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🔗 Instructors

🔗 Meeting Place and Time

Location TBD

Time TBD

🔗 Office Hours

Available immediately following class or by appointment.

🔗 Course Objectives

🔗 Possible Course Topics

🔗 Course Assignments

🔗 Participation

🔗 Discussion Leader

🔗 Blog Post Author

Students will author one technical post on the class blog. Blog posts should describe a use case for a C++ feature or library and/or compare alternate approaches to solving a problem with C++. Posts should provide original evidence to (code snippets with specific discussion about readability or maintainability, intermediate representation output, execution timings, etc.). Multiple students’ blog posts may cover the same topic, but each should present unique original evidence. Four checkpoint deliverables, listed below, will be assessed for the blog post. The course schedule page lists checkpoint deadlines for the blog post.

  1. topic
    • Open a pull request on the course website that adds a template post with a descriptive title. You’ll need to create a new file in blog/_posts/. Use a file that already exists in that directory as a template.
    • Mark your pull request with the “topic” label and comment on the pull request with a brief description of your post.
    • Consider referring to the Possible Course Topics subsection
  2. outline
    • Curate, as applicable, one or more of the following:
      • illustrative code snippets,
      • embedded components (e.g., Compiler Explorer sandboxes), or
      • graphs and/or tables of execution timings.
    • List references.
      • Any text included verbatim should be designated with " or > (block quotes) and attributed.
      • Any code included verbatim should be attributed with inline comments or in the post’s body.
    • Push to update your pull request and update the label to “outline.”
  3. rough draft
    • Flesh out full, best-effort prose for your post.
    • Push to update the post’s pull request and update the label to “rough draft.”
  4. completed draft
    • Incorporate reviewer suggestions or briefly justify objection.
    • (In addition to peer reviewers, instructors may also provide suggestions.)
    • Push to update the post’s pull request and update the label to “completed draft.”

🔗 Blog Post Reviewer

Students will provide two reviews for peers’ blog posts. The course schedule page lists reviewer assignments and review deadlines. Reviews should comprise the following:

Share reviews as a comment on the post’s pull request.

🔗 Final Examination

There will be no final examination for this course.

🔗 Course Schedule

See the course schedule page for up-to-date information on deadlines. The discussion topics page lists subjects and pre-class learning materials for upcoming class periods.

🔗 Grading

All work will receive full credit on successful completion. If you will need a deadline extension, please let instructors know!

If instructors deem blog post assignments unsatisfactorily completed, students will be allowed to re-submit work twice. We expect students who fulfill all assignments to receive a 4.0 in the class.

Grade points will be deducted for missing work:

Regular attendance is necessary for a passing grade. If you will need to miss class, please let instructors know!

🔗 Required Materials

A no-cost GitHub account is required to complete course assignments. If you are not comfortable associating your name with your published class work, you may open an anonymous GitHub account. If the name listed in the course roster is not included on your GitHub account’s profile page, please inform the instructors of your GitHub username by email.

🔗 Electronic Devices Policy

Laptops are encouraged in class! They’re useful for live coding and googling arcane C++ questions. However, for your own educational benefit and out of consideration of your classmates, please limit your laptop use to class-related activities (e.g., not social media, news sites, or homework).

🔗 Boilerplate

From this section onwards, syllabus components are standard boilerplate!

🔗 Spartan Code of Honor Academic Pledge

Adapted from Dr. Sean Couch’s fall 2018 CMSE 822 syllabus.

As a Spartan, I will strive to uphold values of the highest ethical standard. I will practice honesty in my work, foster honesty in my peers, and take pride in knowing that honor is worth more than grades. I will carry these values beyond my time as a student at Michigan State University, continuing the endeavor to build personal integrity in all that I do.

🔗 Academic Integrity

Adapted from the MSU Ombudsperson’s Course Syllabus FAQ.

Article 2.3.3 of the Academic Freedom Report states

The student shares with the faculty the responsibility for maintaining the integrity of scholarship, grades, and professional standards. In addition, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering adheres to the policies on academic honesty as specified in General Student Regulations 1.0, Protection of Scholarship and Grades; the all-University Policy on Integrity of Scholarship and Grades; and Ordinance 17.00, Examinations. (See Spartan Life: Student Handbook and Resource Guide)

Therefore, unless authorized by your instructor, you are expected to complete all course assignments, including homework, projects, quizzes, tests and exams, without assistance from any source. You are expected to develop original work for this course; therefore, you may not submit course work you completed for another course to satisfy the requirements for this course. Students who violate MSU academic integrity rules may receive a penalty grade, including a failing grade on the assignment or in the course. Contact your instructor if you are unsure about the appropriateness of your course work. (See also the Academic Integrity webpage.)

🔗 Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

Adapted from the MSU Ombudsperson’s Course Syllabus FAQ.

Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Requests for accommodations by persons with disabilities may be made by contacting the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities at 517-884-RCPD or on the web at Once your eligibility for an accommodation has been determined, you will be issued a verified individual services accommodation (“VISA”) form. Please present this form to the instructors and lab coordinator at the start of the term or two weeks prior to the first accommodation date. Requests received after this date may not be honored.

🔗 Code of Conduct

Adapted from Contributor Covenant, version 2.0.

We as members, contributors, and leaders pledge to make participation in our community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, visible or invisible disability, ethnicity, sex characteristics, gender identity and expression, level of experience, education, socio-economic status, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation.

We pledge to act and interact in ways that contribute to an open, welcoming, diverse, inclusive, and healthy community.

Examples of behavior that contributes to a positive environment for our community include:

Examples of unacceptable behavior include:

Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior may be reported to course instructors. All complaints will be reviewed and investigated promptly and fairly.

All community leaders are obligated to respect the privacy and security of the reporter of any incident.

🔗 Disruptive Behavior

Adapted from the MSU Ombudsperson’s Course Syllabus FAQ.

Article 2.III.B.4 of the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SRR) for students at Michigan State University states: “The student’s behavior in the classroom shall be conducive to the teaching and learning process for all concerned.” Article 2.III.B.10 of the SRR states that “The student and the faculty share the responsibility for maintaining professional relationships based on mutual trust and civility.” General Student Regulation 5.02 states: “No student shall . . . interfere with the functions and services of the University (for example, but not limited to, classes . . .) such that the function or service is obstructed or disrupted. Students whose conduct adversely affects the learning environment in this classroom may be subject to disciplinary action.

🔗 Grief Absence Policy

Adapted from Dr. Katy Colbry’s spring 2020 EGR 393 syllabus.

Michigan State University is committed to ensuring that the bereavement process of a student who loses a family member during a semester does not put the student at an academic disadvantage in their classes. If you require a grief absence, you should complete the “Grief Absence Request” web form no later than one week after knowledge of the circumstance. I will work with you to make appropriate accommodations so that you are not penalized due to a verified grief absence.

🔗 Attendance

Adapted from the MSU Ombudsperson’s Course Syllabus FAQ.

Students who fail to attend the first four class sessions or class by the fifth day of the semester, whichever occurs first, may be dropped from the course.

🔗 Limits to Confidentiality

Adapted from the MSU Ombudsperson’s Course Syllabus FAQ.

Essays, journals, and other materials submitted for this class are generally considered confidential pursuant to the University’s student record policies. However, students should be aware that University employees, including instructors, may not be able to maintain confidentiality when it conflicts with their responsibility to report certain issues to protect the health and safety of MSU community members and others. As the instructor, I must report the following information to other University offices (including the MSU Police Department) if you share it with me:

These reports may trigger contact from a campus official who will want to talk with you about the incident that you have shared. In almost all cases, it will be your decision whether you wish to speak with that individual. If you would like to talk about these events in a more confidential setting you are encouraged to make an appointment with the MSU Counseling Center.

🔗 Campus Emergencies

Adapted from the MSU Ombudsperson’s Course Syllabus FAQ.

If an emergency arises in this classroom, building or vicinity, your instructor will inform you of actions to follow to enhance your safety. As a student in this class, you are responsible for knowing the location of the nearest emergency evacuation route or shelter. These directions appear on the maps posted on the walls throughout this building. If police or university officials order us to evacuate the classroom or building, follow the posted emergency route in an orderly manner and assist those who might need help in reaching a barrier-free exit or shelter. To receive emergency messages, set your cellular phones on silent mode when you enter this classroom. If you observe or receive an emergency alert, immediately and calmly inform your instructor. (See also

(Adopted from “Handling Emergency Situations,” by F/Lt Penny Fisher, MSU Department of Public Safety.)