Starting out with Java: From Control Structures through Data Structures,
Gaddis & Muganda, publisher: Pearson
This course focuses on more advanced topics in object-oriented programming.
Programming topics include text processing
(including the StringBuilder and StringTokenizer classes),
inheritance, polymorphism, abstract classes, interfaces,
generic classes, exception classes, exception throwing and handling,
random access files, serialization, and an introduction to some
basic data structures, such as collection and linked lists. PREREQ: CSC 142.
The NetBeans IDE will serve as the programming basis.
The content, which is based on topics from the textbook,
will be available on the course website. The textbook
coverage is roughly:
Chapter 9, 10, 11, 18, 19(1,2), 20(1,2,3)
The topics covered are:
Packages and access qualifiers: public, "none", private, protected
Interfaces, Inner classes: anonymous, static
Text Processing, regular expressions
File Access, Serialization
ArrayLists and LinkedLists
Java 2D Graphics
Generic List Implementations
will be based on these factors:
3 Tests: 70%
3 Programming assignments: 30%
The correspondence of a percentage to a letter grade is based
on a standard formula:
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%.
Student learning outcomes
The following are clear, measurable and observable outcomes from taking this course:
Students will be able to write code using inheritance, polymorphism, exceptions,
file I/O, and generics.
Students will be able to build fairly large projects using more advanced
topics in object-oriented programming.
An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing
requirements appropriate to its solution.
An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools for
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
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
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.
Academic, personal integrity
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.
West Chester University and its faculty are committed to assuring a safe and
productive educational environment for all students.
In order to meet this commitment and to comply with Title IX of the
Education Amendments of 1972 and guidance from the Office for Civil Rights,
the University requires faculty members to report incidents of sexual violence
shared by students to WCU's Title IX Coordinator. The only exceptions to the
reporting obligation are when incidents of sexual violence are communicated by
a student during a classroom discussion, in a writing assignment for a class,
or as part of a University-approved research project.
Faculty members are obligated to report sexual violence or any other abuse
of a student who was, or is, a person under 18 years of age when the abuse
allegedly occurred to the official designated in the University protection
of minors policy. Information regarding the reporting of sexual
violence and the resources that are available to victims of sexual
violence is set forth in the
Social Equity website.
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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.