CMPSCI 250: Introduction to Computation
David Mix Barrington
Course Requirements and Grading
Your grade in CMPSCI 250 will be based on the following:
- Midterm Exams (40%):
There will be two midterm exams each counting 20% of your grade, on Tuesday
28 February and Tuesday 3 April, each 7-9 p.m. in rooms yet to be chosen
by the University.
I will write an exam intended
to be finished in an hour, and give you two hours to finish it.
(Over the years
students have accused me of overestimating what they
ought to be able to finish in an hour.)
The exams from last spring and from earlier
semesters may be used as
- Final Exam (25%):This will be during the May
final exam period
as scheduled by the University, and will be cumulative, though with greater
emphasis on the last third of the course. You will have two
hours. This exam will count for 25% of your final grade, except that
I will count it for 50%, and reduce the weights of all other components
proportionally, if this is to your advantage.
Last spring's 250 final (with solution
here) may be used as a practice
- Homework (25%): There will be nine
homework assignments during the term.
Together they will count for 25% of your final grade, with the best six
counting for 3.5% each and the seventh and eighth best counting for 2% each.
Late homework will in general not be
accepted -- I'll deal with valid excuses by giving "excused" grades on
- Discussions (10%): Attendance at the Friday discussion sections
is required and this portion of the course grade will be based on your
attendance and participation. Participation will be measured
by group responses to
in-class writing assignments, usually based on "Excursion" sections of the
text. You will be divided randomly into groups of two or three and each group
will hand in a response to the assignment. These will be graded "check" (B)
or "check-plus" (A), and the best twelve of your fourteen
will count for 10% of your
Academic Honesty Policy
All work submitted must be your own in presentation. How much
outside help is allowed depends on the course component.
Last modified 11 January 2012