CS246: Software Abstraction and Specification

Schedule and reading

Winter 2009, Department of Computer Science, Waterloo University

Instructor: Prof. Ric Holt, DC 2508 ext 37242, holt @ uwaterloo.ca 

        Office Hours:  By appointment (send email request)

Info about Tutorials



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Lectures: 10:00am – 11:20am Tues&Thurs  MC2054

Tutorials: 12:30-1:20 Wed MC4042   or  11:30-12:20 Mon  MC4060

Assignments:  See instructions for submitting assignments.  Assignments are due at 3pm Fridays.  See assignment due dates on course schedule.  Please see http://www.student.cs.uwaterloo.ca/~cs246/current/requestPublicTest.shtml for test compile of assignments.

Marking:  A1: 5%, A2: 7%, A3: 7%, A4: 8%, A5: 8%, A6: 10%, Midterm 20%, Exam 45%.

Scaling marks: The above markings total to 110.  The total will be scaled back to 100.

Lateness Policy: Assignments handed in 1 day late: 10% penalty, 2 days late: 20%, 3 days late: no credit (exceptions: a crisis such as a documented medical emergency).

Exams: The midterm and final exam cover all reading material, lecture material and project material unless otherwise announced.

Midterm:  4:30pm–6:30pm Thurs Feb 26, 2009

Text:    Savitch, Walter, Absolute C++, 3rd Edition, Pearson (Addison Wesley)
Web Pagehttp://plg.uwaterloo.ca/~holt/cs/246/2009
Newsgroup: uw.cs.cs246 

University Dates:

Lectures begin: Jan 5, 2009

Study week: Feb 16-20, 2009 (Mon-Fri) (Feb 16 is Family Day)

Midterm: Feb 26, 2009

Lectures end: Apr 03, 2009

Exams begin: Apr 8, 2009

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Last update: 4 Jan 2009 RCH