CS 279
Computational Biology: Structure and Organization of Biomolecules and Cells
(cross-listed as BIOE 279, BIOMEDIN 279, BIOPHYS 279, and CME 279)
Fall 2016 (click here for last year's website)
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Evaluation Criteria and Course Policies

Evaluation Criteria:

Final grades will be based on students' performance on assignments, a final project, a final exam, and class participation. These components will be weighted as follows:

Participation Policy:

In general, students who attend lecture and ask questions will receive the full 5% for participation. Students who contribute exceptionally during lecture or by answering questions on Piazza may receive extra credit.

 For those who are shy about speaking up in class, full participation points are guaranteed if no more than two classes are missed (but students who miss more lectures can also get full participation points by asking/answering questions in class). To keep track of attendance, there will be a sign-in sheet in class or you may use the online attendance form.

Late Submissions:

Most assignments will be due on the day before class (either Monday or Wednesday). We will allow you 3 late days. A late day is used in discrete units and allows you to submit an assignment anywhere between 1 second and 24 hours late. You may choose to use multiple late days on the same assignment. If you exceed your three late days, assignments will incur a 25% penalty per additional late day. You may not use late days when submitting your final project. (Exceptions to these policies will be considered under extenuating circumstances, such as medical or family emergencies -- please contact the staff if such circumstances arise.)

Collaboration Policies and the Honor Code:

In general, we encourage students to work together and to ask each other questions — this is a great way to learn! That said, we expect all work you submit to be your own. This means that you are welcome to discuss high-level strategies, but you should write up your solutions to problem set questions and programming exercises independently. You should not look directly at another student's solution to a problem set question (text, code, or otherwise) when working on your solution. Deviating from these guidelines (in letter or in spirit) will constitute an Honor Code Violation and will be reported as such.

If you have issues that you cannot resolve through high-level discussions, please post privately to Piazza and/or come to Office Hours. The staff will be glad to help you figure out what's going on! For bugs related to software packages we’re using, please check with the TA (by posting to Piazza or coming to his office hours). Note that questions about bugs that are not specific to your solution can and should be posted publicly to Piazza.


We'll use Piazza as a forum for questions about material and assignments. It's a place where you can ask questions of the instructors and your fellow classmates. Additionally, all announcements will be made via Piazza.

When posting public questions on Piazza, please abide by the class Collaboration Policies (i.e. don't post your exact solution to a problem). If you want to ask a question about your specific solution, please post privately.