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Advanced Topics: Parallel and Distributed Systems: Scientific Computing

Course Details

Course Number
CMPS 5433
Section Number
CMPS 5433
Semester
Fall 2016
Location
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
320
Professor
Dr. Eduardo Colmenares-Diaz (view Profile)

Course Attachments

Textbooks

Course Objectives

Course Description:

The course provides an introduction to computer programming concepts and techniques that will allow computer scientists to have a better interaction with mathematicians and engineers. This class will expose students to practical applications of computing, appropriate project practices, and powerful tools available in a UNIX environment as well as other useful and applicable multi-paradigm numerical computing environment such as MATLAB. 

Grading Standards

Grading Policy: The final grade for this course will be based on participation, projects, and exams, as described below:

 

                                Grading Policy

89-100%               A

79-88.99%            B

69-78.99%            C

59-68.99%            D

00-58.99%            F

Evaluation Process

                 

Test 1                                                          Total: 15%

Test 2                                                          Total: 15%

Final Exam                                                 Total: 25%

 

Quizzes/Participation/ICA’s                    Total: 5%

Homework                                                Total: 20%

Project                                                      Total: 20%

Attendance                                               Total: 5%

 

Please note the following:

The instructor reserves the right to adjust the grade distributions for the whole class, i.e. grade distributions will not be adjusted on an individual basis.

 

 

 

Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Excusing an Absence

·         Any document used to excuse and absence MUST be presented no longer than two days from the corresponding missed lecture. Failure to fulfill this requirement will make null the excuse and an absence will be assigned to each one of the missed lectures.

 

Attendance (5%)

·         Attendance is a component of the course grade.  Each student will begin with 100 points for their attendance grade. For each additional unexcused absence, 25 points will be subtracted from the attendance grade.

 

·         Please let your instructor know if you are going to miss a class for academically related extracurricular activities. If this is your case, then you are strongly advised to present the sponsoring university member’s written justification before your absence occurs, otherwise, the “Excusing an Absence” rule (see above) will be applied.

 

·         Arriving late (after the official beginning of the lecture) and leaving early (before the end of the lecture) will be considered absences.

Other Policies

Excusing an Absence

·         Any document used to excuse and absence MUST be presented no longer than two days from the corresponding missed lecture. Failure to fulfill this requirement will make null the excuse and an absence will be assigned to each one of the missed lectures.

 

Attendance (5%)

·         Attendance is a component of the course grade.  Each student will begin with 100 points for their attendance grade. For each additional unexcused absence, 25 points will be subtracted from the attendance grade.

 

·         Please let your instructor know if you are going to miss a class for academically related extracurricular activities. If this is your case, then you are strongly advised to present the sponsoring university member’s written justification before your absence occurs, otherwise, the “Excusing an Absence” rule (see above) will be applied.

 

·         Arriving late (after the official beginning of the lecture) and leaving early (before the end of the lecture) will be considered absences.

 

 

 

 

Tests (3x10% = 30%):

·         Tests 1, 2, 3 are NON comprehensive in nature, however, fundamental/basic concepts from previous exams may be needed in some other exams. As a graduate student you are expected to remember those concepts.

 

·         No make-up test will be given.  If you miss an exam, you will receive a permanent grade of zero, unless you notify the instructor in advance or demonstrate with proper, and valid documentation, that an emergency existed that you could not circumvent.

 

·         Students who miss an exam due to University business should notify the instructor in advance, and present the sponsoring university member’s written justification. If you do miss an exam due to University business, you will receive a temporary grade of zero for the corresponding test. The grade of your FINAL exam will be used to replace the missing test grade. IMPORTANT:  However, this substitution can only be performed once during the semester. Test are uniquely composed for each term. For more information see (Dean of students, on page 4)

 

Final Exam (20%):

·         There is no make-up final exam.

·         The final exam is comprehensive

·         The final exam will take place in our regular classroom. It is the student’s responsibility to keep track of the designated date, time.

 

Quizzes (Multiple: 5%)

·         These will be announced in nature.

·         Quizzes will be used to assess students understanding of the course material. 

·         Quizzes will be administered at the beginning or end of class (as consider appropriate by the instructor), to cover the reading assignment for the lesson, homework, previous lessons and or understanding of a lecture.

·         NO MAKE UP quizzes are given. There are not valid excuses for this category.

 

Student drops:    

It is the student’s responsibility to check and be aware of the correct and final dropping dates.

 

Assignments

All assignments are INDIVIDUAL assignments. It is OK (and encouraged) for you to work with each other ONLY to verbally discuss concepts associated with your assignments, such discussion must be at a very high level (superficial). However, any write up that you turn in, including any code, must be your own original production. 

·         Sharing partial or full code, working in pairs or groups, copying code from the web will be considering plagiarism and will lead a to a grade of zero. For more information see (Ethical Conduct – Page 3).

·         Submitted work is due when specified, as specified (format) by the instructor. It is in the student’s best interest to keep track of all deadlines.

·         The instructor is not required to remind students of ANY date and/or deadline associated with tests, homework, reports, project assignment, etc.

·         Assignments submitted to the instructor’s email will be considered invalid and deleted. Even if submitted before the deadline.

·         Students must be prepared to talk/explain/defend their homework during class time

 

Late Policy & Deadlines:    (Strongly Enforced)

·         Under no circumstances late assignments will be accepted

 

VERY – VERY IMPORTANT: Before you submit any file, take your time and double OR triple check the following:

1.       You are uploading the correct AND all files

2.       Your work is correct at the best of your abilities

3.       Failure to fulfill (1) and (2) ON TIME, DOES NOT excuse you from a bad grade.

 

What does it mean to be late?

Example: Assignment is due at 8:00 am, you submitted your assignment at 8:00:01 am (this is already late and no points will be granted). There ARE NO Exceptions.

 

·         If you know you will be absent ahead of time, let the instructor know, and turn your assignment in early if possible.

 

During Tests and Final:

·         You are not allowed to leave the classroom. Please take this seriously and into consideration before any test and the final. Prepare yourself to be in the classroom during the entire exam.

·         If you decide to leave the classroom during a test and/or the final exam, your exam will be collected, and you will not be allowed to continue.

 

Departmental Cheating Policy (It will be strongly enforced) | Ethical Conduct

Policy on Academic Honesty

The Department of Computer Science had adopted the following policy related to cheating (academic misconduct).  The policy will be applied to all instances of cheating on assignments and exams as determined by the instructor of the course.  (See below for link to MSU definitions.)

 

·         1st instance of cheating in a course: The student will be assigned a non-replaceable grade of zero for the assignment, project or exam.  In addition, the student will receive a one letter grade reduction in course.

·         2nd instance of cheating in a course: The student will receive a grade of F in course & immediately be removed from course.

·         All instances of cheating will be reported to the Department Chair and, in the case of graduate students, to the Department Graduate Coordinator.

 

See Also:

MSU Student Handbook: Appendix E: Academic Misconduct Policy & Procedures

https://mwsu.edu/Assets/documents/student-life/2013-14-Student-Handbook.pdf

 

Classroom Civility:

·         All violations of classroom civility will be reported to the Dean of Students.

·         Students are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment that is conducive to learning." In order to ensure that all students gain from time spent in class, students are prohibited from engaging in any form of distraction, e.g. leaving the room for extended periods of time, reading newspapers (or other articles), working on other courses, and using cell-phones or laptops for calls or messages. If you indulge in any such inappropriate behavior (without explicit consent of the instructor), you will (at the very least) be asked to leave the classroom.

·         http://www.mwsu.edu/student-life/dean/

 

Student with Disabilities:

Any student who, because of a disability, may require special arrangements in order to meet the course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible to make any necessary arrangements. Students should present appropriate verification from disability support office during the instructor’s office hours. Please note instructors are not allowed to provide classroom accommodations to a student until appropriate verification from Disability Support Office has been provided. For additional information you may contact the Disability Support Office in Clark Student Center 168 - Phone: (940) 397-4140

 

Dean of Students:

The Dean of Students can assist in notifying the campus community of student illnesses, immediate family deaths and/or student death. Generally, in cases of student illness or immediate family deaths, the notification to the appropriate campus community members occur when a student is absent from class for four consecutive days with appropriate verification. It is the student's responsibility for missed class assignments and/or course work during their absence.

http://www.mwsu.edu/student-life/dean/

 

CAMPUS CARRY: Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at https://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

 

RECORDING OF CLASS LECTURES: Permission must be requested in writing & obtained from the instructor before recording of class lectures. If permission is granted, the recording may only be used by the student making the recording.  Recordings may NOT be posted on any internet source without written permission of the instructor. Failure to adhere to the policy may result in removal from the course with a grade of F or other appropriate punishment.

 

IMPORANT Grade Policy:

·         Grades will be posted periodically. It is the student’s responsibility to review his/her grades, as well as to verify the correctness of the grading process in any returned material (quizzes, exams, assignments).

·         Once a grade has posted, you have 48 hours to review your grade(s), and approach your instructor regarding any concern and/or inconsistency. After the 48 hour window, all posted/published grades will become permanent and no correction will be conducted.

·         This rule applies to Homeworks, quizzes, and Tests.

·         This rule does not apply to the final exam since that one is triple checked by your instructor before the posting/uploading of the grades.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at https://mwsu.edu/academics/wpr, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at https://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at patrick.coggins@mwsu.edu.