Spring 2015 Info

This is the general info page for the campus course for UC Berkeley matriculated students.  These pages do not contain any useful information for MOOC students of CS 169.1x/CS 169.2x on EdX.
  • Spring 2015 syllabus/lecture schedule
  • Spring 2015 public folder (includes recent lecture slides, section handouts, etc.)
  • Spring 2015 SPOC (Small Private Online Course) materials. You'll need an account on edge.edx.org (which can be the same as your edx.org account, but it's still a separate account). Enrollment is open only to Berkeley students enrolled for credit in CS 169 Spring 15.

See links above for info about specific aspects of the course.
  • Questions regarding wait list, project partners, project requirements, stuff like that? See FAQ
  • Logistics (Spring 2015)
    • Instructor, Staff, Office Hours
    • Lecture time: Tue & Thu 3:30-5:00pm, 10 Evans (Sections: Weds 1, 2, 3, 4, 5pm; Thu 10am)
    • CCN: 26412
    • Prerequisites: CS61A & CS61B, or equivalent experience with functional & higher-order programming & at least one object-oriented programming language. 
  • Important event dates—according to the Academic Requirements for Scheduling Conflicts, you must tell us by the end of the second week of classes if you will have conflicts, as job interviews DO NOT get you a free pass for missing these. The dates for these important events are on the syllabus/lecture schedule linked above:
    • In-lecture quizzes
    • Poster previews
    • Poster/demo presentations
  • Students with disabilities/special requirements: you must submit your requests for special consideration by the end of the second week of classes (i.e. by January 30) or we cannot guarantee resources will be available to accommodate you.
  • Online materials
    • The SPOC (Small Private Online Course) contains assignments, edited lecture videos, self-check questions, and more.  (This SPOC is accessible only to UC Berkeley students enrolled in the course during the current semester.)
  • Grading: 4 units, letter graded. 15% homeworks, 20% in-lecture microquizzes, 30% three in-lecture quizzes, 35% project

Course Goals

Students will:
  • understand the new challenges, opportunities, and open problems of SaaS relative to SWS (shrink-wrapped software)
  • take an SaaS project from conception thru planning, development, assessment/testing, deployment, and operations, experiencing the attendant challenges of each stage, using RoR for development and Cloud Computing for deployment
  • understand and use agile development methodologies and tools, including lo-fi UI sketching, user stories, behavior-driven development, version control for team-based development, and management tools for cloud-computing environments
  • develop both technical and collaboration skills for working in "one-pizza" software teams
  • understand and apply fundamental programming constructs and techniques including design patterns for software architecture, higher-order functions, metaprogramming, reflection, etc. to improve the maintainability, modularity and reusability of their code
Grading - approximate breakdown

15% homeworks

20% in-lecture microquizzes (some build on HWs)

30% three in-lecture ~40-minute quizzes

35% project

Tiebreakers: Participation and Altruism