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CSE 113 - Spring 2008 - Syllabus

University at Buffalo

Department of Computer Science & Engineering

201 Bell Hall (716) 645-3180

 

 

Syllabus

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Instructors

 

Name

Office

Phone

Email

Web

Adrienne Decker

130 Bell

645-3180 x 161

adrienne@cse.buffalo.edu

http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/faculty/adrienne

 

 

 

Course Information

 

Credit hours: 4

Course Website: http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/faculty/adrienne/SP2008/cse113

A Lecture: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3:00 3:50 201 NSC

B Lecutre: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 4:00 4:50 112 Norton

Recitation Times:

A1 Monday 8:00 9:50 340 Bell

A2 Wednesday 9:00 10:50 340 Bell

A3 Tuesday 11:00 12:50 340 Bell

A4 Thursday 9:00 10:50 340 Bell

B1 Tuesday 3:00 4:50 340 Bell

B2 Tuesday 9:00 10:50 340 Bell

B3 Thursday 1:00 2:50 340 Bell

B4 Friday 1:00 2:50 340 Bell

B5 Wednesday 2:00 3:50 340 Bell

 

 

Course Description

Introduction to computers and computer programming intended for nonmajors. Currently required for some School of Management majors and appropriate for others seeking a practical introduction to computer programming. Topics include the use of data types and variables, programming control constructs supported by modern languages, input/output, basic concepts of object-oriented programming (such as classes, objects, encapsulation, information hiding, and code reuse), as well as graphical user interfaces. No previous computer experience assumed. Not suitable for intended computer science or computer engineering majors except those who have absolutely no experience using a computer. Admitted computer science and computer engineering students should not take this course.

 

Schedule of Topics

The following is a tentative schedule of topics. A more detailed schedule is maintained on the course website and should be checked often for updates.

 

2 weeks Introduction to computers and programming

3 weeks Variables, assignment, functions

3 weeks Looping

3 weeks Conditionals

3 weeks Classes and object-oriented programming

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, students will have been introduced to several of the main concepts in computer programming including sequencing, selection, and iteration. Students will be able to use these constructs to create a solution to solve a simple problem and create a small to medium sized software program. Students will have also been introduced to some of the main concepts of object-oriented programming and be able to write and use their own classes in their programs.

 

 

Prerequisites

There are no formal prerequisites for this course. However, if you have never used a computer before or do not feel comfortable using web browsers, email clients, instant messaging programs, word processors, or spreadsheets and would like a general introduction to these type of concepts, this is not the course for you. In this course, we will be creating computer programs in a modern high-level language (Java). If you are not comfortable working with a computer, you will not do well in this course.

 

 

Textbooks and Materials

The required textbook for this course is:

         Mark Guzdial and Barbara Ericson. 2007.  Introduction to Computing & Programming with Java: A Multimedia Approach, Prentice Hall. (ISBN: 0-13-149698-0)

 

Additional reading material may be assigned during the course, and will be announced in lecture.

 

 

Computing Resources

You will be provided with a computing account through the school of engineering. You may use the lab facilities in Bell 340 whenever there is not another scheduled recitation for either CSE 113 or CSE 114. A schedule of these times is available on the course website. They are on card-access - use your UB card to open the door. For your own safety, and to protect the equipment in the lab, do not open or hold the door open in order to allow other people to gain entry to the lab. All students who are authorized to use the lab will be granted card access.

 

The name of the server that you will be connecting to in the lab will be unix.eng.buffalo.edu. You have the ability to connect to this server remotely from other sites, on or off campus.

 

You are expected to become proficient at using the machines in the lab, the Unix system, the Java compiler, and whatever other software development tools the course requires you to use. It is your responsibility to ensure that any programs you write for this course compile using the Java compiler installed on the department's machines.

 

By virtue of having a Engineering account, you receive another email account, whose address is UBitName@eng.buffalo.edu.  You can choose to use this email account in addition to your regular UB mail or forward mail sent their to your UB account.  In either case any e-mail communication that you send regarding this course must be sent from your Engineering e-mail account or your UB e-mail account. Under no circumstances will e-mail from non-UB accounts be acknowledged or answered. You must include an informative subject line in all e-mail, and include your full name in any e-mail correspondence.

 

All e-mail that we send in reply to your e-mail will be sent to the address from which you sent your e-mail. Our feedback on materials you hand in electronically will be sent to your CSE e-mail account only. Since you may request re-grades of work only within a set period from the time that the feedback was provided to you, it is in your best interest to read your CSE e-mail account on a daily basis.

 

 

Course Organization

The course has both a lecture component and a lab component. Each component plays a role in helping you achieve the objectives of the course. If you do not participate fully in both you should not expect to do well in the course.

 

Lectures

The conceptual and theoretical course content will be delivered primarily in the lectures, complemented by readings from the text books. You must review readings prior to attending a lecture, and you are expected to review the readings again, along with any notes you took, after the lecture.

 

Some of the topics will be difficult. It is therefore absolutely essential that you ask questions whenever something is said which you do not understand.

 

You are expected to attend all lectures. If you are unable to attend a lecture because of sickness or similar reasons, make sure you get the notes from a classmate. If you are out of class for an extended period of time because of sickness, notify your instructor as soon as possible, and see your instructor immediately upon your return in order to determine how to catch up. If you have missed a significant portion of the semester due to illness, it is recommended that you resign from the course.

 

Labs

The labs are an integral part of the course. In each recitation section, the TAs will answer questions about the currently assigned programming modules. You are free to ask any questions about the modules and get assistance from the TAs during this time on your personal assignment. Labs meet in a computer lab so you are free to work on your assignments during this time. Do not expect to finish your assignment in the allotted lab time each week. You will have to work on your own outside of lab to complete the assignments for this course. You can return to the computer lab during open lab hours to work on your assignments.

 

Labs do not meet in the first week of classes.

 

Time outside of class

Office hours

Office hours offer you the opportunity to ask more individual questions about the course material than can typically be addressed in lecture. Both the instructor and the teaching assistants have scheduled office hours. Office hours are held on a first-come first-served drop-in basis. No appointment is necessary to attend office hours. Be aware that office hours become increasingly busy the closer it is to a project deadline. Plan your use of office hours accordingly. Individual appointments may be arranged, if needed, as schedules allow.

 

Study time

In this course, as in any course, you are expected to put in additional time beyond the scheduled class times. Professors generally expect that for each credit hour a class carries a typical student will put in 2 - 3 hours of time each week outside of class. Since this is a 4 credit course that translates into 8 - 12 hours of time outside of lecture and recitation times, each week. During this time you should review your lecture notes, attend office hours as needed, get hands-on practice applying the concepts and theoretical constructs discussed in class, and possibly arrange to meet in small groups to study or review the concepts from class. As a rough guide, you should expect to spend at least the following time working on this course, each week:

 

o        Lectures: 3 hours

o        Lab time: 2 hours

o        Programming assignments: 4 hours

o        Individual study: 4 hours

 

 

 

 

Course evaluation

The grading scheme for this course is based on level of achievement. The more modules and exams you complete, the better your grade. If you complete a certain number of modules and exams and are happy with the grade you have achieved, you need not complete any more.

 

Programming Modules

Successful completion of a programming module involves achieving a minimum grade of 70% on the module. If you do not achieve a grade of 70, you have not completed the module. There are no opportunities to re-do and re-submit a programming module for re-grading after the deadline for submitting the module has passed. However, up until the final due date, you can continue to work on and re-submit more completed versions of the program. Once the deadline has passed, modules are considered late. Late modules are assessed a penalty of 50 points per day (or portion thereof) late. Therefore, submitting a perfectly working program the day after the deadline will only achieve a grade of 50, not enough to pass the module. You must turn in your module on time for hope of grade of successful completion.

 

 

Exams

There will be ten examinations throughout the term. The exam dates are posted on the course website. Each exam will cover the material presented in class since the previous exam. (Exception is March 21st. Test would have occurred on this day, but to avoid conflicts with the Easter holiday, if celebrated, the test has been moved to March 31st).

 

Topics and sections for each exam will also appear on the course website. The successful completion of an exam involves achieving a minimum grade of 70% on the exam. If you do not have a grade of 70% on the exam, you have not successfully completed it. Students who have achieved a grade between 65 and 69 on an exam *may* be awarded the opportunity on some exams to write corrections for the exam to bring their grade up to a 70. Grades below 65 will always be considered failing on an exam.

 

There will be no makeup exams given under any circumstances if you miss an exam.

 

You must bring a valid form of picture ID with you to each examination (a UB Card will suffice).

 

There is no final exam for this course. The ten exams will be given during class time.

 

Attendance and Participation

You are expected to attend all lectures and lab sessions. Students who do not attend lectures and labs generally do not do as well as those students who do. At random times during the semester, attendance quizzes will be taken that could be worth as much as five points additional for your latest module or exam grade. Also, there may be lectures where module assignments will be discussed in detail. Attending these lectures will be beneficial to successfully completing the module. Neither of these will be announced ahead of time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letter grades

The following table indicates the number of modules and exams completed to letter grade mapping I will use to assign final grades at the end of the course. The Grade points for each letter grade can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

 

Letter Grade

Number of Exams Successfully Completed

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Number of Programming Modules Successfully Completed

1

F

F

F

F

F

F

F

F

F

D

2

F

F

F

F

F

F

F

F

D

C-

3

F

F

F

F

F

F

F

D

C-

C

4

F

F

F

F

F

F

D

C-

C

C+

5

F

F

F

F

F

D

C-

C

C+

B-

6

F

F

F

F

F

C-

C

C+

B-

B

7

F

F

F

F

F

C

C+

B-

B

B+

8

F

F

F

F

F

C+

B-

B

B+

A-

9

F

F

F

F

F

B-

B

B+

A-

A

10

F

F

F

F

F

B

B+

A-

A

A

 

 

 

Re-grading

If you have a question about the grading of any piece of work, first consult with the teaching assistant who graded your work. If you cannot resolve your questions with the teaching assistant, you should consult with the instructor of the course.

 

Any questions about the grading of a piece of work must be raised within one week of the date that the work was returned by the teaching assistant or the instructor. In other words, if you do not pick up your work in a timely fashion, you may forfeit your right to question the grading of your work.

 

 

 

 

Incomplete (I) grades

We will follow the UB Undergraduate Catalog Statement on Incomplete Grades, found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

 

Generally, incomplete (I) grades are not given. However, very rarely, circumstances truly beyond a student's control prevents him or her from completing work in the course. In such cases the instructor can give a grade of I. The student will be given instructions and a deadline for completing the work, usually no more than 30 days past the end of the semester. University and department policy dictate that I grades can be given only if the following conditions are met:

 

o        An Incomplete will only be given for missing a small part of the course.

o        An Incomplete will only be given when the student misses work due to circumstances beyond his/her control.

o        An Incomplete will only be given when the student is passing the course except for the missed material.

o        An Incomplete is to be made up with the original course instructor within the time specified by the appropriate University regulation (see appropriate document above), and usually within the following semester.

o        An Incomplete will not be given to allow the student to informally retake the entire course, and have that grade count as the grade of the original course.

 

Incompletes can not be given as a shelter from poor grades. It is your responsibility to make a timely resignation from the course if you are doing poorly for any reason. The last day to resign the course is Friday, March 28th.

 

 

 

 

General Notes

If you don't understand something covered in class, ask about it right away. The only silly question is the one which is not asked. If you get a poor mark on an assignment, quiz, or exam, find out why right away. Don't wait a month before asking. The instructor and teaching assistants are available to answer your questions. Don't be afraid to ask questions, or to approach the instructor or T.A. in class, during office hours, or through e-mail.

 

 

 

Disabilities

If you have a diagnosed disability (physical, learning, or psychological) that will make it difficult for you to carry out the course work as outlined, or that requires accommodations such as recruiting note-takers, readers, or extended time on exams or assignments, you must consult with the Office of Disability Services (25 Capen Hall, Tel: 645-2608, TTY: 645-2616, Fax: 645-3116, http://www.student-affairs.buffalo.edu/ods/).

 

You must advise your instructor during the first two weeks of the course so that we may review possible arrangements for reasonable accommodations.

 

 

 

Counseling Center

Your attention is called to the Counseling Center (645-2720), 120 Richmond Quad. The Counseling Center staff are trained to help you deal with a wide range of issues, including how to study effectively and how to deal with exam-related stress. Services are free and confidential. Their web site is http://www.studentaffairs.buffalo.edu/shs/ccenter/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distractions in the Classroom - Behavioral Expectations

The following is the text of a policy adopted by the Faculty Senate. You are expected to know and adhere to this policy.

 

OBSTRUCTION OR DISRUPTION IN THE CLASSROOM POLICIES UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO

To prevent and respond to distracting behavior faculty should clarify standards for the conduct of class, either in the syllabus, or by referencing the expectations cited in the Student Conduct Regulations. Classroom "etiquette" expectations should include:

  • Attending classes and paying attention. Do not ask an instructor in class to go over material you missed by skipping a class or not concentrating.
  • Not coming to class late or leaving early. If you must enter a class late, do so quietly and do not disrupt the class by walking between the class and the instructor. Do not leave class unless it is an absolute necessity.
  • Not talking with other classmates while the instructor or another student is speaking.
  • If you have a question or a comment, please raise your hand, rather than starting a conversation about it with your neighbor.
  • Showing respect and concern for others by not monopolizing class discussion. Allow others time to give their input and ask questions. Do not stray from the topic of class discussion.
  • Not eating and drinking during class time.
  • Turning off the electronics: cell phones, pagers, and beeper watches.
  • Avoiding audible and visible signs of restlessness. These are both rude and disruptive to the rest of the class.
  • Focusing on class material during class time. Sleeping, talking to others, doing work for another class, reading the newspaper, checking email, and exploring the internet are unacceptable and can be disruptive.
  • Not packing bookbags or backpacks to leave until the instructor has dismissed class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academic Integrity

Source: http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/academics-academic integrity.shtml

The academic degrees and the research findings produced by our Department are worth no more than the integrity of the process by which they are gained. If we do not maintain reliably high standards of ethics and integrity in our work and our relationships, we have nothing of value to offer one another or to offer the larger community outside this Department, whether potential employers or fellow scholars.

 

For this reason, the principles of Academic Integrity have priority over every other consideration in every aspect of our departmental life, and we will defend these principles vigorously. It is essential that every student be fully aware of these principles, what the procedures are by which possible violations are investigated and adjudicated, and what the punishments for these violations are. Wherever they are suspected, potential violations will be investigated and determinations of fact sought. In short, breaches of Academic Integrity will not be tolerated.

 

Departmental Statement on Academic Integrity in Coding Assignments and Projects

The following statement further describes the specific application of these general principles to a common context in the CSE Department environment, the production of source code for project and homework assignments. It should be thoroughly understood before undertaking any cooperative activities or using any other sources in such contexts.

 

All academic work must be your own. Plagiarism, defined as copying or receiving materials from a source or sources and submitting this material as one's own without acknowledging the particular debts to the source (quotations, paraphrases, basic ideas), or otherwise representing the work of another as one's own, is never allowed. Collaboration, usually evidenced by unjustifiable similarity, is never permitted in individual assignments. Any submitted academic work may be subject to screening by software programs designed to detect evidence of plagiarism or collaboration.

 

It is your responsibility to maintain the security of your computer accounts and your written work. Do not share passwords with anyone, nor write your password down where it may be seen by others. Do not change permissions to allow others to read your course directories and _les. Do not walk away from a workstation without logging out. These are your responsibilities. In groups that collaborate inappropriately, it may be impossible to determine who has offered work to others in the group, who has received work, and who may have inadvertently made their work available to the others by failure to maintain adequate personal security In such cases, all will be held equally liable.

 

These policies and interpretations may be augmented by individual instructors for their courses. Always check the handouts and web pages of your course and section for additional guidelines.

 

Departmental and Course Policy on Violations of Academic Integrity

If, after following the procedures required by the University for investigation of suspected breaches of academic integrity, a student is found guilty, the policy of the department of Computer Science & Engineering is that the student minimally receive a grade of F in the course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

University at Buffalo

Department of Computer Science & Engineering

 

 

 

 

I, ____________________________________________(PRINT name), acknowledge that I have read and understood the syllabus for this course, CSE 113 Introduction to Computer Programming I.

 

I also acknowledge that I understand the definition of academic integrity as outlined in the syllabus, and that I will minimally receive a grade of F in the course if I am found to have breached academic integrity.

 

 

 

Signature: ________________________________________________ Date: _____________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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