Lectures in this class will be in a computer-free learning zone
Computers, whether in the form of laptops, tablets, or mobile phone/pocket-computers,
be used while I am lecturing.
I have a
detailed explanation why
but here is the short summary:
Computers interfere with
your classmate’s ability to concentrate on the educational material,
Multitasking is a myth promulgated by inefficient people.
Taking notes by hand is much more effective than typing notes on a computer.
If you have to check your email or text messages,
or take a phone call,
please sit near the door so you can unobtrusively step out.
I will ask you to close your computers,
and if that doesn’t work,
will ask you to leave the classroom.
(Computers may be used during breaks,
during example and discussion days,
and other times when I stop lecturing for discussion or examples.)
Office hours are times that I commit to being in my office,
first come, first served.
You do not need an appointment,
and no appointments are made.
If you cannot make my office hours, then we can try to set up an appointment.
Please note that I am seldom available after 5:00 pm.
I will inform you in class or on the discussion board if I have to miss office hours.
I always accept linked in
requests from current and former students—we clearly have a professional relationship.
I tweet random thoughts irregularly about software engineering
I do not initiate
requests from students, but usually accept them.
HONOR CODE STATEMENT
As with all GMU courses,
SWE 205 is governed by the GMU Honor Code
In this course, all
assignments, exams, and project submissions
carry with them an implicit statement that it is the sole work of the author,
unless joint work is explicitly authorized.
Help may be obtained from the instructor or other students to understand
the description of the problem and any technology,
but the solution, particularly the design portion,
must be the student’s own work.
If joint work is authorized,
all contributing students must be listed on the submission.
Any deviation from this is considered an Honor Code violation,
and as a minimum, will result in failure of the submission
and as a maximum, failure of the class.
OFFICE OF DISABILITY SERVICES
If you are a student with a disability and you need academic accommodations,
please see me and contact the
Disability Resource Center
(DRC) at 993-2474.
All academic accommodations must be arranged through the DRC.
OTHER USEFUL CAMPUS RESOURCES
I occasionally send important announcements to your Mason email account,
so it is imperative that you read it regularly.
Email should have a subject that starts with “swe 205”
if not, I may not notice it.
General class questions should be posted on the discussion board,
not sent through email.
The grading formula will be (approximately):
20% the assignments,
25% class participation,
25% the midterm, and
30% the final.