Earning a Grade:
A lot of you have one
burning question on your mind as you start your MS program:
How am I going to get an A in this course?
We have some news for you: you are beyond college now. In the world of
technical/professional programs, it really is about what you
learn, not the grade you can show for it.
Class consists of lectures (CS
5010) and labs (CS 5011). Profs. Felleisen (Monday) and Wand (Tuesday)
will run the lectures.
The TAs will conduct (at most) two lab meetings to introduce you to the
course software and to familiarize you with some basic conventions. The
first lab session will be held on 17 (evening session) and 18
September 2009. Following this introduction, you will present some your
homework solutions to a panel of assistants during lab sessions. The first
panels will take place on 24 and 25 September 2009.
Computing Environment: We will use
DrScheme 4.2.N. For most of the course, we will stick to the HtDP teaching
languages plus the
Universe teachpack. DrScheme is installed
on the CCS computers. It is also freely available on the Web (see left) in
case you wish install it on your own computer.
Problem Sets: The problem sets have
three different purposes: to help you understand what you read; to learn
to design programs systematically; and to help you maintain programs over
a few weeks. See the Assignments page for details.
Pair Programming: You must work on
all required problems in pairs. Your first partner will be chosen from
your lab section, and your lab TA will assign you a partner. Every few
weeks, you will get a new partner. Pair programming will be explained in
the first lab; see the FAQ for a summary.
We will consider all collaborations outside of your assigned
partnership as theft. We will report all
incidences of theft to the administration.
In the real world, thieving programmers can bring havoc on their
companies, which in turn will suffer in court. Our strict and harsh
course policies are intended to prepare you to function in a world that
strictly enforces all property rights.
Grades: You will get one grade for
each homework presentation. We will drop the lowest (as in "worst
impact") score from this set. Thus, if you choose to skip an assignment
set or if you just don't get it one week, nothing is lost. The story is
different for the second or third or ... time.
We reserve the right to amend this grading policy
during the semester.