time to wake up

visit the respective TA at his desk and introduce yourself.

Instructors Matthias Felleisen,

Teaching Assistants Sam Caldwell, Ben Greenman

tentative: Alex Knauth, Kanika Rana, Raghavendra "Ragu" Venkatesh.

Time and Location The class consists of two sections:









Head TA

Matthias Felleisen






WVG 106


Sam Caldwell

The sections cover the same material (lectures, homework assignments, projects). Due to the continuous in-class code and design reviews, however, you must attend the section that you signed up for.

Contract If you wish to earn a grade in this course, you must figure out how to send email to the head TA of your section with the following content:

Subject: CS 4500

your last name
your first name
your CCS usernames
your chosen language
an email address where you can be reached every day
the last four digits of your NU student id
My partner is Donald Duck.

by Monday 10 September 2018 (midnight) and for a suitable value of "Donald Duck." You must CC your partner.

If you want to earn bonus point, you and your partner jointly visit the head TA at his desk and introduce yourself in person.

Organization The course is a "studio" course, a concept that originated in art schools. In a studio course, the instructor presents basic techniques, discusses domain knowledge for specific projects, and then teaches with the help of student presentations.

The purpose of student presentations is for everyone to learn to reason about and justify problem analysis, interface design, protocol design, component design, and coding. The presenters will learn to communicate about products to a team, to defend the product’s design, and to get help with weak spots. Conversely, the listeners will learn to analyze and to critique a product, helping the presenter uncover flaws. For details on how we will conduct the presentations, see the Project page.

Final Code Walks In lieu of a final, we will conduct an extensive code walk of your projects. If the course progresses on schedule, the final code walks will be held during the finals examination period. If the course progresses faster than anticipated, all final code walks will take place during the final week of classes.

We may also have a final voluntary competition after the finals are over and before grades are due.

Grades The final grades are based on three factors: your project points (50%), which includes the final code walk; your active presentations (20%); your panel participation (20%); your lab book (9%), and the whim of the instructor (1%).

The lead instructor is known to use the entire scale of grades, from A+ to F-.