Working Together in CSCI 101

Introduction to Computer Science is taught in an active learning style, as such we try to nurture and encourage collaboration within and between active learning groups. However, none of the problems, work, or assignments distributed to active learning groups is turned in for a grade.

For all graded work

in CSCI 101 the following CSCI 101 Collaboration Policy applies; it is essentially the collaboration policy for all courses in the MCS department.

  1. If the project is an individual effort project,1 you are not allowed to give code you have developed to another student or use code provided by another student.

    If the project is a group project, you are only allowed to share code with your group members.

  2. You are encouraged to discuss programming projects with other students in the class,

    as long as the following rules are followed:

    1. You view another student's code only for the purpose of offering/receiving debugging assistance. Students can only give advice on what problems to look for; they cannot debug your code for you. All changes to your code must be made by you.

    2. Your discussion is subject to the empty hands policy

      , which means you leave the discussion without any record

      [electronic, mechanical or otherwise] of the discussion.

  3. Any material from any outside source such as books, projects, and in particular, from the Web, should be properly referenced and should only be used if specifically allowed for the assignment.
  4. If you are aware of students violating this policy, you are encouraged to inform the professor of the course. Violating this policy will be treated as an academic misconduct for all students involved. See the Student Handbook for details on academic dishonesty.

Violations of this policy result in a course letter grade drop for all students involved.

  1. Unless otherwise specified in writing, all CSCI 101 labs and assignments are to be individual efforts (1)