15292 History of Computing

History of Computing




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Tom Cortina and the Difference Engine Dr. Tom Cortina
Email: tcortina at cs dot cmu dot edu
Office: Gates Hillman Center 4117
Office Hours: MWF 4:30-5:20PM (except campus holidays)
Phone: 412-268-3514
Teaching Assistant: Aaron Gutierrez (amgutier@andrew)
Extra Help Hours: Thursdays 6:30-7:30PM, Sundays 4:00-5:00PM
Location: Citadel Commons, 5th floor of Gates Hillman Center near the Randy Pausch Bridge

Meeting Times

You are required to go to your assigned lecture. Part of your course grade will depend on attendance and participation.

Section A MWF 10:30-11:50AM GHC 5222

Course Textbook(s)

The following textbook (and edition) is required. Additional information about each topic we cover in class is found in this textbook so if you want to get a better understanding of the course material, you are encouraged to read the corresponding sections of the textbook. Check online sources for an educational student edition which is now available for purchase. Do NOT download an illegal pdf version from the Internet; this can result in a CMU academic integrity violation.

Book image Computer: A History of The Information Machine (NEW 3rd Edition)
by Martin Campbell-Kelly, William Aspray, Nathan Ensmenger and Jeffrey R. Yost
Publisher: Westview Press (2013)
ISBN: 978-0813345901

In addition to the course textbook, there may be additional readings from class handouts and the following online books for supplementary information:

Computing Before Computers
edited by William Aspray
Original Publisher: Iowa State University Press (1990)
Bit By Bit: An Illustrated History of Computers
by Stan Augarten
Original Publisher: Ticknor & Fields (1984)
A History of the Personal Computer: The People and the Technology
by Roy A. Allen
Original Publisher: Allan Publishing (2001)

HELPFUL SUGGESTION You may want to download personal copies of the pdf files for the online texts in case those servers go down. Follow all copyright and fair usage rules for these files. Use for personal educational use only.

Course Grading

All assignments must be handed in on time (unless you are given instructions otherwise). Late or missing work will receive a 0. The reason this is done is so that we can get feedback to you as quickly as possible. See the ASSIGNMENTS page for detailed information about this grading policy.

You must take all tests (weekly quizzes and in-class exam) at the times they are given. NO MAKEUPS FOR EXAMS will be allowed except for acceptable documented circumstances (e.g. major illness, death in immediate family, university-sanctioned event with verification from advisor/coach, etc.).

Your course grade will be calculated based on the following:

Film Summaries: 10%
Quizzes: 30%
Term Paper: 10%
Computing Projects: 15%
Final Exam: 35%

Grades from all assignments and exams may be reviewed for up to 5 days after they are returned/posted, except when noted. After this period, the grade is considered final and cannot be changed. We reserve the right to review an entire assignment/exam if it is submitted for re-grading.

You may check your grades throughout the semester by logging on to Autolab (on andrew).

Academic Integrity

The value of your degree depends on the academic integrity of yourself and your peers in each of your classes. It is expected that, unless otherwise instructed, the work you submit as your own will be your own work and not someone else's work or a collaboration between yourself and other(s).

Please read the University Policy on Academic Integrity carefully to understand the penalties associated with academic dishonesty at CMU. In this class, cheating/copying/plagiarism means copying all or part of a program or homework solution from another student or unauthorized source, knowingly giving such information to another student, or giving or receiving unauthorized information during an examination. In general, each solution you submit (term paper, homework or exam) must be your OWN work. In the event that you use information written by another person in your solution, you must cite the source of this information properly (and receive permission if required). Direct quotations from another source, when allowed, MUST be quoted and cited properly.

Your course instructor reserves the right to determine an appropriate penalty based on the violation of academic dishonesty that occurs. Violations of the university policy can result in severe penalties including failing this course and possible expulsion from Carnegie Mellon University. If you have any questions about this policy and any work you are doing in the course, please feel free to contact your instructor for help.

Global Communication Center

The Global Communication Center (GCC) prepares CMU students to communicate in an interconnected world by providing free one-on-one tutoring and workshops on writing and oral presentation. The GCC is located in Hunt Library, first floor. For more information: visit www.cmu.edu/gcc.

Students With Disabilities

Individuals with documented disabilities may be eligible to receive services/accomodations from CMU's Disability Services office. The new location of their office is Margaret Morrison Plaza Suite 30 (along Margaret Morrison Street across from the food trucks). For more information, please contact Disability Services at access@andrew.cmu.edu.

Personal Wellness

Take care of yourself. Do your best to maintain a healthy lifestyle this semester by eating well, exercising, avoiding drugs and alcohol, getting enough sleep and taking some time to relax. This will help you achieve your goals and cope with stress.

All of us benefit from support during times of struggle. You are not alone. There are many helpful resources available on campus and an important part of the college experience is learning how to ask for help. Asking for support sooner rather than later is often helpful.

If you or anyone you know experiences any academic stress, difficult life events, or feelings like anxiety, depression or suicide, we strongly encourage you to seek support. Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS) is here to help: call 412-268-2922 and visit their website . Consider reaching out to a friend, faculty or family member you trust for help getting connected to the support that can help.

Call, anytime day or night:
CaPS: 412-268-2922
Re:solve Crisis Network: 888-796-8226
If the situation is life threatening, call the police:
On campus (CMU Police): 412-268-2323
Off campus: 911