CS 305 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence BL
Sayles, Kenneth W.
M.S. Computer Science
5:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M
CS 352 Data Structures
Textbook: Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, 2nd Ed., Russell
Course Description: The student will learn the terminology and methods used in a variety of artificial-intelligence (AI) areas. These topics will be covered: history of artificial intelligence, search techniques, knowledge representation. In addition, one or more of these topics will be covered: expert systems, uncertainty, case-based reasoning, neural networks, vision, robotics. The student may use various AI tools, Lisp, and/or Prolog for AI projects.
Educational Philosophy: I will do my best to present the material in an understandable and enjoyable manner. However, I cannot do the learning for you, so you must take personal responsibility for your education. Part of that responsibility involves respecting those around you and their right to learn. Outside conversation should be kept out of the classroom. Tardiness is also a disruption and should be avoided unless absolutely necessary.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
All Park University courses must include a core assessment that
measures the relevant Departmental Learning Outcomes. The purpose of this
assessment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of
learning outcomes across all instructional modalities. The core assessment
for this course is a final exam which counts for 20% of the grade.
Questions on the final exam will be developed to test at least eight of the ten
course core objectives.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment: There will be daily quizzes starting the second class period. The quizzes will be worth 10% of your final grade and will cover material reviewed up to that point. There will be between 12 and 14 quizzes, but only 10 will count towards your final grade. I will use your top 10 grades. Since I treat the quizzes in this way, quizzes cannot be made-up for any reason. There will also be weekly assignments. I will assign them on Wednesday, and they will be due at the beginning of class the following Monday. These assignments will count for 60% of your final grade. There will be a final exam on the last day of class covering all material from the beginning. This exam will count for 20% of your final grade. Your participation in class, which also includes attendance and classroom behavior, will count for the remaining 10% of your final grade.
Grading: Grading Scale: The following grading scale will be used. A = 90% or higher, B = 80-89.9%,
C = 70-79.9%, D = 60-69.9%, F = Below 60%. Extra credit will NOT be given to offset low scores or absences.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Assignments should be turned in at the beginning of class. Late assignments must be approved by me. All absences must be made up by HANDING IN the completed assignment as soon as possible after the absence. Work must be shown that indicates how each answer was obtained, wherever possible. Failure to make up an absence results in a reduction of 1% of the final grade for each absence. If extenuating circumstances arise, please make them known to me so that I can work with you in your situation. Four (4) unexcused absences will force an "Academic Withdrawal" to occur. Only 1 "two-week" T.D.Y. will be allowed during the course.
When you turn in an assignment, include your full name, the date, and the assignment number in the upper right corner. Concerning grading, I am human and I will make mistakes. You have until the next class period to return an assignment to me if you feel I graded it incorrectly. I will review the assignment and return points to you as needed. However, whether I have made a mistake or not, assignments cannot be returned for review after the next class period. I will be happy to review the issue, but no more points will be awarded. My late policy is as such: There will be an automatic 24-hour grace period after an assignment is due during which I will not deduct points. This grace period is useful if you have car trouble, get sick, or have any other situation that requires missing class. After this grace period, 10 points will be deducted for every day the assignment is late, including weekends. Assignments more than 11 days late will not be accepted.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: I expect you to conduct yourselves in a professional manner. You should respect both yourself and those around you. Outside conversation has no place during class time. There will be periodic breaks during class. Any conversation with others not relating to the class should be kept to this time. I will not tolerate any rude comments, including discriminatory or sexual comments, and I will dismiss students from the class, if I feel it is necessary. I think a learning environment based on mutual respect is beneficial to everyone.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Assignments will be determined weekly based on class progress, and they will include book and programming assignments. Some assignments will be assigned as homework, and others will be completed in class. I try to make assignments that reflect what you have learned to that point, so while I do have an agenda, I will be flexible according to how the class is progressing.
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87One note: I encourage you to work with others to learn and understand the material better, but any work you submit must be wholly your own. If I suspect any students of cheating, I will address the issue with those students first, but I reserve the right to send the issue up for resolution.
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89Please contact me if you have an emergency or are expecting to be absent. I will not always be able to answer my phone depending on what time it is and where I am. I should be available by phone between the hours of 6 P.M. and 10:00 P.M. on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. However, the best way to reach me is by email. I check my email regularly even when I am at work, so I can respond quicker in this manner. Please feel free to send me emails, but include CS 305 Artificial Intelligence in the subject line. Please call me only if you have not been able to reach me any other way, or it is an emergency.
Disability Guidelines:Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .
Last Updated:4/11/2006 8:21:09 PM