Your grade will be determined based on 4 graded programming assignments (60%) and a written exam (40%) at the end of the course. This grade scale will be used to convert the weighted scores to a final letter grade.

Besides the graded assignments, the course includes weekly assignments. Although not all assignments are graded, they are a core part of the class, and they should not be considered optional.


Attendance will not not be enforced. However, it is unlikely that you will pass the course without regular attendance. Presence sheets will be circulated during the course for informational purposes only.


The following basic rules apply the assignments:

  1. Assignments that are not handed in timely are graded 0/100. If you are ill, present a note from the doctor before the deadline.
  2. If your code does not compile due to errors in your code, your assignment gets the grade 0/100.
  3. Code is graded for correctness and style.

You are encouraged to help one another in this course. We all need a little help sometimes and you can also learn quite a bit from helping others. However, there is a point where getting help turns into plagiarism. The code that you submit, must be your own code. Cases of plagiarism will be reported to the faculty.

Things you are not allowed to do:


In this class we will make heavy use of GitHub and GitHub classroom. Make sure to obtain a (free) GitHub account, and familiarize yourself with the system before you start working on your first assignment.

Assignments are only accepted through the GitHub repositories. No other form of submissions (e.g., email) are accepted.

You source files should start with the following header (Java)

 * Course:      Data Structures and Algorithms for CL III - WS1819
 * Assignment:  (Enter the assignment, "lab 1, exercise 1", for example)
 * Author:      (Enter your full name here)
 * Description: (Enter a description of your program/class here)
 * Honor Code:  I pledge that this program represents my own work.

The same information should be provided as the file/module docstring in Python assignments, and as comments at the beginning of the file for other file types that allow comments.


The following basic rules apply for the exams: