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Course Syllabus

Course Number: CS 1337.003

Course Title: Computer Science I

Credit Hours: 3

Instructor: Cort Steinhorst

Office: ECSS 3.609
Office Phone: 972-883-6353
Web Site:

Office Hours: Monday, 9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.

Tuesday, 4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Wednesday, 9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
Thursday, 4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Friday, 9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
Other hours by appointment.


CS 1336 or equivalent programming experience. (3-0) S

Catalog Description:

Introduction to object-oriented software analysis, design, and development. Classes and objects. Object
composition and polymorphism. Sorting, searching, recursion. Strings using core classes. Inheritance and
interfaces. Graphic User Interfaces. Includes a comprehensive programming project.

Course Expectations:

After successful completion of this course, the student should have an:

1. Ability to develop object oriented software solutions for use on computers

2. Ability to express algorithmic solutions in a high level computer language
3. Ability to utilize the String classes
4. Ability to utilize express multi-class relationships among objects
5. Ability to implement graphical user interfaces
6. Ability to develop graphical programs utilizing standard layout managers
7. Ability to develop event driven programs
8. Ability to process data with abstract data types

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9. Ability to perform searches and sorts
10. Ability to develop programs utilizing recursive methodology
11. Ability to utilize reference variables


Starting Out with Java, From Control Structures through Objects, Third Edition, by Tony Gaddis, Addison


Program #1

Purpose: Demonstrate the ability to create and execute a JAVA program using moderately complex control

Assignment: Write a program that creates a loan amortization table. The user of the program will supply
values for Initial Loan Principal, Annual Percentage Rate and Monthly Payment. The program should print
out the appropriate amortization table including the number of Monthly Payments and the Total Interest
paid for the life of the loan. The program should allow multiple runs (up to 4 different versions) of the
table process and should allow the user to compare runs in a tabular format.

Program #2

Purpose: Demonstrate the ability to create and execute a JAVA program that creates a multi-class
relationship among classes.

Assignment: Write a program that consists of the classes listed below.

Player Class: The Player Class consists of at least two elements -- the player name and a list of scores for
games. Include in the class appropriate accessor and mutator methods for each element in the class. You
may have other attributes if needed.

Team Class: The Team class consists of at least 6 elements -- the name of the team and five players from
the Player class. Include in the class appropriate accessor and mutator methods for each element in the
class. You may have other attributes if needed.

Input2 class: The Input2 class is provided for you. The Input2 class supplies data for your program. The
Input2 class has a public method called getNextString, which returns a string with the input for your
program, one after the other. You must use this class to get the data for your program. See on
WebCT to understand the class construction.

Your program should display the roster of each team in alphabetical order by last name.

Program #3

Purpose: Demonstrate the ability to create and execute a JAVA program that creates a multi-class
relationship among classes.

Assignment: Enhance Program #2 to include the Game class listed below.

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Game Class: The Game Class consists of at least 3 elements – the names of two teams and an integer
number which identifies the game. Include in the class appropriate methods to show the output requested
below. You may have other attributes if needed.

Input3 class: The Input3 class is provided for you. The Input3 class supplies data for your program. The
Input3 class has a public method called getNextString, which returns a string with the input for your
program, one after the other. You must use this class to get the data for your program. See on
WebCT to understand the class construction.

Your program should display the following information:

For each game:

Display the final score for the game.

Display the name of the highest scoring player(s) in the game, the score and the name of his team.

For each team:

Display the roster of each team in alphabetical order by last name with the average score of each player for
the season.
Display the average score for the season against each of the two opponent teams.

Program #4

Purpose: Demonstrate the ability to create and execute a JAVA program that utilizes complex data
structures to solve a daily life problem.

Assignment: Write a program that will accept up to ten names (first and last names) and associated birth-
date. Your program should ask the user for how many people s/he wants to enter and then read the names
(first and last) and the corresponding birth-date in the following format: MM/DD/YYYY. Your program
should then use a menu that allows the user to select either the way s/he wants to display the list of the
entries, sorted by last name, first name, or birth-date, or to search for a specific entry by a specific field
(last name, first name or birth-date) from data entered by the user. The program should terminate when the
user selects exit from the menu.

Program #5

Purpose: Demonstrate the ability to utilize graphical interfaces in Java

Assignment: Write a program that simulates a box fan. The box fan should have buttons for OFF, HIGH,
MEDIUM, and LOW speeds. The fan blades should rotate at whatever speed has been selected by the push
buttons. The fan should allow changing the fan state without terminating the program.

Program #6

Purpose: Demonstrate the ability to write a complex Java application.

Assignment: Form a three to four member programming team from students in your class. Write a
program to register students for a college. Students have names, addresses and courses. Implement the
interface class RegisterStudent. RegisterStudent has one method, register, which confirms the level of
course for the student. register returns a value of true if the student can register for the course and returns a
value of false if the student is unable to register for the course. Graduate students can only register for

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5000 or 6000 level course with a maximum course load of 6 credit hours while undergraduate students can
only register for 1000, 2000, 3000 or 4000 level courses with a maximum course load of 12 credit hours.
Courses have a course number, credit hours and a minimum and maximum enrollment. The system should
graphically display a sorted list of registered courses for a student and a roster for each current course with
the names of the students enrolled in sorted order. Demonstrate the correct operation of your program by
creating a driver program to load the student data base and the course data base from data your group has
created. The grader can then select students and courses for each student and display the reports.

Academic Calendar:

Class Date Class Activity Assignment

1 Monday, August 20 Review of Syllabus WebCT Test due

2 Wednesday, August 22 Java Fundamentals Read Chapter 1 and 2
3 Monday, August 27 Java Fundamentals Read Chapter 3 and 4
4 Wednesday, August 29 Java Fundamentals Read Chapter 5, Program 1
Monday, September 3 Labor Day Holiday
5 Wednesday, September 5 Classes Read Chapter 6
6 Monday, September 10 Exam Review Program 1 due
7 Wednesday, September 12 Exam 1 – Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5
8 Monday, September 17 GUI Applications Read Chapter 7, Program 2
9 Wednesday, September 19 GUI Applications continued
10 Monday, September 24 GUI Applications continued Program 2 due
11 Wednesday, September 26 Arrays Read Chapter 8, Program 3
12 Monday, October 1 Arrays continued
13 Wednesday, October 3 Arrays continued
14 Monday, October 8 Classes and Objects Read Chapter 9
15 Wednesday, October 10 Classes and Objects continued
16 Monday, October 15 Text Processing Read Chapter 10, Program 3 due
17 Wednesday, October 17 Inheritance Read Chapter 11, Program 4
18 Monday, October 22 Exam Review
19 Wednesday, October 24 Exam 2 – Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10
20 Monday, October 29 Exceptions Read Chapter 12
21 Wednesday, October 31 Exceptions continued Program 4 due
22 Monday, November 5 Advanced GUI Read Chapter 13, Program 5
23 Wednesday, November 7 Advanced GUI continued Program 6
24 Monday, November 12 Applets Read Chapter 14, Program 5 due
25 Wednesday, November 14 Applets continued
26 Monday, November 19 Recursion Read Chapter 15
27 Wednesday, November 21 Exam Review Friday, November 23
Thanksgiving Holiday
28 Monday, November 26 Exam 3 – Chapters 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 Program 6 due

Course Requirements:

There will be regularly assigned reading and homework problems. The homework problems will require
the student to spend time programming a computer.

Programming assignments should be turned in by means of WebCT. Assignment files contain:

A text copy of all source code (.java).

A text copy of your algorithm(s) and UML diagrams (.txt, .doc or .jpg).

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Programming assignments will be graded on a 100 point basis, utilizing the following criteria:

Program Design 25%

Program Execution 20%
Satisfaction of Specification 20%
Coding Style 15%
Comments 10%
Creativity 10%.

Keep in mind that you always want to write code that is easy to understand and is also easy to maintain.

Course & Instructor Policies:

All make-up exams are scheduled during final week at the discretion of the instructor. Make-up exams are
only given to those students who coordinate the missing of an exam prior to the originally scheduled exam
date and time.

Course credit is only given for work assigned and scheduled in the course schedule. No extra work will be
assigned nor will extra credit be given for any extra work performed by a student.

Late assignments will not be accepted. Assignments are due at 6:00 P.M. on the day listed in the syllabus.

Class attendance is not recorded or required except for exam dates and times. There is a strong, direct
correlation between class attendance and class performance. Those students who regularly attend class
tend to make significantly higher final grades than those who don’t.

Students are expected to be respectful to each other and to the course instructor. Disruptive behavior in the
class room is not tolerated.

Each student in the class is encourage to join/form a study group. Members of each study group are
strongly encouraged to assist one another in learning and understanding the course material.

Projects and exams determine grades. All exams are open book and open notes. The final grade will be
composed as follows:

Projects and Quizzes 25%

Exam 1 25%
Exam 2 25%
Exam 3 25%.

Letter grades will be assigned as follows:

98-100 A+
92-97 A
90-91 A-
88-89 B+
82-87 B
80-81 B-
78-79 C+
72-77 C
70-71 C-
68-69 D+
62-67 D
60-61 D-

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Below 60 F.

Field Trip Policies, Off-campus Instruction and Course Activities

Off-campus, out-of-state, and foreign instruction and activities are subject to state law and
University policies and procedures regarding travel and risk-related activities. Information
regarding these rules and regulations may be found at the website address Additional information is
available from the office of the school dean. Below is a description of any travel and/or risk-
related activity associated with this course.

No off-campus activities are scheduled.

Student Conduct & Discipline

The University of Texas System and The University of Texas at Dallas have rules and regulations
for the orderly and efficient conduct of their business. It is the responsibility of each student and
each student organization to be knowledgeable about the rules and regulations which govern
student conduct and activities. General information on student conduct and discipline is contained
in the UTD publication, A to Z Guide, which is provided to all registered students each academic

The University of Texas at Dallas administers student discipline within the procedures of
recognized and established due process. Procedures are defined and described in the Rules and
Regulations, Board of Regents, The University of Texas System, Part 1, Chapter VI, Section 3, and
in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities of the university’s Handbook of Operating
Procedures. Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the
Dean of Students, where staff members are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and
regulations (SU 1.602, 972/883-6391).

A student at the university neither loses the rights nor escapes the responsibilities of citizenship.
He or she is expected to obey federal, state, and local laws as well as the Regents’ Rules,
university regulations, and administrative rules. Students are subject to discipline for violating the
standards of conduct whether such conduct takes place on or off campus, or whether civil or
criminal penalties are also imposed for such conduct.

Academic Integrity

The faculty expects from its students a high level of responsibility and academic honesty. Because
the value of an academic degree depends upon the absolute integrity of the work done by the
student for that degree, it is imperative that a student demonstrate a high standard of individual
honor in his or her scholastic work.

Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements, acts or omissions related to
applications for enrollment or the award of a degree, and/or the submission as one’s own work or
material that is not one’s own. As a general rule, scholastic dishonesty involves one of the
following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion and/or falsifying academic records. Students
suspected of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary proceedings.

Plagiarism, especially from the web, from portions of papers for other classes, and from any other
source is unacceptable and will be dealt with under the university’s policy on plagiarism (see

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general catalog for details). This course will use the resources of, which searches the
web for possible plagiarism and is over 90% effective.

Email Use

The University of Texas at Dallas recognizes the value and efficiency of communication between
faculty/staff and students through electronic mail. At the same time, email raises some issues
concerning security and the identity of each individual in an email exchange. The university
encourages all official student email correspondence be sent only to a student’s U.T. Dallas email
address and that faculty and staff consider email from students official only if it originates from a
UTD student account. This allows the university to maintain a high degree of confidence in the
identity of all individual corresponding and the security of the transmitted information. UTD
furnishes each student with a free email account that is to be used in all communication with
university personnel. The Department of Information Resources at U.T. Dallas provides a method
for students to have their U.T. Dallas mail forwarded to other accounts.

Withdrawal from Class

The administration of this institution has set deadlines for withdrawal of any college-level courses.
These dates and times are published in that semester's course catalog. Administration procedures
must be followed. It is the student's responsibility to handle withdrawal requirements from any
class. In other words, I cannot drop or withdraw any student. You must do the proper paperwork
to ensure that you will not receive a final grade of "F" in a course if you choose not to attend the
class once you are enrolled.

Student Grievance Procedures

Procedures for student grievances are found in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities,
of the university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures.

In attempting to resolve any student grievance regarding grades, evaluations, or other fulfillments
of academic responsibility, it is the obligation of the student first to make a serious effort to
resolve the matter with the instructor, supervisor, administrator, or committee with whom the
grievance originates (hereafter called “the respondent”). Individual faculty members retain
primary responsibility for assigning grades and evaluations. If the matter cannot be resolved at
that level, the grievance must be submitted in writing to the respondent with a copy of the
respondent’s School Dean. If the matter is not resolved by the written response provided by the
respondent, the student may submit a written appeal to the School Dean. If the grievance is not
resolved by the School Dean’s decision, the student may make a written appeal to the Dean of
Graduate or Undergraduate Education, and the deal will appoint and convene an Academic
Appeals Panel. The decision of the Academic Appeals Panel is final. The results of the academic
appeals process will be distributed to all involved parties.

Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of
Students, where staff members are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and

Incomplete Grade Policy

As per university policy, incomplete grades will be granted only for work unavoidably missed at
the semester’s end and only if 70% of the course work has been completed. An incomplete grade
must be resolved within eight (8) weeks from the first day of the subsequent long semester. If the
required work to complete the course and to remove the incomplete grade is not submitted by the
specified deadline, the incomplete grade is changed automatically to a grade of F.

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Disability Services

The goal of Disability Services is to provide students with disabilities educational opportunities
equal to those of their non-disabled peers. Disability Services is located in room 1.610 in the
Student Union. Office hours are Monday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday and
Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The contact information for the Office of Disability Services is:

The University of Texas at Dallas, SU 22
PO Box 830688
Richardson, Texas 75083-0688
(972) 883-2098 (voice or TTY)

Essentially, the law requires that colleges and universities make those reasonable adjustments
necessary to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability. For example, it may be necessary
to remove classroom prohibitions against tape recorders or animals (in the case of dog guides) for
students who are blind. Occasionally an assignment requirement may be substituted (for example,
a research paper versus an oral presentation for a student who is hearing impaired). Classes
enrolled students with mobility impairments may have to be rescheduled in accessible facilities.
The college or university may need to provide special services such as registration, note-taking, or
mobility assistance.

It is the student’s responsibility to notify his or her professors of the need for such an
accommodation. Disability Services provides students with letters to present to faculty members
to verify that the student has a disability and needs accommodations. Individuals requiring special
accommodation should contact the professor after class or during office hours.

Religious Holy Days

The University of Texas at Dallas will excuse a student from class or other required activities for
the travel to and observance of a religious holy day for a religion whose places of worship are
exempt from property tax under Section 11.20, Tax Code, Texas Code Annotated.

The student is encouraged to notify the instructor or activity sponsor as soon as possible regarding
the absence, preferably in advance of the assignment. The student, so excused, will be allowed to
take the exam or complete the assignment within a reasonable time after the absence: a period
equal to the length of the absence, up to a maximum of one week. A student who notifies the
instructor and completes any missed exam or assignment may not be penalized for the absence. A
student who fails to complete the exam or assignment within the prescribed period may receive a
failing grade for that exam or assignment.

If a student or an instructor disagrees about the nature of the absence [i.e., for the purpose of
observing a religious holy day] or if there is similar disagreement about whether the student has
been given a reasonable time to complete any missed assignments or examinations, either the
student or the instructor may request a ruling from the chief executive officer of the institution, or
his or her designee. The chief executive officer or designee must take into account the legislative
intent of TEC 51.911(b), and the student and instructor will abide by the decision of the chief
executive officer or designee.

These descriptions and timelines are subject to change at the discretion of the Professor.

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