Intro to the People:
Meet Prof. Glencora Borradaile she developed and designed videos for this course several years ago so you will also be watching some of her material.
Meet the instructor this term, Dr. Maher Elshakankiri
Piazza is the best place to ask any course-related queries. Please post all course-related questions on Piazza so that the whole class may benefit from your conversation. I will check the discussion boards at least twice a day.
Instructor Contact Information:
The best way to contact me is by messaging within Canvas. This method will get the fastest response time.
Please send a Canvas Inbox message (top right of Canvas) to your instructor and TA's for matters of a personal nature. We will reply to course-related questions and Inbox messages within 24-48 hours. Questions and concerns about grading should be made in the comment section of the HW assignment in Canvas.
Slack can be accessed by connecting to the Workspace oregonstate.enterprise.slack.com - this is the central connection point for all OSU-oriented slack workspaces. You should then select the "Sign in with ONID" and be able to connect.
You can ask questions to the instructor or teaching assistants (TAs) during their weekly office hours. Don't waste your time if you are not understanding a concept, rather ask the instructor or TAs for help. Please find the contact information provided below.
Office hours via Zoom (click the Instructor/TA's name to join Zoom):
Please follow the tutoring information below if you need any course on-boarding support from the peer or ecampus tutors -
1. CS peer tutoring: Tutoring_annoucement.pdf (Links to an external site.)
2. Online tutoring: http://ecampus.oregonstate.edu/services/student-services/online-tutoring/
ToolsWe will use Canvas for delivery of the course material, submission of written assignments, exam environment, announcements, discussion groups and grade center.
We will use TEACH for program assignment submissions (these are then all located in real folders on a normal file system, which makes it easier to execute your programs).
I also have some recommendations that will help you more later than they will now, but want you to at least see them a few times so they will not be so alien if you have to use them later in your career or education,
I want you to use SSH (PuTTY is an SSH "client" program that I recommend for Windows and SSH is natively available for Mac and Linux) to access the ENGR servers (specifically flip, which is accessible directly or through the alias access) at least a few times. You may use a local (on your computer) IDE if you wish to just upload your files to the server for testing before submission, but make 100% sure that your programs run successfully on flip before submission, or you may lose many points!
Feel free to use any editor for your programs, but be sure any code you submit to me can compile and run on flip. With each program, you also need to submit a README that specifically dictates how to compile and/or run your program on flip.
We will be using LINDO and Matlab software available at
The syllabus page shows a table-oriented view of the course schedule, and the basics of course grading. You can add any other comments, notes, or thoughts you have about the course structure, course policies or anything else.
To add some comments, click the "Edit" link at the top.