UMBC CMSC202, Computer Science II, Fall 1998, Sections 0101, 0102, 0103, 0104

Course Description


C++ with Object-Oriented Programming by Paul S. Wang, PWS Publishing.


The course prerequisites for CMSC 202 are CMSC 201 (Computer Science I) and MATH 151 (Calculus I), or their equivalents. We will assume that you have mastered the following programming skills in C: writing functions, using header files, character handling, string handling, advanced pointer manipulations, using pointers as parameters, file I/O and structures, linked lists, stacks and queues. In addition, you should understand the following programming concepts: functional/procedural abstraction, top-down design, separate compilation, libraries and memory allocation. If you are unfamiliar with a significant number of these skills and/or concepts, you should take CMSC 201. This course will not review material that has been covered in CMSC 201.


The objectives of this course are:


Your grade for this course will be based upon 5 projects, 2 exams and the final exam. Each project is worth 8 percentage points, each exam is worth 18 percentage points and the final exam is worth 20 points. The remaining 4 points are based upon your attendance in lecture and disucssion. Note that the due dates for the projects and the dates of the exams are already set (q.v. the syllabus and project policy handout). Please plan your schedules accordingly.

Your final letter grade is based on the standard formula:

0 <= F < 60, 60 <= D < 70, 70 <= C < 80, 80 <= B < 90, 90 <= A <= 100
Your grade might be curved upward, but under no circumstance will your grade be curved downward. Your grade is given for timely work done during the semester; incomplete grades will only be given for medical illness or other such dire circumstances.

Attendance and Readings:

You are expected to attend all lectures. You are responsible for all material covered in the lecture, even if they are not in the textbook. You should keep up with the assigned readings during the semester. Some reading material will distributed through the course web page. You are responsible for the material in the readings, even if they are not covered during lecture.

You are also expected to attend the discussion sections. New material will be covered during discussion for which you are responsible. For example, help with the projects, review for exams and instruction on the use of the UNIX system will take place during discussion rather than lecture.

Your attendance in lecture and discussion is worth 4 percent of your grade. On days where attendance at lecture or discussion is low, attendance will be taken by a roll call. If attendance is uniformly high throughout the semester, then attendance will never be taken and every student will receive the full credit for attendance. Otherwise, each student will receive credit for attendance that is proportional to the number of times he or she is present for a roll call.

Email Etiquette:

Email is great -- much better than voice mail. If you need to contact me (Prof. Chang) about this class outside of lecture and office hours, email is much better than the telephone. You should, however, observe the following etiquette:

Last Modified: 30 Aug 1998 22:10:15 EDT by Richard Chang

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