ICS 311 Spring 2018 Policies

Students in this course are subject to all the policies of ICS Department and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, including but not limited to the following:


Any form of cheating (such as plagiarism and unauthorized collaboration on an assignment) results in the grade of F and will be reported to ICS Department for further actions. Students are encouraged to work on homework solutions in groups. However, the final write up must be performed individually, in own words (including pseudocode), that means copying solution from each other is NOT permitted. It is easy to detect if a student changed some variable names or reordered lines of code. For every problem that you discussed with someone, list the names of people you have discussed it with.

There is a limitted number of problems that can be given on the material that is covered in the course. Therefore, solutions to some of the homework problems might be available on the internet. Using internet to find solutions to homeworks is NOT permitted and will be regarded as plagiarism. The point of the homework is for the student to spend the time (and possibly struggle) with the problem. In addition to the feeling of satisfaction when the solution is found on your own, it will provide you with the skills and ability to solve problems on the exams. In the past, students who performed poorly on homework, performed equally poorly on exams. Start the homework early and come to office hours of the instructor and the TA if you need help.

Abuse of Facilities

Any form of abuse of computing resources of ICS Department or the University of Hawaii will not be tolerated. It results in termination of your account on their servers any time the abuse is detected, will lead to the grade F, and will be reported to ICS Department for further actions.

Please keep in your mind that access to and usage of our computing resources are your privilege, but not your right.

Inappropriate content that may be of an offensive nature to other students should not be displayed on laptops or group workstations during class.


If a student missed an exam due to illness or injury, a makeup exam will be given to a student only when the student has a doctor's note dated that day and contacts the instructor by email within 3 days after the exam date or the date that the doctor's note suggests the student to recover enough to contact the instructor. However, an ordinary doctor's appointment (scheduled by a student in advance) is not an acceptable reason for makeup unless it is inevitable to conflict with an exam beyond control of the student. The makeup exam must be completed before exam solutions are reviewed in class.

For an exceptional case other than illness or injury, a student must submit an official document to the instructor providing sufficiently convincing evidence of the fact that the cause for missing an exam was beyond control of the student (e.g., in case of a traffic accident on a way to a class, a police record of the accident should be furnished).


Homeworks are due at the beginning of the corresponding class period. No homework will be accepted after the instructor starts the class. Commuter traffic is not a valid excuse, so plan your commute accordingly.

Since homework solutions will be discussed during the class period when it is due, no extension to homework submissions will be given, except in the following cases:

Data Backup

Each student is responsible for taking a periodical backup of her/his work and computer resources needed to meet course requirements. Especially, files for assignments should frequently be saved on an external storage device. An unexpected failure of the computer is not an acceptable excuse for a late submission. CS major students should exercise automatic, periodical backup procedures. If you do not practice periodical cloning and backup, start to do it from now.

A simple solution is to put all your coursework in a cloud environment such as Dropbox, but you still need to ensure that you have backup of a working computer to access this data.

Special Accommodations

Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability is invited to contact the instructor privately. The instructor will work with you and the KOKUA Program (Office for Students with Disabilities) to ensure reasonable accommodations in the course. KOKUA can be reached at (808) 956-7511 or (808) 956-7612 (voice/text) in room 013 of the Queen Lili'uokalani Center for Student Services.

Nodari Sitchinava (based on material by Dan Suthers)