Important General Notes to students
Last modified: Thu Jul 23 16:23:10 IST 2015
- It is important to read the Important
General Notes to Students. Not having read it will not be
taken as a valid excuse for any error of commission or omission.
- The references listed in the course home page are in
addition to those listed in the Course Outline.
- There is no guarantee that lecture material will be based only
on the references given in the course outline and home page.
- The course homepage is where new information regarding the course
will be put up. It is absolutely wasteful to send mail to everybody in
the course. So all general and particular announcements, notices etc
will be put up on the course homepage. So make sure
you regularly visit the course homepage and check for
- No discussions in lectures or tutorials regarding grading
policies. Grading policy is as given on the course
- Of late it has become quite fashionable for
students to come at the end of the semester and request for
an 'F' grade instead of whatever they
have been given. Unfortunately that is not possible, because
grades have to be monotonic i.e. a person with higher
marks cannot be given a lower grade except as disciplinary action.
- All academic matters, doubts etc. should be cleared during
the lectures/tutorials or immediately after them (if I am not
in a rush for another appointment!), in the presence of the
whole class, so that it does not have to be transmitted to others
separately by other means.
- Attendance in lectures and tutorials is of course
compulsory! There might be surprise quizzes
on any day, especially when attendance is low! Absence in a
quiz results in '0' for that quiz. There is no question of
giving make-up quizzes.
- Peripheral matters relating to the course
(e.g. rescheduling of classes, matters relating to submissions,
marking etc.) which affect entire groups or the entire class
should not be broached privately, but should be raised
in the presence of the entire group or class.
- Do not send me mail regarding the course. I have already too much
mail that I cannot handle.
- Minor and Major Exams
- There will be no "make-up" exams conducted anytime during the
semester or after. So please make sure you attend the exams, otherwise
you might get a zero for the exam.
- In case of Minor Exams, any discrepancy in totalling or
marking should be brought to the notice of the instructor
or TA within 24 hours of the distribution of the marked answer
paper. Please state the nature of the discrepancy clearly on
the top page of the answer paper.
- Major answer papers are not allowed to be taken
away. Hence any discrepancy in marking or totalling
should be pointed out immediately.
- Whenever sample answers have been provided on the
home-page, first consult the sample answers before returning the
paper for revaluation.
- During marking comments and remarks are usually
provided by the examiner pointing out the mistakes
committed. Do not submit the papers for revaluation without
first understanding what the mistakes are.
- Academic Dishonesty. Remember that you have signed an honour code before getting admitted to IIT Delhi. Check that out on the inside cover page of your prospectus.
Here is a non-exhaustive list based on past experience.
- Cheating in exams: Copying (in whole or in
part) from others is deemed cheating and those who enable this
activity either deliberately or through negligence are also deemed
to have cheated. In a continuous evaluation system assignments,
homeworks, projects and term papers are also deemed to be exams.
Hence copying or enabling copying in these cases is also deemed to
be academic misconduct.
- Copying in term papers and project reports
from sources in books, journals, internet sites and other archived
material is considered cheating unless the sources are
- Editing answers after the exam paper has been
returned is definitely cheating!
- Outsourcing of homework, assignments, project
report, term paper or even exams to another person or "service"
is a very serious academic offence and could result in disciplinary
action. In the case of an exam there is the additional offence
of impersonation and it could result in disciplinary action.
- Copying programming code in whole or in part
from another or allowing your own code (in whole or in part) to be
used by another in an assignment meant to be done individually is a
- Collaboration where collaboration has been explicitly
disallowed by the instructor is academic misconduct.
- Collaboration between different teams on the
same project or assignment is academic misconduct.
- Sharing of passwords and login ids is
explicitly disallowed in this Dept. and in this Institute and any instance of it is
academic misconduct. Such sharing only compromises your own privacy
and the security of our Dept./Institute network.
- Sending anonymous mails
complaining of various
unnamed instances of cheating is blatant academic dishonesty.
You need to remember that instructors are
not policemen; they are not employed to prevent students
from cheating; they are only here to teach, evaluate and
perform other academic taks such as research, project
guidance and consultancy.
- Proxy attendance (sigh!) Marking attendance for
somebody who is not present in the class is also dishonest.
Depending on the method used for taking attendance, it could be
termed forgery, impersonation or plain lying.
- Depending on the course "assignments" might mean the same
thing as "exams".
- Individual originality: All assignments
are individual and no groups are
allowed. Discussion between individuals cannot be
prohibited at the level of algorithms and methods
adopted. However, there should be no obvious
indication of these common discussions in
- Submission: Since all assignments are going
to be screened by programs, they have to be
submitted only by the designated cgi-bin script
for the assignment. Any other method of
submission will result in a quick deletion of the
submission and a zero will be awarded. Exceptions
will be treated on a case-by-case basis strictly
on the merit of the case.
- Executability: All assignments have to be
"compilable and executable"
from my account. (In particular, check before
"submitting" that you have the entire assignment
in one file).
- Similarity: Please ensure that your
assignment directories and files are well-protected
against copying by others. Deliberate or
inadvertent copying of code will result in negative
marks for the assignment to all parties who
have "highly similar" code. Note that all the files
of an assignment will be screened manually or by a
program for similarity
before being evaluated. Since similarity is a symmetric
relation one cannot distinguish between the source and
- Missing assignments (or even those delayed
beyond 9 days) and quizzes result in zeroes. Nothing can
be done about them.
Click here for some unacceptable excuses given to cover either similarity or academic dishonesty.
Department of Computer Science and Engineering / IIT Delhi /
Hauz Khas/ New Delhi 110016 /
Page created: 25 Dec 1998
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