How to Secure a Good Final Grade
Make a Presentation
Give a presentation of a research paper in class: 10% per
presentation. Maximum 2 presentations per
student. One presentation must be made by Friday, Nov 18, 2016, and
one by Friday, Dec 2, 2016.
Write a critical summary of research papers/topics discussed in class:
5% per summary. Maximum 4 summaries per
student. Two summaries must be submitted by Friday, Nov 18, 2016,
and two by Friday, Dec 2, 2016.
Write a chapter of a textbook: 20% per chapter.
Maximum 2 chapters per student. One write-up must be submitted by
Friday, Nov 18, 2016, and one by Friday, Dec 2, 2016.
A bonus will be awarded to students who attend all
interact lively, and participate in class discussions.
Students who return, every Monday before class, a glossary of terms
listed in handouts will be credited for up to 8% bonus
computed proportionally to the list of terms they return. Rules for
Students will be have to build an incremental and alphabetically sorted
glossary of important terms.
Terms to be included are the ones listed on the web,
in the handouts distributed in class or sent by email.
A glossary entry can be filled with: (1) its definition in Dechter's
textbook, (2) its definition from another AI textbook, dictionary, or
web resource, or (3) the student's own interpretation. Cut-and-pasted from
the web or Wikipedia is not allowed. It will be counted negatively.
All terms encountered during a week are due as a weekly glossary the
following Monday, or as indicated in the schedule of the class.
At the end of the course, the full alphabetically sorted glossary is
due. The deadline for submitting final glossary is Dec 2, 2016 (Hint: choose a text editor that can sort
Closely monitor your grade. If you feel that your grade is slipping,
contact the instructor immediately. We may be able to assign to you
an additional task to put you back on the right track.