Carnegie Mellon University

General Questions

What happens if I don't start the course during the Early Access available over the summer and winter break?

You do not have to start working on the course early. This is simply an option for those students who have to time devote to the course before the semester begins. The majority of students will take the course over the standard 7-week, half-semester schedule.


Who should I contact if I have a question?

You should contact c-cm@andrew.cmu.edu for any questions or concerns related to C@CM.


When can I expect a response to my email?

We strive to respond to all messages sent to c-cm@andrew.cmu.edu within 48 hours, excluding holidays.


Is this class Pass / Fail or do I get a specific grade based on my activities score?

The course is Pass / Fail, which means you will not receive a specific grade; however, you need a 75% average to pass the course. For more information about the weight given to each assignment, please review the Grading Policy.


The course description mentions weekly recitations. Are you required to attend? And where do you go if you want to attend?

Attendance at weekly recitation is required.  The course location is included in CMU's Schedule of Classes and will be included in your schedule.  If any location changes need to occur your TA will notify you of the location.

Early Access answer only: There are no weekly recitations during Early Access sections; however, if you do not complete the course during Early Access, you are expecting to attend weekly recitations during your scheduled Mini.


The course description mentions weekly recitations. How do you know if you are required to attend?

Attendance at weekly recitation is required.  

Early Access answer only: There are no weekly recitations during Early Access sections; however, if you do not complete the course during Early Access, you are expecting to attend weekly recitations during your scheduled Mini.


What's the difference between the 99-101, 99-101 X, and Open & Free C@CM courses that I see on the Online Learning Initiative (OLI) website?

The 99-101 X and 99-101 courses are for undergraduate students seeking course credit (99-101 X is an Early Access version of the course offered over the summer and winter break). The Open & Free version is for graduate students, faculty, and staff.

If you are an undergraduate student looking to fulfill the C@CM course requirement, you MUST register for 99-101 X or 99-101.

If you do not follow the official process detailed above and instead go directly to the Open & Free version of the C@CM course on the OLI website, you will NOT receive academic credit for the course.