You must enroll in the lecture and in a discussion section that meets twice weekly. See the Academic Guide for details. You can attend only the discussion section in which you are enrolled. Note that portions of the discussion sections will be devoted to the weekly labs.
You may also enroll in an optional Supplementary Section which will be held late on Friday afternoons, room and time TBA. This is for additional support with the weekly lab.
It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the content of Data 8.
Prob 140 is not designed for remote learning. Nor does it contain a lot of routine plug-and-chug. Please attend lectures and discussion sections because those always include conversations about problem solving. We aim to give useful lectures and select useful exercises for the sections. Section content is designed to provide practice relevant to homework, lab, and exams. Don’t miss out.
Each lecture contains a lot of detailed material. It is not reasonable for you to expect that you will simply remember it all when you start doing your homework. The assignments are created under the assumption that you will have read the text (yes, really) and done many of the review problems before you attempt the assignments. This is standard in upper division math and stat classes.
You will be able to follow the text much faster if you have attended lecture. You will be able to do your assignments much faster and more independently if you have done the preparatory work beforehand.
To help you select what to read and practice, we will provide detailed weekly preparation guides.
The material in Prob 140 builds on itself week after week. Work regularly so that you don’t fall behind; don’t expect to do well by cramming right before tests. If there is something you don’t understand, make use of Piazza or staff office hours immediately. We’ll be there to help.
Students have found these methods to be useful. For their advice, see the About page.
Data science is not a solitary activity; please expect to participate in lectures, discussion section, and lab. Lectures will not be webcast. The online text will contain what is covered but it might have different examples. And of course it will not contain the discussions generated by questions asked in class.
In the calculation of your overall score, we will drop
Course grades will be assigned using the following weighted components:
You are encouraged to discuss practice problems, homework, and labs with your fellow students and with course staff. Arguing with friends about exercises is an excellent and time-honored way to learn. However, you must write up your all own assignments and code.
Copying assignments from others is not only dishonest, it also doesn’t help anyone. Each exercise requires its own combination of ideas, and each student needs practice in coming up with those combinations, or else they will be at a loss when trying to use probability theory in their future work. From a purely practical perspective, all students must work independently on Prob 140 quizzes and exams – no collaboration allowed. If a test is the first time a student works independently, then the test is not likely to go well.
Prob 140 materials including exams and solutions are the intellectual property of the course developers. From the campus statement on Academic Integrity: “… students may not circulate or post materials (handouts, exams, syllabi,–any class materials) from their classes without the written permission of the instructor.”
I am extremely tough with dishonest students and I hope that I will not be put in that situation in Prob 140. I expect that you will work with integrity and with respect for other members of the class, just as the course staff will work with integrity and with respect for you.