Instructor: Viera K. Proulx
Instructor designs and implements this class, leads lectures, creates the labs, assignments, and exams. The instructor is here to teach from life.
TAs: Gary Soeller, Miranda Hawks, Jacob Brandt, Lahiru Dayananda, Shiyu Wang.
TAs teach labs, grade the homework sets, hold office hours. In general, they are apprentice teachers and are here to learn how to run a course.
4:30 - 6:30 pm
Use CCIS email (@ccs.neu.edu) to reach any of the course staff; usernames are given above.
Late assignment policy: there is no late policy on assignments; solutions to assignments as they exist at the time of the deadline will be graded.
Laptop policy: no laptops in class.
Academic honesty: we will strictly enforce Northeastern’s academic integrity policy. You may discuss problems with other students, but you should not share or show code to anyone other than your assigned partner. Violations of academic integrity will be reported to OSCCR and will have a negative impact on your grade.
are held Monday, Wednesday, Thursday at 10:30am-11:35am in 153 Snell Engineering Hall
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.
are held in 212 WVH on
Thursdays at 11:45 am - 1:25 pm
Thursdays at 2:50 pm - 4:30 pm
Fridays at 1:35 pm - 3:15 pm
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.
Ad-hoc lab quizzes
We will be running ad-hoc quizzes during some of the labs, without prior warning. The goal of the quizzes is to see thet you are familiar with the most basic concepts covered during the recent lectures, labs, and assignments.
If you do not pass the quiz, you need to meet with the instructor within the next week. The goal is 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.
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.
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: Fridays at 6:00 pm, unless otherwise specified. We will not accept late homework.
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 With each assignment you must turn in a log/calendar documenting the times you and your partner met and worked together and when you plan to meet next. If the planned meeting does not happen, write down an explanation. Add to each entry a note on what has been accomplished during that meeting.
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 instructor. Bring in your log of meetings with your partner to help explain the problems you may have.
Midterm 1: 9/23, in class
Midterm 2: 10/21, in class
Midterm 3: 11/18, 6-9pm Room 305 Shillman
There will be a substantial class project 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.
You will get a gpa for your homework (including the project) and for your exams. You must have both a passing homework gpa and a passing 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 three exams. The remaining 5% are up to the instructors’ whim.