Course DescriptionThis course continues the development of programming and problem-solving skills, focusing on object-oriented programming and design (OOP/OOD), and improved programming practices. Topics include: an introduction to the Java programming language, encapsulation and information hiding, proper program and class design, inheritance, polymorphism, and generics. Other topics may be added, time permitting.
This semester, we have added a new Advanced Section option for the course, taught by Mr. Park. To register for that section, a student must have demonstrable proficiency with Java basics, or must otherwise establish her ability to rapidly come up to speed in the fundamentals of Java (for example, being very well-versed in the C programming language would probably qualify). The Advanced Section will, most importantly, spend less time on Java language mechanics, and spend more time exploring concepts and issues of object-oriented design. The section will also cover additional advanced topics, but that is a somewhat secondary goal. The order of topics, and lecture content, have been significantly restructured to facilitate incorporating lessons in design throughout the various topics. Also note that a few other differences in course logistics are called out later on in this syllabus.
Programming projects for this course will use the Java programming language and the Eclipse programming environment.
Prerequisites: CMSC 201 and MATH 151.
ObjectivesThe objectives of this course are:
CMSC GatewayFor students who enrolled in college for the first time in Summer 1998 or later, you have two choices: 1) pass both CMSC 201 and CMSC 202 with a grade of B or better, or 2) don't graduate as a CMSC major. Additionally, the registrar has very specific rules about repeating courses in sequence. For example, if you were to receive a C in CMSC 201 and then take and pass 202, expecting to retake 201 later, you can't. Since the classes form a sequence, you cannot retake an earlier class in the sequence once you've passed a later one. Also, note that all University deadlines (for adding or dropping courses, changing grading method, etc.) will be strictly enforced, so make sure you are familiar with these.
TextbookThere is no required textbook for this course. If you have no experience with OOP/OOD or Java, then Absolute Java, Third Edition is highly recommended.
Also see the list of Java reference books
Lectures and ReadingsYou are expected to attend all lectures and labs for this course. Although all sections will cover the same general topics, you are responsible for the specifics given during your section. You are expected to attend all laboratory sessions, and you are responsible for all material presented there.
You are responsible for all material covered in class, even if not found in the on-line class presentation materials. If you should happen to miss a lecture or a lab, you are responsible for getting any missed notes or announcements from a classmate.
ScheduleThe schedule (Bergeron and Mitchell and Park) includes lecture topics, lecture notes, exam dates, project due dates, and lab dates.
Grading CriteriaYour grade in this course is based on exams, lab assignments, and projects, as follows.
2 Exams (15% each) = 30% 1 Comprehensive Final Exam = 20% 10 Lab Assignments (1% each) = 10% 5 Projects (6, 7, 8, 9, 10%) = 40%(Note that the projects will be different in the Advanced Section, in number, point assignment, and grading.)
Letter grades will follow the standard scale:
100 >= A >= 90 90 > B >= 80 80 > C >= 70 70 > D >= 60 60 > FYour grade is based on timely work accomplished during the semester. Incomplete grades will only be given for medical illness or other such dire circumstances (almost never).
Project grades will be mailed to your UMBC email account. The exams will be returned to you either in lecture or in lab.
Required LabsRequired lab sessions are designed to provide you with practice writing Java code, learning to use Eclipse, and other course and project related skills.
All required CMSC 202 lab sessions are led by your TA. Check the required lab schedule for the time and location of the lab session for your section. To recieve credit for attending the lab and completing the lab assignment, your work must be verified by the TA.
It is our intent to offer more than 10 lab assignments during the semester, schedule and weather permitting. If more than 10 lab assigments are offered, then the 10 best lab grades will be counted.
All lab assignments must be completed during your assigned lab time. You must attend your assigned lab section.
TAs will be present at your lab to explain the lab assignment, help with the assignment as needed, and record your successful completion of the assignment.
Lab assignments are graded on a scale from 0 to 3 at the discretion of the TA.
If you made a legitimate attempt to complete the lab assignment within the alloted time, but could not, you may complete the assignment on your own. Once completed, see your lab TA and show him/her your completed work. He/she will change your grade for the assignment from a 2 to a 2.5.
drop-in office hours in ITE 240. During these times, TAs will be available for assistance on projects or just to answer your questions. Office hours are available to all CMSC 202 students and operate on a first-come, first-served basis.
There will be a special TA assigned to the Advanced Section. While all TAs will be able to answer general questions about Java, specific questions about the Advanced Section projects are best directed to the Advanced Section TA.
ITE 240 is open to all students enrolled in any course where programming is taught or programming projects are required, such as CMSC 201, 202, 313, 341, 421, and possibly others. While most TAs can assist you with Java questions, only the CMSC 202 TAs will have specific knowledge about your programming assignments. We recommend that you plan to use ITE 240 when CMSC 202 TAs are scheduled. Note that instructional activties have priority and may cause the cancellation of some office hours.
Students using the lab must observe all the rules below:
ProjectsThe critical programming skills cannot be learned simply by attending the lectures. You should budget enough time to work on the projects as well. The due date and time for each assignment will be included with the project description. Please see the late project submission policy.
To be assigned a grade, a project must compile and show substantial effort.. Please see the project grading page for details of project grading.
For the Advanced Section, the project tasks and schedule will be substantially different, but the rules outlined here apply to students in all sections.
There will be five graded projects (the Advanced Section will have a different number) totaling 40% of your final grade. In addition, there is a mandatory ungraded project that you will do in Lab 1. The purpose of the Lab 1 project is to make sure you know how to use the submission system and to make sure that the submission system is prepared to accept projects from your account. If you fail to submit the project from Lab 1, no future project submissions will be possible and your grade for those projects (which ARE graded) will suffer.
Network and computer failures at UMBC are a fact of life. They are out of your control and out of our control. However, they are not an excuse for a project to be submitted late, nor are they a reason for project deadlines to be extended, even if the outage occurs on the due date. Plan accordingly. Waiting to submit your project until 5 minutes before your project is due is a recipe for disaster. In the event of network outages or computer failures, you are still responsible for submitting your projects on time. There are labs on campus even if your dialup or ResNet connections are down. Also, it is your responsibility to take care of any problems with your account, such as quota overages, which interfere with your ability to complete and submit projects for the course. Project extensions will not be given for such problems.
Project Regrade Requests
There are two kinds of regrade requests. One carries a deduction and one does not.
If you feel the grader has made a mistake on your project or exam, you may choose to request a grade correction. Grade corrections must be discussed in person with your instructor within one (1) week of receiving your grade. Otherwise, the grade stands.
If you made a minor mistake that caused our automated project grading script to fail and you can correct it by changing a "few" lines of code, you may discuss the request with your instructor. Regrades are given at the discretion of the instructor. After each grade is returned, there is a grace period of one (1) week during which you may discuss any problems you have with your grade. After that time, your grade will stand. Regrades will incur a 10-point deduction. Regrades will only be considered if you could possibly improve your score by a letter grade (after the deduction).
Students in all sections must discuss grade changes in person with their instructor.
No grade change requests will be granted via email.
ExamsThere will be two exams given during the semester and a comprehensive final exam. The two mid-semester exams must be taken with your lecture section. A common, comprehensive final exam will be given to Mr. Bergeron and Ms. Mitchell's students at the same time (see the course schedule for the time and place of your final). Mr. Park's final exam will be given during its regularly scheduled time in Mr. Park's regular classroom. Make-ups for exams are given under only the most dire circumstances (such as hospitalization).
A picture ID is required to take/hand-in the exam.
Course BlackBoardBlackboard will be used to post student lab grades and to support course discussion boards. Discussion boards wwill be created for general questions about course material, Java, and for general questions about Eclipse. A discussion board will be created for each project as they are assigned. Note that Mr. Bergeron and Ms. Mitchell's sections will share a single Blackboard site, while Mr. Park's section will have its own.
If you have difficulty accessing your Blackboard site, e-mail your instructor.
Academic Conduct PoliciesBy enrolling in this course, each student assumes the responsibilities of an active participant in UMBC's scholarly community in which everyone's academic work and behavior are held to the highest standards of honesty. Cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and helping others to commit these acts are all forms of academic dishonesty, and they are wrong. Academic misconduct could result in disciplinary action that may include, but is not limited to, suspension or dismissal. To read the full Student Academic Conduct Policy, consult the UMBC Student Handbook, the Faculty Handbook, or the UMBC Policies section of the UMBC Directory. The UMBC Student Academic Conduct Policy is also online.
If you need help with your project, see your instructor, your TA, the Computer Science Help Center (room ITE 201E), or tutors provided by the Learning Resource Center. We also encourage you to consult textbooks and the course web pages.
Please be careful of the following situations.
Having someone else's project (even a small part) in your possession, even briefly, is forbidden.
Safeguard your account password; you are responsible for the actions of anyone else you may allow to log into your account.
Safeguard hard copies of your programs; excuses such as "I must have left a copy of my code in the lab where someone else must have found it" will not be accepted.
Your project will be checked for similarities with all other student projects. If your project is found to be "substantially similar" to that of another student, or if it is determined that someone else wrote your project for you, then, at a minimum, you and the other student (if applicable) will receive a grade of zero for that project and a 10 point deduction (one letter grade) in your semester average. Furthermore, all parties concerned will have their prior projects re-checked for cheating. Any second incident will result in a grade of 'F' for the semester.
Note that checking for cheating may occur at any time during the semester. Therefore, if you cheated on Project 1, you may be confronted about that project at any time during the semester. Receiving a grade for a project does not mean that you are "in the clear".
Any act of dishonesty WILL BE reported to the University's Academic Conduct Committee for further action, which may include, but is not limited to, academic suspension or dismissal from the University.
Email PoliciesEmail is great -- much better than voice mail. If you need to contact your instructor about this class outside of lecture and office hours, email is much better than the telephone. You should, however, observe the following etiquette:
In addition, due to the volume of student email during each semester, please note the following: