CSc 4630/6630 Introduction to MATLAB Programming
Tentative Syllabus
Fall Semester, 2016
Classroom: Classroom South 107
Time: TR 02:50 pm  04:35 pm
Instructor: Dr. Michael Weeks
Computer Science Department
Office: 25 Park Place (SunTrust building), room 754
Office Hours:
1:00 to 2:55 Wednesdays, until December 5.
Be sure to be there at least 15 minutes before the end time
if you expect to see me.
webpage: http://www.cs.gsu.edu/~mweeks
Put the course number (4630 or 6630) in the subject line to make sure
that your email does not get classified as spam. Do not expect an answer.
If it is important and/or urgent, come see me in my office.
Phone: (678) 9528196
Teaching Assistant:
Navya Sree Kolluri
TA's office: 25 Park Place, room 650R
TA's office hours: Monday 35 p.m.
TA's email address: nkolluri1 @ student.gsu.edu
FINAL EXAM
The Final Exam time is in the above classroom on
Tuesday, December 6, 2016, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.
TEXTS
Ottmar Beucher and Michael Weeks,
Introduction to MATLAB & SIMULINK A Project Approach,
Third Edition (09781934015049),
Infinity Science Press,
2007.
We will cover:
 Chapter 1  Introduction to MATLAB
 Welcome
 Getting used to the environment
 Algorithms, Pseudocode
 Tracing a program/algorithm stepbystep
 Debugging with breakpoints and print statements
 Divide and conquer
 Variables
 Data Types
 Conditional program flow (if)
 Iteration / Looping (while)
 Solve a problem for one case, then iterate
(Take care of middle, then first and last)
 Functions
 Abstraction and Encapsulation
 Planning a large program, working with stubs
 Chapter 3  Projects
 Working with Sound
 Working with Images
 Reading and Writing files
 Recursion
 Compression
 We may cover Chapter 2  Simulink iff we are able
to use it in the lab. (No, that's not a typo. Iff means
"if and only if".) We have a new contract with the Mathworks
that may (or may not) include Simulink.
 Other topics from the text as time permits.
 Selected articles from other sources.
PREREQUISITES
None.
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course is designed to give science majors experience with the MATLAB programming language.
MATLAB is used for scientific applications involving images, sound, and other signals.
No previous programming experience is needed.
MATLAB will be used for assignments.
RATIONALE
MATLAB is a powerful language used by Computer Scientists, Engineers, and Mathematicians for applications such as image processing and signal analysis. These skills are useful in sciences like Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
GRADING

Grade base 4630 (undergraduate)

2 equallyweighted tests will constitute
40% of the course grade.
 Any quizzes will count as 10% of a test, and will be factored
into the above.

Approximately 5 Assignments will constitute 10% of the course grade.
(Having fewer assignments allows more time to devote to the project;
having more assignments gives a better chance of a higher assignment
score.)
 There will be a programming challenge each week, constituting a total
of 25% of the course grade.
These are short homework assignments meant to give you regular practice
on MATLAB commands.

The project will constitute 20% of the course grade.

Participation
will constitute 5% of the course grade.
You are expected, at a minimum, to come to each class on time and
prepared. You are also expected to contribute to the class.
Disruptions will count against you.

Grade base 6630 (graduate)

2 equallyweighted tests will constitute
30% of the course grade.
 Any quizzes will count as 10% of a test, and will be factored
into the above.

Note that the 6630 tests may be different from the 4630 tests, containing
additional material, or different questions.

Approximately 5 Assignments will constitute 10% of the course grade.
Assignments may ask for additional work for graduate students.
 There will be a programming challenge each week, constituting a total
of 25% of the course grade.
These are short homework assignments meant to give you regular practice
on MATLAB commands.

A research paper and presentation will constitute
10% of the course grade.
The presentation will be a short (5 minute) video, followed by a question
and answer session.

The project will constitute 20% of the course grade.

Participation
will constitute 5% of the course grade.
You are expected, at a minimum, to come to each class on time and
prepared. You are also expected to contribute to the class.
Disruptions will count against you.