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Unformatted text preview: Welcome to CS 135 (Fall 2008) Instructors: Byron Weber Becker, Ian Goldberg, Brad Lushman, Daniel Roche, Troy Vasiga Tutors: To be announced Instructional Assistant: To be announced Web page (main information source): http://www.student.cs.uwaterloo.ca/cs135 You should read the Web pages listed on the menu bar as soon as possible. CS 135 Fall 2008 01: Introduction to CS 135 1 Lectures: TuTh 8:30, 10:00, 11:30, 1:00 (MC 4045), 10:00 (MC 2034), 2:30 (MC 4021); Wed 7pm (MC 4021) Tutorials: Wed 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, Friday 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 (MC 4042), Friday 9:30 (MC 2054), 1:30 (MC 4040). Computer labs: MC 3003, 3004, 3005, 3027, 2062, 2063 There are no organized lab activities, only access to machines (when other courses are not using them). CS 135 Fall 2008 01: Introduction to CS 135 2 Some logistics Textbook: How to Design Programs (HtDP) by Felleisen, Flatt, Findler, Krishnamurthi ( http://www.htdp.org ) Presentation handouts: first few available on Web page, full set at Pixel Planet Marking Scheme: 20% assignments (roughly weekly), 30% midterms (10+20), 5% participation, 45% final Software: DrScheme v4.1 ( http://www.drscheme.org ) CS 135 Fall 2008 01: Introduction to CS 135 3 Class participation mark Based on use of clickers (purchase at Bookstore, register as part of Assignment 0) Purpose: to encourage active learning and provide real-time feedback Several multiple-choice questions during each lecture Marks for answering (possibly more for correct answer) Best 75% over whole term used for 5% of final grade CS 135 Fall 2008 01: Introduction to CS 135 4 CS 135 Survival Guide This is available on the course Web page and bound with the presentation handouts. Read it as soon as possible, especially the section on plagiarism. You must do your own work in this course. Perhaps more so than in your other courses, successful completion of the assignments is the key to doing well on exams. CS 135 Fall 2008 01: Introduction to CS 135 5 Suggestions for success Keep up with the readings (keep ahead if possible). Take notes in lecture. Start assignments early. Work efficiently dont waste time. Follow our advice on approaches to writing programs (e.g. design recipe, templates). CS 135 Fall 2008 01: Introduction to CS 135 6 Keep on top of your workload. Visit office hours to get help. Integrate exam study into your weekly routine. Go beyond the minimum required (e.g. extra exercises). Maintain a big picture perspective: look beyond the immediate task or topic. CS 135 Fall 2008 01: Introduction to CS 135 7 Introduction to computation You typically run an application on a computer by clicking an icon on the screen....
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