University of Toronto Scarborough

CSC D03: Course information


There is no exam in this course. Your mark will be determined by a combination of writing assignments, in-class presentations, and participation.

Marking scheme

Assignments42%Best seven at 6% each.
Presentations20%Two presentations, worth 10% each.
Term paper28%Proposal = 3%, mid-term report = 5%, final paper = 20%.
Participation10%This mark will be based on a combination of your attendance at lectures (as indicated by your use of the lecture commentaries) and your in-class and online participation (6% and 4% respectively).

Late assignments

Assignments are due before the start of class each week. No late assignments will be accepted without a documented valid excuse (e.g., doctor's note).


This is an inherently participatory class. You are expected to attend all lectures. Repeated absences without a legitimate reason are grounds for a substantial reduction of the final grade, typically 5 percentage points per class missed (that is, your class participation mark can be seriously negative). If you miss a class for unavoidable reasons such as illness, you should contact the instructor as soon as possible to explain.


You are expected to provide feedback on all presentations held in the lectures. A sample feedback form can be found here. This feedback will count for part of your participation mark. Thoughtful and helpful comments are expected.

Online participation

A portion of your participation mark will come from online discussions on the course's Piazza forums. These online discussions are a chance for the topics we cover to extend beyond the few hours per week that we're together, and form a more pervasive discussion throughout the term.

Your Piazza posts will be marked on your ability to participate actively and positively in the conversations held throughout the term, so you should ensure that your posts can be understood by everyone in the class, and you should treat the forum like you would treat a corporate e-mail discussion, maintaining a civil and positive relationship with everyone involved.

Ethical behaviour and plagiarism

We will debate many ethical issues in this course, but the University of Toronto Code of behaviour on academic matters and Code of student conduct will not be among them; rather, these will be taken as given, and students will respect them and follow their precepts.


Formatting and submission of written assignments

The assignments in the course will require short essays. You will find detailed instructions on the assignments page. Assignment lengths will often be specified as a certain number of words. This refers to the body of your text, and does not include the main heading, references, bibliography, or appendices.

All written assignments, including the three stages of the term paper, are to be submitted electronically via Turnitin. See the assignments page for details.

Clarity, neatness, and linguistic well-formedness all count towards the grade of the assignment. But the majority of marks are for well-supported arguments and comments based on good research.

Privacy notice

(1) In this course, you will be assigned a partner for your lecture presentation, and you will be given each other's email addresses and phone numbers. You will both receive the same grade for the presentation. (2) Your feedback to other students on their presentations will not be anonymous.

Last modified, 21 June 2019
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