If there were only one policy allowed in a course syllabus, I would choose the word respect to represent our goals for a healthy and engaging educational environment. Treating each other respectfully, in the broadest sense and in all ways, is a necessary and probably sufficient condition for a successful experience together. But since I am not limited to one policy, some other, more specific ones, can be stated.


Students are expected to attend class regularly. Although attendance is not specifically graded, missing a significant number of classes will likely have a negative impact on your class participation grade, as you will have fewer opportunities to participate in discussion and in-class activities. If you must miss a class, due to an illness or other extenuating circumstance, please let us know as soon as possible to make arrangements for a makeup of in-class activities.

Academic Integrity

Simply stated, academic integrity means that you are to do your own work in all of your classes, unless collaboration is part of an assignment as defined in the course. In any case, you must be responsible for citing and acknowledging outside sources of ideas in work you submit. Please be aware of the HCDE Department’s and the UW’s policies on this: HCDE Academic Conduct. These will be strictly enforced.

Late Assignments

In general, submitting late work is penalized 10% of its total grade per calendar day. This is to encourage you to keep up with the work and to be fair to all students. If there are legitimate extenuating circumstances for why you will be late submitting an assignment, at my discretion I will try to accommodate your needs. The earlier you notify us, the more likely you are to be granted an extension.

Assignment Quality

You are expected to produce work in all of the assignments that reflects the highest standards of professionalism. For written documents, this means proper spelling, grammar, and formatting. Adherence to these good practices will be considered in your grades. For visually-oriented material, I recognize that not everyone is an accomplished graphic designer (including me!), but you should strive for neat and clear visual communications in your work.


Active participation in class activities is one of the requirements of the course. You are expected to engage in group activities, class discussions, interactions with your peers, and constructive critiques as part of the course work. This will help you hone your communication and other professional skills.


Working in groups or on teams is an essential part of all design and engineering disciplines. In most assignments and projects in this course, you will be expected to work with others and your success in those situations will be a part of your grade. (Other assignments will be individual, of course.)


Students have the right for aspects of their personal life that they do not wish to share with others to remain private. Please respect that policy.


To request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact Disabled Student Services: 448 Schmitz, 206-543-8924 (V/TTY). If you have a letter from DSS indicating that you have a disability which requires academic accommodations, please present the letter to us so you can discuss the accommodations you might need in the class.