CSCE 421/821

Foundations of Constraint Processing

Protocol of the Course

The syllabus update. The original course syllabus.

The course consists of lectures by the instructor, three times per week.


Required and recommended reading:

As indicated in the Class schedule. The content of the course will be dynamically adapted to students interests and performance.

Programming, theoretical, and library-search assignments:

Surprise quizzes:

There will be surprise quizzes throughout the semester (with a frequency inversely proportional to students' attendance). Quizzes will address all material covered during the lectures and/or by the required reading. No books or personal notes are allowed during the quizzes, unless explicitly specified. Quizzes cannot be made up.


There will be a pre-test only. The pre-test cannot be made up except by instructor's permission.

Project research, report, and presentation:

The project can be either a literature study/survey or the implementation of algorithms.; A presentation to the class is mandatory. The grade will take into account the quality of the research, report, and presentation.


Because the course heavily relies on class discussion, attendance is mandatory. A student cannot miss more than six sessions. Advanced notice to the instructor for each absence is required. Attendance is taken. Students are responsible for the material covered and announcements made during the class. Also, there will be surprise quizzes.
Bonuses will be awarded to students who attend all lectures and lively interact and participate in discussion in class.


It is the students responsibility to ensure an account on the cse server.

Discussions among students, instructor, and TA are strongly encouraged. Homework however are a strictly individual activity: no sharing is permitted (unless when specified by instructor). Unethical behavior will be heavily sanctioned (e.g., a null grade on the task or an F grade on the course).

Always acknowledge any help received from other individuals.

Always fully reference material used (e.g., encyclopedia, book, paper, journal, web site).