CSC 299 Sophomore Lab in Applied Computing
In CSC 299, students investigate a particular application of
computing. Students learn tools, methodologies, and formalisms used
in a particular computing area, and apply them to develop working
systems. The course stresses student initiative in investigating the
application context, learning new tools (including languages and
APIs), studying algorithms and code examples, and working on
The particular topic of study in this offering of CSC 299 is
"Hardware Project for the Raspberry Pi". You will apply problem
solving and programming skills toward building physical systems
using the Raspberry Pi. The course will cover basic electronics and
the Python API for managing hardware devices including serial
communication, interfacing with digital and analog inputs (sensors),
controlling motors, and using displays. Throughout the course and
the final project, you will work in groups to build basic physical
systems (e.g., controlling LEDs) to moderately sophisticated ones
(e.g., remotely piloting a robot).
Raspberry Pi Cookbook by Simon Monk, O'Reilly Media, 2013, ISBN
OPTIONAL book (I will not be using it but it is a very gentle intro
to electronics if you would like one)
Make: Electronics by Charles Platt, Maker Media, Inc, 2009, ISBN
Raspberry Pi 2 Model B Complete Starter Kit by Vilros ($69.99)
The textbook will be available at the bookstore as usual, but the
the Raspberry Pi kits will not.
The course grade will be apportioned as follows:
A homework assignment---typically consisting of reading online
materials---will be assigned most weeks. You will need to complete
this assignment prior to the next class meeting during which I will
give a short quiz based on the assignment. Each week, I will also
grade your work during class (i.e., lab) time. If you do not come to
class you will get 0 points for the quiz (if given) and 0 points for
the lab work. You can get points back if you complete the quiz
and/or the lab work at a later date, but you can do so only twice.
During the last three weeks of the course, you will be working on a
group project which you will present in week 10 of the class. A final project write-up will be due during exam week.
To do well in this course, you should come to class regularly,
participate in the discussion and lab activities, read the
assigned readings each week as indicated in the homework
assignments, and talk to me promptly if you have any problems.
You must also have taken CSC 242 or 243 or an equivalent intro to
programming course. To be in this class you must have passed these
courses or have been waived out of them. More to the point, you must
already know how to program in Python or have sufficient programming
experience so that you can learn Python quickly on your own.
You will need to bring your Raspberry Pi kit to class. If you have
a laptop and can bring it to class, I encourage you to do so.
This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.
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separate from the student’s identity. Since 100% participation is our goal, students are sent periodic reminders over three weeks. Students do not receive reminders once they complete the evaluation.
Students complete the evaluation online in CampusConnect.
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have any questions be sure to consult with your professor.
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you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
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Phone number: (312)362-8002