CISC181 F2017

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Description CISC 181 (section 010) -- Introduction to Computer Science II (Honors)

Principles of computer science illustrated and applied through programming in the object oriented language Java. Programming projects illustrate computational problems, styles and issues that arise in computer systems development and in several application areas.

Instructor Prof. Christopher Rasmussen
Office: Smith 446
Office hours: Wednesdays, 10:15 am-12:15 pm
TA Chunbo Song, E-mail:, office hours: Fridays 2-3 pm, Mondays 3-4 pm in Smith 201 (during weeks when there are labs)
  • Lecture: Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:40 am to 9:55 am in Kirkbride 205
  • Lab sections: Tuesdays in Spencer 010
    • 20: 8:00 am to 8:50 am
    • 21: 9:05 am to 9:55 am
    • 22: 10:10 am to 11:00 am
  • 36% Labs (4% each). These are sets of small-to-medium tasks/programs which must be done individually. Labs 0-7 go out each Tuesday and must be completed by Monday night of the following week. Lab #8 will take place completely during the lab session (if you absolutely cannot attend, you will have an opportunity to make it up at home). Lab grading details here
  • 9% Activity completion in ZJ before day of midterm
  • 20% Midterm exam
  • 15% Programming project This is a two-step, two-week assignment which may be done as part of a pair
  • 20% Final exam (functionally, this is a second midterm)
  • "Bonus 2%" Complete end-of-semester course evaluation

Your labs and programming projects are due by 5 am after the deadline day. All should be submitted in Sakai. A late homework is a 0 without a valid prior excuse. To give you a little flexibility, you have 6 "late days" to use over the semester to extend the deadline by one 24-hour period each without penalty. No more than two late days may be used per assignment. Late days will automatically be subtracted, but as a courtesy please notify the instructor and TA in an e-mail of your intention to use them before the deadline. For each late day used by a pair of students on the project, both students must subtract a late day.

Once you have gotten a grade back on an assignment, if you have any questions or issues you should talk to your TA. For midterm exam grades, talk to the instructor. You have 1 week after a grade is returned to dispute it; after that, your score is final. Make sure to check that any score modifications are reflected in Sakai.

For the overall course grade, a preliminary absolute mark will be assigned to each student based on the percentage of the total possible points they earn according to the standard formula: A = 90-100, B = 80-90, C = 70-80, etc., with +'s and -'s given for the upper and lower third of each range, respectively. Based on the distribution of preliminary grades for all students (i.e., "the curve"), the instructor may increase these grades monotonically to calculate final grades. This means that your final grade can't be lower than your preliminary grade, and your final grade won't be higher than that of anyone who had a higher preliminary grade.

There will be NO extra credit opportunities at the end of the semester (except the course evaluation), so do your best work early!

Discussion We will be using Piazza as a forum for questions about labs, homeworks, exams, and any other course topic. Rather than sending e-mail to a TA or the professor, post your question there so that everyone else can see the answer, and other students can contribute their knowledge. If your question involves posting code, make sure it is the minimum amount necessary to explain the problem you are having.
Academic honesty Students can discuss problems with one another in general terms, but must work independently on all assignments unless otherwise specified. This also applies to online and printed resources: you may consult them as references (as long as you cite them), but the code you turn in must be yours alone. We WILL be checking submitted code for evidence of plagiarism or unauthorized collaboration, and if found you will definitely get a 0 for the assignment and possibly be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. If you are at all unsure about what is and what is not allowed, please contact the instructor or TA.

The University's policies on academic dishonesty are set forth in the student code of conduct here.

Optional resources


Note: The blue squares in the "#" column below indicate Mondays.
UDCapture link

# Date Topic Details Readings Links/Lab
1 Aug. 30 Welcome Course details; IDE overview; Hello, Java ZJ 1.2-1.3, 1.5, 1.10, 16.1 slides
Labor Day holiday
Lab #0: Math, formatting, branching (Sep. 5)
2 Sep. 6 Basic variables, input/output Basic input, output; Scanner and Math class, expressions, formatting for printing; naming, formatting, commenting styles ZJ 1.4, 1.11, 2.2-2.7, 4.1, 4.2, 16.3 slides
3 Sep. 11

Register/add deadline Sep. 12

Variables, expressions, branching Data types, constants, type conversions; if/else, switch, comparisons ZJ 2.6, 4.3-4.5, 4.7-4.8, 5-5.6, 5.11-5.13 Lab #1: More math, basic loops (Sep. 12)


4 Sep. 13 Loops while, for (single and nested); break, continue ZJ 6-6.6, 6.8-6.9, 4.9 slides
5 Sep. 18 Basic arrays and graphics Randomness; single-dimensional arrays; graphics class: shapes, color, text; programming tips and API lookup Making windows in Swing, Java 2D API Lab #2: Basic arrays and graphics (Sep. 19)


6 Sep. 20 Objects/methods/classes Class concepts, reference variables, constructors, overloading, overriding; intro to access ZJ 3-3.5, 9.2-9.4, 10.3 slides
7 Sep. 25 Objects/methods/classes More about public/private, accessors/mutators, static ZJ 2.10, 3.7, 9.5-9.6, 9.11 Lab #3: Objects (Sep. 26)
8 Sep. 27 Objects/methods/classes Primitive wrapper classes; object comparison; this; start inheritance ZJ 10.1-10.5, 11.1-11.2, 11.4, 11.6 slides
9 Oct. 2 Objects/methods/classes Finish inheritance (derived classes, polymorphism) Lab #4: Array lists (Oct. 3)
10 Oct. 4 Arrays and array lists Multi-dimensional arrays; ArrayList (collections), pass-by-value vs. pass-by-reference ZJ 7-7.9, 9.7, 9.8, 9.11, 11.5 slides
11 Oct. 9 Interfaces and strings Abstract classes, Comparable vs. Comparator, basic string operations ZJ 5.7-5.10, 16.4, Object ordering slides

Lab #5: Files (Oct. 10)

12 Oct. 11 Streams and patterns Stream types, reading text files; String.split(); regular expressions ZJ 16.5, Regex documentation slides
13 Oct. 16 Midterm review NO LAB Oct. 17 -- Activity completion deadline!

Partial sample midterm

14 Oct. 18 MIDTERM
15 Oct. 23
Withdraw deadline Oct. 24
Generics, collections Generic methods, classes; Collection vs. Collections; Set interface Collection interface NO LAB on Oct. 24


16 Oct. 25 Go over midterm; testing, error-handling Map interface, exceptions ZJ 17-17.3, Exceptions slides
Oct. 30 NO CLASS
Instructor away
Lab #6: Maps (Oct. 31)
17 Nov. 1 Finish maps, error-handling slides
18 Nov. 6 Testing Assertions, unit testing ZJ 3.6, 8.2 Lab #7: Hello, Android (Nov. 7)
19 Nov. 8 Android SDK; "Hello, world" app; running Creating an Android project, Running your app slides
20 Nov. 13 Android Layout, UI elements, event handling, multiple activities Building a simple UI, multiple activities

Lab #8 (Nov. 14)

21 Nov. 15 Android More multiple activities, basic graphics, project explanation Canvas and drawables slides
MyViewZoo, SimpleDraw
Nov. 20 NO CLASS
Thanksgiving break
Nov. 22 NO CLASS
Thanksgiving break
22 Nov. 27 Android More basic graphics, touch, animation, sound LAB on Nov. 28 is Project Help only slides
SimpleAnimate, SimpleMultimedia
23 Nov. 29 Android; Java dates & times Sensors, cameras, faces Intents and Intent Filters, Dates and times Project milestone #1 due
24 Dec. 4 Project help (in class) LAB on Dec. 5 is Project Help only
25 Dec. 6 Final review Project milestone #2 due
2015 final exam
Dec. 7, 8, 9, and 10 In-person demos for final project