Mechanics Syllabus Assignments Supplemental
CS 581: Spring 2011

Course Mechanics

CS 581: Theory of Computation
3 credits

Instructor: James Hook
office: Fourth Avenue Building, room 120-05
Willow Creek Office: WC 314
PSU phone: +1 503 725 5540
office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 - 5pm, at Willow Creek 314, or by appointment in my PSU campus office
No office hours on Thursday March 31, Tuesday May 3, Thursday May 5, and Thursday June 2.

Class meetings: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:15 - 6:30pm, Willow Creek 313.

Final Exam: Tuesday, June 7, 5:30-7:20pm.

Class mailing list:

There is a class mailing list. The web interface is:
To subscribe by email send a message with just the word `help' as subject or in the body, to:

Access to Wireless at Willow Creek:

PCC provides a temporary generic wireless account for our students each term. Students can use this account to connect to the internet and then to PSU/MCECS via webmail. The student account for Winter Term is:
Log in: PSU Spring 2011
Password: PSU Spring 2011 (and yes those are spaces between the words)
Account expires: June 11, 2011

Collaboration policy:

Unless explicitly instructed otherwise, please hand in solutions that you prepared individually without directly consulting other sources or notes. Never represent the work of others as your own work.

You are encouraged to meet with other students to discuss homework problems, but please discard all notes from these sessions. Do not consult notes from discussions with other students or other solutions when preparing your solution. Do not provide other students with access to your solution. If you require resources other than the book to solve a problem please identify those reources with proper citations (but as for collaborations, set the source asside and do not consult it directly when preparing your soultion). When selecting other resources, give priority to original sources, texts, and lecture notes. Do not consult sample soultions specific to the problems assigned.

No exam problems are to be discussed with another student until both students have handed in their exams.

Students are responsible to keep their exam answers to themselves. Allowing a solution to be copied is as serious a breach of academic integrity as copying.

Academic Integrity:
Academic integrity is a core value of the university. You are expected to behave with integrity at all times. Cheating will result in a grade of zero on the assignment or exam on which the student cheats and the initiation of disciplinary action at the university level. See the Student Code of Conduct:

As a guideline I will base 40% of the grade on the final exam, 30% on the midterm, and 30% on homework. Other factors, including class participation, may be considered as well.

For this class offering we have not been assigned a T.A. or grader. I will be grading all assignments. Be prepared to discuss key ideas in your solutions in the class period where they are due. I may elect to grade a subset of the assigned problems.

All assignments are due at the beginning of class. Late assignments will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances, preferably with prior approval.

Students Requiring Accommodation:
If you are a student with a disability in need of academic accommodations, you should register with Disability Services for Students and notify the instructor immediately to arrange for support services.

Equal Opportunity:
Portland State University supports equal educational opportunity for all regardless of sex, race, national origin, age, marital status, handicap, religion or sexual orientation.