CS 262 - All Sections
Introduction to Low-level Programming
- Section 001 (Andrea): Tuesday/Thursday 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm in
Innovation Hall 204
- Section 002 (Duric): Monday/Wednesday 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm in
Lecture Hall 2
- Section 003 (Otten): Friday
10:30 am - 1:10 pm in Merten Hall 1200
- Section 004 (Otten): Tuesday/Thursday 9:00 am - 10:15 am in
Innovation Hall 204
Teaching Assistants: TBA
Course Web Page piazza link
Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie, The C Programming Language, 2nd
ed., Prentice Hall, 1988.
About the Class Most high-level programming languages (and particularly Java) insulate the programmer from the realities of the hardware on which the programs will run. C is the exception since it was originally designed to implement the Unix operating system. C offers the programmer direct access to much of the underlying hardware and, for programs running under Unix, direct access to operating system services. For these reasons C remains the language of choice for systems programming.
This is a (short) course on "low-level" programming using C. We will learn C with heavy emphasis on pointer operations.
Planned topics include:
- C Types, Operators, and Expressions
- Control Flow
- Functions and Program Structures
- Pointers and Arrays
- Dynamic memory allocation
- Bitwise operations
- Input and Output Libraries
- The Unix System Interface
- File I/O
The students will:
- Be able to implement, test and debug a designed solution to a problem in a
low-level programming language, specifically the C programming language.
- Demonstrate a good understanding of C language constructs such as pointers,
dynamic memory management, and address arithmetic.
- Demonstrate a good understanding of C libraries for input and output, and the
interface between C programs and the UNIX operating system.
- Demonstrate an ability to use UNIX tools for program development and
Labs Attendance at labs is required. A short
programming assignment will be given at the beginning of the lab and
the lab instructor will be available to help students with the
programming. If not completed the lab may be taken home. Lab
assignments will be due at the beginning of the following lab
period. No late lab assignments will be accepted.
Quizzes There will be occasional unannounced quizzes given in labs. A missed quiz cannot be made up. The lowest quiz score for the semester will be dropped.
ProjectsProjects In addition to the labs there will be
several larger programming projects. These will be presented and
discussed in the lecture. Late programs will be accepted with a 10
points per day late penalty. You are responsible for keeping backups
of your work ("my disk crashed" and "my roommate ate my program" are
not reasons for late submissions). If your program isn't the way you'd
like it to be when the deadline is near, submit it anyway for partial
credit. Blackboard permits you to retrieve and resubmit your
assignment until the due date, so you may resubmit if you improve your
program prior to the deadline. In order to achieve full credit for a
project or a lab, the code must compile and run to completion with no obvious errors. Any code that does not compile will receive at most 25% of the total possible points.
Any resubmissions after the
deadline require approval from the TA. No resubmissions may be made
after a project has been graded.
You are free to discuss ideas for both the labs and projects with other students, however no joint work is permitted. Any submitted work must be yours alone. Any work which shows too much similarity with others' submitted work will receive a grade of 0. Extreme or repeat cases may result in failing the course or referral to the Honor Commitee.
Read the CS
Department honor code and the University honor code. You are
bound by these honor codes.
GradingIn addition to the labs and projects there will be a midterm exam and a final. There
will be no makeups on exams except under exceptional circumstances (as judged by
instructors), and any such makeup must be arranged in advance. Grades will be computed using a weighted average of these scores with the weights:
In addition, to get a passing grade in the course you must obtain at
least 60% average grade on exams AND you must submit all
projects and labs.
- labs: 20% (25% of the grade will be given for attendance)
- quizzes: 10%
- projects: 30%
- midterm exams: 20%
- final exam: 20%