See Dean's office if you have an recognized excuse for missing the exam. Also, do not discuss the contents of the exam with others while the matter is being sorted out.
In the event that any of the tasks outlined below end up being cancelled (due to nuclear war or whatever), the value of the final exam will expand to cover the cancelled tasks.
The midterm counts 21% of the course mark. If you miss handing it in to the course locker by the due time, you may hand it in directly in the class the same day for a 10% mark reduction. If you have a recognized medical excuse (as determined by the professor or by the Dean's office) for not being able to hand in the midterm by the end of class that day, then the final exam mark will substituted for the midterm mark.
The project work is individual, but you are allowed to discuss any problems you are having with other students or the TA or prof. Such discussions should be noted in your writeup. Note that the project lasts 7 hours regardless of how far you get along it, so geting help from others just means you will need to get further along than you would otherwise have. In general, you are advised to keep working on something as long as you have some idea on how to move forward, but if you get stuck and have no idea what to try next, it is a good time to ask someone else if they have any ideas on how you can proceed. Asking other people for the solution to your problem is possible, but it tends not to help your problem solving skills, so tends to be the inferior choice -- indeed, not understanding how you got to a particular stage can make it harder to proceed from that stage. Once 7 hours has past, it is best to quit working on the task and writeup your notes on how things progressed. You should be able to account on an hour by hour basis how the work progressed.
There will be four projects. Each project counts for 8% of the course mark. All four projects together count for 32% of the course mark. A project handed in during the week immediately after the due date will be marked down as poor workmanship to a maximum of 15% of that project's mark (unless you have a significant medical excuse for the delay). After a week, it is too late to hand a project writeup in. If you have a significant medical excuse (as judged by prof or Dean's office) for not being able to hand the project across all this time, the weighted average of the midterm and final exam mark will be substituted for that project's mark.
If necessary, groups may be split up to make sure everyone has a group. Should a group be broken up, a peer evaluation will be done for that group weighted by how long it persisted. A similar evaluation will be done should groups wish to restructure during the semester -- note in order to be a valid group, it must have 3 to 6 members (all of whom are enrolled in the course, none of whom are currently in another group).