Course Work

We will construct software components and applications using popular programming tools available in the UNIX environment (such as C++, make, emacs, dbx, RCS, gprof, and CORBA). You are expected to be familiar with an object-oriented programming language. Implementation will be done using C++.

Programming Projects

There will be a number of programming projects that will build upon one another to illustrate the value of good design and implementation techniques on the software lifecycle. Online descriptions of these assignments will be available via the Web.

An important goal of the assignments is to teach you about design alternatives by comparing and contrasting a number of examples of designs based on different paradigms. Algorithms and data structures taught in CS241 will be used to reinforce the implementation of these projects.

Projects will involve substantial programming in C++ and UNIX and will be done individually by each student. Students are assumed to be competent in C++ and familiar with basic UNIX operating system features such as electronic mail, WWW browsers, and USENET newsgroups. Students not familiar with these tools will have to learn them outside of class. I will teach a short seminar on C++ early in the semester during my office hours.

To encourage you to write well-designed software, I reserve the right to change the assignment specifications at any point before the due date. Expect this to happen several times during the semester. If you have written your program in a modular fashion the changes will be trivial to implement.

The programs will be graded using the following criteria:

There will be a mandatory 5 point deduction (out of a possible 100 points) for each day that your program is late after the deadline. Moreover, I will not accept programs that are turned in later than two calendar days after the due date.


There will be one in-class final exam. This will be worth 25% of your grade. Material tested on the final exam will be comprehensive.


There will be a short graded quiz at the end of class each Thursday, starting on January 18th. The exam and the quizzes will be based on material presented in class. Therefore, it is essential that you attend class in order to prepare for the quizzes and final exam. There will be no ``makeup'' quizzes unless you ask permission from me before the quiz. The relative weighting of each portion of the course is presented below: Note that I reserve the right to change the weights during the course of the semester.

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