Time and place:
Section AAA: 107 EPB, 8:30-9:20
Textbook: Course Notes, on-line. Will be available at the IMU bookstore in about a month.
The C Pprogramming Language (ANSI C) by Kernighan and Ritchie, IMU Bookstore
The SMAL and Hawk manuals, on-line and to be available soon at the IMU bookstore.
Prerequisites: at least a C- in CS:2230 (Data Structures) and in CS:2210 (Discrete Structures).
Exams will be comprehensive, covering everything up to the exam date, especially recent material, open book, open notes, no computers, phones or calculators. Students with conflicts such as Illness or religious holidays may make alternate arrangements (in advance, if possible).
Grading: 30% of the score will depend on weekly assignments (top 10 of 12 assignments at 3% each). 30% will depend on programming projects (6 assignments at 5% each). The exams will count, respectively, 10%, 10% and 20%. Specific score thresholds are difficult to give in advance but the B range will be roughly 60 to 75 out of 100. Thresholds will be adjusted to reflect competence. In typical offerings at this level, about 60% of those who actually take the course (that is, who attend, do assignments and take exams) will earn at least a B.
Late and Incomplete Work: Turn in what you have done by the due date! Except for "acts of God" (an insurance term for circumstances outside your control), late work will not be accepted without prior arrangement. This means, if you have trouble, ask for help as soon as possible!
Computer support: The CLAS Linux machines, accessible from the Internet. All students will have course accounts. We will use C and the SMAL assembler for the Hawk architecture.
The Web will be used to distribute solutions to assignments and
exams, as well as tutorials and materials supporting assignments.
All materials supporting this class are on-line on ICON and at:
The Fine Print that must be repeated here as a matter of policy:
Graded work is distributed in class. Those who claim work are marked as
attending. Attendance is used in grading.
Time commitment — Well-prepared students should commit 12 hours per week to this class for attendance, readings and assignments.
Administrative home of the course — This course is offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences which governs add/drop deadlines, the second-grade-only option, issues of academic fraud or probation, and how credit is applied to graduation requirements. Other colleges may have different policies; you may want to check the Provost's policies on cross-enrollment. Students with questions about these or other CLAS policies should speak with an academic advisor or with college staff in 120 Schaeffer Hall. Also see the CLAS Academic Policies Handbook https://clas.uiowa.edu/students/handbook
Academic fraud — The Code of Academic Honesty applies in this course. Evidence of cheating will be reported. There are substantial penalties, and repeated violations may lead to suspension or expulsion. Use of material without attribution is misconduct. You are free to mine public sources, but you must attribute material to its source. Never delete or obscure attributions. ChatGPT is unlikely to be much help, but if it does help, give it credit.
Incompletes — Temporary grades of I will be granted only on the basis of discussion with the professor, preferably as soon you recognize that there is a problem.
Due process — If you have a disagreement or communications problem with a TA, talk to the professor. If you have a problem with your professor, contact the chair of the CS department, 14 MLH; due process continues from there to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 120 Schaeffer Hall. If the appropriate channel is not obvious for any purpose, the University Ombudsperson is available to help, on the third floor of the Jefferson Building.
Free speech — The UI free speech policy applies. See https://freespeech.uiowa.edu/. This class is not a public forum, but opposing viewpoints are welcome on subjects related to the course.
Sexual misconduct — Sexual misconduct or harassment should be reported directly to the Title IX Coordinator (email@example.com or 335-6200).
Special accomodation — If, for any reason, including but not limited to long or short-term disability, you need any kind of accomodation, including but not limited to special seating or special arrangements for exams, please contact me during my office hours, or at other times, in person, by phone or by E-mail. The office of Student Disability Services in 141 UCC may be able to help.
Severe weather — The inner hallways of most campus buildings are a reasonably secure refuge from tornado, derecho and other windstorms; the basement halls are even better.