CS 590: Research Methods in Computer Science — Spring 2017

Instructor: Professor Stephen Checkoway sfc@uic.edu
Lectures: Monday. 15:30–18:00 in Science & Engineering South 170
Office Hours: Tuesday. 14:30–15:30 in SEO 1236

Course Description, Goals, and Objectives


Course Policies

Attendance Policy

Class attendance is mandatory.

Missed or Late Work Policy

Assignments are due as specified on each assignment page. Late assignments will not be accepted without prior approval from Prof. Checkoway.

Electronic Communication Policy

All electronic communication with course staff should take place on Piazza unless emails are specifically requested by the staff. Course staff may, from time to time, respond to emails, but a response to one email does not guarantee a response to a second. Use Piazza!

Collaboration Policy

Collaboration is not allowed except as described in the assignment page. Unauthorized collaboration is academic misconduct and will be treated as such.

Academic Integrity Policy

As an academic community, UIC is committed to providing an environment in which research, learning, and scholarship can flourish and in which all endeavors are guided by academic and professional integrity. All members of the campus community–students, staff, faculty, and administrators–share the responsibility of insuring that these standards are upheld so that such an environment exists. Instances of academic misconduct by students will be handled pursuant to the Student Disciplinary Policy.

The following are examples of academic misconduct.

Religious Holidays

As class attendance is mandatory, students who must miss class due to religious holidays can do so by informing the faculty member. If a religious holiday will prevent a student from turning in an assignment before its due date, they must notify the faculty member by the tenth day of the semester or five days before the due date, whichever is earlier. The faculty member shall make every reasonable effort to accommodate the student. If the student feels aggrieved, he/she may request remedy through the campus grievance procedure.

Academic Deadlines

See the academic calendar.


Your course grade will be determined by assignments and course participation. There are no exams.

Grievance Procedures

UIC is committed to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity involving students and employees. Freedom from discrimination is a foundation for all decision making at UIC. Students are encouraged to study the University’s Nondiscrimination Statement. Students are also urged to read the document Public Formal Grievance Procedures. Information on these policies and procedures is available on the University web pages of the Office of Access and Equality.

Course Evaluations

Because student ratings of instructors and courses provide very important feedback to instructors and are also used by administrators in evaluating instructors, it is extremely important for students to complete confidential course evaluations online known as the Campus Program for Student Evaluation of Teaching evaluation. You will receive an email from the Office of Faculty Affairs inviting you to complete your course evaluations and will receive an email confirmation when you have completed each one.

For more information, please refer to the UIC Course Evaluation Handbook.

Results for the “six core questions” will be published on the UIC course evaluation website.