posting any material, including lectures, assignments, report templates, reports, code, exams, or quizzes, in public or private forums, except the course forum, is not allowed.