211 F '03
Ofc Hrs

General Information

Earning a Grade: If you wish to earn a grade in this course, you must print this Web page, staple the physical pages, sign and date the first page at the top-right, and initial the segments on communication, pair programming, and exams. Your signature acknowledges that you have read and understood all of this page and its special segments.


Instructors: Profs. Matthias Felleisen, Viera Proulx, Ron Williams

Teaching Assistants: Daria Antonova, Carl Eastlund, Felix Klock, Jeffrey Palm, Samuel Tobin-Hochstadt

Tutors: Jason Ansel, Christopher Burns, Wing Chi Chung, Alexander Friedman, Lindsay Keezer, Chris Lambert, Andrea Mutz-Mercier

Everyone on the course staff is available for consultations to every student.


Lectures: The course has three lecture sections:

MWTh 09:15amSH 305Felleisen
MWTh 10:30amSH 305Proulx
MWTh 01:35pmFR 201Williams
You must sign up for one section and make an effort to attend this section on a regular basis. If you (need to) miss a lecture, you're welcome to attend the corresponding lecture in some other section.

Labs: The course also has lab sections. The labs start on Monday, September 15. You must sign up for a lab section during your first lecture, and you must attend this lab section on a weekly basis. The purpose of labs is to give you some hands-on experience with the actual tools, and to explain some of the principles from lecture with hands-on examples.

Computing Environment: You will do your assignments in DrScheme v205, a programming environment for Scheme. DrScheme is installed on the CCS computers. DrScheme is also freely available on the Web (see link). You may install it on your computer at home and work there.

DrScheme runs on most popular platforms (see link). Programs written in DrScheme have the same behavior on all platforms. You therefore do not need to worry what kind of machine you use when you run DrScheme.

Assignments: There will be 11 homework assignments. The assignments consist of around approximately ten problems, drawn from the book and a supplementary Web page. We will grade five problems, which we will pick randomly after the due date and before the grading.

We will drop the worst homework grade from consideration for the final grade. You may therefore choose to skip one homework set; we'll just assign a zero (0) for this homework.

Due Date: Electronic submissions of your homeworks are (usually) due on Friday at 4:00pm. For exceptions, see the homework page; it also provides a submission link.

Pair Programming: You must work on your homework problems in pairs. Please introduce yourself to others in class and find a homework partner as soon as possible.

Pair programming means that you and your partner study the problem sets individually and possibly even sketch out solutions. Then you meet and jointly develop solutions to each problem. One of you--the driver--types, and the other one--the co-pilot--looks over the driver's shoulders. When something isn't clear, it is the co-driver's responsibility to question the approach. You must switch roles during such a problem solving session.

You are free to collaborate at will with others on the problem sets. If you do so, you must acknowledge all collaborators on your cover page. Failure to do so may result in reductions of your homework grade.

Everyone must be able to solve every homework problem on the due date.

Warning: You must be able to solve every homework problem on your own.

Are you sure you have read the warning?

Exams: We will have two three hour evening exams to assess your progress:

  • 16 October 2003 @ 6:30pm
  • 4 December 2003 @ 6:30pm
Both exams take place in 10 Behrakis and 310 Behrakis (building 26 on the campus map) .

The exams will test material similar to that assigned in weekly homeworks. You will take the exams by yourself. Collaboration is not tolerated. If you solve every homework problem on your own, the exams will be easy. If not, you will probably have a difficult time with the exams.

To provide some discipline, each lab session with start with a quiz on the preceding homework (or lecture material). If you don't answer the questions on the quiz correctly, you will not get a grade for that week's homework set and you are warned that you're not on track.

Grades: You will get a grade for your homework (factored by the quiz performance) and a grade for your exams. Both must be passing grades; otherwise you cannot pass the course. For the final grade, we will assign a weight of 35% to the homework grade and a weight of 60% to the two exams. The remaining 5% are up to the instructors' whim.

last updated on Wed Jan 21 11:15:50 EST 2004generated with PLT Scheme