CPS 721: An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
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Instructor: Mikhail Soutchanski. Phone: (416) 979 5000 ext 7954 (leave voicemail)
Email: mes (at) cs (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: Tuesday 15:00 - 16:00   and   Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 (when there is no departmental meeting)
TAs:
  • Arman Masoumi     email: a2masoum (at) scs.ryerson.ca
  • Vitaliy Batusov     email: vbatusov (at) scs.ryerson.ca
Lectures:
Section Status Day Start Time End Time Room
Lectures Available Tuesday 12:00 14:00 KHE-225
Thursday 10:00 11:00 KHE-221
Section 1 Lab/Tutorial Friday 14:00 15:00 ENG-LG21
Section 2 Lab/Tutorial Friday 12:00 13:00 ENGLG21
Section 3 Lab/Tutorial Monday 13:00 14:00 ENG-LG21

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 the departmental policy and the Student Code of Academic Conduct.

ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
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, either hand in your remarking request to the TA at the Lab time, or leave your remarking request attached to the hard copy of your assignment at the Computer Science reception (ask for a stamp with the date). Send email to the TA/GA to inform that you left a remarking request. 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 working days of the return of the graded work (quiz/assignment/test) in class. It is your responsibility to pick up your quiz/assignment/test as soon as possible. Late regrading requests will not be accepted.
  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 24, Tuesday
4
Assignment 2
October 8, Tuesday
4
Assignment 3
October 22, Tuesday
4
Midterm
Friday, October 25, 4-6pm
20
Assignment 4
November 12, Tuesday
4
Assignment 5
November 26, Tuesday
4
Tutorials/Labs
Fall term
10
Final Exam
Exam period
50
Total
100 

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