CSEE | 104 | current 104


Instructor/Teaching Assistance

Instructor: Gary Burt
Office: ECS 202B
Office Hours: TTh 2:00p.m. - 3:00 p.m. or by appointment
Telephone: 410-455-3928

Teaching Assistance: Xuanxuan Su
Office: ECS 334
Office Hours: Monday 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Class Time and Place

Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 - 6:45 p.m., MP010


C How to Program by H.M. Deitel/P.J. Deitel, Prentice Hall, 3rd Edition

Course Homepage

This course has a homepage where assignments and grades will be posted. Many of the handouts will also be available off of the homepage.

The URL is:

Course Description

This course will give the students an overview of Computer Science focusing on problem solving and algorithm development. The C programming language will be introduced by covering the first six chapters of the textbook. The following is a list of topics which will be covered this session:


a number of programming projects 100 points each
a number of homework assignments 50 points each
a number of unannounced pop-quizzes 5 points each
written report 100 points
a number of tests 100 points each
midterm 200 points
final exam worth 400 points

Your final letter grade determined by the standard formula:

90%+ A 80%+ B 70%+ C 60%+ D Below 60% F

Under no circumstances will the grades be curved downward. Your grade is based on timely work accomplished during the semester; incomplete grades will only be given for medical illness or other such dire circumstances.

Project Submission and Grading

The critical programming skills cannot be learned simply by attending the class. You should budget enough time to work on the projects as well. Late projects will be accepted with a penalty of 10% per day

Projects will be graded according to the following criteria:

Documentation: 15 % Style: 15 % Correctness: 20 % Execution: 50 % (Includes following all specifications!)

A project that runs incorrectly will receive no more than 80% of the grade. A project that does not compile will receive no more than 50% of the grade. These guidelines are for incomplete projects where a good effort was made. Garbage will receive 0%.

You will be turning in your projects electronically. Details will be announced in class before you need to submit projects.

Project Policy

All projects must be completed by your own individual effort. You should never have a copy of someone else's project either on paper or electronically under any circumstance. Also, you should never give a copy of your project, either on paper or electronically, to another student. This also means that you cannot "work" on the project together. Cases of academic dishonesty will be dealt with severely.

If your project is turned in by someone else, both you and the person copying your project will receive a 0 for that project. This includes "substantially similar" projects. Furthermore, all parties concerned will have their prior projects checked for cheating. So, if you cheat on Project 4, you can lose all the points from Projects 1 through 3 as well, even though you may have done all the work and just "let" other people copy from you.


All communications with the instructor and the TA must have your name and the last four of your Social Security Number (last four). Too many of you have email that shows up with a fancy alias and we can't figure out who "Joe Snuffy" is! This includes all email, projects, homework, written reports, etc. Except for in-class work, all material must be typed (or printed on the computer). Too many of you have handwriting that would qualify you to be a medical doctor!

Lectures and Readings


Written Report

The is one written report required for this class, due at the beginning of class when the midterm exam is given. For this report, you will locate an article (published on hard-copy or electronically) on some aspect of computer programming. Your report will summarize the article and you will present your analysis of the article. The report must be printed on the computer, using a font of 12 points. It will be two full pages plus an additional title page which provides your name, SSAN (last four), title of the article and section number.

Out-of-Class Help

You will have some difficulties in this class and will need some extra help. This is normal. You can come to me or the TA for this help. The sooner you come to us for help, the easier it is for you to catch up. Don't wait until you are totally and hopelessly lost. Work the exercises in the book, even when it is not homework, because you can not learn this material only by reading it. You must write programs to learn all these concepts. The TA's primary responsibility in this course is to help you. Don't waste this opportunity.

In the past, I have had students who would visit me as much as four times a week for assistance. Then again, I have had former students come back and visit for assistance in other courses. Don't be afraid of upsetting me because you ask for help too much.