CSCI 101-008: Intro To Computer Science, Fall 2014
Course Information and Syllabus

 


 

Prof. Douglas Moody

Adjunct Assistant Professor,
Computer Science Department,
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences,
New York University

Email address

dlm9@nyu.edu

Mailing address
251 Mercer Street,
Room 305
New York City, 10012

Office hours
Room 321
Friday 9:30 - 10:30 am

 

Course Essentials


 

Class meetings: Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:00 AM 9:15AM in WWH Room 101 (attendance is mandatory).

Office hours: Fridays 9:30 - 10:30am, in WWH Room 305

Information and Assignments will be provided via the NYU Courses capabilities

Tutors: Tutors for the course are available at 14 Washington Place (at the room in the back of the lab) during the following days and times: TBD

How to get help? Talk to me! Email me! Use the tutoring services!
Make sure you let me know as soon as you feel lost in the course. Do not wait till you start getting failing grades because it might be too late by then.

Catalog Description


 

Introduction to Computer Science
CSCI-UA 101 Prerequisite: Introduction to Computer Programming (CSCI-UA 2) or departmental permission assessed by placement exam.
Offered in the fall and spring. 4 points.
Students learn how to design algorithms to solve problems and how to translate these algorithms into working computer programs. Experience is acquired through programming projects in a high-level programming language. Intended primarily as a first course for computer science majors but also suitable for students of other scientific disciplines. Programming assignments.

Important Dates


 

October 8 (Wednesdady): Midterm Exam 1

November 19 (Wednesday): Midterm Exam 2

November 27-28 (Friday): Thanksgiving Weekend

Dec 10 (Wednesday) No Class Classes follow Monday Schedule

Dec 19 (Friday): Final Exam 8:00AM - 9:50AM (date and time subject to change by CAS)

What will you learn?


 

In this course we will start with a quick review of elementary programming and make sure that everyone is familiar with Java syntax. Then we will move to more advanced object oriented concepts and you will learn how to write your own classes and use many of the classes that are provided by Java. Emphasis will be placed on solving problems and then applying Java based instructions.

Department Links


 

Computer Science Department

Faculty Office Hours

Statement of Academic Integrity

CS Minor course description/requirements

 

Textbook



http://cs.nyu.edu/~joannakl/cs101.06_s14/Liang9.jpg

Introduction to Java Programming, Brief Version, 9/E
Note: You do not need the comprehensive edition
By Y. Daniel Liang
ISBN-10: 0132923734, ISBN-13: 9780132923736
2013 Prentice Hall
Publisher's website
Companion website
author's website

Prerequisites


 

Students without programming experience should take the more introductory course -- CSCI.UA.0002.

Students with a lot of programming experience may take a test out exam to move directly to CSCI.UA.0102 (Data Structures).

In this course you will be using Java, an object oriented language. You do not need to have any experience specifically with Java, but you need to be familiar with the basic concepts of some programming language:

Grading


 

Your grade will be based on

Assignments


 

There will be weekly (sometimes bi-weekly) programming assignments. In general the assignments will be due one week after they are assigned. All assignments will be graded out of 10 . Assignments are due on Thursday before midnight. This will provide an opportunity to ask any last minute questions during class on Wednesday. Assignments submitted after Thursday and before midnight Monday will be graded up to a maximum of 8 points. Assignments submitted after Monday will not be accepted. Assignments will be reviewed in class on the Wednesday after the Thursday due date.

Challenging assignment grade:
You can challenge grade on any assignment. To do so, you need to come to see me before class, during the office hours, or schedule an appointment. Grade challenges are not done via email or immediately after class.

Exams


 

There will be two midterms and a final exam. All exams are cumulative, although they will have larger emphasis on the new material covered since the previous exam.

Missing an exam: There will be no make-up exams. Failure to take an exam counts as a zero grade on that exam. The only exception to this rule is for students who have a legitimate medical or personal emergency (documented). These students need to talk to me as soon as possible (trying to excuse an exam absence three weeks after it happened will not work).

Academic Integrity Policy


 

I follow the department's academic integrity rules. In short, it is fine to talk to other students about your ideas and your programs, but it is not fine to work together on assignments or copy someone else's assignment. You cannot copy other people's work without giving them a proper credit (and part of your grade).
You may discuss any of the assignments with your classmates (or anyone else) but all work for all assignments must be entirely your own unless a group project is specifically assigned. Any sharing or copying of assignments will be considered cheating. By the rules of the College of Arts and Science, I am required to report any incidents of cheating to the department.
If you have any doubt if something that you are doing qualifies as academic dishonesty, talk to me!

Doing Well in This Course


 

In order to do well in this course you need to:

Talk to me whenever you start falling behind or have questions that you do not want to ask in class. Remember, professors have office hours for a reason to interact with students on course issues, material questions, or general information about the industry. My office hour is dedicated to this class, please take advantage of this time.

Topics Covered


 

This is a tentative list of the topics we will cover:

 

Java Documentation and Resources


 

Deena Engel's list of differences between Python and Java

Java Language Specification

Java API

 

Compilers


 

Eclipse Download

Eclipse Help - go to Java development user guide for tutorials/instruction on creating your first project, running, debugging, and details of many tools available in Eclipse.

VideoNote on creating your first Eclipse project, writing the code, compiling and running from within the IDE.

 

NYU and CS Links


 

CAS Course/Instructor Evaluations

Faculty Mentor Program

ACM Chapter

 

Academic Email Etiquette