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Last modified: 1998 January 5, 6:30 pm
Unofficial grades are now available on Ariel, using courseInfo. Note that the course directories have been modified for the Winter term, so you will have to provide several fields in order to determine your mark. Try
courseInfo 1030 A 1997-98 F
in order to see your grades.
Save paper. Do not blindly print files. Click here to get a Postscript version of this WWW page that prints two logical pages per physical page.
Section A Mon, Wed, Fri 5:30-6:30 121 CCB
Unlike COSC 1020, this course does not have blocks of time in Ariel reserved for you. Therefore, you will have to make use of Ariel's facilities in a first-come first-served manner.
Monday 3:30 - 4:30 250 CCB R. Paige Tuesday 11:30 - 12:30 152 CCB J. Huang *starting Oct 6 Wednesday 11:30 - 12:30 152 CCB J. Huang *starting Oct 6 Wednesday 3:30 - 4:30 250 CCB R. Paige Further office hours for the 1030 course TA will be announced (there will be more hours the week before an assignment is due). The TAs in the lab CCB 164 are strictly for 1020 students.
This course is a continuation of COSC1020 and covers some of the fundamentals of software development, various data structures (arrays, queues, stacks, trees, lists), and algorithms that use these structures (sorting, searching). An object oriented approach will be introduced. Students will use the Unix operating system with the X Window System.
These files are also in the course directory,
in the subdirectory
Please note that the reading list from 1996/97 is NOT the same as that for this term; they covered things in a different order. However, you can look at the 1996/97 reading list to get an idea of what might be covered in the future (providing that you can rearrange things in your mind).
Students successfully completing this course should be able to demonstrate the following knowledge and/or skill sets:
There are four assignments, one midterm and a final exam. Each piece of work will receive a letter grade (A+, A, B+, B, C+, C, D+, D, E or F). A final grade will be obtained by weighting the individual pieces of work as shown in the following table.
Work Date Weight Topic Assignment 1 Mon, Sep 29 7% Testing and ADTs Assignment 2 Mon, Oct 20 10% Pointers and classes Midterm Test Mon, Oct 27 25% (50 minutes, in class) Assignment 3 Mon, Nov 10 8% Stacks and theory Assignment 4 Fri, Dec 5 10% Trees, pointers, recursion Final Exam after Dec 8 40% Entire CourseNOTE: You must obtain a weighted GPA of 2.0 on each component of the course (exams and assignments) to pass the course. That is, you must obtain a weighted GPA of >= 2.00 on the assignments and you must obtain a weighted GPA of >= 2.00 on the exams to pass the course.
A grades list, updated November 18, 1997, is now available through the courseInfo command. Log into Ariel, and type the command
courseInfo 1030 A
which will output only your list of marks for COSC 1030, Section A. You cannot see any marks but your own using courseInfo. Note that you can view your marks ONLY while logged into Ariel.
If you find any mistakes in your marks list, please contact the instructor, and make available all the original marked material. If you find that you cannot see your marks, try again to make sure that you haven't made a mistake in typing. Otherwise, contact the instructor.
The following York University standard letter grade system will be used.
Grade Definition Point Value A+ Exceptional 9 A Excellent 8 B+ Very Good 7 B Good 6 C+ Competent 5 C Fairly Competent 4 D+ Passing 3 D Barely Passing 2 E Marginally Failing 1 F Failing 0
Click here to read more details on the meaning of grades.
First day of classes: Monday, September 8 Last day to enrol in the course: September 20 Last day to drop the course: November 8 Last day of classes: Friday, December 5 Examination period: starts December 8
Assignments represent your own work. Do not misrepresent another's work as your own; it will be considered academic dishonesty if you do. Some guidelines are given in the ASCII document On Academic Honesty. All students should be familiar with the section on academic honesty in the university calendar. If you have any questions about this please ask your course instructor.
Assignments are to be handed in at the start of class (17:30). Assignments handed in after the start of class, but before the start of the next class, will have two full letter grades deducted (e.g., A becomes C, B+ becomes D+, and C+ or lower becomes F). (The exception to this rule is for Assignment 4, which is due on the last day of class; NO LATE ASSIGNMENT 4s WILL BE ACCEPTED!) After the start of the next class, NO late assignments will be accepted, with the sole exception being if you give your instructor a signed medical note and ask for permission to be late. In this case, you must hand in the medical note and late assignment to your instructor. Please note that events such as last minute printer slowdown or breakdown DO NOT constitute valid excuses for lateness.
Course assignments require you to prepare and hand in reports. These must be readable and, for programming assignments, should be prepared in a manner consistent with the How to do a report as outlined in the laboratory book for COSC1020. If you do not have a copy, please see the course directory /cs/course/1020. The goals for assignments in COSC1030 differ from those in COSC1020, as a result your reports will have a different structure. Follow this link for a general guideline on What is a Report?
We will provide cover sheets for your assignments that you can print. Please include them as the very first page of your report or else you will lose one full letter grade (e.g., A becomes B, C+ becomes D+, and D or lower becomes F). NO BINDERS OR ENVELOPES.
REMEMBER: That in order to receive a passing grade in the course your weighted GPA on each component must be >= 2.00. That is, the weighted GPA on the assignments must be >= 2.00 and the weighted GPA of the midterm and the exam together must be >= 2.00 to pass the course.
Throughout this course and for all assignments the following will be stressed:
NOTE!: Several students have pointed out two small bugs in the definition of the operations Remove and IsElement in the file sets.t. These have been corrected, and the new version is on the WWW page here, and in the course directory /cs/course/1030/a1 on Ariel.
A solution to Assignment 1 has now been posted.
If you would like to have an assignment or exam reappraised you must do so within two weeks of it being returned. Note that the entire assignment or exam will be remarked and that your grade may go up or down as a result of being remarked.
Before resubmitting ask yourself if it is worth the time required by yourself, the TA, and the professor. For example, suppose you want an extra mark on a question that is worth 1/8 of the assignment and the assignment is worth 7.5% of the final mark. Then if you get the extra mark, your final GPA will change by 1/8 * 0.075 = 0.01. More over, last term the marks of only two out of approximately 25 resubmissions were increased. This means that the expected change to your GPA is 1/8 * 0.075 * (2/25) = 0.00075. Be sure, however, to determine how to do better on the next assignment.
In order to resubmit an assignment for remarking, you must fill out this form and hand it in along with your assignment.
REMEMBER: That in order to receive a passing grade in the course your weighted GPA on each component must be >= 2.00. That is, you must obtain a weighted GPA of >= 2.00 on the assignments and you must obtain a weighted GPA of >= 2.00 on the exams to pass the course.
The exam for COSC 1030 will be closed book and notes. No aids will be allowed. Questions on the exam will be similar in style to those on the midterm. There will be 10 questions, and you will have 3 hours.
Click here to read about styles of questions for the final exam, and to see some example questions (though do NOT expect only these styles of questions on the final).
The course newsgroup (york.cs.course.1030) is the first place you should look for course-related announcements and for answers to course-related questions. If you are registered in 1030 you should read the newsgroup regularly.
You may read the course newsgroup using your favorite newsreader. Alternatively, you may use your WWW browser to read the group by clicking on the hypertext reference above. Some WWW browsers, like mosaic, require you to set the environment variable NNTPSERVER before reading newsgroups. If you have trouble reading the course newsgroup using your WWW browser, try this
setenv NNTPSERVER blue.cs.yorku.ca
before starting your browser. Better yet, add this line to your .cshrc file.
The course directory lives on the Ariel machines and is: /cs/course/1030. You may find the following subdirectories of interest.
NOTE: the Computer Science Department and in particular the people in 126 CCB do not provide technical support for versions of Object Oriented Turing (OOT) that run under DOS, Windows, Windows '95 or the MacIntosh Operating System. If you have any problems with your disks, the installation of the software or with the actual software please contact Holt Software Associates Inc.
Holt Software Associates Inc.
203 College St., Suite 305,
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA, M5T 1P9
Phone: (416) 978-6476, 1 (800) 361-8324
Note that the "Computer Science Introductory Handbook" (September, 1995) contains information that should be helpful when installing this software on your machine.
If you purchased the OOT software last term you'll be able to use it for this course. Assignments will be done using OOT.
You can purchase Object Oriented Turing (OOT) at a special price of $35.00 (for disks only). You must know which version you will need BEFORE you purchase your software and after you have puchased your disks you should not bother the people who sold you the disks all problems should be directed to Holt Software Associates.
There are three versions of OOT available:
The software can be purchased in CCB 126 during the first two weeks of classes (starting Sept 8, through Sept 19) and during the following times only: