CS U213 Sp '07
Ofc Hrs

General Information


Viera Proulx, Peter Douglass

Teaching Assistants: Bryan Chadwick, Christos Dimoulas, Therapon Skotiniotis, Dimitris Vardoulakis

Tutors: Chuck Costa, Cory Kendall, Erin McLaughlin, John Mendelewski, Michael Morgano, Michael Thomas

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


Course lecture times and location:
ProulxMoWTh 9:15 pmin room 108 WVH
DouglassMoWTh 10:30 pmin room 108 WVH
You must attend lectures on a regular basis.

Lectures are really just interactive group learning sessions. You must bring paper and a pencil or a pen, so you can work out the questions posed during the lecture. No laptops are allowed to be used during the lectures.

Labs: The lab CS U214 is an integral part of the course. The labs start on Tuesday, January 9 and meet in 212 WVH. You must attend all labs. 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 initially using ProfessorJ languages within the DrScheme programming environment. Some assignments will require the use of additional Java classes that will be available to you. You may install the DrScheme on your computer at home and work there.

During the second half of the semester we will use Eclipse IDE with full Java language.

Assignments: There will be a problem set each week. The problem sets consist of several problems, drawn from the text and from a supplementary Web page. 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: Tuesdays at 9:40 am, unless otherwise specified.

We will not accept late homework.

Getting Credit for Assignments: There will be a simple quiz each week, given in the lab the day after you have submitted your homework. It will be graded only on a pass/fail basis. The goal of the quiz is to determine that you have worked on the homework set and understand the basic concepts in this problem set.

You must pass the quiz to get the credit for the corresponding homework.

Pair Programming: You must work on your homework problems in pairs. You will be assigned a homework partner during the first lab. Homework pairs will change several times during the semester.

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 shoulder. 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.

Every partner must be able to solve every homework problem in the end.

Read All I Really Need to Know About Pair Programming I Learned in Kindergarten before the first lab.

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

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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.

Portfolio: You should keep a neat record of all your work in the form of a portfolio. Paper based portfolio should have copies of all your graded work, and should also include a journal that records your reading, work done on problem sets, and the meetings with your partner. Electronic portfolio should be a directory/folder in which you keep copies of all homeworks submitted, as well as any other programs you have written while studying for the course.

We will check your portfolios twice during the semester. The first review will be during February 20-23, the second one during April 10 - 13.

Exams: We will have two three hour exams to assess your progress. The exams will take place on February 12, 6-9pm, and on April 9, 6-9pm. (Accomodations will be made for students for whom this date is a religious conflict.) The second exam will take place in the room 200 RI.

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 make sure that you can do every the homework problem on your own, the exams will be easy. If not, you will probably have a difficult time with the exams.

Grades: You will get a grade for your homework 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 30% to the homework grade, a weight of 60% to the two exams, and 5% for the portfolio review and class participation. The remaining 5% are up to the instructors' whim.

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