Covenant:  Faculty-Student Covenant: Cognition and Computing,  Spring 2012

The following statements describe the procedures to be employed in the interactions between faculty and students, and outline faculty expectations of students in the Computers and Cognition program.

General Expectations: It is expected that all participants in this program will be socially responsible and enter into the program in a spirit of good will. This means, among other things, that they will be on time and prepared for all their classes (lectures, workshops, seminar, laboratories, etc.); that they will consider the effects of their actions on others as well as themselves (for example, failure to participate actively in program activities such as workshops, labs, and seminar seriously undermines the effectiveness and morale of other students); that, should problems arise, they will deal directly with the parties involved with civility and tolerance.

Students are expected to work co-operatively in program activities except when taking tests, where they must work individually. When reporting on collaborative efforts (as in Laboratory sections) students must give credit to their collaborators and indicate their personal contribution.

Program Content and Design: The nature and extent of material covered in the program is the responsibility of the faculty. Cognition and Computing integrates the subjects of programming, cognition, and computer science. All students are expected to participate in all portions of the program unless prior arrangements have been made with faculty.

Evaluation and Credit: Students will be evaluated on their contribution to seminar and workshop discussions, on their performance on the quizzes and exams given during each quarter, on their performance on the homework exercises, on their performance in laboratory, and on the quality of their papers and presentations submitted or presented during each quarter. Each student is required to complete a self evaluation each quarter before evaluation week.

The following credit threshold establishes a minimum basis for the award of credit:

  • a) Attendance and participation is expected for all program activities. If an unavoidable circumstance requires that a class be missed, students must contact the faculty before missing the class. Undocumented absences may result in loss of credit.
  • b) Timely completion of all homework assignments, papers and presentations. Late assignment will not be accepted without prior approval. 
  • c)  Students will have, at most, the option of doing extra work to make up for missed classes or assignments.  This must be pre-approved by week 7 of the class, and can count for at most 10% of your required activities.  Students will have a one assignment/one class attendance credit for unexpected circumstances.
  • c) Demonstration to the faculty of satisfactory comprehension with reading and writing code examinations. 
  • d) Demonstration to the faculty of satisfactory comprehension in content examinations

Evaluation: Students will be evaluated in writing at the end of each quarter by their faculty member.  The faculty members will complete and submit student evaluations to the program secretary in a timely fashion.  The evaluation will be a qualitative description of the quality of the work done to achieve the credit awarded.  I will be based on aspects such as:  the scores on examinations,  the quality of the programming and other assignments, the quality of the presentations, the degree of participation,  extra work, and particularly the effort in getting and giving help.

Students are required to complete a faculty evaluation of each faculty member at the end of each quarter. These should be turned in to the faculty member or the program secretary.

Award of Credit: Credit will be awarded for each component (cognition, computer science) of the program at the end of each quarter. Credit will awarded at the following rate:  Completion of the minimum criteria for full credit:  8 credits,   Less than the minumum criteria but more than 3/4 of the criteria completed:  6 credits,  More than half but less than 3/4 of the minimum criteria:  4 credits

Grievance: Should an unresolved disagreement occur between the student and the faculty team, students have the right to follow the normal college grievance procedures described in the student handbook.

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