McMaster University
Computer Science II

COMP SCI 1MD3, Term II 2005/06

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Lectures and Tutorials

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30-10:20 in HH/305
Labs Tutorials
L01: Friday 13:30-14:20 in BSB/245 T01: Thursday 13:30-14:20 in BSB/245
L02: Thursday 16:30-17:20 in BSB/245 T02: Wednesday 16:30-17:20 in BSB/245


Dr. J. Carette, ITB-168 , ext 26869

Office hours: by appointment (or catch me after class).

For all course related questions, a class forum has been set up on WebCT so that questions and their answers can be posted centrally. The instructor will generally not answer emails sent to him directly, but will answer questions posted on the discussion forum(s) very frequently.

Teaching Assistants



Computer Science Illuminated, 2nd Edition, by Nell Dale & John Lewis. Publisher - Jones and Bartlett. The textbook comes with a book of many of the slides that will be used for the course - very convenient for note taking.
You will also find many tutorials on Python on the web, as well as various books. As I read these books, I will post recommendations here.

Course Objectives

This course is for people who have had an introduction to programming. From the undergraduate calendar, the topics of the course are:
abstract data models and data structures; virtual memory and memory allocation; advanced programming paradigms: recursion, functional programming, communication protocols; logic, finite-state machines and complexity
More broadly, the objectives of this course will be to continue to teach programming basics, as well as introduce a number of more advanced computer science topics that will be covered more in depth in later courses.
Broadly, the course will have 2/3 of the lectures on topics such as data structures, algorithms, programming languages, complexity, and 1/3 of the lectures will be spent on (quick) overviews of advanced topics such as XML, OCaml, Haskell, compilers, interpreters, scientific computation, symbolic computation, templates and the STL, genericity, Open Source, automated testing, garbage collection, web technologies, IDEs, etc. The exact list of topics will be finalized partway through the term; as well, the class will have input on the final list of topics.

Course Information on Web, and Slides

The latest version of this outline and the most "up-to date" information as well as hand-outs can be found on the course web page.
(Or go to my home page and then to the course page). The slides and assignments can be found there as well.

Mid-terms, Exams, and Grading



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