Instructor: Peter Stone
Department of Computer Science
office hour: Mondays 1pm-2pm (please let me know in advance if you're coming) and by appointment
office: GDC 3.508
office hours: 1-2pm Tuesdays, 1-2pm Thursdays, and by appointment
office: GDC 1.302 (Computer lab)
office hours: Monday 2 to 3:30pm, Thursday 3:30 to 5pm, and Friday 9:30 to 11:00.
location: GDC first floor computer lab.
Admission to the CS honors program.
Selected readings and exercises from this text will be assigned.
This course makes use of the web-based Quest content delivery and homework server system maintained by the College of Natural Sciences. This homework service will require a $25 charge per student for its use, which goes toward the maintenance and operation of the resource. Please go to http://quest.cns.utexas.edu to log in to the Quest system for this class. After the 12th day of class, when you log into Quest you will be asked to pay via credit card on a secure payment site. You have the option to wait up to 30 days to pay while still continuing to use Quest for your assignments. If you are taking more than one course using Quest, you will not be charged more than $50/semester. Quest provides mandatory instructional material for this course, just as is your textbook, etc. For payment questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assignments will be updated on the
Before class you will often be required to complete one or more modules on
Quest. Each module consists of
several videos you will need to watch, followed by multiple choice quizzes designed
to test your comprehension of the videos.
Tentative assignments will sometimes be posted a few weeks in advance, but
the readings and exercises may change up until the week before they are due (1 week in advance).
To see your grades go to Canvas.
While the Professor and the TA would be glad to answer any questions you have, you would frequently find your peers to be an equally important resource in this class.
Please subscribe to our class piazza page.
These deadlines are designed both to encourage you to do the readings/watch the videos before class and also to allow us to incorporate some of your responses into the class discussions.
If you turn in your assignment late, expect points to be deducted. No exceptions will be made for the pre-class 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 granted. The greater the advance notice of a need for an extension, the greater the likelihood of leniency.
For homework assignments, by default, 10% will be deducted for lateness, plus an additional 1% for every 24-hour period beyond 2 that the assignment is late. For example, an assignment due at 9:30am on Tuesday will have 10% deducted if it is turned in late but before 9:30am on Thursday. It will have 11% deducted if it is turned in by 9:30am Friday, etc.
This extension policy is, by all accounts, quite lenient. The primary objective is to incentivize students to keep pace with the class. The secondary objective is to incentivize students who have missed an assignment, for whatever reason, to nonetheless learn the material. If the leniency of the policy is seen to be abused by the students, it will be revised towards being more penal.
You are encouraged to discuss the concepts with classmates, but all written work must be your own. 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.
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.
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.
Slides from the classes as well as other resources are posted on the class resources page.
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