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CS 101—Introduction to Computing for Engineering and Science

Neal Davis, Teaching Assistant Professor, Computer Science


What When and Where
Lectures Mon/Wed 11h00–11h50; Foellinger Auditorium
Labs Per-section, see below; L416 Digital Computer Laboratory
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Frequently Asked Questions

Textbook & Materials



We will rely on two textbooks throughout the semester:


Assignments such as quizzes and homeworks are due at 10 p.m. on the date indicated on the calendar (with the exception of materials assigned before Sep. 11).

Labs are due at the end of your lab section.


Section Date & Time TA
AYA Mon 13h00–14h50 Unnat Jain
AYB Mon 15h00–16h50 Unnat Jain
AYC Mon 17h00–18h50 Lunan Li
AYD Tue 09h00–10h50 Paul Rosero
AYE Tue 11h00–12h50 Yihan Gao
AYF Tue 13h00–14h50 Hong Cheng
AYG Tue 15h00–16h50 Hong Cheng
AYH Wed 13h00–14h50 Shubham Jain
AYI Wed 15h00–16h50 Xiaoming Zhao
AYJ Wed 17h00–18h50 Lunan Li
AYK Thu 09h00–10h50 Yihan Gao
AYL Thu 11h00–12h50 Xiaoming Zhao
AYM Thu 13h00–14h50 Paul Rosero
AYN Thu 15h00–16h50 Hsiaoching Chang
AYO Fri 09h00–10h50 Shubham Jain
AYP Fri 11h00–12h50 Hsiaoching Chang
AYQ Fri 13h00–14h50 Julie Chen
AYR Fri 15h00–16h50 Julie Chen

Office Hours

Office hours will be held in L440 Digital Computer Laboratory.

Day Times
Mon 15h0018h00
Thu 17h0020h00
Fri 14h0017h00


Component Means Fraction of Total Grade Basis
Attendance i>clickers 20% Participation-based; will excuse six (1% each)
Exams Computer-Based Testing Facility 20% 6 total; will drop one lowest (4% each)
Homework online 24% 14 total; will drop two lowest (2% each)
Labs in EWS lab 24% 13 total; will drop one lowest (2% each)
Quizzes online 12% 29 total; will drop five lowest (½% each)

Graded materials that are completed on this website (flows like quizzes and homeworks) can be viewed on your student gradebook from the menu at the top of the page. Exams, labs and participation points are available in Compass. Exceptional assignments (with odd grading) like quiz04 are on Compass as well.

Letter Grade Range Letter Grade Range Letter Grade Range
A+ $[97⅔,100]$ A $[93⅓,97⅔)$ A- $[90,93⅓)$
B+ $[87⅔,90)$ B $[83⅓,87⅔)$ B- $[80,83⅓)$
C+ $[77⅔,80)$ C $[73⅓,77⅔)$ C- $[70,73⅓)$
D+ $[67⅔,70)$ D $[63⅓,67⅔)$ D- $[60,63⅓)$


Students should attend the lecture and lab section for which they registered, or they will receive a zero for that lecture attendance or lab. Several assignments will be dropped in each category, and exams are available over several days. Taken together, this means that almost no exceptions should need to be made for absences. Permitted exceptional absences require proof of overriding considerations. Official proof of absence need to be in forms of doctor's note or letter provided by an authority that clearly states that the purpose of the letter is to prove absence; examples include a doctor's note, notice of travel from an athletic team, etc.; religious or DRES-based exemptions should be handled as directed in their respective policy sections on this website. Special events may be taken into consideration only if we are contacted at least 72 hours in advance. In these exceptional cases, to request an absence, students shall email course administration If the request is for a lab absence, the TA of the lab section should also be cc'd.

When a student has a permitted absence for lab, make-up labs will be arranged. Make-up labs will be held in office hours under supervision of a course TA.

Cheating not only robs you of an opportunity to learn, it also devalues your peers' hard work. Because of this, we take cheating very seriously in this course. The first case of cheating will result in a zero on the assignment or exam. The second case of cheating will result in a zero for the course. We will also report instances of cheating to the college and to your department.

Plagiarism is also very easy to detect in a programming class. Do not take shortcuts. Always do your own work. Note that we encourage discussion on course content. However, please write answers/codes to homework and lab assignments on your own (unless in some labs when you are instructed by your TA to complete assignments in pairs or groups).

Although an unpleasant evantuality to ponder, the truth is that we are at the center of campus and if anything ever happens during the day it will likely be near Foellinger Auditorium. The Run–Hide–Fight policy outlines what we should do as an aggregate body in the event of an attack occurring on campus; viz., run (escape the building), hide (hide within the building or nearby), or fight (if possible). The emergency plan for Foellinger Auditorium includes evacuation to the southwest corner of the building (please note that the second page is the ground floor).

Illinois law requires the University to reasonably accommodate its students’ religious beliefs, observances, and practices in regard to admissions, class attendance, and the scheduling of examinations and work requirements. This policy outlines the procedure that students should follow in requesting an accommodation. The policy attempts to strike a reasonable balance between accommodating religious observances of students and meeting the academic needs and standards of the University. Please complete the Request for Accommodation for Religious Observances form (warning: DOCX file). This form should be submitted by the student to the professor of the course and the Office of the Dean of Students by the end of the second week of the course in the semester in which the request applies.

To insure that disability-related concerns are properly addressed from the beginning, students with disabilities who require assistance to participate in this class are asked to contact course administration as soon as possible. Please include a copy of your DRES accommodations letter.