CS246: Object-Oriented Software Development

Winter 2013, Department of Computer Science, Waterloo University

Schedule:  http://plg.uwaterloo.ca/~holt/cs/246/2013/schedule.html

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

        Office Hours:  By appointment (send email request)

ISA: Richard Wallace.  See tutorial page   cs246@student.cs.uwaterloo.ca            

Tutor office hours: M 1:00 – 2:00, Th 10:00 – 11:00, Fri 11:00 – 12:00 MC4065  


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Lectures begin & end: Jan 7, 2013 (Mon) & Apr 8, 2013 (Mon)

Reading week:  Feb 18-22 (M-F) 2013

Lectures & Tutorials: Lectures MC2017:  TTh 1:00PM – 2:20PM

            Tutorials  11:30 – 12:20W MC4063, 2:30 – 3:20W DWE3517

Midterm Test: Tues Mar 5, 2013, 4:30-6:20

Unofficial marks.

Assignments:  Asgn01 to Asgn06 (see due dates on schedule). To be posted when available.

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

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 assignment material unless otherwise announced.  

Final exam:  RCH 110,112, Tues Apr 16 9am  to 11:30pm

Old exams.  Winter 2011 midterm  Winter 2011 final exam

A passing mark in the test portion of the final grade must be achieved to pass the course. The final grade is calculated using the following formula:

    if ( testing_average < 50% ) then

        final_grade = MIN( testing_average, normally_calc_grades )


        final_grade = normally_calc_grades

In other words, good assignment marks cannot get you a passing mark in this course.

Text: Course slides, CS 246, Winter 2011, Object-Oriented Software, Development: 
Hard-copy from Davis Centre Graphics, next to library.  E-copy on web.
Optional reading: Savitch, W., Absolute C++, either 3rd or 4th Edition, Pearson (Addison Wesley)
Newsgroup: uw.cs.cs246.  Use Piazza.

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Last update: 1 Jan 2013 RCH