Csc142 Computer Science II
Fall 2016

Dr. Robert Kline
Office: 25 Univ. Ave. (UNA), #138
Phone: 610-436-2181

Office Hours for Fall 2016

Mo: 12:20–12:55, 2:00–4:25
We: 12:20–12:55, 3:30–4:25
Fr: 12:20–12:55
website (available through D2L)
Starting out with Java: From Control Structures through Data Structures,
3nd edition
Gaddis & Muganda, publisher: Pearson
ISBN-13: 978-0-134-03817-9
This course introduces the design and implementation of classes and objects, arrays using primitive types and Strings, array of objects, sorting and searching through arrays, recursion, aggregate objects and an introduction to graphical User Interfaces (GUIs).

CSCĀ 142 requires prerequisite of CSCĀ 141.
The course topics will closely follow those from the textbook:
Chapter 6: First Look at Classes
Chapter 7: Arrays and the ArrayList Class
Chapter 8: Second Look at Classes and Objects
Chapter 16: Recursion
Chapter 12: A First Look at GUI Applications
In addition, the course website will serve to enhance textbook materials.

You should bring a flash drive to class in order to maintain work done through class projects.
Your grade (see Grading) will be based on these factors:
  • 3 Tests: 70%
  • Programming assignments: 30%

Course Grades Evaluation results are normally returned within 2 class periods after a test or due date of homework/program. It is your responsibility to ask me for them if you miss the class when they are returned.

I do not post grades on D2L. You should be able to keep track of your own grades and compute your overall average. See Csc142 Final Grade. If you want to know the grade on your final test and/or final projects, send me an email request.

The correspondence of a percentage to a letter grade is based on a standard formula:
PercentageLetter Grade Quality Pts.
93 – 100A 4.00
90 – 92A- 3.67
87 – 89B+ 3.33
83 – 86B 3.00
80 – 82B- 2.67
77 – 79C+ 2.33
73 – 76C 2.00
70 – 72C- 1.67
67 – 69D+ 1.33
63 – 66D 1.00
60 – 62D- 0.67
0 – 59F 0.00
You are expected to behave in a responsible manner.
  • Unless you let me know in advance, STAY IN YOUR SEAT THE ENTIRE CLASS PERIOD.
  • If you miss a test, contact me by the day of the test and provide a valid reason for missing; otherwise, you will receive a failing grade for the test missed.
  • It is your responsibility to catch up if you miss a class. Missing more than 6 classes may make your final percentage grade be reduced by up to 7%.
It is the responsibility of each student to adhere to the WCU's standards for academic integrity. Violations of academic integrity include any act that violates the rights of another student in academic work, that involves misrepresentation of your own work, or that disrupts the instruction of the course. Other violations include cheating on assignments or examinations; plagiarizing, which means copying any part of another's work and/or using ideas of another and presenting them as one's own without giving proper credit to the source; selling, purchasing, or exchanging of term papers; falsifying of information; and using your own work from one class to fulfill the assignment for another class without significant modification. Proof of academic misconduct can result in the automatic failure and removal from the course. For questions regarding Academic Integrity, or the Student Code of Conduct, students are encouraged to refer to the Computer Science web page, the Undergraduate Catalog, the Ram's Eye View, and the WCU website.
It is expected that faculty, staff, and students activate and maintain regular access to University-provided email accounts. Official university communications will be sent through this email account and you are responsible for obtaining such official communications. Failure to access this email account will not exempt individuals from the responsibilities associated with this course.
West Chester University will make accommodations for persons with disabilities. To know more about WCU's Services for Students with Disabilities (OSSD), contact the OSSD located at 223 Lawrence Center. See the website OSSD website. If you have a disability that requires accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please present your letter of accommodations to OSSD as soon as possible so that OSSD can support your success in an informed manner. Accommodations cannot be granted retroactively.
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Students are advised to read and comply with the excused absences policy for university-sanctioned events in the WCU Undergraduate Catalog. Please note that the responsibility for meeting academic requirements rests with the student. This policy does not excuse students from completing required academic work, and that professors can require a fair alternative to attendance on those days that students must be absent from class in order to participate in a university-sanctioned event.
The following are clear, measurable and observable outcomes from taking this course:
  • Students will be able to understand and write programs using classes
  • Students will be able to understand and write programs using arrays of both one dimension and two dimensions
  • Students will be able to select appropriate data types, control flow, and programming techniques.
  • Students will be able to understand the concept of recursion and write simple programs that involve recursion
  • Students will be able to understand GUI programming.
  • Students will be able to write well documented and efficient programs.

ABET-accredited programmatic student learning outcomes

  • An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  • An ability to design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
  • An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools for computing practices.
  • An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.