CS 63016 & CS 73016 Big Data Analytics

Spring 2018


Instructor: Xiang Lian

Office Location: Mathematics and Computer Science Building, Room 264

Office Phone Number: (330) 672-9063

Web: http://www.cs.kent.edu/~xlian/index.html

Email: xlian@kent.edu

Course: Big Data Analytics

CRNs: 12665 & 12701

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor

Time: 7:00pm ~ 8:15pm, TR

Classroom Location: Henderson (HDN), Room 109

Course Webpage: http://www.cs.kent.edu/~xlian/course_archive/2018Spring_CS63016_CS73016.html


Instructor's Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday (1:00pm ~ 3:30pm); or by appointment


Graduate Assistant: TBA

Office: TBA

E-mail: TBA

Phone: N/A

TA's Office Hours: N/A

Enrollment/Official Registration of this Class

The official registration deadline for this course is Jan. 21, 2018. University policy requires all students to be officially registered in each class they are attending. Students who are not officially registered for a course by published deadlines should not be attending classes and will not receive credit or a grade for the course. Each student must confirm enrollment by checking his/her class schedule (using Student Tools in FlashLine) prior to the deadline indicated. Registration errors must be corrected prior to the deadline.


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Last day to withdraw: Mar. 25, 2018



Reference Books

There are no textbooks. However, I can provide you with some reference books below for your reading.


*    Kuan-Ching Li, Hai Jiang, Laurence T. Yang, and Alfredo Cuzzocrea. Big Data: Algorithms, Analytics, and Applications. Chapman & Hall/CRC Big Data Series, ISBN 9781482240559, 2015.


*    Thomas Erl, Wajid Khattak, and Dr. Paul Buhler. Big Data Fundamentals: Concepts, Drivers & Techniques. The Prentice Hall Service Technology Series, ISBN-13: 978-0134291079, 2016.


Resources of Reading Materials

*    A reading list J (Please let me know if any links are expired)

o   Indexing for Big Data

v  (Grid file) P. Rigaux, M. Scholl, and A. Voisard. Spatial Databases - with application to GIS. Morgan Kaufmann, San Francisco, 2002. http://bsolano.com/ecci/claroline/backends/download.php/TGlicm9zX2RlX3RleHRvL1NwYXRpYWxEQnNXaXRoQXBwbGljYXRpb25Ub0dJUy5wZGY%3D?cidReset=true&cidReq=CI1314

v  (Bitmap index) P. Nagarkar, K. S. Candan, and A. Bhat. Compressed Spatial Hierarchical Bitmap (cSHB) Indexes for Efficiently Processing Spatial Range Query Workloads. In PVLDB, 8(12), pages 1382-1393, 2015. http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2824038

v  (Quad-tree) H. Samet and R. E. Webber. Storing a collection of polygons using quadtrees. In ACM Trans. Graph, 1985. https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/65ee/4429b5509173f12309539e809ac533e84690.pdf

v  (K-D-B-tree) J. T. Robinson. The K-D-B-Tree: a search structure for large multidimensional dynamic indexes. In SIGMOD, 1981. http://repository.cmu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3451&context=compsci

v  (K-D-tree) R. A. Brown. Building a Balanced k-d Tree in O(kn log n) Time. In Journal of Computer Graphics Techniques (JCGT), vol. 4, no. 1, 50-68, 2015. http://jcgt.org/published/0004/01/03/paper.pdf

v  (R-tree) A. Guttman. R-trees: a dynamic index structure for spatial searching. In SIGMOD, 1984. http://www-db.deis.unibo.it/courses/SI-LS/papers/Gut84.pdf

v  (R+-tree) T. Sellis, N. Roussopoulos, and C. Faloutsos. The R+-Tree: A dynamic index for multi-dimensional objects. In VLDB, 1987. http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/summary?doi=

v  (R*-tree) N. Beckmann, H.-P. Kriegel, R. Schneider, and B. Seeger. The R*-tree: an efficient and robust access method for points and rectangles. In SIGMOD, 1990. https://www.cs.umd.edu/class/fall2002/cmsc818s/Readings/rstar-tree.pdf

v  (X-tree) S. Berchtold, D. A. Keim, and H.-P. Kriegel. The X-tree: An Index Structure for High-Dimensional Data. In VLDB, 1996. https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/83f6/d2b79b68af1115db013907df78b96dd82ea7.pdf

v  (SS-tree) D. A. White and R. Jain. Similarity Indexing with the SS-tree. In ICDE, 1996. http://www.cs.uml.edu/~cchen/580-S06/reading/WJ96.pdf

v  (SR-tree) N. Katayama and S. Satoh. The SR-tree: an index structure for high-dimensional nearest neighbor queries. In SIGMOD, 1997. https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/20b5/fc20821968a2e990183ee4613c591951597c.pdf

v  (M-tree) P. Ciaccia, M. Patella, and P. Zezula. M-tree An Efficient Access Method for Similarity Search in Metric Spaces. In VLDB, 1997. http://www.vldb.org/conf/1997/P426.PDF

v  (OMNI-family) R.F.S. Filho, A. Traina, C. Traina, and C. Faloutsos. Similarity search without tears: the OMNI-family of all-purpose access methods. In ICDE, 2001. http://repository.cmu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1565&context=compsci or http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/914877/?reload=true

v  (High-dimensional indexing) C. Faloutsos, M. Ranganathan, and Y. Manolopoulos. Fast subsequence matching in time-series databases. In SIGMOD, 1994. http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=191925

v  (Locality Sensitive Hashing) A. Gionis, P. Indyk, and R. Motwani. Similarity Search in High Dimensions via Hashing. In VLDB, 1999. http://www.vldb.org/conf/1999/P49.pdf

v  H. Samet. Foundations of Multidimensional and Metric Data Structures. The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Graphics and Geometric Modeling, ISBN: 0123694469, 2005. http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1076819

v  ...

o   Queries Over Big Data

v  (Range Query) http://www.bowdoin.edu/~ltoma/teaching/cs340/spring08/Papers/Rtree-chap1.pdf

v  (Nearest Neighbor Query; Depth-First) N. Roussopoulos, S. Kelly, and F. Vincent. Nearest Neighbor Queries. In SIGMOD, 1995. http://www.postgis.org/support/nearestneighbor.pdf

v  (Nearest Neighbor Query; Best-First) A. Henrich. A Distance Scan Algorithm for Spatial Access Structures. In ACM GIS, 1994. https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/37cc/e942c8f4a7d501f15bbfe41700cf98be2173.pdf

v  (k-Nearest Neighbor Query; VoR-Tree) M. Sharifzadeh and C. Shahabi. VoR-Tree: R-trees with Voronoi Diagrams for Efficient Processing of Spatial Nearest Neighbor Queries. In VLDB, 2010. http://infolab.usc.edu/papers/VorTree.pdf

v  (Group Nearest Neighbor Query) D. Papadias, Q. Shen, Y. Tao, and K. Mouratidis. Group Nearest Neighbor Queries. In ICDE, 2004. http://www.cs.ust.hk/~dimitris/PAPERS/ICDE04-GNN.pdf

v  (Reverse Nearest Neighbor Query; KM) F. Korn and S. Muthukrishnan. Influence Sets Based on Reverse Nearest Neighbor Queries. In SIGMOD, 2000. https://graphics.stanford.edu/courses/cs468-06-fall/Papers/19%20reverse%202.pdf

v  (Reverse Nearest Neighbor Query; YL) C. Yang and K. Lin. An Index Structure for Efficient Reverse Nearest Neighbor Queries. In ICDE, 2001. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/914862/

v  (Reverse Nearest Neighbor Query; SAA) I. Stanoi, D. Agrawal, and A. Abbadi. Reverse Nearest Neighbor Queries for Dynamic Databases. In SIGMOD Workshop on Research Issues in Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, 2000. http://infolab.usc.edu/csci599/Fall2007/papers/b-2.pdf

v  (Reverse Nearest Neighbor Query; TPL) Y. Tao, D. Papadias, and X. Lian. Reverse kNN Search in Arbitrary Dimensionality. In VLDB, 2004. http://www.cs.kent.edu/~xlian/papers/VLDB04-RNN.pdf

v  (Top-k Query; Onion) Y.-C. Chang, L. D. Bergman, V. Castelli, C.-S. Li, M.-L. Lo, and J. R. Smith. The Onion Technique: Indexing for Linear Optimization Queries. In SIGMOD, 2000. http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=335433

v  (Top-k Query; PREFER) V. Hristidis, N. Koudas, and Y. Papakonstantinou. PREFER: A System for the Efficient Execution of Multi-Parametric Ranked Queries. In SIGMOD, 2001. http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=

v  (Skyline Query; BNL & D&C) S. Brzsnyi, D. Kossmann, and K. Stocker. The Skyline Operator. In ICDE, 2001. http://infolab.usc.edu/csci599/Fall2007/papers/e-1.pdf

v  (Skyline Query; Bitmap & Index) K. Tan, P. Eng, and B. Ooi. Efficient Progressive Skyline Computation. In VLDB, 2001. http://www.vldb.org/conf/2001/P301.pdf

v  (Skyline Query; NN) D. Kossmann, F. Ramsak, and S. Rost. Shooting Stars in the Sky: an Online Algorithm for Skyline Queries. In VLDB, 2002. https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/10fe/ecb5eebbb958439aabb2e10bd56739e315c9.pdf

v  (Skyline Query; BBS) D. Papadias, Y. Tao, G. Fu, and B. Seeger. An Optimal and Progressive Algorithm for Skyline Queries. In SIGMOD, 2003. http://www.cs.ust.hk/~dimitris/PAPERS/SIGMOD03-Skyline.pdf

v  (Spatial Skyline) M. Sharifzadeh and C. Shahabi. The Spatial Skyline Queries. In VLDB, 2006. http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=

v  (Multi-Source Skyline) K. Deng, X. Zhou, and H. T. Shen. Multi-Source Skyline Query Processing in Road Networks. In ICDE, 2007. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/4221728/

v  (Metric Skyline) L. Chen and X. Lian. Dynamic Skyline Queries in Metric Spaces. In EDBT, 2008. http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1353386

v  (Top-k Dominating Query) M. L. Yiu and N. Mamoulis. Efficient Processing of Top-k Dominating Queries on Multi-Dimensional Data. In VLDB, 2007. https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/2817/630b8e919c8ecb61b7397f4dc11ca7d93e91.pdf

v  (aR-Tree) I. Lazaridis and S. Mehrotra. Progressive Approximate Aggregate Queries with a Multi-Resolution Tree Structure. In SIGMOD, 2001. ftp://ftp.cse.buffalo.edu/users/azhang/disc/SIGMOD/pdf-files/401/250-progressive.pdf

v  (Reverse Skyline Query) E. Dellis and B. Seeger. Efficient Computation of Reverse Skyline Queries. In VLDB, 2007.

v  (Inverse Ranking Query) C. Li. Enabling data retrieval: by ranking and beyond. In Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007.

v  (Aggregate Query) I. Lazaridis and S. Mehrotra. Progressive Approximate Aggregate Queries with a Multi-Resolution Tree Structure. In SIGMOD, 2001.

v  (Histogram) M. Muralikrishna and D. J. DeWitt. Equi-depth multidimensional histograms. In SIGMOD, 1988.

v  (Sampling) R. J. Lipton, J. F. Naughton, and D. A. Schneider. Practical Selectivity Estimation through Adaptive Sampling. In SIGMOD, 1990.

v  (Wavelet) M. Garofalakis and P. B. Gibbons. Wavelet Synopses with Error Guarantees. In SIGMOD, 2002.

v  (Keyword Search; BANK) A. Hulgeri and C. Nakhe. Keyword Searching and Browsing in Databases using BANKS. In ICDE, 2002.

v  (Keyword Search; BANK) V. Kacholia, S. Pandit, S. Chakrabarti, S. Sudarshan, R. Desai, and H. Karambelkar. Bidirectional expansion for keyword search on graph databases. In VLDB, 2005.

v  (Keyword Search; BLINKS) H. He, H. Wang, J. Yang, and P. S. Yu. BLINKS: ranked keyword searches on graphs. In SIGMOD, 2007. http://db.cs.duke.edu/papers/2007-SIGMOD-hwyy-kwgraph.pdf

v  ...

o   Big Graph Data

o   Big Probabilistic Data

o   Big Data Management in Real Applications (e.g., time-series, sensor networks, road networks, social networks, bioinformatics, Semantic Web, etc.)

*    Research papers/surveys from database conferences/journals (SIGMOD, PVLDB, ICDE, TODS, VLDBJ, and TKDE)

o   Database Journals

v  TODS: http://dblp.uni-trier.de/db/journals/tods/index.html

v  VLDBJ: http://dblp.uni-trier.de/db/journals/vldb/

v  TKDE: http://dblp.uni-trier.de/db/journals/tkde/index.html

o   Database Conferences

v  SIGMOD: http://dblp.uni-trier.de/db/conf/sigmod/

v  VLDB: http://www.vldb.org/pvldb/, or http://dblp.uni-trier.de/db/journals/pvldb/index.html

v  ICDE: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/conhome.jsp?punumber=1000178, or http://dblp.uni-trier.de/db/conf/icde/

o   ACM Computing Surveys

v  http://csur.acm.org/

o   Samples of surveys:

v  Indexing: https://www.slac.stanford.edu/pubs/slacpubs/16250/slac-pub-16460.pdf

v  A Survey of Large-Scale Analytical Query Processing in MapReduce: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00778-013-0319-9

v  A Survey on Parallel and Distributed Data Warehouses: https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/4f3e/d0d4dfbd0bf4648a7feda94e3176e33ad088.pdf

*    Online resources

o   Datasets and Source Code

v  Spatial data sets and index source code: http://chorochronos.datastories.org/

v  Road network and stream data: https://www.cs.utah.edu/~lifeifei/datasets.html

v  DBpedia RDF data: http://www.dbpedia.org

v  Freebase RDF data: https://developers.google.com/freebase/

v  YAGO1, YAGO2s, YAGO3 RDF data: https://www.mpi-inf.mpg.de/departments/databases-and-information-systems/research/yago-naga/yago/archive/ (YAGO2 paper: https://people.mpi-inf.mpg.de/~kberberi/publications/2010-mpii-tra.pdf)

o   Apache Hadoop

v  http://hadoop.apache.org/

o   Amazon AWS

v  https://aws.amazon.com/

o   Tutorial

v  https://www.lynda.com/ (Sign in with the organization portal)

*    Survey/research topics (note: You must contact me via my email (xlian@kent.edu) to select the topics below with my permission; first come first serve)

o   Distributed indexing

o   Queries over (distributed) spatio-temporal data

o   Queries over (distributed) time-series data

o   Queries over (distributed) stream data

o   Queries over (distributed) graph data (e.g., RDF graphs, social networks, road networks, biological networks, chemical compounds, etc.)

o   Queries over (distributed) probabilistic/uncertain data

o   Data privacy preserving

v  (k-Anonymity) K. LeFevre, D. J. DeWitt, and R. Ramakrishnan. Incognito: Efficient full-domain k-anonymity. In Proc. of the ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data (SIGMOD), pages 49 - 60, 2005.

v  (l-Diversity) A. Machanavajjhala, J. Gehrke, D. Kifer, and M. Venkitasubramaniam. l-diversity: Privacy beyond k-anonymity. In IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE), page 24, 2006.

v  (t-Closeness) N. Li, T. Li, and S. Venkatasubramanian. t-closeness: Privacy beyond k-anonymity and l-diversity. In IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE), pages 106 - 115, 2007.

o   Graph privacy preserving

v  Zach Jorgensen, Ting Yu, Graham Cormode. Publishing Attributed Social Graphs with Formal Privacy Guarantees. In SIGMOD, 2016.

v  Wei-Yen Day, Ninghui Li, Min Lyu. Publishing Graph Degree Distribution with Node Differential Privacy. In SIGMOD, 2016.

v  Zhao Chang, Lei Zou, Feifei Li. Privacy Preserving Subgraph Matching on Large Graphs in Cloud. In SIGMOD, 2016.

o   Big data visualization

v  Visualization of R*-tree index construction [required skills: C++ or C#, visual programming with C++/C#], R*-tree source code: http://chorochronos.datastories.org/

* N. Beckmann, H.-P. Kriegel, R. Schneider, and B. Seeger. The R*-tree: an efficient and robust access method for points and rectangles. In SIGMOD, 1990. https://www.cs.umd.edu/class/fall2002/cmsc818s/Readings/rstar-tree.pdf

v  Visualization of queries over spatio-temporal data (e.g., GPS data, sensory data, etc.) [required skills: C++ or C#, visual programming with C++/C#], R*-tree source code: http://chorochronos.datastories.org/

v  Visualization of time-series data (e.g., stock time series, or trajectory) [required skills: C++, C#, Java, other visual programming tools, or mobile programming]

v  Visualization of query processing over large-scale road networks (e.g., trip planner, the shortest traveling time query, and gas station query) [required skills: C++, C#, Java, or other visual programming tools]

v  Visualization of RDF graph queries in the Semantic Web (e.g., subgraph matching) [required skills: C++, C#, Java, or other visual programming tools]

* K-nearest keyword search: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1570826813000371

* Keyword search over probabilistic RDF graphs: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/6940261/

* Subgraph matching over probabilistic RDF graphs: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1989341

v  Visualization of social networks (including social network data extraction and keyword search) [required skills: C++, C#, Java, or other visual programming tools]

v  Visualization of Web data (including Web crawling and Web page visualization) [required skills: C++, C#, Java, or other visual/network programming tools]

o   ...

*    Groups

o   Group #1: Queries over (distributed) time-series data

o   Group #2: Visualization of social networks

o   Group #3: Data privacy preserving

o   Group #4: Queries over (distributed) stream data

o   Group #5: Visualization of social networks (including social network data extraction and keyword search)

o   Group #6: Queries over (distributed) time-series data

o   Group #7: Big data clustering

o   Group #8:

o   Group #9: Queries over (distributed) graph data

o   Group #10: Visualization of social networks

o   Group #11: A divide and merge methodology for clustering

o   Group #12: Research on time series analysis over finance and health care

o   Group #13: Time series data visualization

o   Group #14: Visualization of query processing over large-scale road networks



Catalog Description

This course will cover a series of important Big-Data-related problems and their solutions. Specifically, we will introduce the characteristics and challenges of the Big Data, state-of-the-art computing paradigms/platforms (e.g., MapReduce), big data programming tools (e.g., Hadoop), big data extraction/integration, big data storage, scalable indexing for big data, big graph processing, big data stream techniques and algorithms, big probabilistic data management, big data privacy, big data visualizations, and big data applications (e.g., spatial, finance, multimedia, medical, health, and social data).



Tentative Schedule




Week 1 (Jan. 16)



Week 1 (Jan. 18)



Week 2 (Jan. 23)

Indexing Big Data (1)


Week 2 (Jan. 25)


Homework 1 (Due on Feb. 8)

Week 3 (Jan. 30)



Week 3 (Feb. 1)

Indexing Big Data (2)

Feb. 1: Deadline to form a study group with 2-4 members


Project Template


CS Research Day (Feb. 2)

[schedule] [flyer]

Week 4 (Feb. 6)


Submission of a Reading List for the Survey (Due on Feb. 6)


Week 4 (Feb. 8)


Homework 2 (Due on Feb. 22)

Week 5 (Feb. 13)


Please let me know if you want to give a presentation on some research papers related to big data! [extra 5 bonus points]

Week 5 (Feb. 15)



Week 6 (Feb. 20)

Survey/Project Discussions

(no lecture)


Week 6 (Feb. 22)


Homework 3 (Due on Mar. 13)

Week 7 (Feb. 27)

Divya Lingwal: Spark: Cluster Computing with Working Set [paper] [slides]

Survey (Due on Feb. 27)

Week 7 (Mar. 1)

Queries Over Big Data (1)


Week 8 (Mar. 6)



Week 8 (Mar. 8)

Shaista Gulnaar: [paper] [slides]


Homework 4 (Due on Apr. 3; extended to Apr. 11)


Please schedule a 15-min meeting with me, if you want to discuss with me about your project topics

Week 9 (Mar. 13)



Week 9 (Mar. 15)

Queries Over Big Data (2)


Survey/Project Discussions, Q/A


Week 10 (Mar. 20)



Week 10 (Mar. 22)

Big Data Applications

Homework 5 (Due on Apr. 19)


Last Day to Withdraw: 3/25/2018

Week 11 (Mar. 27)


Spring Recess: Mar. 26-Apr. 1; No Classes

Week 11 (Mar. 29)

Week 12 (Apr. 3)



Week 12 (Apr. 5)

Preparation for Projects; No class



Week 13 (Apr. 10)

Project Presentations (Groups #1, #2, #4)


Group #1: Wikipedia Traffic Forecasting [slides]

Group #2: Sentimental Analysis of Various News Channels based on Health

Tweets [slides]

Group #4: Feature Extraction on Twitter Streaming data using Spark RDD [slides]

20-min presentation & demo

5-min Q/A

Week 13 (Apr. 12)

Project Presentations (Groups #5, #6, #8)


Group #5: Query Processing and Visualization Using Hive [slides]

Group #6: Queries over Time-Series Data [slides]

Group #8: Cultural Heritage and Big Data [slides]


Week 14 (Apr. 17)



Week 14 (Apr. 19)



Week 15 (Apr. 24)

Project Presentations (Groups #9, #10, #11)


Group #9: A Restaurant Recommendation System Based on Range and Skyline Queries [slides]

Group #10:

Group #11: Renouncing Hotel's Data Through Queries Using Hadoop [slides]


Week 15 (Apr. 26)

Project Presentations (Groups #3, #7)


Group #3:

Group #7:


Course Evaluation

Week 16 (May 1)

Project Presentations (Groups #12, #13, #14)


Group #12:

Group #13:

Group #14: Visualizing Query Processing Over Large-Scale Road Networks [slides]


Week 16 (May 3)


Final Project Report (Due on May 3; Please include project report, source code, readme file, presentation slides, and all other documents)

Week 17 (May 7-13)


No Final Exam


Academic calendar: https://www.kent.edu/sites/default/files/academic-calendar-2014-2018_0.pdf

Final exam schedule: http://www.kent.edu/registrar/spring-final-exam-schedule

NOTE: Presentation dates and deadlines are tentative. Exact dates will be announced in class!!!

Scoring and Grading

5% - Attendance

50% - Assignments

10% - Survey

25% - Research Project

10% - Presentation & Q/A

5% - Bonus Points, rated by other team members


A = 90 - 105

B = 80 - 89

C = 70 - 79

D = 60 - 69

F = <60



Guidelines for Assignments/Surveys/Projects


All assignments/surveys/projects will be submitted electronically only. Instructions are given separately.


  Assignments must be submitted to Blackboard by the due date. Note that, for team assignments (e.g., surveys or projects), only one team member can represent your team to submit the assignments (otherwise, it is not traceable which submission is the correct version).

  An assignment/project turned in within two weeks after the due date will be considered late and will lose 30% of its grade.

  No assignment will be accepted for grading after two weeks late.

  The late submission needs prior consent of the instructor.

For surveys/projects, please form a team with 2-4 team members. In each team, all team members need to do research works (i.e., 1 survey and 1 project). The workload should be distributed evenly to each team member. All team members should participate in the surveys or projects, and receive the same score for survey/project. However, there is an extra bonus points (5 points) for other team members to rate your performance in the team work.

* Please send the full names, student IDs, and emails of all team members to the TA by Feb. 1, 2018, and TA will confirm your team by replying you with your team number.



Lecture Attendance Policy

Attendance in the lecture is mandatory. Students are expected to attend lectures, study the text, and contribute to discussions. You need to write your name on attendance sheets throughout the course, so please attend every lecture.

Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes and may be dropped from the course for excessive absences. Legitimate reasons for an "excused" absence include, but are not limited to, illness and injury, disability-related concerns, military service, death in the immediate family, religious observance, academic field trips, and participation in an approved concert or athletic event, and direct participation in university disciplinary hearings.

Even though any absence can potentially interfere with the planned development of a course, and the student bears the responsibility for fulfilling all course requirements in a timely and responsible manner, instructors will, without prejudice, provide students returning to class after a legitimate absence with appropriate assistance and counsel about completing missed assignments and class material. Neither academic departments nor individual faculty members are required to waive essential or fundamental academic requirements of a course to accommodate student absences. However, each circumstance will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

For more details, please refer to University policy 3-01.2: http://www.kent.edu/policyreg/administrative-policy-regarding-class-attendance-and-class-absence.

Make-up Presentation Policy

No make-up presentation will be given except for university sanctioned excused absences. If you miss a presentation (for a good reason), it is your responsibility to contact me before the presentation, or soon after the presentation as possible.

Academic Dishonesty Policy

The University expects a student to maintain a high standard of individual honor in his/her scholastic work. Unless otherwise required, each student is expected to complete his or her assignment individually and independently (even in the team, workload should be distributed to team members to accomplish individually). Although it is encouraged to study together, the work handed in for grading by each student is expected to be his or her own. Any form of academic dishonesty will be strictly forbidden and will be punished to the maximum extent. Copying an assignment from another student (team) in this class or obtaining a solution from some other source will lead to an automatic failure for this course and to a disciplinary action. Allowing another student to copy one's work will be treated as an act of academic dishonesty, leading to the same penalty as copying.

University policy 3-01.8 deals with the problem of academic dishonesty, cheating, and plagiarism. None of these will be tolerated in this class. The sanctions provided in this policy will be used to deal with any violations. If you have any questions, please read the policy at http://www.kent.edu/policyreg/administrative-policy-regarding-student-cheating-and-plagiarism and/or ask.

Students with Disabilities

University policy 3-01.3 requires that students with disabilities be provided reasonable accommodations to ensure their equal access to course content. If you have a documented disability and require accommodations, please contact the instructor at the beginning of the semester to make arrangements for necessary classroom adjustments. Please note, you must first verify your eligibility for these through Student Accessibility Services (contact 330-672-3391 or visit www.kent.edu/sas for more information on registration procedures).

Statements for the Course

This course may be used to satisfy the University Diversity requirement. Diversity courses provide opportunities for students to learn about such matters as the history, culture, values and notable achievements of people other than those of their own national origin, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, physical and mental ability, and social class. Diversity courses also provide opportunities to examine problems and issues that may arise from differences, and opportunities to learn how to deal constructively with them.


This course may be used to satisfy the Writing Intensive Course (WIC) requirement. The purpose of a writing-intensive course is to assist students in becoming effective writers within their major discipline. A WIC requires a substantial amount of writing, provides opportunities for guided revision, and focuses on writing forms and standards used in the professional life of the discipline.


This course may be used to fulfill the university's Experiential Learning Requirement (ELR) which provides students with the opportunity to initiate lifelong learning through the development and application of academic knowledge and skills in new or different settings. Experiential learning can occur through civic engagement, creative and artistic activities, practical experiences, research, and study abroad/away.




The instructor reserves the right to alter this syllabus as necessary.