CSC 4170: Theory of Computation
Meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00-5:15 PM, White 218
Course Home Page: http://www.csc.villanova.edu/~map/4170/
Instructor: Dr. M.A. Papalaskari
Teaching Assistant: Sailaja Chagarlamudi Office hours Mondays 1-4pm, Mendel 158
"Introduction to the Theory of Computation" (3rd edition) By Michael Sipser. Cengage Learning, 2013. ISBN 978-1-133-18779-0
Description and goals: This course is about what computers can and cannot do. It approaches this question in a strict mathematical fashion. The goal of the course is to expand your mind and give you conceptual tools for solving theoretical and practical problems.
Topics and Schedule (tentative):
Grading: Your grade will be based on the quizzes, midterm, and final exams. They will be given every Thursday. Missed quizzes cannot be made up. One quiz with the lowest grade, however, will be automatically dropped. A quiz will typically have two questions: one from the latest two homework assignments, and one from some earlier homework assignment.
A weekly 10-15 min quiz will be given every Tuesday, unless otherwise noted. Missed quizzes cannot be made up. One quiz with the lowest grade, however, will be automatically dropped. A quiz will typically have two questions: one from the latest two homework assignments, and one from some earlier homework assignment.
The midterm and final will be cumulative. If you must miss the midterm or final, please provide appropriate documentation and make arrangements for a make-up, if possible, before or as soon afterward as feasible. A missed midterm or final without adequate documentation will count as zero points toward the final grade.
Final Exam exception: For
students who have scored 80% or higher when averaged over midterm and
quizzes (weighed 40% midterm, 60% quiz average), there is an option of
skipping the final exam.
Grade scale: A 90 A- 85 B+ 80 B 75 B- 70 C+ 65 C 60 C- 55 D+ 50 D 45 D- 40
Students with disabilities who require reasonable academic
accommodations should schedule an appointment to discuss specifics with
me. It is the policy of Villanova to make reasonable academic
accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. You must
present verification and register with the Learning Support Office by
contacting 610-519-5176 or at
firstname.lastname@example.org or for physical access or
temporary disabling conditions, please contact the Office of Disability
Services at 610-519-4095 or email Stephen.email@example.com
Registration is needed in order to receive accommodations.
All students are expected to uphold Villanova’s Academic Integrity Policy and Code. Any incident of academic dishonesty will result in an “F” for the assignment and will be reported to the appropriate university officials, per regulations in the Graduate Studies (Liberal Arts and Sciences) Catalog. You can view the Academic Integrity Policy and Code, as well as other useful information related to writing papers, at the Academic Integrity Gateway web site.