CompSci 4, Spring 2005: Information

Professor: Susan Rodger

  • Office: LSRC D237
  • Office Hours: Mondays 2:35-3:35pm, Fridays 10:30-noon,
    (or anytime for a quick question, I'm usually
    in Mon-Fri til 2, sometimes later.)
  • Email:

  • Phone: 660-6595

Graduate TA: Ran Liu

  • Office: LSRC D112
  • Office Hours: Mondays 1:30-2:30pm, 8-10pm
  • Email: ran AT
  • Phone: 660-6544

Undergraduate TAs

Course Meeting Time

  • LECTURE: Tue, Thur: LSRC Room D106, 8:30am-9:45am



In general you should read the text in order to be prepared to ask and answer questions in class. If you've looked at material before it's discussed in class you'll get much more out of the class discussion. This is especially true once class has been going for a while.

There will be reading quizes on blackboard due before many classes! They must be completed before class time, there will not be second chances.

Web page

Many of the materials for this course (including this page) are available on

Bulletin Board

You should regularly read the bulletin board as it may contain announcements, hints, and information relevant to this class.

Computing projects

All computing projects will use the tool Alice.

LATE POLICY: Projects turned in up to 2 days late are 10% off (Sunday does not count as a late day). Projects turned in after 2 days are 20% off. Projects must be turned in within one week late. See Prof. Rodger immediately if you are having difficulty with this.


Some projects will be pair projects and some projects will be individual projects. On both you may consult with one or two other students (and as many times as you want with TA's and Prof. Rodger). Consult means you can discuss the project before writing it, and get help with debugging your project, but you should write your own code. Writing one world and making multiple copies of it is not acceptable! For each assignment you are expected to include a list of the people with whom you have consulted (including students, TA's, tutors, professors). Finally, you may not consult with the same CompSci 4 students on two consecutive assignments.

Tests must be your own work.


classwork 20%
readingquizzes 5%
assignments/homework 20%
two exams 30%
final exam 25%

There will be two exams on Oct 6 and Nov. 15, and a final exam on Friday, Dec. 16 from 9am-noon.

Grading is done on an absolute, but adjustable scale. This means that there is no curve. Anyone earning 90% or more of the total number of points available will receive a grade in the A range (A+,A,A-); 80% = B, 70% = C, 60% = D. This scale may go down, but it will not go up.

The tests and final exam will be closed-book.

Last modified: Sun Jan 23 12:23:28 EST 2005