You are expected to understand this. CS 111 Operating Systems Principles, Winter 2011
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Scribe notes guidelines

Everyone will participate at least once in creating a set of scribe notes for a lecture. Three scribes will be assigned at the beginning of each lecture. Notes are due about a week after the lecture. Over the following week, the scribes will cooperate to produce a single set of notes. The notes will be posted on the Web for everyone's reference.

Scribe notes are posted on this wiki. To access a particular set of notes, see schedule. Scribes should create their notes by logging in to the wiki, jumping to their scribe notes link from the schedule, and clicking "Edit" to edit that page. Only the scribes for lecture N can edit the page named [[notes:lecN]]. However, anyone in the class can create or edit any other page named [[notes:WHATEVER]]. This lets you create sub-pages of a main notes page.

For more information on syntax for the wiki, see syntax. You can include images in your notes, too; the image attach button on the Wiki's edit page, which looks like this , will let you upload .gif, .jpg, or .png files along with your notes.

The professor will provide each scribe note group with write access to the corresponding page. Scribes should complete the first draft of their notes approximately a week after the lecture. Let me know when they are complete.

I judge your relative contributions by looking at the wiki history. If you split up the work in some other way, for example by meeting and working on a collaborative draft that's later entered by one person, please let me know via email. Also make sure you sign your notes (put your names on them, at the beginning).


Your audience for these notes is essentially yourselves -- this class -- in about 4 weeks' time, when you have forgotten what the lecture was about. Your notes should be clear enough to get a sense of the important topics in class without having been to class (or after forgetting the class). Prefer full sentences and paragraphs to bullet points. Do not forget the motivation for the topics we discuss -- the reasons why an interface is good, for example. Motivation makes the topics easier to remember.

Here are some examples of outstanding sets of notes.

It can also be useful to compare multiple notes for the same lecture; one of these sets of notes is much better than the other:,

Notes from other quarters are available:

Please feel free to use them as a starting point, but you must properly cite earlier notes. Your notes should improve on those of your predecessors. The lectures also change from quarter to quarter, so the previous notes may not apply.


The average grade for a set of notes will be in the low B range. To earn an A, I will expect you to produce clear notes, in grammatical English (a minimum of bullet points), that cover the topics in class, with motivation, and with a sense of the hypothetical examples I often use to move the class along. To earn an A+ you will need to go above and beyond the call of duty. Feel free to produce notes that are in your own words, or that present the lecture in a new way, or that link to external references.

scribeguidelines.txt · Last modified: 2011/01/03 15:39 by kohler
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