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CPSC 401; February 18, 2010

Monday, February 22nd, 2010
CPSC 401 Class Portrait, February 18, 2010

CPSC 401 Class Portrait, February 18, 2010

Test today on the material in chapters 1-8.  This is a writing intensive course so the test had a number of essay questions. I gave the students the essay questions before the exam so they would time to develop well-thought out answers. The resutls bore that out; many of the essays were very good.

The picture doesn’t show everyone on the class since they all hadn’t show up when I took the picture. There is another with more students but I really liked the looks on the faces of the ones  in this picture.

CPSC 401; February 16, 2010

Monday, February 22nd, 2010
CPSC 401 class portrait; February 16, 2010

CPSC 401 class portrait; February 16, 2010

So we had  this idea of representing the class as a binary tree. The root (Will) is in the back. Leaves int he front. Each student links to its children by putting an arm (left or right) o the shoulder of a child node. As good of an idea  that was, it turned out to be difficult to photograph.

We went over information on types and sample questions for the test that would be given the next class period.

CPSC 401; February 9, 2010

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

CPSC 401 Class Portrait, February 9, 2010The class portrait for February 9, 2010. We’ve ad lots of snow and they chose “Too Much Snow” as their words.  This class seems much more comfortable using the letters to make up words than my CPSC 110 class. Is it because they know each other better? As a group they are older, too.

More snow on Wednesday and Thursday and I didn’t get in to class on Thursday.

CPSC 401; February 2, 2010

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
CPSC 401, class portrait, Feb 2, 2010

CPSC 401, class portrait, Feb 2, 2010

Class arranged themselves by height.

Started class with an exchange of rough drafts. Everyone got a red pencil. The goal was to give helpful advice to a peer and to reduce word content by 10%. I received a report from one student that the exercise was not helpful. That student is making an appointment to see me regarding the paper before it is handed in.

We talked a little about types. I felt stymied by the lack of working markers. I’ll try to remember to bring markers with me next time.

Hopefully we’ll get the opportunity to discuss chapter 6 and chapter 7 on Thursday. I plan on giving an ML assignment on Thursday.

CPSC 401; January 21 2010

Sunday, January 24th, 2010
CPSC 401 class portrait  January 21, 2010

CPSC 401 class portrait January 21, 2010

This was the first Thursday we met. I  gone to Virginia Higher Education Advocacy Day the previous Thursday.

After taking a quiz on material on the sequence from source code to execution and binding times. A few questions on the quiz came from the previous chapters.

Writing and the first writing assignment took center stage after that. The assignment is detailed at
On Tuesday students will bring a list of at least 3 references for the question they will write about as well as an outline of what they will write.

Finally we got to discussing and showing examples of working with ML. We focused on looking at the first two tutorials in  “A Gentle Introduction to ML” by Andrew Cumming of Napier University in Edinburgh.  On Tuesday students will bring the answers to the self assessment section of each of those tutorials. We’ll discuss them nd then try some group work in the lab working on the problems in Chapter 5.  I haven’t told the class yet, but I’ll be away on Thursday for interviews related to my work on the CAS Dean search committee.

Here are a couple of pictures of  the class while they were taking the quiz.

CPSC 401 taking Quiz 1

CPSC 401 taking Quiz 1

CPSC 401 Taking quiz 1

CPSC 401 Taking quiz 1

CPSC 401. January 19, 2010

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
CPSC401 January 19, 2010

CPSC401 January 19, 2010

The picture at left shows the people in class  on Tuesday, January 19, 2010. Theree others are enrolled. One of those has not been to class once this semester.

HW was due on Tuesday, see for a description.

In class, we went over the topics in Chapter 4 of the text – support provided by a language system going from source through execution and the topic of binding times. Groups of students provided explanations of some terms. Having students explain the key points of each chapter  is the way I prefer to go through this material. The class also did some group work on the exercises for Chapter 4. The answers will be posted in the Course Documents portion of the Blackboard section for the class.

On Thursday we will go over the writing assignment, and then start to talk about using ML.

I had planned to start talking about a writing assignment, but we never got there. So that will be postponed one day.