UMBC CMSC201, Computer Science I, Fall 1994
Sections 0101, 0102 and Honors
Instructor: Prof. Richard Chang
Office: Eng. & CS Building, room 225E
Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
or by appointment
Telephone: 455-3093 (office), 455-3000 (dept. office)
Note: The teaching assistant's office hours will be announced
Time and Place
Tuesday & Thursday 10:00am 11:15am, Lecture Hall V,
Eng. & CS Building.
The Art and Science of C by
Eric S. Roberts, Addison-Wesley publishers.
Beware: This is not the same textbook as the manuscripts
used last semester.
The only formal prerequisite for this class
is Math 150, Precalculus Mathematics. However, this course
is designed for Computer Science Majors and will emphasize
The objectives of this course are:
- To learn basic programming skills, especially software
development using the C language.
- To learn how to use UMBC's UNIX system to create, test
and execute C programs.
- To develop problem-solving skills, especially in the
use of computers to solve real-world problems.
- To prepare for further study in Computer Science.
There will be 5 projects worth 7 points each for a total of
35 points; 3 quizzes worth 4 points each for a total of 15 points;
a midterm exam and a final exam worth 25 points each.
Attendance at lectures will count for 3 points. Attendance
will be taken at 3 unannounced and randomly chosen lectures.
There will be no make-ups for missed lectures.
Your final letter grade may be curved above the standard formula:
0 <= F < 60,
60 <= D < 70,
70 <= C < 80,
80 <= B < 90,
90 <= A <= 100.
Under no circumstances will the grades be curved downward.
Your grade is given for timely work done during the semester;
incomplete grades will only be given for medical illness or other such
Project Submission and Grading
The critical programming skills cannot be learned simply by attending
the lectures. You should budget enough time to work on the projects as
well. Projects are due by midnight of the due date. The due dates are
on Wednesdays or Fridays, this is not a typographical error. If you
fail to turn in the project by this time, a 4% penalty will be
assessed which doubles every 24 hours (including days over the weekend,
but not counting Thanksgiving break). For example, if you turn in
Project 1 on Monday, October 3 instead of Friday, September 30, then
16% will be deducted from your project grade. Projects will be graded
according to five equal parts: correctness, design, style,
documentation and efficiency.
You may turn in incomplete projects for grading. Late penalties apply
as usual. A project that runs incorrectly will receive no more than
75% 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.
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
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 5, you can lose all the points from Projects 1 through 4 as
well, even though you may have done all the work and just "let" other
people copy from you.
Lectures and Readings
You are expected to attend all lectures. You are responsible
for all material covered in the lecture, even if they are not in
the textbook. Attendance at lectures counts for 3% of your grade.
You should keep up with the assigned readings during the semester.
You are responsible for the material in the readings, even if they
are not covered during lecture. In short, you are responsible
for everything; and yes, everything is on the exam.
The exams and quizzes will be closed-book and closed-notes. The date
for the midterm exam is Thursday, October 20. The final exam will be
comprehensive and cover the material from the entire course. The final
exam will be on Tuesday, December 20, from 10:30am to 12:30pm. The
quizzes are on September 29, November 10 and December 6. (See
Last Modified: September 7, 1994
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