CS158 - Administrivia
Handouts, announcements, etc.
All handouts will be distributed on the course web page. This will include lecture notes/slides, assignments and other handouts. You are responsible for all material and announcements posted on the class web page, so please check it regularly. If this is a problem for anyone, feel free to come talk to me. For time critical announcements, I will use e-mail.
- Grade calculation
- 40% assignments
- 30% midterms (15% each)
- 20% final exam
- 7% final project
- 3% participation
- Assignments -
There will be weekly assignments. A majority of the assignments will be coding in Java, though there will often be a small written component in the form of small problems or a write-up. Many assignments will be able to be done in pairs if desired.
- Exams -
There will be two midterm exams and a final exam. All will be time-limited, take-home exams. See the class web page for exact dates.
- Final project -
During the last few weeks of the semester, you will complete a final project in pairs or triplets. The final project will allow you and your team to explore a topic we covered in class in more detail.
- Participation - Participation consists of attending class regularly and of giving evidence that you are actively engaged with the material (asking/answering questions in lecture, coming to office hours, etc).
I understand that sometimes things get busy, things come up, you get sick, etc. To help in these situations, you may submit two assignments late by up 24 hours. If you're going to turn an assignment in late, please e-mail me to let me know. Beyond this, except under very extenuating circumstantces, I will not accept late assignments.
Academic honesty and collaboration
I take academic honesty very seriously.
You are encouraged to get together in small groups to discuss material from the lectures and text. However, the work that you turn in must be done independently, unless an assignment is explicitly designated as one in which collaboration is allowed.
In particular, your work must not be based on information obtained from sources other than those approved for the course (i.e., the text, web pages linked from the course web page, and materials provided in lecture). You should never copy another students code or solutions, exchange computer files, or share your code or solutions with anyone else in the class until after an assignment is due. You may, however, use any code that we provide to you or that comes from the textbook, as long as you acknowledge the source. Additionally, the tutors are allowed to help you with your code.
If you are ever unsure about what constitutes acceptable collaboration, please ask!
For more information see the Computer Science Department's Academic Honesty Policy and the college's policy.
Computer and cell phone use during class
You may use your laptops/devices during lecture to take notes. Please resist the temptation to use your laptop/devices for other purposes (e-mail, IM, web browsing, games, texting, etc.).
Computer lab use
You may use your own laptop or the Computer Science department computers for this course. If you use the CS computer labs (which I encourage you to do), please read about the Computer Systems Policies.
Pomona College is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation
in all programs, services and activities. Requests for accommodations may be made by contacting the
Disability Coordinator on your home campus. At Pomona College, that person is Associate Dean of
Students Jan Collins-Eaglin. Pomona College's policy on disability accommodations can be found at the
Dean of Student's website.
Due to the nature of this course, extensions on assignments will not be allowed.
If you have any accomodations, please come talk to me in the first two weeks of class.