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COM S 207 Programming -1 Java for non-majors Simanta Mitra, Ph.D. Department of Computer Science Iowa state University

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COURSE RESOURCES

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Teaching Staff —  Instructor – Simanta Mitra (smitra@iastate.edu) —  Teaching Assistant – Joe Evans (jjevans@iastate.edu)

Text Book —  Java for Everyone, Cay Horstmann, Wiley, ISBN: 978-0-471-79191-1 We will aim to go over chapters 1 thru 7 of this textbook. Later versions of the book will also work. Note that we choose this textbook after much deliberation. This textbook uses an objects-last approach to teaching programming and we think that’s the best way to teach programming.

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Course Website All course information will be posted on the standard ISU classroom portal at https://bb.its.iastate.edu. At this site, you will find all: —  learning modules —  quizzes and surveys —  blogs and discussion boards —  announcements —  assignments —  grades

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COURSE OBJECTIVES

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Course Catalog Description —  Com S 207. Programming I. (3-1) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: Math 150 or placement into Math 140/141/142 or higher.

—  An introduction to computer programming

using an object-oriented programming language. Emphasis on the basics of good programming techniques and style. Extensive practice in designing, implementing, and debugging small programs. Use of abstract data types. Interactive and file I/O. Exceptions/ error-handling. This course is designed for nonmajors.

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Course Objectives At the end of this course, you should be able to

—  read and understand programs written by others. —  write small scale programs using Java. —  figure out how to solve simple problems using the computer as a tool.

—  learn how to find information on the Java programming language.

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COURSE ORGANIZATION

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Text book Organization We will go over the first seven chapters of the text.

—  Chapter 1: Introduction —  Chapter 2: Fundamental Data Types —  Chapter 3: Decisions —  Chapter 4: Loops —  Chapter 5: Methods —  Chapter 6: Arrays and Array Lists —  Chapter 7: Objects and Classes

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Course Organization —  The entire semester is divided into three learning units (about five weeks each).

—  In the first unit, we will learn to write the simplest programs (chapters 1, 2, and some parts of chapter 5 of the text book).

—  In the second unit, we will learn about decisions

and loops and more about methods (chapters 3, 4, and 5 of the textbook)

—  In the final unit, we will learn about objects and then about arrays (parts of chapters 7 and 6).

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Course work —  Each learning unit will take about four weeks – and one

additional week will be spent on review – followed by an EXAM. Thus, there will be THREE exams. Exams will be comprehensive.

—  Each week, there will be reading assignments and quizzes.

—  There will be homework assignments about every two weeks. These will require simple programs.

—  There will be about four to five (more substantial)

programming assignments throughout the semester.

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What is difference between Quiz, selfCheck, Survey, Homework, Project? —  Quizzes/Self-checks are easy to do. Quizzes are graded, whereas self-checks are not.

—  Homeworks: These will give you practice and will involve problem solving and writing program fragments. These are harder.

—  Programming Projects: These are have you write

complete (and bigger) programs to solve some problem. This will be typically harder to do.

—  You can get help on homeworks and projects from TAs

and instructor. You cannot copy code and make changes and submit as your own. You MUST write your own code.

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