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Collaborative Environment

  • This is a project-based course, and requires a friendly, collaborative, and inclusive, environment for everyone (students, professors, and guests) to freely exchange ideas.  This requires mutual respect and understanding.  However, the course also has lectures and hands-on exercises, which require dedicated time to complete.  Open dialogue is encouraged, but may be requested to be subdued in order to progress through classroom material in a timely manner.  If at any time you feel excluded or otherwise socially marginalized in the class, please talk to the instructors as soon as possible.  


  • Email:  Be professional and polite.  Professors will try to answer all questions and emails in a timely fashion (within 1-2 days).  However, under some circumstances, the response time will be longer.
  • Classroom behavior:  Create a supportive learning environment for everyone.  Disruptive behavior is prohibited.  "Disrupted behavior" means conduct that materially and substantially interferes with or obstructs the teaching or learning process in the context of a classroom or educational setting.  This type of behavior includes cell phone use, refusing to collaborate, interrupting class activities, sleeping, surfing the internet for non-class related material, newspaper reading, etc.  In the event of disruptive behavior by students in the course, official policies and procedures will be followed as described at:
  • Threatening behavior is prohibited:  "Threatening behavior" means any statement, communication, conduct or gesture, including those in written form, directed toward any member of the University community that causes a reasonable apprehension of physical harm to a person or property.  In the event of threatening behavior by one of the students in the course, official policies and procedures will be followed as described at: 
  • Shared computing facilities:  This class will provide access to various campus and national high performance and shared computing resources.  Everyone in the class must respect the rules for accessing and using these systems (listed on the resources websites).  Under no circumstances will violations of their terms of use be permitted.

Arriving late or missing lectures

  • Attendance is mandatory and is reflected in your final grade (15% based on course participation).  If you know you will miss class, please contact the professors BEFORE hand.  


  • University of Arizona policies prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, genetic information, disability and protected veteran status. Discrimination includes any form of unequal treatment such as denial of opportunities, harassment, and violence. Sex-based violence includes rape, sexual assault, unwanted touching, stalking, dating/interpersonal violence, and sexual exploitation.
  • If you experience discrimination, you are encouraged (but not required) to report 1) the incident to the Office of Institutional Equity (520-621-9449) if you are harassed by faculty and staff or 2) the incident to the Dean of Students (520-621-7057) if you are harassed by another undergraduate, graduate, or professional student. 
  • Learn more about your rights and options at or call 520-621-9449 or email
  • Students may also contact the Oasis Program (520-626-2051), the Tucson Rape Crisis Center (520-327-1171) and Campus Health Counseling and Psych Services(520-621-3334) as confidential resources for advocacy and other support related to rape or power-based personal violence.
  • The Dean of Students (520-621-7057) and the University's Disability Resource Center (520-621-3268) can provide assistance to students who need help with academics, housing, or other issues based on their circumstances. 

Syllabus in UA format: ACIC-Syllabus-UA-format.docx

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