Princeton University
Computer Science Department

Computer Science 217
Introduction to Programming Systems

Jaswinder Pal Singh

Fall 2012

General Information | Schedule | Assignments | Announcements | Policies

Course Summary

The purpose of this course is to provide the fundamental background necessary to understand, design and implement the components of programming systems. Examples of such components include text editors, assemblers, compilers, loaders, interpreters, and portions of operating systems. The course is divided into three major parts: machine organization and assembly language programming, program design and development, and software tools.

Administrative Information


TTh 10:00AM-10:50AM, Friend Center 101


Please direct questions concerning your precept assignment to Colleen Kenny-McGinley, the CS Department's Undergraduate Coordinator. Colleen's contact information is provided later on this page. The course's professor, lead preceptor, and graduate student preceptors do not manage precept assignments.

Number Meeting Time Meeting Place Preceptor Grader
1 MW 1:30PM-2:20PM CS Building 102 Dondero Dondero *
2 MW 3:30PM-4:20PM CS Building 102 Koruga Liu *
3 MW 7:30PM-8:20PM CS Building 102 Koruga Liu *
4 TTh 12:30PM-1:20PM CS Building 102 Mittal Mittal *
4a TTh 12:30PM-1:20PM Friend Center 110 Nwanna Nwanna *
5 TTh 1:30PM-2:20PM CS Building 102 Dondero Dondero *
5a TTh 1:30PM-2:20PM Friend Center 111 Flynn Flynn *
6 TTh 3:30PM-4:20PM CS Building 102 Jayakumar Jayakumar *
7 TTh 7:30PM-8:20PM CS Building 102 Oda Oda *

* Sometimes with help from our undergraduate graders.


Jaswinder Pal Singh : CS Building 423 : 609-258-5329 :

Office Hours: TTh 11 am to noon in CS Building 423

Lead Preceptor

Robert Dondero : CS Building 206 : 609-258-2211 :

Office Hours: MTWTh 2:30PM-3:20PM, or by appointment, in CS Building 206. I might be late if students have questions after precept. In that case feel free to see me in the precept classroom, CS Building 102.

Graduate Student Preceptors and Graders

Margo Flynn : CS Building 003 : 609-258-2072 :

Office Hours: TTh 2:30PM-3:20PM in CS Building 003.

Madhuvanthi (Madhu) Jayakumar : CS Building 001A : 609-258-6862 :

Office Hours: F 2:30PM-3:20PM and F 3:30PM-4:20PM in CS Building 001A.

Sasha Koruga : CS Building 004 : 609-258-1785 :

Office Hours: M 5:30PM-6:20PM and M 6:30PM-7:20PM in CS Building 004.

Siyu (Steven) Liu : CS Building 003 : 609-258-2072 :

Office Hours: F 12:30PM-1:20PM and F 1:30PM-2:20PM in CS Building 003.

Akshay Mittal : CS Building 001A : 609-258-6862 :

Office Hours: MW 4:30PM-5:20PM in CS Building 001A.

Tobechukwu (Tobe) Nwanna : CS Building 003 : 609-258-2072 :

Office Hours: T 4:30PM-5:20PM and T 5:30PM-6:20PM in CS Building 003.

Reid Oda : CS Building 418c : 609-258-7263 :

Office Hours: TTh 8:30PM-9:20PM in CS Building 102.

Undergraduate Graders

Junjun Chen :

Matthew Colen :

Undergraduate Coordinator

Colleen Kenny-McGinley : CS Building 210 : 609-258-1746 :

Lab Teaching Assistants

Available in the Friend Center 016 and 017 computer labs. A lab teaching assistant schedule provides details. The schedule may change, especially during the beginning of the semester. So please check it often.


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

The course uses these textbooks and manuals:

Required Textbook

That book is available in the University bookstore and is on reserve in the Engineering Library.

Highly Recommended Textbooks

Those books are available in the University bookstore and are on reserve in the Engineering Library.

Reference Manuals

The course uses these manuals, for reference only:

All are freely available through the Web.

The course Schedule page links to a few additional readings.

Academic Regulations

The Policies web page provides the course policies regarding collaboration and plagiarism. Please study that page thoroughly.