22c196 Sensor Networks - Course Syllabus (Spring 2010)
- Time, Location, Instructors, Prerequisites, Textbooks
- General Information
- Miscellaneous Announcements: The University of Iowa Policies
- The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Policies and Procedures
Time, Location, Instructors, Prerequisites, Textbooks
Tuesday-Thursday 15:55-17:10 room 1100 UCC (Old Capitol Mall)
Professor: Ted Herman, 201M MacLean Hall, Telephone: 335-2833, Email: ted-herman AT uiowa.edu (replace AT by "@" and remove spaces), Office Hours: 11:00-12:00 Monday, Wednesday, Friday. The office hours will change during the semester, and the place for office hours will often move from my office to computer labs or other larger spaces, so that I can help more students and see problems interactively at the keyboard.
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Teaching Assistants: none.
Course Prerequisites: consent of professor.
Goals and Objectives of the Course
The notion of a sensor network has expanded considerably since the beginnings a decade ago. Formerly, wireless sensor networks consisted of very limited computing and sensing platforms, sometimes having as little as 1K memory and ten feet radio range. Now, sensor network platforms and applications are expanding, and there is overlap with embedded control, RFID, pervasive computing, and even cell phone software. High-end platforms are now as powerful as PCs of previous generations. In this course, we will consider the broad range of "sub-PC" platforms, which can include primitive devices with 10K of memory up to embedded Linux-capable devices. The common thread is that the application and sensing capabilities require techniques and tools outside of desktop programming. The course will be a project course, where students choose topics of interest and implement ideas on sub-PC platforms. It is hoped that the projects will have some aspects of networking, where multiple platforms communicate wirelessly.
Computer Science I is a three-credit course (two 75-minute sessions per week). The official university policy is to expect about two hours of work, outside of class, for each credit unit. Thus a typical expected workload would be about six hours per week outside of class. This is not a course where students read or write essays. Most of the time will be on experimenting with systems and embedded computing platforms and on studying technical resources.
Grading Procedures and Policy
Students will keep logs of their project activities, sometimes writing class notes, and reporting on experiments. Steady progress will be shown in these logs. The logs will have plans, progress, milestones, difficulties encountered and surmounted, and contributions (in case of group projects). Most of the grade will depend on the content of the logs. Other components of the grade might include some in-class presentations or in-the-lab demonstrations of work done, will be included in the evaluation for grading. No exams are planned for this course.
Plus/minus grading may be used.
No Class Days
There will be no class on 2 February.
Attendance, Tardiness, Late Policy
Due to the project nature of the course, there is no formal policy other than end-of-semester deadlines and other internal deadlines that students, groups, and the professor agree on to keep projects on track.
The panic phase has concluded.
Most resources are online; depending on the nature of projects, the Professor may supply equipment, lab resources and media to complete projects.
Miscellaneous Announcements: The University of Iowa Policies
This course is given by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). This means that class policies on matters such as requirements, grading, and sanctions for academic dishonesty are governed by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students wishing to add or drop this course after the official deadline must receive the approval of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Details of the University policy of cross enrollments may be found at: http://www.uiowa.edu/~provost/deos/crossenroll.doc.
See the student academic handbook for administrative procedures, your rights and responsibilities, and other topics. The official classroom procedures for faculty includes policies on cheating and plagiarism, students with disabilities, and other topics. In particular, we are required to state the following: I would like to hear from anyone who has a disability which may require seating modifications or testing accommodations or accommodations of other class requirements, so that appropriate arrangements may be made. Please contact me during my office hours.
Also, we are required to specify the following information. The name of the department, location of the departmental office, and information on how to contact the DEO or his/her designee: Department of Computer Science, 14 MacLean Hall, Professor James Cremer, DEO
- "Statement that, for each semester hour credit in the course, students should expect to spend two hours per week preparing for class sessions (e.g., in a three-credit-hour course, standard out-of-class preparation is six hours)."
- "Procedures for student complaints." There is rather specific language (legalese) describing the escalating hierarchy of complaint procedures in several University documents. Typically, the student tries to resolve the matter with the instructor; then it can go to the department chairman or higher levels of authority. Please see the official documents for all the details of grievances and appeals.
- The collegiate policy on plagiarism and cheating Plagiarism and cheating are not tolerated. In the past, I've gone so far as making multiple versions of quizzes and examinations to discourage cheating (which had the unfortunate side-effect of being "unfair" because not all examinations were identical). Generally, students caught cheating for the first time may be given a penalty up to an automatic F in the course. Such an F cannot be removed from the transcript. Penalties up to expulsion may apply to second offenses. While you are encouraged to discuss homework problems with others in the class (this is a good way to learn), do not copy solutions!
- Schedule of topics, readings, and course materials or other description of course content. See above, and frequently consult the course web page for assigned readings, pointers to online documents, and other announcements.
- Corrections or changes (if any) in the information about the course printed in the Schedule of Courses or other official University publications. Corrections, updates and announcements will be posted on the course web page version of this syllabus.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Policies and Procedures
Administrative Home of the Course
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the administrative home of this course and governs such academic matters as the add/drop deadlines, the second-grade-only option, issues concerning academic fraud or academic probation, and how credits are applied for various graduation requirements. Different colleges may have different policies. Students with questions about these or other CLAS policies should speak with an academic advisor or with the staff in 120 Schaeffer Hall. Also see the CLAS Academic Handbook: http://www.clas.uiowa.edu/students/academic_handbook/index.shtml
Plagiarism and any other activities that result in a student presenting work that is not his or her own are academic fraud. Academic fraud is reported to the departmental DEO and then to the Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Services in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who deals with academic fraud according to these guidelines: http://www.clas.uiowa.edu/students/academic_handbook/ix.shtml
Making a Suggestion or a Complaint
Students have the right to make suggestions or complaints and should first visit with the instructor, then with the course supervisor if appropriate, and next with the departmental DEO. All complaints must be made within six months of the incident. http://www.clas.uiowa.edu/students/academic_handbook/ix.shtml#5
Accommodations for Disabilities
A student seeking academic accommodations should first register with Student Disability Services and then meet with a SDS counselor who determines eligibility for services. A student approved for accommodations should meet privately with the course instructor to arrange particular accommodations. See http://www.uiowa.edu/~sds/
Understanding Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment subverts the mission of the University and threatens the well-being of students, faculty, and staff. See http://www.sexualharassment.uiowa.edu/
Reacting Safely to Severe Weather
If severe weather is indicated by the UI outdoor warning system, class members will seek shelter in the innermost part of the building, if possible at the lowest level, staying clear of windows and of free-standing expanses which might prove unstable. The class will resume after the severe weather has ended. See the Operations Manual section 16.14. i.
Writing Center 110 English-Philosophy Building, 335-0188, http://www.uiowa.edu/~writingc
Speaking Center 12 English-Philosophy Building, 335-0205, http://www.uiowa.edu/~rhetoric/centers/speaking
Mathematics Tutorial Laboratory 314 MacLean Hall, 335-0810, http://www.uiowa.edu/mathlabTutor
Tutor Referral Service Campus Information Center, Iowa Memorial Union, 335-3055, http://www.imu.uiowa.edu/cic/tutor_referral_service
Student Classroom Behavior
The ability to learn is lessened when students engage in inappropriate classroom behavior, distracting others; such behaviors are a violation of the Code of Student Life. When disruptive activity occurs, a University instructor has the authority to determine classroom seating patterns and to request that a student exit immediately for the remainder of the period. One-day suspensions are reported to appropriate departmental, collegiate, and Student Services personnel (Office of the Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students).
University Examination Policies
Missed exam policy. University policy requires that students be permitted to make up examinations missed because of illness, mandatory religious obligations, certain University activities, or unavoidable circumstances. Excused absence forms are available at the Registrar web site: http://www.registrar.uiowa.edu/forms/absence.pdf
Recently, the Student Health Services changed the policy on class excuses, please read here: http://www.uiowa.edu/~shs/clinical_services/class_excuse.shtml
An undergraduate student who has two final examinations scheduled for the same period or more than three examinations scheduled for the same day may file a request for a change of schedule before the published deadline at the Registrar's Service Center, 17 Calvin Hall, 8-4:30 M-F, (384-4300).