Google Group - CSCI 551, Spring 2010, MW Section

Google Group
We will use a Google Group for class related communications. The Google Group is basically used as a mailing list. This is not the same list as the class mailinglist. You are required to join the class mailinglist and the instructor will automatically enroll you in the Google Group. (Every night, the instructor will check if there are new students registered for the class mailinglist and he will add new students to the Google Group.) After this is done, you will get copies of e-mails sent to the Google Group and you can send e-mail to the Google Group using your USC e-mail address.

If you want to use your gmail address for the Google Group, then you should first sign into Google and then visit our Google Group web site and click on Apply for Membership. Since your gmail address may not tell the instructor who you really are, you should provide your USC login ID (your account name on or your USC e-mail address in the "additional information" area so that we can know who you are. If you go this route, you have to wait for the instructor to approve your request before you can get into the Google Group. If you do not provide any USC-specific information in the "additional information" area, your request will be denied.

If you want to use your USC e-mail address for the Google Group, you should first visit our Google Group web site and click on Sign in in the right top corner. On the next screen, click on the big Create an account button then enter your USC e-mail address as your current e-mail address. Then follow the instructions there to finish creating your account.

In this group, you can ask course related and project related questions. Please make sure to use this Google Group to clarify any questions that you may have on the assignments specifications and grading guidelines. Please refrain from posting code etc., that can lead to any sort of plagiarism. Posting more than 4 lines of code will be considered cheating!

Forwarding Your USC E-mails to Your Gmail Account
Since the HW and exam grades will be sent to your USC e-mail address, if you don't use your USC e-mail address to receive e-mails, it's best that you forward your USC e-mails to your other e-mail account, for example, your gmail account. It's easy to setup e-mail forwarding! Just follow the these simple steps.
  1. Go to
  2. Login to your USC e-mail account.
  3. Click on Options.
  4. Click on Settings.
  5. click on Enable Forwarding.
  6. Enter the e-mail address you would like to use below it.
  7. Click on Save Changes.

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