Instructor: Lok C. Chan
Email: lok dot chan at duke dot edu
Office: West Duke Building 09D (basement)
Office Hours: By Appointment
Class Time: MW: 4:40 - 5:55
Location: Social Sciences 107
Your grade is strictly determined by the number of tasks you have completed throughout the semester. To receive an A for this class, you need to complete 16 tasks by the end of the semester. For an A-, you need 14 tasks. From there, each drop in the number of tasks completed entails a drop in grade level - 13 B+, 12 B, and so on. Anything below 6 is failing. An A+ would be given to those who completed 16. See 'Task/Grade Correlation.'
There are four types of tasks: web exercises, problem-sets, tests, and a participation. Each of them have difference in how they contribute to your grade. See 'Tasks Available ' for more
Simply put, this means that, to get the grade you want, you should complete all web and written assignments, do the best you can on the tests, and make up the difference with participatory tasks. You can get credit for 4 of them. For instance if you would like an A you should plan on getting P+ on some of the tests, and keep an eye on possible participatory tasks.
In general, you are free to engage in these tasks whenever you like, inside or outside of class. The only restriction is that your task is only counted if you finished the test for the previous module (except for module 1 task, since there is no prior test). What is means practically is that you should pass the test for the module before engaging in the next module. The materials in this course is progressively structured - you are unlikely to be able to do well in subsequent modules unless you finish the current one.
Consequently, to pass this class (getting a D), at the minimal you have to pass the first two tests.
You are required to finish a module's corresponding web exercises and problem-set before taking the test for the module. Though these assignments are mandatory, you are encouraged to work of them in your own pace.
Tests must be taken in a sequential manner - in general you are advised to work on the materials in the order presented, without jumping ahead. There are three possible grade for each test: P+/P/N. P+ and P are counted as passing, and N not passing. The difference between P+ and P is that the former is counted as completing two tasks: a test and a participatory task, so you would be getting two credits.
In terms of the difficulty of grading, P+ corresponds to an perfect A and P is similar to B+. You are allowed to repeat each test as many times as you like, within the semester. Your grade will be replaced by the better grade.
The tests are intended to be closed-book, though not strictly enforced. Due to the computational nature of logic, you would be at a disadvantage had you relied on the notes/books. You will likely to find that time is an important constraint for these tests and looking at notes or books will take up valuable test time. That's punishment enough. When taking a test, you are welcome to take the test outside of our classroom for quietness. You are also allowed to use headphones.
Learning day and working day
After the first couple weeks of class, each Monday class is designated as a learning day and Wednesday a testing day. On learning days, there will occasionally be lectures and/or activities, and then you are encouraged to engage in module materials in class and actively seek me out for assistance. That will also be the day when I return your test. Often I will discuss your test with you in detail, explaining my grading and providing guidance for future tests.
Testing only occurs during testing day. You can only take 1 test for each test day. I will spend the first 5 minute or so to deal with logistics, and then testing may commence. You are not required to take a test. As a matter of fact, I strongly discourage people from taking a test before they are ready, as their time would be better spent working with me or engaging in classwork.
Reward-based attendance policy
Attendance is not required in the traditional sense but they are incentivized. Even ignorcing the incentive aspect of attendance, they still matter a lot in this class. Since you are only allowed to take only one test on a testing day, by missing a class on that day you are effectively forfeiting an opportunity to take a test. Further, two participatory tasks are attendance based, if you miss out on these opportunities, you will have to make it up doing other participatory tasks to make up the difference, or settle on a lower grade.
There is no 'final exam' in the traditional sense of the word; Instead, the day of our finals will be our last testing taking day.
Tardiness and Leaving Class Early
Since attendance is not required but you are rewarded for coming to class, I would be stricter about lateness and leaving class early. You will be counted as absence if you are more than 15 min late and leave class more than 15 min early.
Class Format and Expectation
When there's no testing or class activities, conversation is permissible. You are however expected to mindful of other students and engage only in logic-related activities. I will ask you to leave the classroom if I find your behavior too disruptive.
Students requiring special accommodations should contact the Duke University Student Disability Access Office at (919) 668-1267 to explore possible coverage. For academic assistance available to all Duke undergraduate students, as well as additional services for students with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder, please inquire with the Academic Resource Center at (919) 684-5917.
The Duke University Community Standard is in effect in this class, as it is in all classes at the university. Academic and personal integrity are serious matters, and will be treated as such in this course. Instructors and students alike are responsible for upholding both the spirit and the letter of the Standard. Students must understand its content and should clarify any questions they might have.