Course Policies (Syllabus)

This is the course syllabus. All policies for the course are listed below. By enrolling in this course you are comitting to comply with the policies. Instructions from instructors, regardless of whether they exist explicitly in the syllabus, are also considered de facto course policy.

You may find extra information in the Canvas site for your course.

General Policy & Decorum

The course adheres to all University policies, but has a few additional ones that may differ from other courses.


We have a zero tolerance policy for any harassment, disrespectful behaviors, and the like.

Outside the Classroom During COVID19

More than a regular semester, your life and actions outside of this class have the potential to influence your success in this course. Staying healthy is a shared responsibility among us all. We will make every effort to accomadate students dealing with illness in this course; in order for us to do that, students must do their part to stop the spread and keep themselves healthy. This means wearing a mask, washing hands often, avoiding large gatherings, and maintaining physical distance, among many other preventative measures.

To each of you: peer pressure is a powerful force that can hamper our best intentions. Make a comittment to yourself now and set a precedent with your peers that you are taking this issue seriously. It only takes one asymptomatic person to transmit the virus.

Coronavirus Information for Students

If you do have in person courses (regular or hybrid), there are also new rules and sanctions relating to keeping the community healthy. Violation of these sanctions can result in suspension or expulsion. Please keep the health of our IU community in mind as you engage with campus and off campus.

Course Correspondence


Class announcements will be made via Canvas Announcements. Not receiving or reading course announcements does not excuse one from the contents. No exceptions. Ensure your Canvas Notification settings are setup appropriately. To access past course announcements, go to Canvas > Announcements.

Contacting Instructors via Email

Due to the large number of students enrolled in the course, we have course email accounts set up to streamline communication with your instructors. If you need to contact your lab instructor or lecture instructor, visit the Contact page for information on how to get in touch.

We will not respond to emails sent to our personal email accounts or sent via Canvas Messaging.

Instructors will return student emails as quickly as possible. Please understand that at times it may take a little longer, especially over the weekend and during holidays. You should expect at least two business days to receive a response.

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Course Accommodations

If you have a disability that may require special arrangements (ADD, depression, dyslexia, etc.) please let the instructors know during the first two weeks of class by email or by attending office hours. If you experience an unexpected issue (broken arm, concussion, etc.) please let us know as soon as you are able. If you feel that you need assistance at any time, please visit Disability Services for Students as soon as possible. The sooner that we receive your memo/paperwork, the sooner we can assist you in your needs for the course. Accommodations are not retroactive.

Disability Services for Students

Every attempt will be made to accommodate qualified students with disabilities (e.g. mental health, learning, chronic health, physical, hearing, vision, neurological, etc.). You must have established your eligibility for support services through Disability Services for Students. Note that services are confidential, may take time to put into place, and are not retroactive. Captions and alternate media for print materials may take three or more weeks to get produced. Please contact Disability Services for Students online or by calling (812)-855-7578 as soon as possible if accommodations are needed; you can also visit the office in person - check their website for details. You can also locate a variety of campus resources for students and visitors who need assistance at the ADA website.

Disability Services for Students (DSS) Our Accomodations

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Typical attendance will not be taken in this course due to it being online. Attendance and participation is the foundation for success in this course; students should set aside time to work on this course and treat class time as time to engage.

Lecture Attendance/Engagement

Attendance will not be taken during lecture. Your engagement with the lecture will take place via the weekly lecture video(s) and the weekly discussion forums with your peers.

Lab Attendance/Engagement

Most labs will be recorded in advnace so that you can complete them on your own time. Students are required to attend at least one (1) lab session a week to checkin with the lab instructor and ask any questions.

We highly encourage students to attend both lab sessions each week and to complete each lab during the scheduled lab class time. By setting aside this time to complete the labs, students will have access to instantaneous help from their lab instructor via Zoom.

There will be some lab sessions that you will be required to attend synchronously. These are marked on the schedule.

Attendance for Religious Observances

Students are asked to check for conflicts between class days and religious holidays, holy days, etc. Arrangements will be made, but it is crucial that instructors are aware of them ahead of time.

Religious Observance Policy & Form

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Academic Misconduct

We take academic misconduct very seriously when it does occur in the course. As instructors, we are bound by University rules when dealing with these sorts of situations. University policy on academic misconduct is linked below.

Uphold and maintain academic and professional honesty and integrity

Misconduct in this couse is not limited to what is contained in the Student Code of Conduct. See additional information below.

What is academic misconduct?

Plagiarism constitutes using others' ideas, words, or images without properly giving credit to the original source. This includes copying written work, code, a friend's paper, etc. If you turn in any work with your name affixed to it, we assume that work is your own and that all sources are indicated and documented in the text, with quotations and/or citations in APA format.

Some examples of academic misconduct include (but are not limited to): copying a friend’s homework, forgetting to use quotation marks correctly, using an assignment from another class, using an assignment from a previous I101 student, turning in old work (if you are retaking the course), etc. If you have any questions, please contact us ASAP.

What happens in this course?

We will respond to acts of academic misconduct according to University policy concerning plagiarism. Sanctions for plagiarism can include (at minimum) a grade of F for the assignment in question and/or for the course and must include a report to the Dean of Students Office.

We will report any and all acts of plagiarism or cheating. Be sure to use citations correctly and check your work. If you are working with others, be sure that you are turning in your own work.

In short, please do not plagiarize. If you are concerned that you have, please ask one of the Instructors.

Other Information

In addition to plagiarism, falsley signing in for attendance, assignments, harrassment of students/instructors, etc. are also treated as cases of academic/personal misconduct. All cases will be reported to the University in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and University guidelines.

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In the course, virtually all assignments will be submitted electronically via Canvas. This is done in the Assignments section of Canvas. We will explain how to do this during your first lab meeting. Other assignments will be submitted as HTML webpages, which will also be explained during lab sessions.

Always double check that your assignment has been submitted, as Canvas occasionally fails to upload correctly. It is your responsibility to make sure that the uploaded submission is viewable and complete; you can accomplish this by re-downloading your submission from Canvas.

You are allowed to re-submit assignments until the due date, at which point you will only be able to submit once.


Save a copy of the assignments that you complete for this class to Google@IU. If you forget to turn in an assignment we will only accept said assignment if we can see the version history in this services. We will not accept the last modified dates on local files. Missing the submissions but having a verifiable file history does not guarantee that you will receive credit; this is at your instructors discretion. We typically only allow this to occur once for each student.

Learn more about Box@IU and Google@IU

Late Policy

The due dates on the course schedule and on Canvas are firm. If you do not turn in your assignment on time, you will lose 50% per 24 hours after the due date, then we will no longer accept submissions for the assignment.

Technology Buffer

There will be a 15 minute buffer added to every due date in case there are network issues while uploading your assignment. If you utilize this technology buffer, contact your lab instructor to remind them of this policy. This is not meant to be used habitually and will be granted (after the first occurance) at instructor discretion.

TurnItIn Assignments

Most papers in the course will be turned in via TurnItIn through Canvas. Leave yourself ample time before the due date to make a submission to these assignments, as the process for turning in these assignments can take a bit longer. You are allowed to make resubmissions up until the due date, after which you will only be allowed a single submission.

If you run into issues, do not email your assignment (this will not count as a submission) and instead follow the TurnItIn Troubleshooting instructions on your Canvas site.


We will do our best to stick to a seven (7) day turnaround time for returning grades on assignments. If you have not received a grade after that period, you should speak with or contact your lab instructor to inquire about the delay.

Grade Breakdown

It is each student's own responsibility to help us keep track of their grades on Canvas and raise issues in a timely manner. We consider a timeline manner to be around two weeks. After this timeframe we will not entertain requests for changes in the gradebook.

Percentage Group Note
20% Lab Assignments Small assignments over lab material.
10% Lab Skills Checks There are two.
10% Lab Attendance & Engagement Stopping in to lab, some snychronous sections
15% Lecture Assignments Quick Checks, Small Activities, etc.
15% Lecture Engagement Weekly discusisons.
30% Group Project Semester-long group project.

Grading Scale

The course follows the regular grading scale.

Extra Credit

Extra Credit opportunities will come along throughout the semester and will be announced.

Posting Final Grades

The last opportunity to raise grade concerns is 5:00 PM on the Wednesday during the last week of the session. Disputes or changes after this date will not be processed except in cases of instructor error.

  • Grades are final once posted.
  • Grades will not be rounded.
  • Incomplete grades are given under extraordinary circumstances only.

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There are no exams in this course. There will be two Lab Skills Checks; these are larger individual homework assignments.

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University Information

The information below is important and is not specific to this course.

Title IX Information

As your instructors, one of our responsibilities is to help create a safe learning environment on our campus. Title IX and our own Sexual Misconduct policy prohibit sexual misconduct. If you have experienced sexual misconduct, or know someone who has, the University can help. You are encouraged to visit Stop Sexual Violence (link below) to learn more. If you are seeking help and would like to speak to someone confidentially, you can make an appointment with a Mental Health Counselor on campus; use the link below to access contact information.

Stop Sexual Violence Mental Health Counseling on Campus

It is also important that you know that federal regulations and University policy require instructors to promptly convey any known information about potential sexual misconduct to our Deputy Title IX Coordinator or IU’s Title IX Coordinator. In that event, they will work with a small number of others on campus to ensure that appropriate measures are taken and resources are made available to the student who may have been harmed. Protecting a student’s privacy is of utmost concern, and all involved will only share information with those that need to know to ensure the University can respond and assist.

Emergency Procedures

Protect IU provides emergency procedures for the university. You can find a list of emergency procedures using the following link.

Emergency Procedures

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Recent Updates

Date Change
08/22/2020 Fall 2020 Updates.

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