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Advanced Programming Techniques

Course Details

Course Number
CMPS 5443
Section Number
CMPS 5443
Fall 2016
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Tu/Thur 12:30 am -1:50 pm

Richard P. Simpson (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

This course is being offered for the first time to a graduate class and is aimed at solving a large variety of problems that you may encounter in an interview or a programming contest.  The books Cracking the Coding Interview and Elements of Programming Interviews will be used as a source for interview problems as well as Competitive Programming 3 for the contest problems.  The C++ standard template library will be discussed and used as needed since many of the STL types can simplify many of the problems we attack.  If a problem requires a specific data structure we will review that as well. In addition to the above we will use the UVa Online Judge.  This will allow us to submit problems and have the online judge grade them for us.  This site is heavily used by the teams that plan on competing in the annual ACM programming contest.

Course Expectations

 You are required to keep a notebook of the problems you solve. In this notebook, combine the source, local output for your test data and your position on the UVa website for the problem.  Several USB drives will be necessary for saving lab projects to turn in.  You are also responsible for keeping backups of all projects until the end of the semester. If I ask you the end of the semester for a copy and you do not have it you will get no credit.  Keeping regular backups is one of the most important things a student of computing must learn to do.

Grading Standards

Exams:There will be 2 exams and a final.  The two exams will be 10 %  each and the final is 20 %.  Projects will be 60 %.  

Final Exam 12/15/2016 10:30 am- 12:30 pm
Submission Format Policy

Programs: All programs need to be turned in, stapled,  with your name, project number, and date turned in on the front.  Copied projects will receive a 0 as well.  All programs need to be carefully documented and properly formatted.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

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Attendance Requirements

I expect 100% attendence. 

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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