Dustin Adams, PhD
Office: E2 249B
email: duwadams @ ucsc [dot] edu
Phone: 831-459-1339
Office Hours: Tuesday 4-5pm, Wednesday 3-5pm, Friday 11am-12

Teaching Assistants

Sinjoni Mukhopadhyay (

Devashish Purandare (

Text Books

Blown To Bits: Your Life, Liberty and Happiness After The Digital Explosion by Hal Abelson, Ken Leeden and Harry Lewis, 2010; Online Edition (download free)

Snap! Reference Manual 4.0 (This is just for reference. There will be no direct readings from this.)


TuTh 9:50am - 11:25 @ Oakes Academic Building room 105


Some lab sections will be held in the Ming Ong computer lab (located in Merrill College room 103), or Jack Baskin Engineering room 109. If you have trouble finding the computer lab, visit to see exactly where on campus it is. The person in the parentheses will be the TA staffing that section.

Monday 10am-11:30 (Devashish, Dylan)

Tuesday 12:30-2pm (Sinjoni, Cynthia)

Wednesday 10:30am-12 (Devashish, Dylan)

Thursday 12-1:30pm (Sinjoni, Cynthia)

Friday 10am-11:30am (Sinjoni, Steven)


TA Office Hours:

Sinjoni: Tuesday 11:30am - 12:30, and Thursday 8:30am - 9:30 in Engineering Building 2 room 380.

Devashish: Thursdays 2 PM - 3 PM at Jack Baskin room 119 (BE 119) 

LSS Tutoring

 Justin Tse (

Tuesdays 3:40PM to 4:40PM at Baskin Engineering, Jack's Lounge

Wednesday 7:10PM to 8:10PM at Baskin Engineering, Jack's Lounge

Thursday 3:50pm - 4:50 at Baskin Engineering, Jack's Lounge

Signup here:




***Please note that I do not give out permission codes for this class unless you have been keeping up with assignments since the beginning, and have talked to me personally about joining ecommons during week 1.***

Class Attendance/Participation (5%).

We will be using the Top Hat ( classroom response system in class. You will be able to submit answers to in-class questions using Apple or Android smartphones and tablets, laptops, or through text message.

You can visit the Top Hat Overview ( within the Top Hat Success Center which outlines how you will register for a Top Hat account, as well as providing a brief overview to get you up and running on the system.

Please join by visiting this link:

Note: our Course Join Code is 212419

Top Hat will require a paid subscription, and a full breakdown of all subscription options available can be found here: 

Should you require assistance with Top Hat at any time, due to the fact that they require specific user information to troubleshoot these issues, please contact their Support Team directly by way of email (, the in app support button, or by calling 1-888-663-5491.

This portion of the grade can be substituted by a programming assignment (which will be presented towards the end of the quarter)

Lab Attendance (5%)

Homework assignments (30%) (Please note that NO LATE HOME WORK IS ALLOWED once the late due date has passed). Homework/lab assignments will generally be due at 8am on the Tuesday following the week when the work is expected to be completed. As a general rule you should submit your work at the end of lab, or as soon as it is complete. The 8am deadline is to allow those that need a little extra time to finish it up over the weekend if necessary. All homework (with one possible exception) will be turned in electronically via eCommons.

Midterm (30%)

Final (30%)

Midterm Exam

May 4, 2017 @ 9:50am (normal class time and place)


This course is modeled after UC Berkeley's "The Beauty and Joy of Computing" which is also in alignment with "Computer Science Principles."

All of the "programming" exercises from this class are taken directly from

The eCommons course managment system is where you will find the class schedule (syllabus), all course assignments, complete homework in the form of online "quizzes", submit lab assignments, submit your programming logs for the programming assignments, and find all of your scores collected in one place.

This term we will be using Piazza for class discussion.  The system is highly tailored to getting you help fast and efficiently from classmates, the TA, and myself. Rather than emailing questions to the teaching staff, I encourage you to post your questions on Piazza. If you have any problems or feedback for the developers, email

Find our piazza page at:

UC Santa Cruz is committed to creating an academic environment that supports its diverse student body. If you are a student with a disability who requires accommodations to achieve equal access in this course, please submit your Accommodation Authorization Letter from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to me (Dustin Adams) privately during my office hours or by appointment, preferably within the first two weeks of the quarter.  At that time, I would also like us to discuss ways we can ensure your full participation in the course.   I encourage all students who may benefit from learning more about DRC services to contact DRC by phone at 831-459-2089 or by email at    

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