The primary means of transmitting class information to the students will be through announcements during class time and through web pages. You are responsible for announcements made through either or both of these means.
Occasionally, urgent information may be sent via email. You must ensure that the email address the University has on file for you is valid and is monitored by you. A test of the email addresses provided by the University will be made during the second week of class. You are responsible for notifying the instructor if you do not receive this test email.
The best way for students to communicate with the teaching staff is to come to scheduled office hours. If you cannot attend office hours in person, phone calls can be accepted but students present in the office will get priority. Email can also be used but a quick or detailed personal response is unlikely as we get a lot of email and responding to email can be very time consuming. Moreover, emails will get a lower priority than either phone calls or in-person visits.
One way for students to communicate with one another is through the discussion forums of the Desire2Learn web site for the class.
Details of all of the communication methods follow.
The prerequisites for this course are CS 1323 - Introduction to Computer Programming and Mathematics 1823 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I with a C or better. (If you have not taken these courses, you will need instructor permission to take 2603.) Students will study fundamental elements of hardware and software, including sets, sequences, circuits, and functions. Successful students will be able to apply mathematical logic to verify properties of hardware and software.
For topics covered, see the schedule.
Many of the required homework problems involve using software such as the Hugs interpreter for Haskell, a formal language for mathematics, and special tools supporting the concepts of the course. Download this software through the course website.
The graded assignments and their contribution to a student's grade are given in the table below. (Subject to change.)
12 problem sets — do HW or you’ll probably fail exams
All homework and exams in this course are to be done ALONE; the work submitted by a student MUST be the student's own.
You are responsible for the material covered during the lectures sessions, whether or not it is also found in your textbooks or other assigned reading materials. Similarly, you are responsible for the material found in your textbooks and other assigned reading materials, whether or not it is also covered during the lectures sessions. In other words, you are responsible for the UNION of these sources of knowledge, as depicted by the shaded region of the Venn diagram below, not merely their intersection.
All work on homework assignmentss must properly cite sources. For example, if you quote a source in your homework, you must include the quotation in quotation marks and clearly indicate the source of the quotation.
Homework assignments will be due at the start of class (3:00pm) on the due date. Late assignments will be penalized 20% per day late. (All parts of days will be rounded up.) After five days, you will not be able to turn in that assignment for credit. If you are worried about turning in the assignment late and loosing points, turn in the assignment ahead of time.
All exams will be open book/open notes. NO electronic devices will be permitted in the testing area.
Copying another's work, or possession of electronic computing or communication devices in the testing area, is cheating and grounds for penalties in accordance with school policies.