UMBC CMSC 201, Fall 2002
UMBC CS 201, Fall 02
Ms. Sue Bogar
Office: ECS 225 D
Office Hours: TuTh 11:30 AM-12:30 PM and TuTh 4:00-5:00 PM or by
Ms. Dawn Block
Office: ECS 332A
Office Hours: MonWed 3:30 - 4:30 PM or by appointment
Lecture Times and Places
Sects 0101 - 0104: Tues & Thurs 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., L. H. 5 Bogar
201 Honors: Tues & Thurs 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., L. H. 5 Bogar
Sects 0201 - 0204: Tues & Thurs 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., L. H. 5 Bogar
Sects 0301 - 0304: Mon & Wed 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m., L. H. 5 Block
C How to Program by H.M. Deitel/P.J. Deitel
An introduction to computer science through problem solving and computer
programming. Programming techniques covered by this course include
modularity, abstraction, top-down design, specifications, documentation,
debugging, and testing. Selected topics in computer science are introduced
through programming projects in the C language running under a UNIX
operating system. The core material for this course includes functions,
arrays, strings, pointers, structures, and files. Students are assumed to
already know the basics of a modern high-level language such as C or Pascal
(expressions, basic data types, arrays, and control structures).
Students with no prior programming experience should take CMSC 104. This is
the first course for students interested in pursuing further study in computer
Note: credit will not be given for both CMSC 106 and CMSC 201
Prerequisite: MATH 150 and previous programming experience.
The objectives of this course are:
- To develop problem-solving skills, especially in the
use of computers to solve real-world problems.
- To learn basic programming skills, especially software
development using the C language.
- To learn how to use UMBC's UNIX system to create, test
and execute C programs.
- To prepare for further study in Computer Science.
There will be five projects each worth 8% of the final grade, for a total of
40%; a midterm and a final exam worth 30% each. Make-ups for exams are
given under only the most dire circumstances (almost never).
Your final letter grade may be curved above the standard formula:
0 <= F < 60
60 <= D < 70
70 <= C < 80
80 <= B < 90
90 <= A <= 100
Under no circumstances will the grades be curved downward.
Your grade is based on timely work accomplished during the semester;
incomplete grades will only be given for medical illness or other such
The critical programming skills cannot be learned simply by attending
the lectures. You should budget enough time to work on the projects
as well. Projects are due by midnight of the due date. If you fail
to turn in a project on time, a late penalty will be assessed (even if
it's only a few seconds late -- no excuses, no exceptions).
Projects will be graded according to four parts:
correctness, design, style, and documentation.
For details and an Important Warning
, see Project Submission and Grading Policy.
Lectures and Readings
You are expected to attend all lectures and your weekly discussion session.
You are responsible for all material covered in the lecture, even if they are
not in the textbook. You are responsible for the material in the readings,
even if they are not covered during lecture.
In general, the exams will be closed-book and closed-notes. The final exam
will be comprehensive and cover the material from the entire course.
Sunday, 25-Aug-2002 15:30:40 EDT