CSE 241 E-Homework Guide

This guide describes how to format your homework for electronic submission, how to actually submit it through Blackboard, and how to retrieve it after grading. For advice on tools to compose homeworks electronically, see the accompanying composing tips document.


Formatting Standards for Homework

You must prepare your homework using a word processor, editor, or other software that can produce typeset results, including math. Scans or photographs of handwritten solutions are not acceptable. Also, please do not use plain text with "ASCII math" (i.e. simulated displayed formulas produced using creative spacing and underline/dash characters) or "ASCII art" in place of figures.

Please prepare each problem's solution as a separate document, since you will be uploading each solution separately to Blackboard for grading. You may put all the parts of one problem's solution (e.g. 1(a), 1(b), ...) in a single document. Each solution must have a header appearing at the top of each of its pages that includes your name and WUSTL Key ID (e.g. "jbuhler"), the homework number, and the problem number. Page numbers at the bottom of each page are optional but recommended.

Your homework should use a page size of 8.5x11 inches ("letter" size; A4 is also OK). Most text should be in a proportionally-spaced font with a size of at least 11 points. (However, you might find that a fixed-width font such as Courier is better for writing pseudocode with consistent indenting.) You should use black text on a white background everywhere except possibly in figures. Your figures may be in color if desired, but your TAs might be red-green colorblind, so choose your palette appropriately.

Figures may be drawn using the tool of your choice, or even hand-drawn and scanned as images, so long as they are legible in your final submission. Vector graphics (i.e. those stored as a set of shapes and lines) are preferred to bitmapped images such as GIF, PNG, or JPEG, but either is acceptable. Place your figures, scaled appropriately, inline at the point where they are first referenced in your document, or use your editor's "float" facility (if any) to have them appear at the top or bottom of a page with suitable captions and corresponding references in the text. Please do not just put all figures at the end of the document.

Homework Templates

To help you follow these formatting standards, we have created this MS Word template (which can be converted by other editors, such as OpenOffice or Google Docs, to their native format) and this LaTeX template as a starting point for each solution.

How To Turn In Your Homework

Three Important Facts about Homework Submission

  1. You must upload and submit homeworks to Blackboard yourself. The instructor and TAs cannot do this for you. Do not send us your homework by email or bring it in on a USB stick for us to upload on your behalf -- there is no way for us to do this in Blackboard.
  2. You cannot undo a submission. Once you submit a homework document in Blackboard, you cannot edit or retract the submission yourself. If you need to correct a botched submission, you will have to ask the instructor or a TA to go into Blackboard and reset the submission form for you before you can upload a corrected document.
  3. Homework is due at the beginning of class on the due date. If you submit your documents after the displayed due date and time, Blackboard will mark them late. Late homework will not be graded unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor. Please leave yourself sufficient time to upload, check, and submit all your solutions!

Submission Procedure

Getting Your Homework Back

The TAs will grade each of your homework solutions in Blackboard. As each problem's solution is graded, a grade will be posted to the corresponding column in the course grade book.

To see your graded solutions, select "My Grades" from the course's left-hand menu in Blackboard, and select "Graded" to see only graded work. For each solution, you'll see the points awarded and the time it was entered. To see the graders' comments, click on the problem name, which will take you to an online view of the marked-up document:

graded homework

You can then examine the notes and comments on the document, each of which is tagged with the name of the instructor or TA who wrote it. You can download the marked-up version of the document for your records as a PDF by selecting the down-arrow icon at the upper left of the document view. If you wish to dispute the grading of a particular problem, all TAs and the instructor can see your marked-up homework in Blackboard; you don't need to print it out or send us a PDF.

We will retain your marked-up homework documents in Blackboard until the end of the semester.

CSE 241
Last update: 8/17/2015