Spring 2015



  • InstructorIrfan Essa.  Please contact the professor via Piazza using the Post to “Individual …” option. No emails preferred, but in case of URGENT, IMPORTANT, PRIVATE matter , you may email the instructor, please add “CS6475OMS” in the subject line.
  • Head TADaniel Castro. Please contact the Head TA via Piazza. No emails.
  • Additional TAs/Graders: Julia Deeb, Vibhav Gupta, Gokul Raghuraman, Ritika Rao
  • Instructional Designers: Arpan Chakraborty & David Joyner
  • Content Production and Video Editing: Aaron Gross


The following is a Google Spreadsheet (Direct link here for browsers that do not show it). Do note that there are THREE sheets, one the Schedule and the other referred to as “Material”, which contains the details about Readings and Additional Materials (link). Finally, the third sheet contains the list of Lectures (link)

Assignments and Grading

  • Assignments / Home works: 60 % [There will be 12 Assignments, some will have peer-feedback]
  • Peer Reviewing/Feedback/Participation (10%) [5 Assignments will have some peer feedback component]
  • Online Participation: 5% [On Piazza and via Peer-Feedback]
  • Final Project: 10% [Last month of class, a project of your own choosing, with peer-feedback]
  • Exam: 15% [Scheduled two weeks before end of term, cumulative, and online]
  • Grading Scale (for each assignment/unit and for the entire class).
    • A: Above 90%
    • B: 80%-89.9%
    • C: 70%-79.9%
    • D:60%-69.9%
    • F: Below 60%
    • Note: Any work that meets all the requirements will be given a 90%.  For scores above 90%, work has to above and beyond meeting the basic requirements of the assigned work.
  • All of the above subject to minor modifications as needed and will be announced to class.


  • Communications with the Professor and TA should be exclusively through Piazza. No emails! Professor and TA will do their best to respond to questions within 2 days of posted question.
  • Assignments:
    • Will be due 5pm EST (Atlanta Time) every Monday.
    • T-square will be used for all assignment submissions and grading.
    • Homeworks Assignments will be graded on a list of criteria (specified on the assignment) such as quality of work, completeness, insight into technical issues, insight into other relevant issues, etc. Assignments are due at the start of class on the day they are due.
    • Each assignment will be graded and returned within two weeks of submission. If there is delay for some reason, their will be announcement.
    • Late Assignments: Everything is DUE when specified. NO extensions.
  • Websites: Following are the websites we will OFFICIALLY use for this class.
    • T-square: For Assignment Submission, Grading, and Final Exam.
    • Piazza: For Official Announcements, Forums for discussion.
    • WordPress Site: (This site) for syllabus/schedule and general information.
    • Udacity for videos of lectures.
    • No information will be shared via any other site (G+, FB, etc.).  Students are welcome to create their own social media sites, but none of the instructors are required to be on those sites and will not participate there regularly.
  • Class Discussions ONLINE: This term we will be using Piazza for class discussion. The system is highly catered to getting you help fast and efficiently from classmates, the TA, and myself. Rather than emailing questions to the teaching staff, I encourage you to post your questions on Piazza. If you have any problems or feedback for the developers, email team@piazza.com. Find our class page at:
  • This class abides by the Georgia Tech Honor Code. All assigned work is expected to be individual, except where explicitly written otherwise. You are encouraged to discuss the assignments with your classmates; however, what you hand in should be your own work. If any work product was produced based on discussions with someone else (in the class OR outside), please specify clearly in the final turn-in.
  • Collaboration Policy: As stated above with the Honor Code, but worth making explicit here. Collaboration between students on work assigned in class is fine.  You are encouraged to discuss your work with each other. But each individual students MUST submit their own work, done solely by themselves. In some cases, you may have had a fellow student or a non-student friend, help you with an assignment or work (say to take a picture!). You are REQUIRED to acknowledge any help you may have received in completing the work assigned, even as small as holding the light, or suggesting a possible path to a solution.  Please be explicit and provide details.
  • Readings: While all the lecture material is self-contained, most of the time the content is related to some additional readings. Students are responsible for reading the material assigned and it will be covered in upcoming assessments.


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