CPS 841/CP8309: Reinforcement Learning
Course Management Form, Winter 2017

Instructor: Mikhail Soutchanski
Email: mes (at) scs (dot) ryerson (dot) ca   (write cps841 in Subject of your email)
Web page: www.scs.ryerson.ca/~mes/courses/841W17/
Office: The Centre for Computing and Engineering, ENG275
Office Hours: Friday, 12:10-13:00 (every week)    
Monday, 13:10-13:45 (by appointment only)    
TA: Vitaliy Batusov (vbatusov (at) scs dot ryerson.ca)    
Lectures:
Section Status Day Start Time End Time Room
All Available Monday 16:10 18:00 POD-358
Tuesday 17:10 18:00 KHE-119

Course Description

Course Policies

Policy on collaboration in homework assignments
Limited collaboration in discussing general approaches to problems is allowed (only with one other student); no collaboration is allowed between teams. You may discuss assignments only with one another student 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. 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 a copied assignment (in part or in whole) can be up to -10% of the final course grade.

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 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).
  4. Give the form and your assignment/test to TA who marked your work or to the instructor (at lecture time or scheduled office hour), who will forward it to a TA.
  5. If you are not satisfied with the TA's remarking, you can appeal to the instructor.
  6. You may not submit a remarking request later than ONE WEEK from the date on which the assignments/tests were returned in class. It's your responsibility to pick up your work ASAP.
  7. Your mark can decrease if TA sees something that was incorrectly awarded too high a mark.

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