Student Guidelines


This is a dense course. Each student should continuously and constantly be reading and practicing. To do well in this class, you should expect to commit an average of 15 quality hours per week outside of class as follows 2 hours per week of reading/studying and 13 hours per week of programming. You are expected to write up around 2,000 lines of code.

Office Hours

If you encounter any problems with the course material, you are encouraged to come during the office hours of the instructor or the teaching assistants. However, if you prefer to send a question, please do so via Piazza rather than an email to the instructor or the teaching assistants.


The syllabus, the schedule, the course material, and the projects of the course are available on-line and can be accessed through the instructor's web page. Additional course material will be made available through Canvas.


There will be extra readings assigned before almost every class. Each student should read the assigned material before coming to the class. Some questions in the Quizzes may test your knoweldge of the readings.

Regrading Policy
  • The TAs will grade and post the grades of the projects/tests within one week.
  • Piazza posts will be made within 24 hours of the project/test grades being released, indicating which TA graded each project/test.
  • After receiving your grades for projects, tests, or quizzes, you have only one week to contest your grades.
  • To request a regrade, prepare a text file with the following information:
    • Your name, UT EID, and unique course ID (e.g. 51569)
    • The project/test/quiz number you want regraded or point out a specific problem associated with your grade for example scores were added incorrectly.
    • Why you think the grade was in error (broken down by problem, if possible)
  • Send this information to the TA who graded the question either by email or Canvas message.
  • If the one week time frame is passed, no changes in grades will be made.
  • Note: that regrades will not be considered for “judgement calls” (e.g. you think a mistake should only be -5 points, but it was marked as -7).
Electronic Devices

Cell phones and laptops must be turned off and put away during class.

Academic Honesty

Students who violate University rules on academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and/or dismissal from the University. Since such dishonesty harms the individual, all students, and the integrity of the University, policies on academic dishonesty will be strictly enforced. For further information please visit the Student Judicial Services Web site: Student Judicial Services.

Programming assignments will be compared using Moss. You may share design ideas with your fellow students. You may not share code in any way with your fellow students.

The penalty for academic dishonesty will be a course grade of F and a referral of the case to the Dean of Students. Further penalties, including suspension or expulsion from the university may be imposed by that office.


To be eligible for an incomplete you must have a letter grade of C or better and a written, verifiable excuse for missing the last test. This is a necessary but insufficient condition for receiving an incomplete.

Accommodations for Religious Holidays

By UT Austin policy, you must notify me of your pending absence at least 14 days prior to the date of observance of a religious holy day. If you must miss a class, an examination, a work assignment, or a project in order to observe a religious holy day, you will be given an opportunity to complete the missed work within a reasonable time after the absence.


Students with disabilities may request an official letter outlining authorized accommodations from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Services for Students with Disabilities, you can either call 512-471-6259 or visit the following website Services for Students with Disabilities

You must provide this letter to me by the 12th class day. Project deadlines will not be extended for special-needs students.