Can I follow along from the outside?
We'd be happy if you join us! We plan to make the course materials widely available: The assignments, course notes and slides will be available online. However, we won't be able to give you course credit.
Are the lecture videos publicly available online?
Update as of July 2018:
Though we hoped to make the 2018 lecture videos publicly available, unfortunately we were unable to secure permission to do so. However, you can watch the 2017 lecture videos
on YouTube, and we are actively trying to arrange to make the 2019 videos publicly available.
Can I take this course on credit/no cred basis?
Yes. Credit will be given to those who would have otherwise earned a C- or above.
Can I audit or sit in?
In general we are very open to sitting-in guests if you are a member of the Stanford community (registered student, staff, and/or faculty). Out of courtesy, we would appreciate that you first email us or talk to the instructor after the first class you attend. Due to high enrollment, we cannot grade the assignments or final projects of any students who are not officially enrolled in the class.
Can I work in groups for the Final Project?
Yes, in groups of up to three people.
I have a question about the class. What is the best way to reach the course staff?
Stanford students please use an internal class forum on
Piazza so that other students may benefit from your questions and our
answers. If you have a personal matter, email us at the class mailing
As an SCPD student, how do I make up for poster presentation component?
For the final poster presentation you can submit a video via youtube about your project.
As an SCPD student, how do I take the midterm?
For the midterm, we can use standard SCPD procedures of having your manager or somebody at your company monitor you during the exam.
Will there be virtual office hours for SCPD students
All office hours will be accesible on google hangouts. The link to the hangout is available on piazza