CS 343H: Honors
results! Schedule--weekly to-do's and slides
Final exam: Monday, May 12,
2-5 pm in CPE 2.218
Final contest results:
Office location: GDC
Office hours: Tues 12:15-1:15 pm and by
Office location: GDC basement computer lab, TA
Office hours: Mon 11-12 and Thurs 12:30-1:30 pm
Upper-division honors standing in CS
Artificial Intelligence: A
Modern Approach, by Stuart
Russell and Peter Norvig, Third
Reading, written, and programming
assignments will be updated here.
We expect the Python assignments to be done on CS UNIX
machines. While you are welcome to set up alternative
development environments, e.g., on your personal machines and/or
with an IDE, the teaching staff's support and assignment
instructions will assume the common CS UNIX environment.
Please make use of Piazza
to pose and answer questions about the assignments. No
Submission instructions are here.
Grades are available on Blackboard.
Slides from the
classes as well as other resources will be updated here.
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There are three primary objectives
for this course:
- To provide a broad survey of AI and
- To develop a deeper understanding of
several major topics in AI
- To develop the design and programming
skills that will help you to build intelligent systems
This course provides a broad introduction to
artificial intelligence. Topics include:
- problem solving, including search and
- knowledge and reasoning, including
- reasoning under uncertainty
- machine learning
Course requirements and grading
Written responses to readings
Weekly readings will be posted on
the class website on Tuesday to be due the following week.
Associated with most readings will be questions that should be
answered with concise, well-thought-out, coherent written
responses by email to email@example.com.
The email should be in plain ascii text in the body of the
email (not an attachment). Please use the subject line
"class readings for [due date]". In some cases, no specific
questions will be posted. In those cases, the responses should
be free form. Credit will be based on evidence that you have
done the readings carefully. Acceptable responses could
These responses will be graded on a 3-point
scale (very good, satisfactory, and missing/incomplete) and
graded mostly on coherence and evidence of careful thought
(most questions will not have a "right" answer). Answers
will be due by 8 pm the night before the class the
associated reading is due (Monday or Wednesday night).
These deadlines are designed both to encourage you to do the
readings before class and also to allow us to incorporate some
of your responses into the class discussions.
- Insightful questions;
- Clarification questions about
- Comments about the relation of the
reading to previous readings;
- Thoughts on what you would like to
learn about in more detail;
- Possible extensions or related studies;
- Thoughts on the reading's importance;
- Summaries of the most important things
Class participation (10%):
Students are expected to be present
in class having completed the readings and participate
actively in the discussions.
Programming assignments (40%):
A series of programming assignments
will be assigned throughout the semester.
A midterm exam will be given in
class on Thursday March 6.
A final exam will be given during
the regular final exam period. The registrar
lists our exam time as Monday, May 12, 2-5 pm in
If you turn in your assignment late,
expect points to be deducted. No exceptions will be made for the
written responses to readings-based questions (subject to the
"notice about missed work due to religious holy days'' below).
For other assignments, extensions will be considered on a
case-by-case basis, but in most cases they will not be
greater the advance notice of a need for an extension, the
greater the likelihood of leniency.
For programming assignments, by default, 10
points (out of 100) will be deducted for lateness for each day
late. One day late = from 1 minute to 24 hours past the
deadline. Two days late = from 24 hours and 1 minute to 48
hours past the deadline. We will not accept assignments
more than 4 days late, or once solutions have been discussed in
class, whichever is sooner.
Academic dishonesty policy
You are encouraged to discuss the
readings and concepts with classmates. But all written work must
be your own. And programming assignments must be your own,
except for 2-person teams when teams are authorized.
If we do not explicitly authorize 2-person teams for an
assignment, you can assume they are not permitted for that
assignment. All work ideas, quotes, and code fragments
that originate from elsewhere must be cited according to
standard academic practice. Students caught cheating will
automatically fail the course. If in doubt, look at the
departmental guidelines and/or ask.
Notice about students with disabilities
The University of Texas at Austin
provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for
qualified students with disabilities. To determine if you
qualify, please contact the Dean of Students at 471-6529;
471-4641 TTY. If they certify your needs, I will work with you
to make appropriate arrangements.
Notice about missed work due to religious holy days
A student who misses an examination,
work assignment, or other project due to the observance of a
religious holy day will be given an opportunity to complete the
work missed within a reasonable time after the absence, provided
that he or she has properly notified the instructor. It is the
policy of the University of Texas at Austin that the student
must notify the instructor at least fourteen days prior to the
classes scheduled on dates he or she will be absent to observe a
religious holy day. For religious holy days that fall within the
first two weeks of the semester, the notice should be given on
the first day of the semester. The student will not be penalized
for these excused absences, but the instructor may appropriately
respond if the student fails to complete satisfactorily the
missed assignment or examination within a reasonable time after
the excused absence.
Past offerings of this course