Students will be expected to actively participate during class and to meaningfully contribute to class discussions. In general, students should volunteer such participation (but may be involuntarily volunteered). As a part of this participation, students will need to attend every class and lab session for the course. Not being present for any graded component of the class yields a score of 0 for that component automatically. Students will be graded not merely on the existence of their contributions to class discussions but also on the quality of said contributions.

In order to make sure the appropriate students get credit for their contributions, every student should make a paper nameplate with their name clearly printed. Students should bring these to class. Contributions by students without nameplates may or may not be counted. Instructions for creating such a nameplate can be found here.