Frequently Asked Questions

Winter 2021

Can I take this course on credit/no credit basis

Yes. If you take the class credit/no credit then you are graded in the same way as those registered for a letter grade. The only difference is that, providing you reach a C- grade or above in your work, it will simply be recorded as CR.

Will there be pre-recorded lectures or videos publicly available online?

No. This year we are piloting new content and trying to make lecture time interactive over Zoom. It’s possible that some future iteration of the course will be recorded and publicly available online.

Can I sit in on lectures?

In general we are happy for guests to sit-in on lectures if they are a member of the Stanford community (registered student, staff, and/or faculty). Contact the course staff to inquire about access.

I need an academic accommodation, who should I contact?

If you need an academic accommodation based on a disability, you should initiate the request with the Office of Accessible Education (OAE). The OAE will evaluate the request, recommend accommodations, and prepare a letter for faculty. Students should contact the OAE as soon as possible since timely notice is needed to coordinate accommodations.

Can I combine the Final Project with another course?

Yes, you may with permission. If you are taking a related class, please speak to the instructors to receive permission from both classes in order to combine the Final Project assignments.

The course is offered for 2 - 4 units. What is the difference between these? May I take the course for less than 2 units?

The course must be taken for 2 - 4 units to receive credit, we can’t offer a 1 unit version. The 2 unit version of the course requires no final project, grading is based on homeworks and participation only. Both the CS-BS and CS-MS programs require at least 3 units to use this course towards a degree requirement. The 3 and 4 unit versions are otherwise the same and students may choose.