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Lecture 0. Who is my instructor?. Tom Gambill 2209 Siebel Center 244-3541 All relevant class information is presented on the CS 101 web site. Check the web site at least once every three days for updates. Who is my TA?.

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Who is my instructor?

Tom Gambill

2209 Siebel Center


All relevant class information is presented on the CS 101 web site.

Check the web site at least once every three days for updates.


Who is my TA?

Teaching Assistants

Find staff information online here .


What will I learn in CS101?

Engineering CAD/Prototyping tools and

Numerical Scientific Computation

  • The Matlab Numerical Engineering Environment

User Interfaces/Desktop Environments

  • Unix/Linux
  • X-Window Manager

Engineering Software Design

  • Structured Programming Principles and Paradigms
  • C Programming Language (C compiler gcc)

What will I be doing in CS101?

  • Attend Lectures.
  • Write C/MATLAB software in groups of up to 3 students in weekly Engineering Workstation (EWS) computer lab.
  • Take weekly Compass quizzes (prelabs)
  • Solve three programming assignments by myself.
  • Take a one-hour midterm and a two-hour midterm exam.
  • Study the lecture notes and lab material.
  • Study old exams.
  • Examine the class web-page at least once every three days.

Where are these darned Engineering workstations?

TA-assisted CS101 Lab with 41 dedicated

workstations running Linux. Open during limited hours.

Click and then click on image of DCL. Next,click on “basement”.

CS101 Lab in DCL L520

Other Engineering Workstation (EWS) Labs.

These support the same software and are

available for general use during extended hours.

Engineering Workstations (EWS)


Lab Activities

  • Lab activities will be done in small groups typically of three students.
  • The CS101 Lab is in room DCL L520 and Lab hours are pre-assigned.
  • Lab activities are posted on the CS101 web-site.
  • Material covered in lab activities will be used on the exams.

Lab Activity rules

  • TAs will assign students into groups in the labs.
  • All students in the same group should get the same score.
  • Every group will be required to work each lab assignment until it is completed.
  • Completion may require lab work beyond the scheduled lab hours.
  • All members of a properly functioning group should receive full lab credit.

MPs- Machine Problems

There will be three MPs (programming assignments), that students will have to work on their own, assigned during the semester.

There is an MP link on the course website that will display the assignments along with the due dates.

The week before the MP assignment is due there will be evening MP help sessions held in our lab

A checker program will be provided for each MP. The checker program is the same program that the TAs use to compute the students MP score. Since we provide students with a checker, if the checker doesn’t run on a students’ submission then the MP score is a zero.


How do I get my questions answered?

  • Lab assignments:
  • discuss with fellow group members.
  • if group discussion fails to answer your question, ask your Lab TA.
  • MPs, Exams and Lecture Notes:
  • contact TA by email or at office hours
  • contact Dr. Gambill


  • A Book on C, 4th edition (recommended)
  • by Al Kelley, and Ira Pohl,
  • ISBN: 0-201-18399-4
  • Getting Started with Matlab A Quick Introduction
  • for Scientists and Engineers (recommended)
  • by RudraPratap, Oxford,
  • ISBN: 978-0-19-973124-4
  • Course Notes (required)
  • Stipes Publishing


  • Midterm 1:

Thursday October 2nd, 7:00-8:00pm

Location: TBA

Conflict exam: Friday Oct 3

Location: TBA

  • Midterm 2:

Tuesday December 2nd, 8:00-10:00pm

Location: TBA

Conflict exam: Wednesday Dec 3

Location: TBA

  • NO Final exam:


Your course total will be computed from your grades as follows:

Assignment Point Value

MPs (3 worth 50 points each) 150

Lab Activities 100

Prelab Activities 50

Midterm 1 (Matlab material) 150

Midterm 2 (Unix / C material) 300

Total 750



Students have two weeks (from the date handed back) to request a re-grade or appeal the grade recorded in the GradeBook, for an exam/mp/lab activity. A re-grade will be performed on the entire Prelab/Lab/MP/Exam and can lower the score!

In any appeal procedure it is the student's responsibility to keep possession of his/her Prelab/Lab/MP/Exam. In the process of a re-grade a student has to arrange for a TA to modify the gradein the presence of the student. A student should not hand over any material to the TA for keeping.

Therefore, a lost or missing Prelab/Lab/MP/Exam is no reason for a modification of a grade.



The course grades are based on the above fixed cutoffs. There is no curve!


NX Client

CS101 students may use the free NX Client software to do lab or MP work. A link to find out how to obtain this software and install this software is:

However, this software is made available as a convenience. Students may not use the fact that the NX Client software doesn’t work for them or that they couldn’t login to the NX Client server as an excuse for a late assignment.



CS101 students may participate in the James Scholar Honors program. First, students must complete and submit a form to the Engineering College office. This form may be obtained from your department secretary.

Honors students will be assigned a programming assignment beyond the three MPs assigned in CS101.

View the Honors page on the course website for details.

Working the Honors assignment has no effect on your CS101 course grade.



Should you miss a midterm exam or an MP for a legitimate reason such as severe illness you will need to provide a verification letter from the Emergency Dean:

300 Turner Student Services Building 610 East John Street Champaign, IL 61820(217) 333-0050

( Emergency Dean )

The letter must state that you have shown proof of your absence.



If you miss an exam or other assignment worth points for the course then we assume that you will take the makeup exam or turn in the assignment on the first week-day (Monday – Friday) you are back to school as indicated in your note from the Emergency Dean unless we specifically grant you an extension. Any extension given by CS101 staff must be given via email (no verbal approvals for extensions).



  • You need to bring a photo-ID with you to every exam.
  • You will be asked to sign an attendance list at everyexam. The proctor will verify your identity with thephoto ID.
  • You must also sign your exam.
  • It is your responsibility and not the proctor’s to ensurethat you sign the attendance list.
  • If we cannot find your exam and you have not signed the attendance list your exam score is ZERO.



  • both actively sharing (or copying) all or parts of someone

else’s code/answers on MPs/Exams or

  • passively allowing the sharing (or copying) of your own

code/answers on MPs/Exams

What is cheating?

On MPs: allowing others to view your code or reading someone else’s source code constitutes cheating. Students should protect their own work so that another student cannot copy any part of their code. Therefore, if copying has been detected, it will be assumed that cheating has occurred by all parties involved.

On Exams: allowing others to view your answers or reading someone else’s answer constitutes cheating.



Don’t do it. We’ll catch you, and we’ll punish you

as outlined in the Code ( penalties ).

  • A zero score for the assignment and a deduction of 20 points from the students course point total.
  • A second occurrence of cheating will mean an automatic grade of F in the course and notification of a Dean in the students college.


In case of a charge of academic irregularity against a student, the student has two weeks after the date of the charge to appeal the allegation. To make an appeal the student should first contact Dr. Gambill.

A charge of academic irregularity can be made known to the student by:

  • an announcement on the course website combined with a change of grade in the GradeBook
  • by letter