CPS 721: An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Course Management Form

Instructor: Mikhail Soutchanski. Phone: (416) 979 5000 ext 7954 (leave voicemail)
Email: mes (at) scs (dot) ryerson (dot) ca (write cps721 in "Subject")
Web page: www.scs.ryerson.ca/mes/courses/cps721/
Office: Computing and Engineering Bldg, 245 Church Street, ENG275
Office Hours: Wednesday 14:10 - 15:00    
  • Muhammad Javed     email: m4javed (at) scs.ryerson.ca     (He marks the 1st, 2nd and 4th assignments)
  • Hadi Qovaizi     email: hqovaizi (at) scs.ryerson.ca     (He marks the 3rd and 5th assignments)
Section Status Day Start Time End Time Room
Lectures Available Tuesday 08:00 10:00 TRS-3147
Wednesday 13:00 14:00 TRS-1147
Section 1 Lab/Tutorial Friday 08:00 09:00 EPH-204
Section 2 Lab/Tutorial Friday 12:00 13:00 ENG-LG05
Section 3 Lab/Tutorial Friday 13:00 14:00 SHE-660

Course Description

Course Policies

Policy on collaboration in homework assignments
Limited collaboration in discussing general approaches to problems is allowed (with students in your team); no collaboration is allowed between teams. You may discuss assignments only with other people currently taking the course. However, you should never put your name on anything you do not understand. If challenged, you must be able to reproduce and explain all solutions by yourself, or solve similar exercises. If you cannot explain a solution that you handed in, or if you cannot solve an exercise similar to questions in your home work, this will negatively affect your grade. In particular, you might be asked to solve exercises during the office hours, during one of the labs, or in class (as a quiz). These unscheduled tests or evaluations can be given at any time without prior notice. Remember that if you work with partners, you are still expected to know solutions of all exercises from the home work. Grades are earned for the demonstration of knowledge. In cases when a student fails to demonstrate knowledge about a home work, the grade for the home work can be decreased to 0. The first page of your homework should include: the name of all students with whom you discussed any homework problems (even briefly). Otherwise, it is assumed that you didn't discuss with anyone except the instructor. Copied work (both original and copies) will be graded as 0. Involvement with plagiarism will be penalized in accordance with Academic Policy 60. Additional penalty for copied work may be assigned as deterrence against plagiarism. More specifically, additional penalty for copied assignment (in part or in whole) can be -4% of the final course grade.

Committing academic misconduct, such as plagiarism and cheating, will trigger academic penalties including failing grades, suspension and possibly expulsion from the University. As a Ryerson student, you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with the Student Code of Academic Conduct.

Policy on Non-Academic Conduct
No disruption of instructional activities is allowed. Among many other infractions, the Code specifically refers to the following as a violation: ``Disruption of Learning and Teaching - Students shall not behave in disruptive ways that obstruct the learning and teaching environment." In particular, the students can use the laptops (and similar electronic devices) in class only for taking notes. In difficult cases, penalties can be imposed by the Student Conduct Officer.

Remarking / Recalculation Policy

  1. Grades are earned for the demonstration of knowledge.
  2. Read carefully the marking guide for the assignment or test you'd like to be remarked. Your grade may go up, down, or remain the same.
  3. Fill in this remarking form (available online). Attach this form to the hard copy of your assignment. Same rules apply if you request recalculation to correct an arithmetical error in calculating your total score.
  4. Forward your assignment and the remarking request form to the TA/GA who marked your assignment. To do this, hand in your remarking request to the TA at the Lab time. Do not leave your remarking requests in the front CS office. Normally, the marking guide posted on Blackboard includes the name of the TA/GA who was responsible for marking the assignment/test. It is your responsibility to forward your remarking request to the right contact person.
  5. Remarking request can be only submitted within 10 days of the date when the assignment/test marks were posted or the graded work was returned in class. It is your responsibility to check your CPS721 marks as soon as possible. Late regrading and recalculation requests will not be accepted. Also, if a student failed to attend a lab and sign up a quiz, the missing marks for quizzes cannot be requested. There are no make-up quizzes in cps721.
  6. Mark can decrease if TA finds something that was incorrectly awarded too high a mark.

Tentative Course Calendar (all changes of dates will be announced)

Course Work Due Date Grade Value (%)
Assignment  1
September 29, Tuesday
Assignment 2
October 13, Tuesday
Assignment 3
October 27, Tuesday
Friday, October 30, noon-2pm
Assignment 4
November 10, Tuesday
Assignment 5
November 24, Tuesday
Every Friday, from September 11
Final Exam
Exam period

The total mark is the sum of marks for assignments, quizzes, midterm and the final exam.