Administrative details of CS349
The prerequisite for CS349 is CS230:Data structures,
with CS231 and CS242 highly recommended.
Registration is by permission of instructor only.
The recommended textbooks for the course are:
- Distributed Computing: Principles, Algorithms, and Systems Reissue Edition by Ajay D. Kshemkalyani and Mukesh Singhal
- Distributed Systems: Concepts and Design (Edition 5) by George Coulouris, Jean Dollimore, Tim Kindberg, and Gordon Blair
Every lecture, there will be required readings from multiple sources with a reference to the related chapters in these books. You do not have to buy the books, but they are excellent references.
Make sure that you are added to the Course's Piazza group. This group has several
purposes, one of which is class announcements.
I encourage you to use it for class discussions, and questions.
If you know the answer to a classmate's question, feel
free to post a reply yourself. Please do not post any
code in your messages on the group!
Lectures will be held virtually via Zoom during (almost) regular time. We'll start class at 1PM and end at 2PM. You each should have received an invitation to a calendar event with the details on how to join the virtual class. The details will also be posted on Piazza.
Most discussions in the lecture will be in a group format. Groups will be formed
of 4 students. We'll acheive this via Breakout sessions in Zoom.
There will be a mix of written assignments and programming assignments. All written
assignments are individual assignments, to be submitted in class.
All programming assignments are to be done in pairs, to be submitted through your
GitHub repository. Please check Assignment 0
for more details on how to
set up your GitHub account, and join the course's repository.
Final Project: During the second half of the
semester, project teams of 2 students work on a final project.
I have prepared for your a list of project topics, but other project ideas are welcome! If your group prefers to work
on an interesting application or problem, we can discuss it.
Each team will give a short presentation of their "almost" final project during
the last two meetings of the semester, and will submit the final project with its documentation before the last day of exams.
There will be no exams in the course for the Spring 2020 semester, and they will be replaced with individual written assignmnets, in which no collaboration is allowed.
For Spring 2020, grading will be mandatory credit/none. There is an option to receive a credit with distinction (MCRD), which represents higher merit. Consistent active participation in the course is a key factor to receiving an MCRD.
Active participation can be in the form of:
- Asking questions on Piazza
- Answering questions on Piazza
- Joining an online meeting at least once a week (includes office hours)
- Answering polls
All support in the course will be held virtually, through Zoom chats, Piazza posts and discussions, and emails.
Christine's Office Hours
All office hours will be held via Zoom (details in Piazza). There will be two types of office hours, open join-in and one-on-one office hours.
* Open join-in office hours will be held on Tuesdays from 11AM to 12:30PM, and on Wednesdays from 10PM to Midnight.
* As for the one-on-one office hours, 15 minute slots will be available for your to sign up on the course's support calendar (link here). Once you sign up, a Zoom meeting will be automatically scheduled.
* Of course, if none of these times work for you, feel free to email me, and I will do my best to schedule another time with you.
Collaboration in CS343
Here is overview on our collaboration policy, and it is followed by a more detailed explanation below:
Class Discussions: Teams of 4 students
Written Assignments: No collaboration
Programming Assignments: Pairs of students
Project: Pairs of students (Maybe 3, if you plan to work on a larger project)
You know that collaboration is awesome!
During class, all discussions and exercises will be done by the whole team.
During assignments, I encourage you to talk with other students about the course
material, especially with your team-mates.
In general, teams are allowed to discuss assignment tasks with other
teams and exchange ideas about how to solve them. However, there is a
thin line between collaboration and plagiarizing the work of
Each team or individual student must compose their own solution to
each task. Discussing strategies and approaches with classmates and
receiving general debugging advice from them is acceptable and
encouraged. However you (and your partner) are required to write and
debug all of your code yourselves. Furthermore, you should never look at another
student's code. For example, it is OK to borrow code from the
textbook, from materials discussed in class, and from other sources as
long as you give proper credit. However, it is unacceptable and
constitutes a violation of the Honor Code (1) to write a program
together with someone not part of your team and turn in two copies of
the same program, (2) to copy code written by your classmates, or (3) to
read another student's or team's code.
In keeping with the
standards of the scientific community, you must give credit where
credit is due. If you make use of an idea that was developed by (or
jointly with) others, please reference them appropriately in your
work. It is unacceptable for students to work together but not to
acknowledge each other in their write-ups.
If you have a disability or condition, either long-term or temporary, and need reasonable academic adjustments in this course, please contact Accessibility and Disability Resources (ADR) to get a letter outlining your accommodation needs, and submit that letter to me. You should request accommodations as early as possible in the semester, or before the semester begins, since some situations can require significant time for review and accommodation design. If you need immediate accommodations, please arrange to meet with me as soon as possible. If you are unsure but suspect you may have an undocumented need for accommodations, you are encouraged to contact (ADR). They can provide assistance including screening and referral for assessments.
Disability Services can be reached at email@example.com, at 781-283-2434, by scheduling an appointment online at their website, https://www.wellesley.edu/adr or by visiting their offices on the 3rd floor of Clapp Library, rooms 316 and 315.