office: 2209 Watershed Science
phone: +1 (530) 752-8060
office hours: Mon 11:00am–11:50am; Wed 2:10pm–3:00pm, Fri 12:10pm–1:00pm
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Ming Xiao, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eilwoo Baik, email: email@example.com
Tianhong Song, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may go to any discussion section you like as long as there is room for those registered for that section.
We have reserved the following lab times for this class:
You can see when the rooms are open and the number of stations available by going to the IET Computer Rooms Available web page.Course Outline
Introduction to principles of computing. Methods and algorithms for solving problems by use of a digital computer. The class will teach students to write programs in the Python programming language. After completing the class, students should be well-prepared for course 30 and for independent programming projects.Course Goals
The overall goal is to learn computers by studying programming and how to use them to solve problems. More specifically, we hope you will:
Two years of high school algebraText
Peter Wentworth, Jeffrey Elkner, Allen B. Downey, and Chris Meyers, How to Think Like a Computer Scientist. This book is on-line. It is free.Class Web Site
The class web site is on SmartSite. To access it, go to SmartSite and log in using your campus login and password. Then go to ECS 10 in your schedule. Announcements, assignments, handouts, and grades will be posted there, and you must submit any assignments there. The alternate web site, http://nob.cs.ucdavis.edu/classes/ecs10-2012-01, has everything except grades, and you cannot submit work there.Extra Credit
Extra credit is tallied separately from regular scores. If you end up on a borderline between two grades at the end of the course, extra credit will count in your favor. But failure to do extra credit will never be counted against you, because grades are assigned on the basis of regular scores. You should do extra credit if you find it interesting and think that it might teach you something. Remember, though, it is not wise to skimp on the regular assignment in order to do extra credit!Grading
The UC Davis Code of Academic Conduct applies to this class. In particular, for this course, all work submitted for credit must be your own. You may discuss your assignments with classmates, with the instructor, or with the teaching assistant in the course to get ideas or a critique of your ideas, but the ideas and words you submit must be your own. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, collaboration is considered cheating and will be dealt with accordingly.
The single exception to this rule is debugging. Once you have written your program, if you need help debugging it, you are free to ask a classmate for help providing that classmate has also written the program. Sometimes having someone else look over a program that is not quite working right will lead you to the best way to fix it, and you both will gain valuable experience in looking at programs and figuring out what is going on. But you must not collaborate on writing the program.
ECS 10, Basic Concepts of Computing
Winter Quarter 2012