Computer Systems I

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
Computer Science
Course Number: 
161
Institution: 
Amherst College

This course will provide an introduction to computer systems, stressing how computers work. Beginning with Boolean logic and the design of combinational and sequential circuits, the course will discuss the design of computer hardware components, microprocessing and the interpretation of machine instructions, assembly languages, and basic machine architecture. The course will also introduce operating systems topics, basic memory management, and topics in network communication. Projects will include the design of digital circuits and the simulation of operating system and network processes.


This course has no requisite and no programming experience is required. Fall semester. Professor Kaplan.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
COSC-161-02-1516F

Course Sections

Computer Systems I
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
02 4.0 Scott Kaplan sfkaplan@amherst.edu MW 11:00AM-11:50AM

SPECIAL STUDIES

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
Italian Language & Literature
Course Number: 
400
Institution: 
Smith College
For qualified juniors and senior majors only. Admission by permission of the instructor and the chair.
Comments: 
Permission Instructor/Chair. Not open to first-years
Variable Credit Comments: 
1 to 4 credits
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during all registration periods.
Schedule #: 
16729-F15

Course Sections

SPECIAL STUDIES
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
0 0.0

Computer Systems I Lab

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
Computer Science
Course Number: 
161L
Institution: 
Amherst College
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
COSC-161L-01-1516F

Course Sections

Computer Systems I Lab
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 0.0 Scott Kaplan sfkaplan@amherst.edu F 09:00AM-09:50AM

Compiler Design

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
Computer Science
Course Number: 
371
Institution: 
Amherst College

An introduction to the principles of the design of compilers, which are translators that convert programs from a source language to a target language. Some compilers take programs written in a general-purpose programming language, such as C, and produce equivalent assembly language programs. Other compilers handle specialized languages. For instance, text processors translate input text into low-level printing commands. This course examines techniques and principles that can be applied to the design of any compiler. Formal language theory (concerning regular sets and context-free grammars) is applied to solve the practical problem of analyzing source programs.


Topics include: lexical analysis, syntactic analysis (parsing), semantic analysis, translation, symbol tables, run-time environments, code generation, optimization, and error handling. Each student will design and implement a compiler for a small language. Offered in alternate years.


Requisite: COSC 112 and 161. Fall semester.  Professor L. McGeoch.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
COSC-371-01-1516F

Course Sections

Compiler Design
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Lyle McGeoch lamcgeoch@amherst.edu TTH 02:30PM-03:50PM

Europe in Transition

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
History
Course Number: 
124
Institution: 
Amherst College

(Offered as HIST 124 [EUP] and EUST 124.)  Europe in Transition provides an introduction to the momentous transformations that Europe underwent during the early modern period. From the post-Black Death turmoil in the fourteenth century to the impending crisis of the Old Order in the eighteenth century, Europe experienced multiple upheavals that continue to shape our modern lives. Through the recorded experiences of contemporaries and the debates and syntheses of historians, this course examines how conscious revivals of imagined ancient traditions gave way to assertions of contemporary greatness; how an urge to purify and reform religious life brought about an irreversible schism, fraternal strife, and tolerance; how the resulting social disruptions required innovative forms of consent, control and governance; how expanding horizons and commercial practices intensified exchange and exploitation; how new discoveries required new modes of inquiry and knowledge-making; how these changes led to a striking self-confidence in their own ideas of man, society and history; whereby Europe would seek to mold the world in its own image. Two class meetings per week.


Not open to first-year students. Fall semester. Visiting Professor Cho.


 

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Crosslisted Section ID: 
HIST-124-01,EUST-124-01
Schedule #: 
HIST-124-01-1516F

Course Sections

Europe in Transition
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Jun Hee Cho jcho@amherst.edu MW 12:30PM-01:50PM

Japan's Empire in Asia

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
History
Course Number: 
370
Institution: 
Amherst College

(Offered as History 370 [AS] and ASLC 370 [J].) Japan emerged as the only non-Western multi-ethnic empire in the second half of the nineteenth century.  Comparing that empire to others across the globe, this course will consider how Japanese imperialism facilitated the complex circulation of goods, ideas, people and practices in modern Asia.  We will ask how that complex circulation shaped Japan, as well as the colonial modernities of Taiwan, Korea, and Manchuria.  Topics will include the formation of a regional imperial order in Asia, colony and metropole relations, gender and imperialism, regional migration, empire and total war, decolonization, and history and memory. Requirements include short response papers and topical essays.  Two class meetings per week.


Fall semester.  Professor Maxey.


 

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Crosslisted Section ID: 
HIST-370-01,ASLC-370-01
Schedule #: 
HIST-370-01-1516F

Course Sections

Japan's Empire in Asia
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Trent Maxey tmaxey@amherst.edu MW 02:00PM-03:20PM

Four-Skilled 3rd-Year Arabic I

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
Arabic
Course Number: 
301
Institution: 
UMass Amherst
The course aims to help students achieve an Intermediate-High level of proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic with an exposure to one Arabic colloquial dialect through the practice of the four language skills.
Comments: 
Arabic 202 Instructor - Heba Arafah (Mount Holyoke College)

Actual time of instruction is 50 minutes/day, 5 days/week.
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
40788

Course Sections

Four-Skilled 3rd-Year Arabic I
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 6.0 M TU W TH F 2:30PM 3:20PM

Senior Seminar I

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
Social Thought & Polic. Econ
Course Number: 
491H
Institution: 
UMass Amherst
A four credit honors seminar for senior STPEC students who have completed STPEC 391H with a grade of C or better. Seminar topic changes each semester. Fulfills the STPEC Senior Seminar requirement for STPEC students.
Comments: 
Pre Req: STPEC 391H w/C topic title: Reproducing Race, Sexuality and Citizenship
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
38689

Course Sections

Senior Seminar I
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Miliann Kang TU 4:00PM 6:30PM

Food Preservation-Why&How

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
Food Science
Course Number: 
120
Institution: 
UMass Amherst
Food preservation methods such as sterilization methods, refrigeration, freezing, drying explained in terms of physical, chemical, and biological principles. Their implementation in industrial processes and impact on society evaluated. (Gen.Ed. PS)
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
36954

Course Sections

Food Preservation-Why&How
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Sam Nugen TU TH 10:00AM 11:15AM

Introduction to STPEC

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
Social Thought & Polic. Econ
Course Number: 
101
Institution: 
UMass Amherst
For incoming STPEC majors. Introduces STPEC's requirements and vision, organized around concepts students will encounter in STPEC courses. Focused on understanding the methodologies of social theory, political economy, and history, and issues of race, gender, global inequality, and the postcolonial world.
Comments: 
Open to sophomore and junior STPEC majors. STPEC first year students, please contact a STPEC Academic Advisor to be waitlisted for this course.
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
31170

Course Sections

Introduction to STPEC
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 3.0 Katherine Mallory TU TH 11:30AM 12:45PM