Syllabus - CS 112 - Spring 2009

Course Information

Class Meets: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:40am-11:25am
Class Location: HR 235
Web Page:
Mailing List:

Instructor Information

Instructor: Sami Rollins
Office: HR 544
Office Hours: Monday 2:30pm-3:30pm, Wednesday 2:30pm-3:30pm, Thursday 10:30am-11:30am, and by appointment.

Teaching Assistant Information

TA: Jeremiah Porten
Office: HR 530
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 3:30pm-4:30pm


CS110 with a grade of C or better.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn to write intermediate-level programs in Java.
  • Learn to apply object-oriented design concepts.
  • Learn to utilize intermediate-level programming concepts including recursion and linked lists.

Required Texts

Grading Information

Grades will be based on exams (3), projects (5), weekly laboratory assignments, and occasional quizzes. Grades will be distributed as follows:
Exams: 35%
Projects: 45%
Laboratories and Quizzes: 20%
Note: The distribution is subject to change in the event that assignments need to be removed or added.
Final grades will be assigned as follows:
100 - 93.0 - A
92.9 - 90.0 - A-
89.9 - 87.0 - B+
86.9 - 83.0 - B
82.9 - 80.0 - B-
79.9 - 77.0 - C+
76.9 - 73.0 - C
72.9 - 70.0 - C-
69.9 - 67.0 - D+
66.9 - 63.0 - D
62.9 - 60.0 - D-
59.9 - 0 - F

Tentative Schedule

We will cover the following topics:
Java Syntax
Advanced Java Concepts
Linked Lists
Stacks/Queues/Trees if time allows

Reading will be assigned on a weekly basis. The laboratory portion of your grade will be based on exercises assigned during the class period and due on most Fridays. Attendance and participation are required and laboratory exercises cannot be submitted late without a doctor's note.

The exam portion of your grade will be based on two exams administered throughout the semester and one exam administered during the final exam period. You are responsible for being in class on the day of the exam. Make-up exams will be given only in the case of a medical emergency verified by a doctor's note.

The project portion of your grade will be based on seven substantial programming projects assigned throughout the semester. In most cases, your project grade will be based on the code you submit as well as an oral explanation and demonstration of the project on the day the project is due. A project assignment (excluding the final project) submitted on time is eligible for full credit. A project assignment submitted late by 24 hours or less is eligible for a maximum of 50%. A project assignment submitted more than 24 hours late is not eligible for credit. Extensions will be granted only in the case of a medical emergency verified by a doctor's note.

Academic Honesty

ALL assignments are to be completed individually unless specified, in writing, on the assignment. Academic dishonesty will NOT be tolerated. This is your warning! Students are encouraged to meet with me if they have questions regarding assignments or this policy. Students caught cheating will face severe penalty.

Students may:
  • receive help from the professor and the TA.
  • discuss the requirements of the assignments, the meaning of programs, or high-level algorithms with other students or outside sources. If you have any doubt with respect to what is acceptable to discuss, speak with the professor first.
Students may NOT:
  • look at another student's code.
  • look at another student's solutions to homework problems.
  • receive unapproved help from an outside source including a tutor or a family member.
  • submit code which has, in whole or in part, been copied from any other source (including another student, a web page, or another text).
  • submit solutions to problems which have, in whole or in part, been copied from any other source (including another student, a web page, or another text).
  • Any help from a source other than the professor, the lab assistant, or a TA must acknowledged. Example sources that must be cited are a parent, a family friend, and an outside tutor.
  • If you wish to get a tutor in the course, speak with the professor.
  • Any code submitted by a student must be completely original. No portion of a student's code may be copied from any other source (including, but not limited to, another student, a web page, or another text).
  • Students caught violating the academic honesty policy will face severe penalty. A first offense will result in a 0 on an assignment and a report to the Dean's office.