Princeton University
Computer Science Department

Computer Science 217
Introduction to Programming Systems

Jennifer Rexford

Spring 2011

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


MW 10:00AM-10:50AM, Computer Science Building 105 (Small Auditorium)


Number Meeting Time Meeting Place Preceptor
1 MW 1:30PM-2:20PM Computer Science Building 102 Moretti
2 TR 1:30PM-2:20PM Computer Science Building 102 Moretti
4 TR 7:30PM-8:20PM Computer Science Building 102 Isaacman


Jennifer Rexford : Computer Science Building 306 : 609-258-5182 :

Office Hours: By appointment, Computer Science Building 306

Lead Preceptor

Christopher Moretti : Computer Science Building 206 : 609-258-5388 :

Office Hours: MTWR 2:30-3:30 Computer Science Building 206


Sibren Isaacman : F201 Engineering Quad, Cubical E1 :

Office Hours: T 4:30-5:30 and W 3:30-4:30, F218 Engineering Quad

Undergraduate Coordinator

Colleen Kenny-McGinley : Computer Science 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.


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.

Academic Regulations

The Policies regarding collaboration and plagiarism are similar to those in COS 126. Please read them.