CPS 721: An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Course Management Form

Instructor: Mikhail Soutchanski. Phone: (416) 979 5000 ext 7954 (leave voicemail)
Email: mes (at) cs (dot) ryerson (dot) ca (write cps721 in "Subject", use your Ryerson email )
Web page: www.cs.ryerson.ca/~mes/courses/cps721/
Office: Computing and Engineering Bldg, 245 Church Street, ENG275
Office Hours: Tuesday 15:10 -- 16:00     Wednesday 3:10 -- 4pm
  • Maria Poveda     mpoveda (at) ryerson.ca     (she marks the 1st assignment)
  • Malcolm Gomes     malcolm.gomes (at) ryerson.ca     (he marks the 2nd and 3rd assignments)
  • Jared Rand     jrand (at) ryerson.ca     (he marks the 4th assignment)
  • Ryan Young     ryan.young (at) ryerson.ca     (he marks the 5th assignment)
Section Status Day Start Time End Time Room
Lectures Available Tuesday 8:10 10:00 DCC-208
Wednesday 14:10 15:00 DCC-208
Section 1 Lab/Tutorial Monday 13:00 14:00 ENG201
Section 2 Lab/Tutorial Thursday 17:00 18:00 ENG201
Section 3 Lab/Tutorial Monday 11:00 12:00 ENG201
Section 4 Lab/Tutorial Friday 14:00 15:00 ENG201
Section 5 Lab/Tutorial Thursday 17:00 18:00 ENG205

Course Description

Course Policies

Policy on collaboration in homework assignments and in labs
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 or in your quiz, 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 -4% of the final course grade. Additional penalty for a copied solution to a quiz (in part or in whole) can be up to -1% of the final course score.

In order to create an environment conducive to learning and respectful of others rights, phones and pagers must be silenced during lectures, labs and evaluations. Students should refrain from disrupting the lectures and labs by arriving late and/or leaving the classroom before the lecture is finished.

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. In particular, taking video/photos in class is strictly prohibited since this violates the copyright and privacy policies. 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, if you handed in a hard copy. Otherwise, if a hard copy was not required, fill in the form and email it to the TA who marked your assignment. Same rules apply if you request recalculation to correct an arithmetical error in calculating your total score.
  4. Forward/Email your remarking request form to the TA/GA who marked your assignment. If you handed in a printout for marking, then you can hand in your remarking request and the marked hard copy of your assignment to the TA at the Lab time or leave it in the front CS office. Normally, the marking guide posted on my.ryerson.ca includes the name of the TA/GA who was responsible for marking the assignment (see also the top of this page). 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. 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 26, Thursday
Assignment 2
October 10, Thursday
Assignment 3
October 24, Thursday
Saturday, October 26, 11am-1pm; by the 1st letter in the family name: A-F in KHE121, G-M in KHE125, N-Z in KHE129
Assignment 4
November 11, Monday
Assignment 5
November 25, Monday
As per timetable above, from Mon, Sept 9
Final Exam
Exam period

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