CSC 224 Java for Programmers
This is the introductory course in Java programming, which is an
accelerated course for people with programming experience. In this course we
will introduce to the basic concepts of Java programming. We will cover the
first 12 Chapters of the text as well as Chapters 18 and 20.
In particular, for Java, we will talk about the basic programming
structure (which is similar to C++): assignment statements (including
calculations), decisions (if and switch), and control statements (for and
while). We will also discuss the basic variables, integers, real numbers,
characters, Strings, and arrays. These are topics that I will assume that you
are familiar with, so they will be covered quickly in Chapters 1 and 4-7.
One of the emphasis in this course will be Graphics User Interfaces
(GUI). In at least half of our programs, we will implement GUI as the means
for the user to communicate with the program. Other means for the user to
communicate with the program will also be discussed and implemented. In
particular, the use of I/O from files (in Chapter 11) will be used.
Java is a pure object oriented language, as opposed to C++ which is a
hybrid of object oriented and procedural languages. We will extensively
discuss classes (which is the fundamental building block of object oriented
languages), both their syntax and uses. The concept of Abstract Data Types
(ADT) will be used to discuss classes. We will also discuss inherited classes
and polymorphism, another important part of OOP.
Cay Horstmann, Big Java, Fourth Edition, Wiley, 2010.
The grading will be based on two parts: (1) homework and (2) exams. The
homework will count toward 50% of the grade, and there will be 6 or 7
programming assignments. There will be two exams, exam 1 and exam 2, each of
Which will count for 25% of the grade. Late programming assignments will be
deducted 10% per week, up to a maximum of 30%. There will be some programming
assignments with extra-credit. The extra-credit part must be handed in on
time. The grade for extra-credit will go into the numerator and not the
denominator of the grade. I.e., you will not be penalized for trying the
extra-credit. The maximum score for the programs is 100%. You must pass at
least one of the exams to pass the course.
The final grades will be given according to the following scale:
F less than 60%
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This course will be subject to the academic integrity policy passed by faculty. More information can be found at http://academicintegrity.depaul.edu/
The university and school policy on plagiarism can be summarized as follows: Students in this course should be aware of the strong sanctions that can be imposed against someone guilty of plagiarism. If proven, a charge of plagiarism could result in an automatic F in the course and possible expulsion. The strongest of sanctions will be imposed on anyone who submits as his/her own work any assignment which has been prepared by someone else. If you have any questions or doubts about what plagiarism entails or how to properly acknowledge source materials be sure to consult the instructor.
An incomplete grade is given only for an exceptional reason such as a death in the family, a serious illness, etc. Any such reason must be documented. Any incomplete request must be made at least two weeks before the final, and approved by the Dean of the College of Computing and Digital Media. Any consequences resulting from a poor grade for the course will not be considered as valid reasons for such a request.
Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
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