On this page:
People
Communications
Office Hours
General Policies
Lectures
Labs
Computing Environment
Assignments
Pair Programming
Exams
Projects
Grades
6.1.1

General

People

Instructors:


Ben Lerner


Leena Razzaq

Instructors design and implement this class, lead lectures, create the labs, assignments, and exams. The instructors are here to teach from life.

TAs:


Matthew Clamp


Eric Kelly


Jimmy Ly


Deepen Mehta


Alex Narayanan


Michael Ravert


Kenny Wong

TAs teach labs, oversee the grading of homework sets, help grade the exams, and hold office hours. In general, they are apprentice teachers and are here to learn how to run a course.

Tutors:


Alex Berberi


Mackenzie Denker


Tommy Jenkins


Rachel Jones


Neil Locketz


John Martin


Erika McVey


Brendan Ronan


Dan Russotto


Benji Smith


Ben Wheeler


Zach Winkeler


Brandon Wong

Tutors help in labs, grade the homework sets, and hold office hours. In general, they are your peers who have taken the course and can see your problems from your perspective.

Communications

If you need help, you may talk to any of the instructors, the TAs or tutors during their office hours.

You can also post questions and look for answers to similar questions on Piazza. Here is a link to the Piazza site for this course. Do not post answers to assignments to Piazza.

Office Hours

Ben Lerner

  

blerner

  

WVH314

  

Mon

  

3:00--4:00pm

  

  

  

Thu

  

3:00--4:00pm

Leena Razzaq

  

lrazzaq

  

WVH310B

  

Mon

  

1:00--3:00pm

Matthew Clamp

  

mclamp

  

WVH 102

  

Wed

  

9:00--11:00am

  

  

  

Thu

  

1:30--2:30pm

Eric Kelly

  

ekelly

  

WVH 3rd floor

  

Mon

  

1:00--4:00pm

Jimmy Ly

  

jly

  

WVH 102

  

Tue

  

4:00--5:00pm

  

  

  

Wed

  

9:30--11:30am

Deepen Mehta

  

dmehta

  

WVH 102

  

Fri

  

8:30--11:30am

Alex Narayanan

  

4l3x

  

WVH 102

  

Mon

  

11:00am--12:00noon

  

  

  

Wed

  

1:45--3:45pm

Michael Ravert

  

ravert1

  

WVH 102

  

Tue

  

8:00--9:00pm

  

  

  

Wed

  

8:00--10:00pm

Kenny Wong

  

kwong

  

WVH 102

  

Mon

  

2:45--5:45pm

Alex Berberi

  

berberi

  

WVH 102

  

Wed

  

4:00--5:00pm

  

  

  

Sat

  

2:00--4:00pm

Mackenzie Denker

  

denkerm

  

WVH 102

  

Tue

  

5:00--6:00pm

  

  

  

Wed

  

8:30--10:30am

Tommy Jenkins

  

tjenkins

  

WVH 102

  

Tue

  

4:00--6:00pm

  

  

Outside WVH 102

  

Sun

  

10:00--11:00am

Rachel Jones

  

rjones

  

WVH 102

  

Mon

  

12:30--2:30pm

  

  

  

Wed

  

1:00--2:00pm

Neil Locketz

  

yoda6678

  

WVH 102

  

Wed

  

2:00--4:00pm

  

  

  

Sun

  

2:00--3:00pm

John Martin

  

jmartin4

  

WVH 102

  

Wed

  

3:00--4:00pm

  

  

  

Fri

  

11:35am--1:35pm

Erika McVey

  

mcveye

  

WVH 102

  

Tue

  

4:00--6:00pm

  

  

  

Wed

  

4:45--5:45pm

Brendan Ronan

  

bronan99

  

WVH 102

  

Tue

  

1:35--2:45pm

  

  

  

Wed

  

11:00am--1:00pm

Dan Russotto

  

aqsfire

  

WVH 102

  

Tue

  

12:30--1:30pm

  

  

  

Wed

  

10:30am--12:30am

Benji Smith

  

bnsmith

  

WVH 102

  

Mon

  

2:00--4:00pm

  

  

  

Fri

  

11:00am--12:00noon

Ben Wheeler

  

wheelerb

  

WVH 102

  

Mon

  

3:00--4:00pm

  

  

  

Wed

  

2:00--4:00pm

Zach Winkeler

  

zwink

  

WVH 102

  

Mon

  

10:30--11:30am

  

  

  

Tue

  

3:30--5:30pm

Brandon Wong

  

bwong

  

WVH

  

Mon

  

11:30am--1:30pm

  

  

  

Wed

  

2:45pm--3:45pm

Communication

Use CCIS email (@ccs.neu.edu) to reach any of the course staff; usernames are given above.

General Policies

Lectures

Honors: Monday and Thursday at 11:45am–1:25pm
         International Village 019

Section 1: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday at 10:30am-11:35am
         International Village 019

Section 2: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday at 1:35am-2:40pm
         Shillman Hall 105

Section 3: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday at 4:35pm-5:40pm
         Shillman Hall 305

Lectures policy:

You are required to read the lecture material for the given lecture before coming to class. During the lectures we will discuss the material covered in the required reading, answer questions, provide additional examples and applications.

It is OK if you do not understand everything when you first read it, but reading about the new concept ahead of the time will give you a chance to anticipate the questions you may have and allow you to follow better the details of explanation during the lectures.

Labs

Labs are held in 210 WVH on

  • Mondays at 6:00-7:40pm (Honors section)
         TAs: Matt Clamp, Jimmy Ly
         Tutors: Brendan Ronan, Tommy Jenkins

  • Tuesdays at 9:50–11:30am
         TAs: Mike Ravert, Jimmy Ly
         Tutors: Neil Locketz, Alex Berberi, Rachel Jones

  • Tuesdays at 11:45am–1:25pm
         TAs: Mike Ravert, Alex Narayanan
         Tutors: Mackenzie Denker, Zach Winkeler, Benji Smith

  • Tuesdays at 1:35–3:15pm
         TAs: Eric Kelly, Matt Clamp
         Tutors: Dan Russotto, Erika McVey

  • Tuesdays at 3:25–5:05pm
         TAs: Eric Kelly, Alex Narayanan
         Tutors: Brandon Wong, John Martin, Ben Wheeler

Labs policy

The goal of the labs is to see in practice problems that illustrate the concepts covered in the lectures, and to prepare you for the next programming assignment.

There is a lot of technical detail related to running Java programs that will be covered in the early labs. Later labs will focus more on design questions and on good Java programming practice.

In-lab Quizzes

We will be running quizzes during some of the labs, possibly without prior warning. The goal of the quizzes is to see that you are familiar with the most basic concepts covered during the recent lectures, labs, and assignments.

Quizzes will be graded, and are counted as part of your exam scores (see Exams below). The intent is to assess your progress in the course in smaller chunks rather than just through lengthy midterm exams.

If you do not pass the quiz, you need to meet with the instructor within the next week, to identify the problems you may have and to help you get back on track. Failure to follow up on a failed quiz may lead to grade zero on the related programming homework.

Computing Environment

You will complete your assignments (other than the first one) using the Eclipse IDE. Though, if you feel more comfortable, you may choose to use another IDE (e.g. NetBeans) or work directly from the command line, but you and your partner must both be comfortable with the chosen programming environment, and the staff may not be able to assist you with issues encountered in other environments.

You will use Web-CAT to work on your homework sets, to keep track of revisions, and to submit your homework.

Assignments

There will be one problem set each week, comprised of two parts: practice problems and pair-programming problems.

The practice problems will be a series of practice problems that every student must be able to solve. You should work out these problems on your own, and keep your solutions as an electronic portfolio. You may ask the instructor to give an informal review your portfolio at any time, but there will be a formal review at least once during the semester.

In the pair-programming problems you and your partner will apply the concepts from lectures and labs. The problems will consist of structured programming assignments that may be based on the work done in previous weeks, and may also include more creative projects where you can practice your design skills.

Due Date: Wednesdays at 11:59pm, unless otherwise specified. We will not accept late homework.

Pair Programming

You must work on your problem sets in pairs. We will assign you a partner. Every few weeks, you will get a new partner.

Important Pair programming means that you and your partner work on the problem sets jointly. You read them together and you work on the solutions together. One of the lab’s purposes is to teach you how to work in pairs effectively; indeed, pairs are provably more effective than individuals in programming. The rough idea is this: One of you plays pilot, the other co-pilot. The pilot works on the keyboard and explains aloud what is going on; it is the co-pilot’s responsibility to question everything. After a problem is solved to the satisfaction of both, you must switch roles.

Every partner must be able to solve every homework problem in the end. In other words, You must be able to solve every homework problem on your own.

All programs must be completed strictly by you and your partner. You are free to discuss the problem sets with others, so long as you acknowledge discussants. However, you may not share code in any way. Submitting code that is not your own will be considered a violation of the University’s Academic Integrity Policy (pages 38—40 of the 2011-2012 Underaduate Student Handbook). Violations of academic integrity will be reported to OSCCR and will have a negative impact on your grade.

If you are having difficulties working with your partner, please inform your lab TA or your instructor.

Exams

Projects

There will be two substantial class projects implemented over the last several weeks of the course. You will present your project to the class during the last two weeks of the course. You will also be required to comment on the projects presented by your peers.

Grades

You will get a GPA for your homework (including the project) and for your exams and quizzes. You must have both a passing homework GPA and a passing overall GPA to pass the course. For the final grade, we will assign a weight of 40% to the homeworks and the project grade and a weight of 55% to the exams and quizzes exams. The remaining 5% are up to the instructors’ whim. The last two assignments include suggestions for extra credit, which we will count towards offsetting a poor exam grade.