CMPSCI 256 Discrete Structures Fall 2017 Course Syllabus
When and Where: MW 12:30 pm – 1:50 pm HSLH 133
Instructor: Urvashi Juneja
Office Hours: Monday: 12:00 - 12:30 pm, 1st floor by the fountain, or by appointment.
Prerequisites: CMPSCI 111
Text: Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications, 7th ed., Kenneth H. Rosen. ISBN: 978- 0073383095
Course Content: We will cover thoroughly chapters 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 from the text. We will also cover additional topics from chapters 7 – 11 as time permits.
Student Learning Outcome: By completing the course, the student will be able to apply concepts of discrete structures to problem solving.
Attendance: If you miss more than three class meetings, you will most likely be dropped from the course unless you speak to me in advance. Remember that it is your responsibility to drop the course by all relevant deadline dates.
TLC: Take advantage of the TLC LAB (Math lab). Tutors and instructors are there to help you, and it is free.
Exams: There will be 3 tests and a cumulative final exam on Monday Dec 4th, 2017 from 12:30 pm to 1:50 pm. There are no make-up exams, but you can take an exam early if you know you will miss the regularly scheduled class.
Homework: Homework will be assigned each lecture, and there will be time at the beginning of each lecture to address any questions from the assigned problems. Homework problems will prepare you for the exams. Periodically, I will select specific assignments to collect, though you won’t know which ones until I collect them. Late homework will not be accepted. I may also assign programming homework in Java. Again, keeping up with the homework as it is assigned is essential in order to be successful in this class.
Grading Policy: 15% Homework, 60% Tests, 25% Final Exam.
The following grading scale will be used where class participation will resolve borderline cases:
90% - 100% A
80% - 89% B
70% - 79% C
60% - 69% D
< 60% F
Schedule: The three exams are tentatively scheduled for week 5, week 10, and week 15, though this may change depending on the amount of material we are able to cover. I will announce in class the exact exam dates at least one week ahead of time. The final will be on Monday Dec 4th.
How to be successful in this class: In order for you to be successful in this or any other math class, you must be here. Being here is more than just being present. Be seated and ready to work before class begins, and don’t leave until class ends. Be engaged, and make sure that all mobile phones and/or any other electronic devices are turned off. There is no substitute for doing the work. You must do the exercises! Your success ultimately depends on the effort that you put into the course. This class is most likely one of the most abstract classes that you’ve taken to date. There will be productive struggle which is a good thing because that is how we learn. Do not be intimidated, but try to view this course as an opportunity to stretch yourselves. This class will help train you to be the type of critical thinker that today’s employers are looking for. You can do it! I am here to help; so don’t hesitate to ask questions and come to office hours.
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