CS-207: Programming II

CS-207-1: Programming II
College of Arts & Sciences Syllabus
Spring 2020
Course Information
Credit Hours:
Course Description:
This course provides an in-depth study of the principles of object oriented programming, including Classes, Objects, Methods, Arrays, Inheritance, and Polymorphism. Within this framework, the course will cover Sorting and Searching Arrays, Two-Dimensional Arrays, Exception Handling, and File Input/Output. Emphasis is given to the design of algorithms and program development, involving both numeric computations and string manipulation techniques. A common comprehensive final exam will be given for all sections of CS-207, Programming II - the date of this final exam will be published within the section record each term.
CS-200 Programming I (A grade of C or higher is required)
Class Time:
Monday/Wednesday 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Wednesday 10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. (mandatory workshop)
Class Location:
LWH 2054
Workshop Location:
LWH 3003

Faculty Information
Rachel Trana
Workshop Peer Leaders: Joanna Vaklin, Obsmara Ulloa
Office Location:
LWH 3036
Office Hours:
Mondays/Wednesdays: 5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Thursdays: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Phone Extension:
Per university policy, grades may not be discussed via email.
All course related questions should be posted on the Piazza discussion forum.

Course Materials
Required Text:
Introduction to Java Programming, Comprehensive Version (11th Edition) by Daniel Liang, Pearson, ISBN-13: 978-0134670942
Grades, Homework Submissions: D2L
Discussion Forum: Piazza
Course Lectures, Study Guides, Homework Assignments, Schedule: http://racheltrana.com/includes/classes/207.php

Course Objectives / Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completing CS-207: Programming II, students will be able to do the following:
  • Understand and design classes, objects, methods, instance variables, composition, inheritance, polymorphism and other object-oriented programming concepts by building upon procedural foundations presented in CS-200, Programming I.
  • Develop sound techniques on designing, developing, and documenting well-structured programs using proper software engineering principles.
  • Apply algorithmic thinking to solve programming problems.
  • Continue to apply problem solving skills and provide a foundation for advanced programming courses using an OOP (object-oriented programming) methodology.
  • Implement basic common programming data structures (for use in further programming courses).

Major Topics
  • Objects and Classes
  • Encapsulation
  • Thinking in Objects: BigInteger, BigDecimal, Wrapper Classes and String Manipulation
  • Inheritance
  • Polymorphism
  • Exception Handling
  • File Input/Output
  • Abstract Classes
  • Interfaces

Student Tasks / Assignments / Requirements
Attendance is mandatory. More than eight (8) total absences (lectures and workshops) will result in an automatic F in the course. Note that because workshop sessions are only 50 minutes in duration, students that show up more than 15 minutes late will be counted as absent.
Homework will be assigned weekly, posted online. While working on homework assignments with other students is encouraged, plagiarism is not tolerated. All work should be unique. Students that submit duplicate/identical work will receive an F for that homework assignment. All assignments must be submitted to D2L by the specified due date and time.
Workshop Assignments:
Workshop assignments must be turned in by the specified date/time. A valid attempt at the assignment will result in a 100% score for the assignment. Two workshop assignment grades will be dropped. Three more involved programming projects will be assigned during the workshop sessions. Students will work in pairs or groups of three (3) to complete these programming projects. Each programming project is worth 1% of the overall grade (for a total of 3% of the overall grade). All programming projects and corresponding peer evaluations must be submitted to D2L by the specified due date and time.
There will be multiple online (D2L) open-book quizzes throughout the semester, designed to reinforce core concepts in Programming II. These quizzes must be completed by the specified due date and time.
There will be three in-class exams, each worth 20% of your final grade. If you are unable to attend an exam due to a religious observance or significant major event, you must notify your professor at least 3 weeks in advance of the exam in order to schedule a make-up exam (approval of a make-up exam is at the discretion of the course instructor). Failure to do so will result in an F for that exam. The material in this course builds on itself and therefore the material for the exams is implicitly cumulative. Exams are closed-book and closed-notes. Access to any digital devices is prohibited.
Final Exam:
There will be a common final exam for all sections of Programming II. The CS 207 common final is scheduled for Saturday, April 25th at 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m in LWH 1001/1002. If you cannot attend Saturday because of a religious reason (or other serious reason), you must notify your professor by email within the first two weeks of the semester in order to be accommodated. Several sample final exams will be available from the first day of classes on D2L. Attendance at the final exam is a mandatory component of the course.
Grading Policies and Formulae:
Item Weight
Homework 10%
Workshop Assignments 5%
Quizzes 5%
Exams 60%
Final Exam 20%
Percentage Letter Grade
90 - 100 % A
80 - 89.99999999 % B
70 - 79.99999999 % C
50 - 69.99999999 % D
< 50 % F

Course Policies and Statements
Absence Policy:
Attendance is mandatory. More than eight (8) absences will result in an automatic F in the course. This includes workshop sessions.
Cheating is a serious academic offense and violates the NEIU Student Code of Conduct (see University Policies below). All students will be required to turn off their electronic devices (phone, smart watches, etc) at the beginning of each exam. Failure to do so and/or any involvement in or suspicion of cheating will result in a failing grade for the final exam (and the course). Additionally, students involved in cheating will be reported for academic misconduct to the Dean of Students (two reports can result in expulsion from the university).
Peer Leaders and Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL):
Peer Leaders are junior and senior level students that act as mentors and supplement instruction in first-year courses. Peer Leaders have first-hand experience in the core curricula and can provide a unique perspective on pedagogical techniques, as well as valuable insight and guidance, to students navigating initial courses in their major. The Peer Led Team Learning (PLTL) model employs an active learning environment composed of small groups of students facilitated by peer leaders (students who have previously taken the course and performed well) to enhance student engagement. Mentored by the peer leaders, student groups collaboratively investigate and discuss course materials, resulting in a stronger understanding of course objectives.
General Policies:
  • Because quizzes are online and open-book/note, no make-up quizzes will be given.
  • You must bring your NEIU ID to each exam, including the final exam.
  • The use of cell phones during class time for non-class or non-emergency purposes is not allowed.
  • There will be NO extra credit projects given to improve individual grades.
  • Cheating and/or plagiarism will not be tolerated. Students that violate the NEIU academic conduct policy may be subject to an F for that assignment, quiz, exam, project or any portion (or all) of the final course grade
  • Policies may be modified or added as I deem appropriate/necessary.
Important Dates:
  • Monday, January 20th, 2020 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday - No Classes
  • Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 - Lincoln's Birthday - No Classes
  • Monday, March 16th - Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 - Spring Recess - No Classes
  • Friday, March 27th - Last day to drop with a W

University Policies and Statements
Academic Integrity Policy:
By enrolling in this course, you are bound by the NEIU Student Code of Conduct. You will be informed by your instructor of any additional policy specific to your course regarding plagiarism, class disruptions, etc.
ADA Statement:
Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in making reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. To request accommodations, students with special needs should make arrangements with the Student Disability Services (SDS) office, located on the main campus in room D104. Contact SDS via (773) 442-4595 or email sds@neiu.edu. It is your responsibility to have the Accessibility Center send me this information by the 3rd week of the semester.
Campus Safety:
Web links to Campus Safety: Emergency Procedures and Safety Information can be found on NEIUport on the MyNEIU tab or as follows: https://www.neiu.edu/university-life/university-police.