Computer Science 217
Introduction to Programming Systems
General Information |
The purpose of this course is to provide the fundamental background necessary
to understand, design and implement the components of software systems.
Examples of such components include text editors, assemblers, linkers, interpreters,
profilers, and portions of operating systems. The course is
divided into four major parts, programming in C language, software
engineering disciplines, machine organization and assembly language
programming, basic system services and their implementations.
TTh 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM, Computer Science Building 105
- TTh 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM, Computer Science Building 302 (Robert Dondero)
- W 2:30 PM - 3:20 PM & F 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM (note change), Computer Science Building 301 (Amit Agarwal)
- WF 12:30 PM - 1:20 PM, Computer Science Building 302 (Robert Dondero)
Randy Wang : Computer Science
Building 320 : 609-258-6709: email@example.com
Office Hours: TTh 11:00-12:00, or by appointment
Robert Dondero :
Computer Science Building 206 : 609-258-2211 :
Office Hours: TTh 12:30-1:20, WF 1:30-2:20, or by appointment
Amit Agarwal : Computer
Science Building 313 : 609-258-6126 :
Office Hours: MTh 3-4 PM, or by appointment
Tina McCoy :
Computer Science Building 410 : 609-258-1746 :
Lab Teaching Assistants
Available in the Friend Center 017 and 016 labs as per this
Lab Teaching Assistant
COS 126. More specifically, you should have substantial programming
experience using some high-level programming language such as Java. Prior
experience with the C programming language is helpful but not essential.
Textbooks and Other Reading
Required (available at the University Bookstore):
- C Programming: A Modern Approach, K. N. King, Norton & Co. 1996.
- The Practice of Programming, Brian W. Kernighan and Rob Pike, Addison-Wesley 1999.
Required (available online):
Highly Recommended (available at the University Bookstore, and on reserve in the
- Programming with GNU Software, Michael K. Loukides & Andrew Oram, O'Reilly 1997.
Optional (available online):
Optional (available at the University Bookstore, and on reserve in the
- The Unix Programming Environment, Brian W. Kernighan and Rob Pike, Prentice-Hall
Other (on reserve in the Engineering Library):
- The C Programming Language (second edition), Brian W.Kernighan and Dennis M. Ritchie, Prentice-Hall 1988.
- C: A Reference Manual (any recent edition), Samuel P. Harbison &
Guy L. Steele, Prentice-Hall 1994.
- C Interfaces and Implementations, David R. Hanson, Addison-Wesley 1996.
Note: You may use different editions of the textbooks, but if so then you
are responsible for figuring out any changes in section numbers for the
The Policies regarding
collaboration and plagiarism are similar to those in COS 126.
Please read them.