Fundamentals II
Introduction to Class-based Program Design

Spring, 2014

The course studies the class-based program design and the design of abstractions that support the design of reusable software and libraries. It covers the principles of object oriented program design, the basic rules of program evaluation, and examines the relationship between algorithms and data structures, as well as basic techniques for analyzing algorithm complexity.

The course is suitable for both CS majors and non-majors. It assumes that student has been introduced to the basic principles of program design and computation.


“Think first, experiment later.”

The course assumes proficiency with the systematic design of programs and some mathematical maturity. It demands curiosity and self-driven exploration and requires a serious commitment to practical hands-on programming.

Course objectives

The goal is to help you understand the principles of class-based program design using an object-oriented programming language(s), not just Java. Java is used so we can learn how the principles are used in practical applications, and gives us an opportunity to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of languages and paradigms.