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CPSC 609: Foundations of Multi-Agent Systems - Assessment


The University policy on grading and related matters is described in the university calendar.

Since this is a graduate course, we will put the emphasis of the course on individual and team research work. Each student will be a member of a team and there will be an assignment for the teams. In general, it consists of building a multi-agent system and writing a report that describes the system, the design decisions made, and comments on the performance of the system.

In addition, each student will be assigned a cooperation concept and he/she will write a midterm paper describing and analyzing the concept. I will provide one paper about the concept as starting point and expect the students to research this concept using library and internet. The midterm paper is due at February 9, 2010 (just before we will cover the concepts in class). Note that each member of a team will be assigned a different concept and the idea is to provide each team with basic knowledge (in form of one member having to look into it) about the different cooperation concepts that are known. This way, the decision what concept to use in the system will be based on discussions about the pros and cons of the concepts (I hope).

Finally, at the end of the semester there will be for each student an oral exam about assignment and course. If during this exam a student does not show sufficient knowledge about the system of his/her team, indicating that he/she has not contributed to the team effort, then I will lower his/her grade for the team components.

The following table describes the percentages with which the grades for the items described above will be weigthed to compute the final grade of a student.

Midterm paper        20%
Oral exam        30%
Implemented multi-agent system        30%
Report about system        20%

I will grade each of the items above individually and then use the percentages to get the final grade. So, if, for example, a student got an A- for the midterm paper, a B+ in the oral exam, an A for the implementation of the MAS and a B for the report, we have: (3.7*2 + 3.3*3 + 4*3 + 3*2)/10 = 3.53, which will be rounded to 3.7 (i.e. A-).


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Last Change: 18/11/2009