CS 222 Programming Studio, Spring 2017

Academic integrity

Violations of scholastic honesty include, but are not limited to cheating, plagiarizing, fabricating information or citations, facilitating acts of dishonesty by others, having unauthorized possession of previous or current assessments, submitting work of another person or work previously used without informing the instructor, or tampering with the academic work of other students. Any act of scholastic dishonesty is a serious academic violation and will result in a disciplinary action. The assessment in which plagiarism is detected will receive zero points.

You are encouraged to study together with your friends. You may discuss course topics and homeworks with other people; however, all homeworks are individual unless otherwise specified. This means that you have to write down your own solutions for the problems given as homeworks.

Rule of thumb: If you are looking at the solution to a problem that was written by somebody else, or if you are making your solution available to somebody else in whatever format (e.g. verbally, by sending an email, by instant messaging, by writing on the board, etc.), you are violating the academic integrity. If you are in doubt whether an action you take is a violation or not, don’t do it!

See a longer version of the honor code, adapted from Stanford University Computer Science Department’s Honor Code.


The purpose of this course is to improve your coding skills in the correct way. This will be done through numerous programming assignments.

You will attend a lecture on Monday plus a discussion session on Thursday. In the lecture you will be introduced to good habits about programming and you will be given an assignment.

In the discussion session, a solution submitted by a student will be reviewed. This will give you feedback to clean up your code.


We will be using Piazza for offline discussion. The system is highly catered to getting you help fast and efficiently from classmates, the TA, and myself. Rather than emailing questions to the teaching staff, I encourage you to post your questions on Piazza. You may ask questions you have regarding the assignments, course topics, the project, etc. Caution: NEVER post exam and homework solutions to Piazza.

Find our class page at: http://www.piazza.com/.


Grading will be based on 4 exams and 3 homeworks. Both the exams and the homeworks will be in the form of programming assignments; there are no exams in the traditional written style.

The homework assignments will be given in multiple parts. You will be graded when all the parts are complete.

Unless otherwise stated, all work is individual.

Below are the weights:

  • Exam 1: 10%
  • Exam 2-4: 15% each
  • Homework 1-3: 15% each

Letter grade is determined based on the total score received from the exams and homeworks using the following table:

Total Score Grade
[90,100] A
[85-90) A-
[80-85) B+
[75-80) B
[70-75) B-
[65-70) C+
[60-65) C
[55-60) C-
[50-55) D+
[45-50) D

The grade intervals may be adjusted slightly at the end of the semester according to the overall class performance and the difficulty of the assessments.

At least two of the assessments will have been graded before the withdrawal deadline.

If a student cannot attend an exam due to a formal excuse (e.g. doctor’s report, dean’s permission, etc.) the student may take a make-up exam during the final exam period. In this case, the make-up exam’s grade will replace the missed one. Makeup will be offered for only one exam. No makeup is possible for homeworks.

You have one week to object to an exam/homework score after the score has been announced.

The instructor reserves the right to change the policy at any time.