List of assignments
The quarter starts with a set of 7 weekly assignments. Each week's assignment is released after lab each week and due before the next week's lab. These assignments fit together to construct a complete working computer system of your very own – so cool! You will use the final weeks of the quarter to design and complete a final project of your own choosing.
Common questions about assignments
Written by Pat Hanrahan and Julie Zelenski
What is the expected assignment workload?
Students in previous quarters report spending between 10 and 20 hours completing each of the weekly assignments. The assignments build on each other, and it is difficult to recover from skipping an assignment. The last assignment is a final project, and you will have two weeks to do the project. The final project is more open-ended than the assignments. Most students will spend more than 20 hours on their final project.
What programming environment and tools are used?
Students will use their own laptop for the assignments. If you use a Mac, you will be using the Terminal program and command line tools. If you use Windows, you will install a subsystem running Ubuntu linux to use for your assignments.
When developing on the Raspberry Pi,
you will compile programs on your laptop and download them to the Raspberry Pi.
We use a suite of open-source cross-development tools for arm processors that include
Other tools such as
git will also be used.
You will also be expected to become proficient with the unix shell and
a unix text editor such as
Assignments are distributed to students as
You edit, compile, and debug programs in the local assignments repository on your laptop. When finished,
you submit by creating a pull-request. Consult Assignment 0 for information about using git.
When the pull-request is created, code is run through a sanity check to ensure the code compiles. Students should ensure their code aligns with specified assignment directory structure so it passes sanity check and may be evaluated by the graders.
What is the policy on late assignments?
Assignments are due weekly at end of day Tuesday 11:59pm Pacific. On-time submission is awarded a small bonus that boosts course grade. After the deadline is a 2-day grace period that allows late submission with no penalty. All submissions are expected by end of the grace period. There is also an opportunity to later revise and resubmit to address shortcomings in your initial submit. Read our course late policy for specifics.
What is the assignment collaboration policy?
The programming assignments are to be done individually and should represent independent, original work. We adhere to the Stanford and CS department Honor Code policies, and offer specific examples of its application to CS107E coursework in our course collaboration policy.
The final project is usually done in teams of 2 or 3. If working in a team, all partners are expected to contribute equally to the effort.
How are assignments structured?
Each assignment writeup has a required basic part and various optional extensions.
The core features are required of all students. The work follows directly from the material covered in lecture and lab. It has a tight specification to which your submission is expected to match precisely. We provide suggested steps to guide you through completing the core part.
The extensions are optional add-ons that allow you to explore further and earn additional points. These are not required, but it is highly encouraged that you attempt some of the extensions. Extensions are given with a looser specification and much less guidance than the core features. If tackling an extension, you will need to research advanced material on your own and apply your creativity in problem-solving.
In assignments 2 through 7, you will build up a library of useful utilities for bare metal programming on the Raspberry Pi. These assignments build on one another. To complete assignment 5, say, you will need working versions of assignments 2 through 4.
If you do not complete the core part of an assignment, you may have trouble completing the next assignment. To help you in these situations, we provide our reference implementations. If your version doesn't work, you can fall back on our version.
The last assignment requires you to use code from many of the previous assignments. To encourage you to complete all assignments and fix any bugs within them, if you hand-in the last assignment using only your own code, we will award you additional bonus points for building a complete working system.
How are assignments graded?
We test functionality by exercising your code against our grading tests. For each bug or test failure, we file a github issue to report the problem. An issue is categorized with its priority, Priority 1 being the most important and decreasing from there. For full credit on the core functionality, you must have passing results on all of the Priority 1 tests. You are encouraged to revise and resubmit in order to address any Priority 1 issues. Lower priority bugs can be addressed at your discretion.
We will also look at your code and assess the code quality. Good code should be decomposed into small, clear, well-named functions so that no code is repeated and it is easy to follow the intent of each function.
We evaluate code quality using a bucket system. Code that needs
improvement falls in the
- bucket, code that meets our expectations is in the
ok bucket, and exceptional code falls in the
We will also provide comments on your code
to help you improve your code quality.
Please incorporate our feedback into future assignments;
it will improve your grade and more importantly your coding style.
For details on course grades, see our course grading policy.