The purpose of this course is to introduce you to data structures, an issue central to the art of computer programming.
At the end of the course you will be equipped with the tools of data organization to enable you to write simple, clear, and efficient programs.
The course will be structured around a comprehensive set of computer assignments to enable you to get hands on experience.
Our programming language of choice will be C++.
Except this web page, all course materials will be posted at the WebCampus.
Presentation slides will be available on the class web page. I will try to put them up before each class meeting but no guarantees on that.
Students are expected to attend, and be on time, for every class. This demonstrates professionalism and consideration for your fellow students and your Instructor. While the course does not have an attendance policy, students who miss class and/or are late for class may experience an impact on their grade by missing classroom activities and/or quizzes.
Students are expected to turn in all assigned materials in a timely manner.
Students are expected to demonstrate professionalism and courtesy by either silencing or turning off all cell phones and/or other alarm or audible indicator devices.
The Instructors reserve the right to add to, and/or modify any of the above policies as needed to maintain an appropriate and effective educational atmosphere in the classroom and the laboratory. In the case that this occurs, all students will be notified in advance of implementation of the new and/or modified policy.
If you are involved with any university-sponsored athletic activities that will have an impact on your attendance, please provide your Instructor with a letter from your coach and/or the UNR Athletic Department as soon as possible, but no later than the end of the second week of classes. This should include the official schedule of your activities which will impact your attendance throughout the semester.
Assignments, Examinations and Grading:
All formal homework assignments (including exercises and projects) and all exams (quizzes, exams, and the final) are to be treated as individual and not collective efforts, unless specified otherwise. A severe penalty will be given to any assignment which indicates collusion or cheating. The usual penalty for cheating on project or an exam is failure in the course.
Assignments and exams must be prepared strictly individually. You are welcome to discuss the problems or solution strategies with your class mates but the resulting work should be your own. Copying from each other or from other sources is considered as cheating.
Homework assignments will be distributed at the instructor or TAs discretion. These consist of practice questions which are intended to assist the student in mastering the course content. Some of these assignments will be collected and graded (Canvas) and count towards extra credit.
There will be several announced and unannounced quizzes in lecture and online (Canvas).
There will be 12 online quizzes given almost every week. The lowest graded one will not affect your overall grade. Questions in these quizzes will be designed to give you an opportunity to test and affirm your knowledge for the week's material.
There will be one mid-term examination and one final examination. All exams will be closed books, closed notes. Permissions to take exams on other dates than scheduled will not be given, except for extreme medical or family emergencies with respective documentation. Please ensure that the instructor and TAs are notified at the earliest possible convenience. All exams will take place in the regular classroom.
The material covered in the exams will be drawn from the lectures, quizzes, and homework. The exams will be closed books and closed notes but a single page cheat sheet (double side letter size) is allowed. No calculators (unless otherwise stated) and no other computing devices should be used during the exam.
The Programming Assignments/Labs require the solutions to problems using the computer. We will be using the workstations in the College of Engineering Computing Center (SEM 231). You will be instructed how to submit your projects for grading. Typically, you will be asked to submit an electronic version of your code, and test runs, along with a folder with an appropriate write-up for your program.
There will be 7 (+1 optional) programming assignments. In the lectures, you will be introduced to data structures at an abstract level. In the assignments, you will write code to implement and use these data structures. Assignments will require turning in C/C++ code that compiles and runs properly, and a report documenting the code. Some of the programming assignments will be done in groups of two. When working with a partner, both team members are expected to fully understand the structure of the code and the implemented algorithms. Discussion of the programming assignments is allowed and encouraged. However, students are expected to do their own work. Assignments which are too similar or replicated from the Internet will receive a zero.
Every assignment must be completed, working, and turned in. There will be 3 points penalty for each missing programming assignment or submissions with grades less than 5 points (without late penalty). Late assignments will be penalized by 20% 10% per day, except holidays.
Programming assignment/lab completion is essential for learning in this course. It is suggested that you take advantage of TA office hours as substantive effort is being allocated to be successful with respect to the programming assignments. Each programming assignment will be graded by a TA who will also be responsible for answering questions regarding that assignment.
Don't get behind in the programming assignments. Probably the main reason for students doing poorly in this course is getting behind in the assignments and never recovering. Design and implement in a top-down, modular fashion. Get something working that has the skeleton structure of what you need and then add features to it. Each time you add a feature, test it and make sure everything is still working. It can be tough to debug big programs if all you know is that the output is wrong and you are not sure any individual module is working.
Online forums are set up in WebCampus to exchange ideas and provide tips. Active users will be given bonus points at the end of the semester.
Any student with a disability needing academic adjustments or accommodations is requested to speak with the Disability Resource Center (Pennington Student Achievement Center, Suite 230) as soon as possible to arrange for appropriate accommodations.
Surreptitious or covert video-taping of class or unauthorized audio recording of class is prohibited by law and by Board of Regents policy. This class may be videotaped or audio recorded only with the written permission of the instructor. In order to accommodate students with disabilities, some students may be given permission to record class lectures and discussions. Therefore, students should understand that their comments during class may be recorded.
Cheating, plagiarism or otherwise obtaining grades under false pretenses constitute academic dishonesty according to the code of this university. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and penalties can include canceling a student's enrollment without a grade, giving an F for the course or for the assignment. For more details, see the University of Nevada, Reno General Catalog.
Important Note: You will have one week to appeal for your grades after the graded assignments/tests are returned. So, please keep this in mind if you think that there is a problem/issue with the grading of your work.
The course outcomes are skills and abilities students should have acquired by the end of the course. These outcomes are defined in terms of the ABET Accreditation Criterion 3 Program Outcomes which are relevant to this course.
Our graduates will have achieved:
(3) an ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs, within realistic constraints specific to the field.
(4) an ability to function effectively on multi-disciplinary teams.
(7) an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
(9) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in continuing professional development and life-long learning.