CSE 15L Spring 2018


Please read these carefully!

Lab Policy

Each lab session is worth 10 points:

  • Participation Points: You earn 10 points if (arrive 0-15mins from lab beginning && (leave at the end of lab || get checked off))

Examples when participation points cannot be awarded (-10):

  • If you leave the lab earlier than the lab end time without lab checkoff
    • if the lab ends at 4:50pm, and you leave before 4:50pm without checkoff, participation points cannot be awarded
    • ensure that you receive a lab checkoff confirmation via email before you leave, and ask a tutor if you did not receive one within 15 minutes
  • If you arrive later than 15 mins from start of the lab (-10 points)
  • If you arrive later than 5 mins from start of the lab (-5 points)

Lab Selection:

  • Initial placement will be from your lab enrollment via WebReg at the end of week 1.
  • You can change your future lab selection anytime Friday through Monday to take effect the following Wednesday and Thursday for the rest of the quarter or until you change again.
  • Week 1: Change via WebReg.
  • Week 2 onward: Change via sections.ucsd.edu

Labs start from 1st week.

You will be allowed to switch your lab section before Monday night at 11:59PM on sections.ucsd.edu.

Homework Policy

No late homework will be accepted. You will get 0 if you submited the homework after due date


The professionalism portion of the course grade is intended to motivate students to think more about the impact of their questions before asking them. Unprofessional interactions consume time yet have no meaningful benefits. In the workplace, wasting time of your colleagues, your supervisors or your supervisor’s supervisor will only discount you. When you are discounted, you just won’t be invited for new opportunities that you may or may not be aware of.

Everyone has responsibilities, and interruptions delay completion of those responsibilities. If the interruption has a tangible benefit of progress, all is well.

1% of the course grade is to account for demonstrating maturity and professionalism. By default, every student is assumed to be professionally mature and hence this component is awarded to every student at the beginning of the quarter. During the quarter, based on observations by the teaching staff and instructors, which includes but is not limited to one on one personal interactions, Piazza Q&A posts, and follow ups with your grader, your professionalism credit may be deducted in steps of 0.5%.

Interactions with meaningful benefits (no deduction from professionalism) include results that provide:

  • clarification of course notes
  • assistance getting started, developing solutions and resolving programming problems
  • improvement in skill building and future opportunities,
  • learning why full credit wasn’t awarded where grading comments were insufficient (even if point loss was < 1% of the course grade)
  • a potential increase in points >= 1% of the course grade
  • a potential increase in points < 1% of the course grade that improve the course grade after grades appear on TritonLink
  • information to the course staff regarding errors or problems in labs, assignments, your computer account or with the Autograder that don't involve potential point mistakes or potential point corrections
Note: Submitting a potential <1% of the course grade regrade request through the Regrades (not Followups) functionality of the Autograder does NOT earn a professionalism deduction since those requests are only seen by a member of the course staff when the potential total percentage of all requests goes above 1%.

Interactions that have no meaningful benefits (deduction from professionalism) that should be avoided include:

  • Point and grading issues:
    • a potential increase in points < 1% of overall course grade before your course grade appears TritonLink
    • asking about a potential increase in points and telling us you don't need the points if they end up being < 1% of the overall course grade
    • when a member of the course staff must spend time to respond to an issue raised where then potential point gain is < 1% of the course grade
  • disputes about point deductions being too serve for mistake or oversight
  • questions asked electronically before first performing electronic search
  • asking questions when the information will eventually be known, such as will this exam be curved, or will the course grades be curved?
  • ignoring the directions or requests of the course staff
  • falsifying your priority tag.
Please note: Errors in grading or tabulation are by definition errors made by the course staff, Correcting errors with a potential increase in points < 1% of the course grade likely won't have an impact on your course grade (and is therefore an unprofessional interaction). The course staff does not have a goal of awarding you every point that you earned; rather the course staff does have a goal of you being awarded the course grade that you earned.

The bottom line: If an interaction has a benefit to you, then all is well. If the interaction has no benefit to you, you should spend your time in more meaningful ways.

Regrade Policy

The student needs to initiate a regrade request within 1 week of an exam/lab/homework return date. Please submit a regrade request on autograder.