CS 338 Computer System Administration - Policies


Mr. Chris Wieringa

  • email: cwieri39@calvin.edu
  • office: Science Building 321B
  • phone: x66785

Office Hours:

  • Mr. Wieringa - Each class day an hour before class. Additionally available generally M-F 8am-5pm, although I reserve the right to have you come back at a later time.


  • In general we'll be in the classroom on MWF, and in the lab (SB337) on TTh. However, we will often change our routine and do multiple consecutive days in the classroom or lab.


Assignment Submission: All deadlines will be given in Moodle. In most cases, you will submit your lab reports in Moodle. There will also be many cases where you are configuring VMs. We will be able to start up those VMs ourselves for grading.

Grading: We will compute your final grade as follows:

  • 10% In-class participation (attendance and engagement)
  • 45% Weekly lab exercises and homework
  • 25% Tests
  • 20% Final Project

You will need to work in pairs during most of the labs. When you work in a pair, one of the partners should submit one copy of your work with both of your names and login ids on it. Solo labs should be submitted by everyone.

Attendance: In-class activities require your presence. Further, each topic in this course builds on previous topics so it is very difficult to catch up once you fall behind. If you must miss a class for any reason, please let us know so that I can set you up with the appropriate material and activities for the session you miss.

Laptops/phones/tablets in class: By default, electronic "gadgets" will not be allowed in class. However, if you would like to make a case to one of us for why using such a device in class will enhance your learning, please set up a meeting with one of us to discuss your reasoning. If permission is granted, you will be expected to only use your device in a manner that enhances your learning during class.

Disabilities: Calvin will make reasonable accommodations for you if you have documented disabilities. Notify the Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities located in the Student Academic Services, Spoelhof Center 342-361, and also notify your instructors within the first two weeks of class.

Incompletes: We will give an incomplete grade (I) only in unusual circumstances, and only if those circumstances have been confirmed by the Student Life office.

Late Work: We will clearly indicate a due date for all assignments. Anything submitted after that date is late, unless you have made prior arrangements with me. For each late assignment, you will be charged 10% for each business-day that you are late (e.g., if an assignment is due on Friday, you may turn it in on Monday at 10% off, Tuesday at 20% off and so on). I will grant up to 50% of the points for assignments submitted more than one week late, but not more and I will also grant you 4 grace days with no penalty, no questions asked. Please note that grace days do not apply to the final project nor to the reading assignments, and I do not accept any late work after the last day of class. Further, no assignment will be accepted more than 2 weeks late. Please come and talk to me if there are exceptional circumstances, and we'll work something out.

Calvin’s General Statement on Academic Integrity: The student-faculty relationship is based on trust and mutual respect, which can be seriously undermined by the suspicion or reality of academic dishonesty. Academic Dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism (students plagiarize when they do not credit the sources of their writing - the words, information, ideas, or opinions of others), improper group work, reuse of a paper from another course and/or cheating on a test. Students are encouraged to speak to their faculty member with specific questions related to academic dishonesty. For further clarification or information, please visit http://www.calvin.edu/academic/engl/writing/plagiarism.

Responsible Use of Technology: You are expected to abide by the guidelines expressed in the policies given in Calvin's Technology Policy Documents. Further, the lab is intended primarily for educational use. Use the lab in a manner that respects the desire of other students to complete their work.