CMSC 15100
Introduction to Computer Science I
Autumn 2010

General Information


15100-1  MWF 9:30-10:20  Ryerson 251
15100-2  MWF 11:30-12:20  Ryerson 251

Lab sections

Labs are held in the Mac Lab on the A-level of Regenstein Library (JRL A01C) according to the following schedule:

CC  W 3:00-4:20
DD  W 4:30-5:50
FF  R 3:00-4:20
GG  R 4:30-5:50

All students are required to attend a lab.


Name Office
John Reppy Ryerson 256
Adam Shaw Ryerson 257c
Sravana Reddy  Ryerson 258b
Sneha Popley Ryerson 178
Ankan Saha Ryerson 257

Office hours

Help with homework, etc. is available at the following times and places, or by appointment.
Day Time Location Person
Monday 2:30-3:30  Mac Lab  Sneha Popley
Tuesday 5:00-6:30 Mac Lab Ankan Saha
Wednesday  2:30-3:30 Mac Lab Sneha Popley
Thursday 6:00-7:30 Mac Lab Ankan Saha
Friday 2:30-3:30 Mac Lab Sneha Popley

Mailing List

Please sign up for the course mailing list at



Grades will be determined roughly as follows:

Homework 15%
Labs 20%
Midterm 20%
Projects 45%

You can compute your ``score'' by summing the weighted grades for your assignments, where the weights for the homework and labs is 1, the weight for the midterm is 2.5, and the weight for the projects is 3. The maximum possible score is 1000.

Graded assignments are available from

You will need to use your handin login and password to access this page. Clicking on the links will download the given file to your browser's download's directory.


There will be a midterm given in class on November 3rd.


Homework assignments will be made available from this page on Monday mornings and will be due the following Tueday at 10pm. There will be five homework assignments and each will be graded on a scale of 30 points.

Lab assignments

Lab assignments will be made available from this page on Wednesday mornings and will be due the following Sunday at 10pm. There will be five lab assignments and each will be graded on a scale of 40 points.


There will be three programming projects in the second half of the quarter. Each project will be graded on a scale of 50 points.


Academic Honesty

[The following is due to Stuart Kurtz]

The University of Chicago is a scholarly academic community. You need to both understand and internalize the ethics of our community. A good place to start is with the Cadet's Honor Code of the US Military Academy: "A Cadet will not lie, cheat, or steal, or tolerate those who do." It is important to understand that the notion of property that matters most to academics is ideas, and that to pass someone else's ideas off as your own is to lie, cheat, and steal.

The University has a formal policy on Academic Honesty, which is somewhat more verbose than West Point's. Even so, you should read and understand it.

We believe that student interactions are an important and useful means to mastery of the material. We recommend that you discuss the material in this class with other students, and that includes the homework assignments. So what is the boundary between acceptable collaboration and academic misconduct? First, while it is acceptable to discuss homework, it is not acceptable to turn in someone else's work as your own. When the time comes to write down your answer, you should write it down yourself from your own memory. Moreover, you should cite any material discussions, or written sources, e.g.,

Note: I discussed this exercise with Jane Smith.

The University's policy, for its relative length, says less than it should regarding the culpability of those who know of misconduct by others, but do not report it. An all too common case has been where one student has decided to "help" another student by giving them a copy of their assignment, only to have that other student copy it and turn it in. In such cases, we view both students as culpable and pursue disciplinary sanctions against both.

For the student collaborations, it can be a slippery slope that leads from sanctioned collaboration to outright misconduct. But for all the slipperyness, there is a clear line: present only your ideas as yours and attribute all others.

If you have any questions about what is or is not proper academic conduct, please ask your instructors.

Last revised: November 29, 2010.