#### CSC274b

Spring 1998

Ileana Streinu

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Course Requirements

### Pre-requisites

This is
a Programming Intensive Course, but it is not recommended for
students without any prior programming experience. It is NOT a
mathematics class, but
is not recommended for students without
mathematical
confidence and abstract thinking abilities.

No specific mathematics prerequisites are assumed beyond
high-school mathematics and a minimum of Discrete Math and Data
Structures background, although Calculus, Linear Algebra or any
advanced Math or CS classes are a plus.

### Work

- Weekly assignments.
- One midterm and a final, each with an in-class and a take-home component.
- Final Project with in-class presentation.

The final exam will be during the exam period. The in-class
midterm and the final are closed book and will test general
understanding of concepts and algorithms taught in class. The
take-home components are small problem sets similar to those
assigned for homework throughout the semester, and are open book.

### Grading

- Homeworks and class participation 20%.
- Exams 50%.
- Final Project 30%.

### General Grading Guidelines

Homework has to be submitted in time. Written solutions to
problems sets should be legible and neat, or will not receive the full grade.
Assigned work for which a paper or web page is required should be
submitted electronically by the deadline and (if applicable) the
read permissions set on. No late homework is accepted if the
solutions have been discussed in class or made public by other
means.
Each student is entitled
to three free late days, beyond which there will be a penalty on
the grade.
Occasionally I might recommend simple exercises for enhancing the
understanding of the concepts done in class. Those will not be
graded, but might be discussed during the problem sessions on
Fridays and occasional quizzes based on them might be expected.

Last modified January 25, 1998.