15-213/14-513/15-513 Intro to Computer Systems: Assignments

There will be weekly written assignments:

  • Each assignment consists of 1-3 questions that require students to write single paragraph answers.
  • You will have 1 week to prepare a PDF with your answer(s) in English / C / etc.
  • They will be released and collected on Canvas.
  • Three student peers will provide short, constructive feedback and a score (1-10).
  • Grading of Assignments: Each student will be graded according to the following three parts (each part weighted equally):
    1. Does the student's handin indicate any effort (not a homework for another class, not copying from the book)?
    2. What is the average of the three numerical scores assigned by the peer reviewers?
    3. Did the student complete their peer reviews, providing constructive feedback?
  • Assignments are due at 11:59 pm on the specified due date Eastern Time. There are no late submissions and Canvas will generally accept one submission. Please be aware of these restrictions when working on your submission and your peer reviews.
  • There will be 12 written assignments in all. We will drop your two lowest scores. The 10 remaining are each worth 2% of your course grade.


Written  Out Weight (%) Topic Due Peer Review

W1 Wed Sep 8 2 Bits, Bytes, Integers Wed Sep 15   Wed Sep 22
W2 Wed Sep 15 2 Machine Programming (Basics, Control) Wed Sep 22   Wed Sep 29
W3 Wed Sep 22 2 Machine Programming (Procedures, Data) Wed Sep 29   Wed Oct 6
W4 Wed Sep 29 2 Machine Programming Advanced, Memory Hierarchy Wed Oct 6   Wed Oct 13
W5 Wed Oct 6 2 Cache Memories, Design and Debugging Wed Oct 13   Wed Oct 20
W6 Wed Oct 13 2 Code Optimization, Linking, Dynamic Memory Allocation Wed Oct 20   Wed Oct 27
W7 Wed Oct 20 2 Dynamic Memory Allocation Wed Oct 27   Wed Nov 3
W8 Wed Oct 27 2 Virtual Memory Wed Nov 3   Wed Nov 10
W9 Wed Nov 3 2 Exceptional Control Flow Wed Nov 10   Wed Nov 17
W10 Wed Nov 10 2 System Level I/O, Network Programming Wed Nov 17   Tue Nov 23
W11 Wed Nov 17 2 Network Programming, Concurrent Programming Tue Nov 23   Tue Nov 30
W12 Tue Nov 23 2 Synchronization, Parallelism Tue Nov 30   Fri Dec 3
Total 20%

We will provide you with a model solution and a grading rubric after an assignment is due, to guide you in your peer reviews. This two-part (writing and evaluating) sequence has been shown to improve student learning. As your peers are grading these anonymously, you are not required to include your name either in your submission or feedback. If you disagree with the feedback from your peers, you can make a private post on Piazza within 7 days, as per any other regrades in the course.

If the feedback you received is offensive or otherwise not in support of a welcoming and inclusive climate, please email your Professor.