CSci 1901: Structure of Computer Programming I
- May 7 End of semester questionnaire
We would like to hear your opinions about the class and your ideas on how
to improve it. Instead of using additional class time for this, we will
use a short web based questionnaire. You can do it at your own
convenience and we will not need to type your responses to tabulate the
results (the power of web based programming!).
Please find a few minutes of time to fill it out. Thanks!
- May 5 Office hours next week
Here is the schedule of office hours for next week:
Shana Watters, Monday 10:00-11:00 Matt Soukup, Tuesday (Not Monday) 10:15-12:15 (Sorry for any inconveniences.) Tae Hyun Hwang, Monday 1:15-2:15 Maria Gini, Monday 3:30-4:30 Richard Barnes, Tuesday 2:30-4:30
- May 5 How to interpret scores in grit
I have been receiving messages from students who have seen their score
dropping after we added to grit some of the extra credit scores.
As I said in class, you should look at the total number of points you
have (recall, it is like a bank account), not at your percentage.
When we add extra credit and we include its appropriate weight, the
maximum number of points for the entire class goes up, so for most
students the percentage goes down. There is no way of specifying
extra credit in Grit so, either
- we include the weight of the extra credit. Your percentage decreases but your total is correct. This is what is used for Sections 2, 3, and 4.
- we do not include the weight of the extra credit. Your percentage is correct but your total is not. This is what is used for Section 5 and 6.
- May 4 Keys for hw4 and hw5 posted
- May 4 Another practice final to try
We thought you may want some more practice for the final:
practice exam. We will not
be posting the solutions since we want you to actually try to do the
exam as a form of study. After completing the exam, you can email one
of the TAs or stop by office
hours next week and we would be more than glad to go over any questions
and provide you the solutions. Thanks everyone and good luck studying!
- May 3 Practice Final Solutions Posted
- April 28. Deadlines for submitting work to be graded
Your homework 5 is due in the lab on Thursday May 3. No late homeworks will be accepted.
Any work for bonus points has to be turned in by the last class on Friday May 4.
- April 26. Late Homework #4 accepted up to Friday class time
Enough students asked for allowing late submission on Hw4, so we will accept late homeworks until class time on Friday April 27. Please remember that at most you can have 2 late homeworks.
- April 25. Homework #5 posted
The fifth (and last!) homework has been posted. It is linked from the page Labs and Homeworks. The due date is Thursday May 3 (an extension from the original schedule). Look in the class notes for the material on python you need.
- April 19. Office hours for Matthew Beckman canceled
Matthew Beckman's office hours are canceled until further notice. Please plan on talking with another TA or with me while Matthew is out.
- April 15. Homework #4 posted
The forth homework has been posted. It is linked from the page Labs and Homeworks. The due date is Thursday April 26 (an extension from the original schedule). Look in the class notes for the material on python you need.
- April 14. Bonus Questions
I have collected all the bonus questions into a single bonus questions page. I have included as a bonus question one question from Pop quiz 9. You can submit answers to bonus questions any time before the end of the semester, but the sooner you do it the easier it is.
- April 13. AIBO Video
Several students took video and pictures of the AIBO lab, if you have those send them to John (chil0060 at umn dot edu) as soon as possible to get extra credit, if the files are large, ftp them to your U of M webspace and then send John a link. If you have any questions about how to do this, let John know. If you took video or pictures with cameras we lent you and would like to edit the video together, you can find the raw files here. Also if you took video on your own camera and would like to edit in other video clips feel to use these as well. The video files filmed with Kodak camera are the ones with the .mov extesion and have the correct timestamp that you may use to find your video. One group in Section 3 was lent a Sony camera and these videos have a .mpg extension. Once I get more edited and raw video clips I will make a YouTube channel and post a link.
Students who film and submit raw video will receive one or two bonus points, submitting edited film will recieve extra bonus points depending on the finished product. Once we get more edited and raw video clips, John will create a YouTube channel and post a link.
- April 13. Lecture Notes
Lecture notes from Wednesday have been posted.
- April 11. AIBO Lab
Here is a list of the procedures available for you to control the AIBO. Here is a short description of how to use the agenda. You should read these and the section in the textbook about the agenda data structure.
- April 5. Game Project Wiki
A Wiki page has been created for our Game project. You may get to it by clicking here.
- April 4. Signup for Game Project
A signup list for the Game project will be passed around tomorrow in the lab. Do not forget to sign if you want to participate. The project is worth 3% of the class grading (the same as 1.5 labs).
- April 3. Game Project - Extra Credit Opportunity
You will have the opportunity to participate in a large, complex, and definitely fun project on Saturday the 14th between, approximately, 8:00AM and 8:00PM. This will be worth a significant amount of extra credit. Please keep this Saturday open. Details will be announced Wednesday in class.
- April 2. Richard's Office Hours Changed
Richard's office hours have been moved from 2:30-4:30PM, Tuesday to 2:00-3:55PM, Tuesday.
- March 30. Practice Midterm Solution Posted
- March 26. Maria's Office Hours Cancelled for today
I am out of town and I will not have office hours today.
Shana's Office Hours will be cancelled for Wednesday, March 28, from 10:00-11:00.
John's Wednesday night office hours from 5:30-7:30 are cancelled for this week only. Please plan on checking off Lab 9 with another TA.
- March 20. Richard's Office Hours Moved (This Week Only)
Richard's office hours have been moved from their usual time on Tuesday to 8PM-9PM. If the little lab is closed a note will redirect you.
- March 20. Matt B's Office Hours Canceled
Matt's office hours have been canceled for Tuesday, March 20. Please send an email if you need to get in touch.
- March 19. Late Homeworks
Due to popular demand, homework #3 will be accepted up to Wednesday March 21 class time. The homeworks submitted today will be graded by Thursday, the others will be graded later.
- March 9. Office hours for the Spring break
The schedule for office hours during the Spring break will be different.
Richard Barnes Tuesday 2:30-4:30, the usual time. If the little lab (4-240) we normally meet in is closed, we will meet in the classroom lab or an alternative place will be noted on the door to the little lab.
Also by appointment - e-mail me.
Matt Beckman Thursday 4:00-5:30 in EE/CS 1-260. John Chilton Thursday 12-2 in EE/CS 1-260 Alex Dean None, out of town in Japan for ACM competition Maria Gini None, out of town, reachable by email Tae Hyun Hwang Monday 10-12 in EE/CS 1-260 (usual time) Michael Rose Wednesday 1:00-3:00 (usual time) Matt Soukup TBA Shana Watter TBA
- March 8. Hw3 posted
The third homework has been posted. It is due Monday March 19.
- March 5. ACM LAN party Friday March 9
This has nothing to do with the class, but I think it would be of interest to many.
ACM is hosting a LAN party on Friday, March 9 and you're all invited.
Is there any better way to kick off Spring Break than hauling your desktop/ laptop to the CSE building for a fun-filled night of gaming and food with 30-50 other people? How about if the food is free? If your answer was no to either question, then this is the event for you.
What: ACM LAN Party Sponsored by LarsonAllen Who: Anyone in IT Where: EE/CS Building, Student Commons - second floor atrium
200 Union St. S.E.
When: Friday, March 9, starting at 6 p.m.
* From 6-8 p.m., volunteers will unload machines from cars at the EE/CS Loading Ramp.
* Meet Representatives from LarsonAllen's Information Security Service Group.
- Mar 4. Extension of Lab 7 due date
Because of the cancellation of some labs last week, the due date for Lab 7 is postponed and it will be the same as the due date for Lab 8.
- Mar 1. Labs Canceled
Due to the University's closure, lab sections 5 and 6 have been canceled. The lab assignment is posted. We will work on finding some times next week to meet and answer questions. Lab 6 sign-off sheets will be collected next week. If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact Matt B.
- Feb 21. Change of date for Quiz2 and Midterm2
The dates for the second quiz and the second midterm have been advanced by a week. The new dates are posted on the schedule page and on the syllabus. The new dates are a better fit for the material and the labs. They also avoid having the midterm the day after Easter.
- Feb 20. Matt B's Office Hours Canceled
Matt's office hours from 4:00-5:00pm are canceled today (Tuesday, Feb 20th). If you need to meet with him, please send an email to set up a time. Richard will have his normal office hours from 2:30-4:30pm.
- Feb 18. Additional office hours on Monday
Taehyun will have extra office hours on Monday from 8:00 to 9:00 and 10:00 to 1:15. If you have any questions regarding homework, quiz or mid-term, please stop by.
- Feb 16. Practice Midterm 1
The practice midterm we took in lab on Thursday can be found here.
- Feb 16. Check your grades
Taehyun has graded HWs and posted it on the GRIT. You can check your scores via Access Scores. If you have any questions regarding your HW grades, please email Taehyun.
- Feb 11. Additional office hours on Monday
Maria will have an extra office hours on Monday from 1:15 to 2:15. If you have questions on the homework or quiz, please stop by.
- Feb 9. Clarification on late submission policy
Homework 2 will be accepted up to Wednesday February 14 class time. This will allow us to return the homeworks and discuss them in the Thursday lab. Sorry for the confusion.
- Feb 9. Bonus Question for Lab 4
I did not have the bonus question on Lab 4, because I thought you were all busy with the homework, but following a request I have posted it. More practice never hurts!
- Feb 9. Review Session on Sunday
Matt will be holding a review session on Sunday, Feb 11, from 5:00-6:00pm in the same room as Thursday's lab (EE/CS 1-260). Please bring questions you have regarding homework 1, the pop quizzes, and other material that has been covered in lecture.
- Feb 8. Late Homeworks
It has been brought to my attention that some students did not submit their entire homework because they could not finish it. Since doing the homework is essential for learning, we have decided to accept late homeworks up to the Friday of the week the homework is due. For instance, homework 1 can be submitted up to tomorrow February 9 . After the Friday lecture we will post a key for the homework and not accept any new submission.
Since this policy is just being announced, there will be no penalty for late submission of homework 1. Homework 2 will be accepted up to Wednesday February 14.
- Feb 7. Review Sessions
John will be holding review session Friday, Feb. 9 from 5:00-6:00pm and Saturday, Feb. 10 from 12:00-1:00pm. These sessions will be held in room 1-260 where labs are held on Thursday. He will not be preparing material for these, he will be going over the homework and past labs and will go over any questions you have. Try to come with questions.
- Feb 5. Hw2 and Lab 4 posted
The second homework has been posted, and so is Lab 4. They are linked from the page Labs and Homeworks.
- Feb 05. John's Notes Posted.
John has posted his notes on the class notes page.
- Feb 02. No Office Hours for Maria on Friday Feb 2 and Monday Feb 5.
I am out of town. I will have additional office hours next week.
- Jan 31. Office Hours in EE/CS 4-240
The syllabus distributed the first day of class listed room 4-250 for the TA office hours. The correct room is 4-240, which is a smaller room with fewer computers where everyone can see and hear the TA. Sorry for the confusion
- Jan 29. Office Hours Change for Shana
Shana's office hours have changed to 10:00-11:00 on Wednesdays.
- Jan 27. Hw1 posted
The first homework has been posted. It is linked from the page Labs and Homeworks.
- Jan 26. Working on Labs From Home
A number of people have asked how to work on the labs from home. Here is information on Working Remotely that includes a listing of tools and instructions for different operating systems. If you have corrections, questions, or other tips, tools, or information to share, please post on the forum.
- Jan 26. Lab 2 Bonus Question Fixed
I have fixed the Lab 2 bonus question. Sorry about mix the up, if you were having trouble getting the math to work out, try again now. -John
- Jan 22. Job and Internship Fair
Consider attending the 2007 University of Minnesota Job and Internship Fair at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Monday February 12 from 10 to 4 p.m. It is the biggest career fair in Minnesota. Attendance is free but you need to register at http://www.umjobfair.org.
- Jan 22. Please use the class forum
Let's start using the class forum to post comments on the problems done in class so far. To help start the discussion, I have posted a few questions.
- Jan 22. Lab 2 posted
The lab 2 has been posted. Labs are linked from the page Labs and Homeworks.
Please read the questions before attending the lab on Thursday and think about them, but do not write your own procedures. You will be working with a partner in the lab.
You'll notice there is a bonus question in the lab. Each lab will have a bonus question that will allow you to accumulate extra credit and to examine some problems more in depth.
- Jan 22. Career Fairs
Look at http://www.cs.umn.edu/news/news.php?id=472 for information on Career Fairs organized by the University's Career Center for Science and Engineering (CCSE). You can find more information on the CCSE web page at http://www.ccse.umn.edu/. It is never too early to get started on an internship/job search.
- Jan 16. Intro to Unix classes
The student ACM chapter is organizing free short courses on introduction to Unix. This is an excellent way of getting started with Unix (and of connecting with the ACM student chapter).
Classes take place in EE/CSci 2-170.
DateTime Wednesday January 17 12:10-1:10 Thursday January 18 11:10-12:10 Friday January 19 12:10-1:10 Monday January 22 12:10-1:10 Tuesday January 23 12:10-1:10 Tuesday January 23 6:00-7:00
- Dec 16. Class web page up
Please be patient. Some links are dead, but material will be added soon.
Lectures and LabsInstructor: Dr. Maria Gini
Office hours: Monday 4:00-5:00 and Friday 1:15-2:15, or by appointment in EE/CSci 5-213. Phone: (612) 625-5582
Email: gini at cs dot umn dot edu
EE/CSci Building, Room 3-210, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday,
Labs. All labs are in EE/CSci 1-260.