Aurora University csc2600 Syllabus: Fall 2007.

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Instructor: Peter ChenOffice hours: before or after class
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Course Description:
CSC2600 Discrete Structures, 4 semester hours
Mathematical topics fundamental to the computer science curriculum. The topics covered include number systems, logic, sets and functions, matrices, relations, graphs, combinatorics, probablility and Boolean Algebra.
Prerequisite: MTH1100 (College Algebra).

Required Textbooks:
- David Gries and Fred B. Schneider. A Logical Approach to Discrete Math. New York: Springer, 1993.

The instruction time for each class is 85 minutes, with 20 minutes of break time, for a total of 105 minutes. Attendance inlectures is critical to success in this course. Attendance in lecture is worth 2 points for each class; points may be deducted for tardiness, leaving early, or for being disruptive in class.

There will be 4 tests, each worth 100 points. The lowest score of the 4 tests is weighted at 50%; so the total possible points from the tests are 350. Tests are not cumulative. Makeup tests must be taken by the next scheduled class; otherwise a score of 0 will be recorded for that test. There will be quizzes worth 10 points each, with the lowest score of the dropped. The quizzes are unannounced. No makeups are available for quizzes. Other assignments will include a homework assignment, and a team presentation.

4 tests, 100 pts each350
quizzes, 10 pts each-10
1 homework, 75 pts each75
Team presentation66
Attendance (24 classes)48
A (90%)476.1
B (80%)423.2
C (70%)370.3
D (60%)317.4
F (<60%)<317.4

Grades and Tests:
The class web site will provide access to your grades. You will need to setup a password access your grade and also take tests online. I will try to grade tests and quizzes as soon as possible, so we can review them before moving to the next topic. I will provide some review questions to check your understaning of major concepts, though test questions will be broader in scope, so do not rely on these review questions as your major preparation for tests. If you miss a test, you need to make it up before the next class period.

Taking Notes:
Outlines for each class are posted on the web and distributed in class. You may use these as an aid in taking notes, or you may choose to take notes on your own paper. In either case, you are encouraged to take notes; achievement in class is strongly correlated with note taking!

Homework and Assignments:
You have homework assignment for every class: read the assigned material before coming to class, and bring your textbook to class. One specific written homework will be given during the semester. There will also be a team project. All assignments should be typed and include at least 2 references, unless otherwise specified, using either APA or MLA citation style. The textbook does not count as references. Attach copies of the specific pages you referenced, and use a highlighter to highlight the passages used. If the reference is available electronically, you can cut and paste the relevant sections and boldface or otherwise highlight your passages. Assignments should be submitted to me electronically as part of your record; you may use the class upload tool to submit your assignment.

Extra credit: Quizzes and tests nay contain extra credit questions; these may cover topics in the textbook not specifically addressed in class, or topics raised during discussions in class, so pay attention to class discussions and participate! Supplementary reading material will be provided for some classes; you can earn up to 4 extra credit points by writing a one-page report on the supplmentary reading and giving a brief presentation during class, up to a total of 20 points.

Withdrawal Policy:
The deadline to withdraw from class without receiving any grade is Saturday, 08/31. Deadline to withdraw with an automatic "W" is Saturday, 11/10. Withdrawal after that date will require my approval, and only under extreme circumstances. However, I will not grant a request to withdraw if you are getting a failing grade at that time.

Plagiarism/Academic Dishonesty:
Academic dishonesty is prohibited. Cheating on quizzes and tests or plagiarism on written assignments will result in a grade of 0 and possible F for the course. Refer to the Aurora University A-Book for a full description of the school Policy Statement on Academic Integrity.

If you have any questions about this class, or about your career here at Aurora University and beyond, please feel free to contact me by telephone, email, or in-person. If you need to see me at times other than before or after class, please make arrangements with me.

Congratulations, you have finished reading the Syllabus for csc2600. Read the assignments and notes as carefully as you have read this, and you will do well!

This syllabus is a living document and is subject to change.

Aurora University csc2600 Syllabus: Fall 2007. Updated: Aug 11, 2007. copyleft Peter Chen.