General Information

Instructor Matt Bishop, 3059 Engineering Unit II; phone: 752-8060;
email:; web page:
Office hours: M 1:00PM-2:00PM, F 11:00AM-12:00PM, by appointment or by chance
Teaching Assistants Lakshmi Rao, to be arranged
Office hours: Tu 10:45AM-12:45PM, Th 10:45AM-12:45PM

Ke Zhang, to be arranged
Office hours: Tu 7-11PM

Lectures MWF 9:00AM-9:50AM in 212 Veihmeyer
Discussion Section Section A01: F 5:10-6:00PM in 1120 Hart
Section A02: Th 8:00-8:50AM in 116 Veihmeyer
Section A03: F 4:10-5:00PM in 1120 Hart
Learn about programming using the C programming language; learn basics of debugging; learn how to use a UNIX- or UNIX-like system
Course Goals Some goals we hope you achieve:
  1. learn how to program in C;
  2. learn how to use the UNIX system;
  3. learn how to use the basic tools available on UNIX systems;
  4. learn how to debug programs using a dynamic debugger;
  5. learn how to solve programming problems; and
  6. learn a little about software engineering
Prerequisites The prerequisites for this course are Math 16A or 21A. You can be taking these this quarter. You should have prior experience with at least one other programming language. If you have never programmed before, you will be at a big disadvantage. In that case, we strongly recommend you take ECS 10 first.
  • R. Johnsonbaugh and M. Kalin, C for Scientists and Engineers, Prentice-Hall, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ (19970.
  • G. Glass, UNIX® for Programmers and Users, Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ (1993).
Computers All registered students have been given an account on the computer science instructional machines in the basement. Change your password as soon as you can; if it is not changed within a week, your account will be disabled and you will have to see a system programmer to have it reset.
Class Web Site

The class web site is on myucdavis. To access it, go to and log in using your campus-wide login and password. Then go to ECS 30-A in your schedule. Handouts and other documents will be posted there. In the event you cannot get to that site, an alternate site will be at Please use that only as a backup, though.

Information about this class, homework assignments, and so forth, will be posted to the newsgroup ucd.class.ecs30a Read this newsgroups daily! You are responsible for everything posted to these newsgroups. We'll use it to put out important information. Please do not post to this newsgroup. If you want to post things about the class, please use the appropriate discussion newsgroup (add ".d " to the ones above). Discussing something in that newsgroup is perfectly fair.

Homework is due at noon on the date stated on the homework. See the handout All About Homework for more information.

Extra Credit

Extra credit in this course will be 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. However, 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!

50%Homework         20%Midterm exam
5%Lab exam         20%Final exam
Exams Midterm -- Monday, May 6, 2002 in class
Final examination -- Monday, June 10, 2002, at 4:00PM-6:00PM
If you miss an exam for medical reasons (you must document this; no other excuses are acceptable), you may be allowed or required to take a make-up exam, or the other parts of the course will be counted proportionally more (the choice is the instructor's). In particular, forgetting the time or place of an exam is not an excuse for missing it!
Academic Integrity Please see the Spring 2002 Class Schedule and Room Directory for a general discussion of this. In particular, for this course:
  • All work submitted for credit must be your own. You may discuss your assignments with classmates, with instructors, or with teaching assistants or readers 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 in the assignment , collaboration is considered cheating and will be dealt with accordingly.
  • For written homework, you must write up your own solutions and may neither read nor copy another student's solutions.
  • For programs, you must create and type in your own code and document it yourself. Note that you are free to seek help while debugging a program once it is written.

A good analogy between appropriate discussion and inappropriate collaboration is the following: you and a fellow student work for competing software companies developing different products to meet a given specification. You and your competitor might choose to discuss product specifications and general techniques employed in your products, but you certainly would not discuss or exchange proprietary information revealing details of your products. Ask the instructor or a teaching assistant for clarification beforehand if the above rules are not clear.

ECS 30-A, Introduction to Programming
Spring Quarter 2002