CS 314: Data Structures


Spring 2014: TTh 2:00 - 3:30 in GDC 2.216, Unique Nos. 53650, 53660

Instructor: Gordon S. Novak Jr., GDC 3.824; Office Hours: T Th 3:30 - 5:00.

Teaching Assistant:

Lab Proctors will be in the Level 3 GDC labs to help with programming projects:

Optional Text: Mark Allen Weiss, Data Structures & Problem Solving Using Java, 4th Ed.; Amazon via GRACS; textbooks.com.

iClicker: Each student is required to buy/rent an iClicker (any version of iClicker device; not iClicker GO app). This will be used for attendance and to reinforce and practice with the class material. Two iClicker points are given just for voting, and an additional point is given for a correct answer. Most iClicker questions and answers are online at Clicker Questions, and it is okay to review them in advance. The clicker scores will be converted to a grade by making the highest student score at least 105 and linearly scaling other scores; this gives some extra points to account for minor illness, forgotten or malfunctioning clicker, etc. Adjustments to clicker scores will only be made for significant causes such as major illness. Bringing another student's clicker to class is considered to be cheating.

Register your iClicker Use your UT EID as the "Student ID". UT Zip Code is 78712.

Course Notes: Strongly recommended; obtain at WEL 2.228. Online by Contents   (http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/novak/cs314contents.html) or Index or PDF      Do not print out the slides on CS department printers.

Web Page: http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/novak/cs314.html

Programming assignments will mainly be done in Java, with options to do some in Lisp. Program files may be provided for use with the assignments, in the directory /projects/cs314/ or in the FTP directory for Program Files, ftp://ftp.cs.utexas.edu/pub/novak/cs314/ It is legal to use any of these files as part of your programs.

Prerequisite: CS 312 or 312H with a grade of at least C-.

Topics:

Grading:

Grades are kept on Canvas. It is your responsibility to check your grades often to make sure that your assignments have been received and graded.

Course grades are assigned on the scale A = 93-100, A- = 90-93, B+ = 87-90, B = 83-87, B- = 80-83, etc. provided that the Final Exam grade is at least 65; if the Final Exam grade is below 65, a lower course grade may be assigned at the instructor's discretion. Grades are averaged using the following weights:
Clicker Participation 10%
Midterm Exam 20% Thursday, March 6, in class
Final Exam 30% Saturday, May 10, 7-10 PM
Programming Assignments 40%

There will be a 10% per day late penalty for late programming assignments up to 4 days; no late assignments will be accepted after 4 days. It is the student's responsibility to make certain that assignments are submitted correctly using the Linux turnin system (not the web-based turnin).

Programming projects must be your own individual work. Students may discuss concepts or help with specific problems in another student's code. However, sharing code constitutes plagiarism. Students may not work together on program design. The Moss program will sometimes be used to detect duplicated programs. It is not possible to pass the course without doing the programming assignments.