Participation Assessment

Due: Monday, October 21, at 23:59.

The intent of the participation assessment is to encourage following along with class activities, which are usually coding sessions. You’ll be putting all your in-class work in your own participation repository hosted on your GitHub user account, which we will evaluate at the end of the course.


In short, we’re evaluating completeness, not correctness. Specifically:

Your participation component will be evaluated by the completeness of your repository. You’ll be prompted in class when you should be contributing to your participation repository.

Completeness (70%)

Your repository should be complete with all in-class exercises. Your work should resemble an honest attempt at the activities, but does not need to be anywhere near “correct” – even completely failing at an activity will earn you full marks here!

Each of the 14 classes wil receive equal weight here (5% per class).

Documentation (30%)

Your repository should be well-documented.

  • 10%: Does your main README orient a stranger to your repository?
  • 10%: Will a stranger be able to figure out what the main files of your repository are for, and where they are located?
  • 10%: Are the contents of your files human readable? Although we aren’t expecting publication-quality prose, there should be a moderate level of readability of your scripts to earn you full points here.

Missing Class

If you miss class, you can still do the activities another time.


Here are the instructions to set up your participation repository.

  1. On your user account, make a new repository:
    • Click the “+” in the top-right corner -> “New repository”
    • Call it STAT545-participation
    • We highly recommend making this a public repo. But if you so desire, make it private. You can change this later.
    • Say YES to initializing with a README.
  2. Add the teaching team as collaborators:
    • Click on “Settings” -> “Collaborators”.
    • Add the instructors: vincenzocoia and firasm
    • Add the TA’s (see note below)
      • Alejandra: aleurcelay
      • Hossam: hsmohammed
      • Victor: wvictor14
      • Yulia: yuliaUU
  3. Submit your participation repo to canvas right away, by submitting a URL to the repo.
    • Don’t worry, we won’t grade it until it’s finished.

Note: If your participation repo is private, and you have a free GitHub account without the student developer pack, you will be limited to adding three collaborators. Add the instructors (vincenzocoia and firasm), along with the TA who will be grading your participation repo. Will be listed later.

Submitting your participation repository

If you’ve completed Step 3 in the above “Setup” section, you don’t have to do anything. We will grade your repository as it was on the last commit before the deadline.