A2: Final-project proposal; A3: feasibility check; A4 commitment statement and follow-through

2021 edition, with this text's color serving as a visual reminder.

Within-class teams. Joint proposals are encouraged but are not required.

Commenting on other people's proposals, on the other hand, is an individual (and encouraged!) activity.

Working with "external" courses, your advisor, or others. Experience has shown that communicating about such situations early with all possibly involved parties heads off misunderstandings!
If your project involves coursework for another class and/or collaboration with someone who is not a student currently in 6742, such as your advisor or another student in your research group, the following policies apply.

  1. Overlap with other courses must be declared both to me and to the instructor(s) of the other course(s), and you must send me verification that the other instructor(s) approve(s). Email to me cc:ed to the other instructor(s) sent by Wed Oct. 20 11:59pm suffices.
  2. Your proposal must state who the "external" people are and what their role(s) would be.
  3. You must verify with all parties involved that co-working with you on this class project is OK and that all members understand that the project is done in the context of the final project for this class, and that the "external" people are OK with the possibility of co-authoring with me --- or wish to mandate in advance that I should not be a co-author (in which case we'll need to set up some rules). (I state co-authorship as a possibility — I may or may not contribute enough to your project to merit co-authorship. This issue will be discussed later, and all decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.) You must send me verification of the other parties' understanding; email to me cc:ed to them sent by Wed Oct. 20 11:59pm suffices.


Assessment criteria: Proposal (A2): thoughtfulness, creativity, and feasibility are most important to . A3 and A4: On-time good-faith completion of all requirements. Extra credit to individuals can be awarded for thoughtfulness and creativity of feedback you give to others.

Academic Integrity Academic and scientific integrity compels one to properly attribute to others any work, ideas, or phrasing that one did not create oneself. To do otherwise is fraud.

Certain points deserve emphasis here. In this class, talking to and helping others is strongly encouraged. You may also, with attribution, use the code from other sources. The easiest rule of thumb is, acknowledge the work and contributions and ideas and words and wordings of others. Do not copy or slightly reword portions of papers, Wikipedia articles, textbooks, other students' work, Stack Overflow answers, something you heard from a talk or a conversation or saw on the Internet, or anything else, really, without acknowledging your sources. See "Acknowledging the Work of Others" in The Essential Guide to Academic Integrity at Cornell and http://www.theuniversityfaculty.cornell.edu/AcadInteg/ for more information and useful examples.

This is not to say that you can receive course credit for work that is not your own — e.g., taking someone else's report and putting your name at the top, next to the other person(s)' names. However, violations of academic integrity (e.g., fraud) undergo the academic-integrity hearing process on top of any grade penalties imposed, whereas not following the rules of the assignment “only” risks grade penalties.