15213 Introduction to Computer Systems
Exams and Quizzes
All quizzes and exams are open book, open notes. During a quiz, you
may use the computer only to access Blackboard, the official class
material, or your own online notes. Google searches or running
programs is prohibited. During an exam, you may not use the computer at
all. For both quizzes and exams you are permitted to use a calculator
for arithmetic, but you may not run programs on it.
Quizzes
Quizzes are taken online via the Blackboard system. There will be a
quiz every week there is a recitation, except right before or after an
exam. There are 8 quizzes throughout the semester, worth 15 points
each. Your lowest quiz score will be dropped, given a total of 100 (+5
extra) points for the quizzes, which is 10% of your grade.
Online quizzes will be timed at 30 minutes. You must complete the
quiz once you have started it. That is, you cannot save it and return
to it later, so make sure you have enough uninterrupted time reserved
and have a reliable connection.
Quizzes are available after the last recitation on Monday
and must be started by 11:30pm on Tuesday.
Quizzes may not be printed out, nor may you discuss quiz questions or
answers until they after the quiz is due. Each of these constitute
a violation of the university's academic integrity standards.
Quizzes cover the material since the last quiz or exam.
We strongly recommend that you prepare for the quizzes by reviewing
the lecture and recitation material before attempting the quiz. You may
find it difficult to finish the quiz or exam in the allotted time if you
do not prepare.

Date 
Points 

1 
Mon Jan 30 
15 
2 
Mon Feb 6 
15 
3 
Mon Feb 20 
15 
4 
Mon Mar 20 
15 
5 
Mon Mar 27 
15 
6 
Mon Apr 3 
15 
7 
Mon Apr 24 
15 
8 
Mon May 1 
15 

Exam 1
Tue Feb 28, during lecture time (9:0010:20)
Sections A, B, C in WeH 7500
Sections D, E, F in DH 2210
Exam 1 covers Chapters 13 and 56. Some sections of these chapters
are omitted; see the course schedule for a more precise reading list.
Exam 1 is worth 75 points, which is 7.5% of your grade. Sample exams
and solutions from prior years are below in order to help you prepare.
Exam 2
Tue Apr 11, during lecture time (9:0010:20)
Sections A, B, C in WeH 7500
Sections D, E, F in DH 2210
Exam 2 covers Chapters 7, 8, 10, and the material
on Cyclone from lecture and is worth 75 points, which
is 7.5% of your grade. Sample exams and solutions from prior years are
below in order to help you prepare.
Final
Mon May 8, 1:00pm4:00pm, UC McConomy
The final is cumulative, but places emphasis on the last part of the
course, Chapters 12 and 13. The final is worth a total of 150 points,
which is 15% of your grade. Sample finals and solutions from prior
years are below in order to help you prepare.
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