UMBC CMSC201, Computer Science I, Spring 1994
Sections 0101, 0102 and Honors
Instructor : Prof. Richard Chang
Office: Eng. & CS Building, room 225E
Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 3:45pm - 4:45pm (after class)
or by appointment
Telephone: 455-3093 (office), 455-3000 (dept. office)
Note: The teaching assistant's office hours will be announced later
Time and Place
Tuesday & Thursday 2:30pm - 3:45pm, Lecture Hall V.
A C-Based Introduction to Computer Science,
Eric S. Roberts, pre-print manuscript, Addison-Wesley publishers.
Beware: This is not the same edition as the one used last
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 5 points each for a total of 15 points;
a midterm exam and a final exam worth 25 points each.
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
The critical programming skills cannot be learned simply by attending
the lectures. You should budget enough time to work on the projects as
well. You will be given 2 weeks to work on each project. Projects are
due by midnight of the due date. If you fail to turn in the project by
this time, a 4% penalty will be assessed which doubles every 24 hours
(including weekends). For example, if you turn in Project 1 on Monday,
February 28 instead of Thursday, February 24, then 32% will be taken
off your project grade. Projects will be graded according to five
equal parts: correctness, design, style, documentation and
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
in print or electronically under any circumstance.
Also, you should never give a copy of your project
to another student. This also means that you cannot
"work" on the project together.
Cases of academic dishonesty will be dealt with severely.
The exams and quizzes will be closed-book and closed-notes. The date
for the midterm exam is Thursday, March 24. The final exam will be
comprehensive and cover the material from the entire course. The final
exam will be on Thursday, May 19.
The quizzes are on February 24, April 12 and May 3.
(See syllabus .)
Last Modified: June 9, 1994
Richard Chang, firstname.lastname@example.org