Policies and Information

Ryerson University


The use of email for material relating to the course is discouraged. The reason for this is that discussing mathematics by (text based) email quickly becomes extremely arduous. A five minute conversation is quickly transformed into hours of painstaking explanations. On the other hand for simple questions relating to course management etc. email may be appropriate.

Student grades for this course may be posted (on the web or otherwise) by student number with the first two digits removed, as per academic council policy 145 section 2.2f. Students who do not wish to have their grades posted must inform the instructor by email giving your name, student id, and section number..

Students will receive their final course grades only from the Registrar, final course grades may not be posted or disclosed anywhere by an instructor.

Students are reminded that they are required to adhere to all relevant University policies, such as the Student Code of Academic Conduct.

Teamwork and Cheating

This course provides opportunities for team work in the lab preparations and on the assignments. It is expected that all other work submitted for evaluation in this course will be original and that the each team will produce original work.

While students are allowed and indeed encouraged to discuss lab questions and possible solutions, you are not allowed to directly copy another students work and submit it as your own. You should write up the solutions on your own.

Each written assignment is accompanied by a marking sheet that is to be stapled to the assignment handed in. This marking sheet has slots at the top where all the team members should enter their name, student id, etc. The number of slots on the marking sheet indicates the maximum team size for that particular assignment.

The following rules have evolved out of painful experience. No team can have more members than the maximum team size without suffering a penalty.

If a team decides to add extra members past the maximum size and declares these members on the marking sheet when the assignment is submitted, the assignment mark will be pro-rated (for example, if a team opts to have 4 members even though the maximum team size is 3, each member will receive 3/4 of the original mark)

If two teams or students submit the same work, without acknowledging their collaboration anywhere in the submitted work, this constitutes academic fraud, which is an academic offence described in the Ryerson Student Code of Conduct. The minimum penalty is a 0 on the assignment for all involved parties no matter who is the actual author of the work. Furthermore, the incident will be reported to the appropriate authorities.

Please don't submit work that is not your own. You will be caught and it is a depressing experience for all concerned, it may also have serious consequences. Be careful who you show your work to as all involved parties, no matter who is the actual author of the work, may be penalized.


There is one assignment in this course. You are allowed to work on this assignments in groups, only hand in one assignment for the whole team.

The assignment will have an associated marking sheet. Attach a copy of the sheet to the front of your assignment and make sure that all the members of the group are listed on the marking sheet of that assignment.

Each team must produce original work, distinct from any other team. See the Teamwork and Cheating Policy above.

The assignment in this course may contain a programming element, which should be handed in electronically. More details about this will be given with the assignment.

Submission of Assignments

Assignments must be handed in directly to the instructor. In the case of late submissions they may be handed in to the departmental secretary in ENG215. Please note that the secretaries accept no responsibility for these assignments. Work handed in to other professors, mailed in, left on desks, or slipped under doors will not be accepted.

Due Times

Assignments are due by the end of the lecture or test on the due date.

Late Penalties

When late assignments are accepted (i.e. the late penalty is not -100%), the late penalty will be as follows:
Assignments will have a late penalty of -3n marks (out of 100) removed, where n is the number of school days (Monday to Friday) an assignment is late by.

e.g. if the assignment is marked out of 100, 3 marks are lost on the first day, 9 on the second, 27 on the 3rd, 81 on the 4th, and 100 on the 5th.
The late penalty for assignments out of something other than 100 is prorated from the above formula.


Test Aids

An 8.5" X 11" crib sheet with information on both sides will be allowed during the term test and final exam. No other aids (e.g. calculators, magnifying glasses) will be allowed.

You should bring your Ryerson Photo Identification card to each test and exam. Place the card on your desk before the test begins.

Re-marking of Tests

If you think that there may be a mistake in the marking of one or more questions on a test or an addition error in the grade for that test, you can request a that the test be re-marked.

To do this, please write "Please re-mark" on the front of your test and describe what you think is the mistake as clearly as possible in writing on the front of the test and return the test to your instructor for re-marking. Do not forget to indicate clearly which question you think may have been improperly graded.

If a test is submitted for re-marking the whole test may be re-marked. The result may possibly be that the student receives a lower mark on any or all questions. We therefore recommend that you compare your answers with the solution handout carefully before requesting a re-mark.

Missed Tests

Students who cannot be present for a test or exam because of illness must contact their instructor or the department by phone or in person on or before their first day back at school. They must also submit a printout of the Ryerson Student Medical Certificate filled out by their doctor.

Besides illness, only very serious reasons, properly documented, can be considered as valid excuses for missing a test or exam.

If documentation is not received the test or exam mark will be zero.

This page is maintained by Peter Danziger.
Last modified Wednesday, 06-Jan-2010 23:02:40 EST