EE 681: Discrete Event Systems

Course Policies

Course philosophy

This course is intended to cover the fundamentals of discrete event systems. A deep understanding and familiarity with the material is our goal. "Give me a fish, and I will have food for a day. Teach me to fish, and I will have food for a lifetime."

Lecture material and text

Do not fall behind on understanding and mastering the material as it is being covered in the lectures. Read the reference materials ahead of the lectures. If you do not attend a lecture, you are responsible for getting a copy of the handouts given during the lecture (e.g., homework, extra notes, etc.), if any.

Homework Assignments

You are expected to keep up with the homework assignments. Successful progress through the course relies on this. Homework will be collected and graded. No credit for late homework.


No make-up exams will be given, except possibly under severe extenuating circumstances. If unable to attend for any reason, contact Prof. Chong at least 5 days before the exam.


Regrading can only be accommodated under two circumstances: (1) incorrect adding up of scores; (2) incorrect assignment of scores. All requests for regrading must be turned in within 5 days of the return of the graded exam/homework. If requesting a regrade, please complete the Regrade Request Form with additional sheets (if necessary), staple it to the exam or homework in question, and submit it to Professor Chong. Note that your solution to the entire problem as well as the regrade request form will be scrutinized and the allocation of partial credit is at the discretion of the grader. In some cases, regrade requests may result in a reduced score.

Classroom etiquette

The golden rule applies.

Working together

Working together on general study is encouraged. Of course, any assignment or exam you turn in must be solely your own work. Academic dishonesty has serious consequences (see below).

Academic dishonesty

The ECE faculty expect every member of the Purdue community to practice honorable and ethical behavior both inside and outside the classroom. Any actions that might unfairly improve a student's score on homework, quizzes, or examinations will be considered cheating and will not be tolerated. Examples of cheating include (but are not limited to): At the professor's discretion, cheating on an assignment or examination will result in a reduced score, a zero score, or a failing grade for the course. All occurrences of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Assistant Dean of Students and copied to the ECE Assistant Head for Education. If there is any question as to whether a given action might be construed as cheating, please see the professor or the TA before you engage in any such action.

Professor Edwin Chong,

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