V22.0101 Introduction to Computer Science I, Fall 2002

Instructors: Michael Overton and Samuel Marateck
See course homepage for office hours and other info.

Course Summary
This is a first course in computer science, using Java, an object oriented language. Some basic knowledge in either C or Pascal is required. You should be familiar with the following concepts, in either C or Pascal:

Students without programming experience should take the more introductory course A22.0002 On the other hand, students who already know Java should consider taking the honors section, which will use the Java programming language instead of Pascal. The honors section (Section 1) has a small enrollment of highly motivated students. Students who feel the honors section may be appropriate to their needs should speak to Professor Overton (CIWW 529) as soon as possible to discuss this possibility.

Text
Computing Concepts with JAVA Essentials 3e by Cay Horstmann John Wiley and Sons, 2003 is available at the NYU bookstore.

Course Home Page
The course home page URL is http://www.cs.nyu.edu/courses/fall02/V22.0101-002/homepage.html
(this is for all sections of the course.)

Computer Software and Lab
The software used by the course is JDK and JCreator which you must download from the web, as indicated on the course homepage. The software is also provided at the PC Lab run by the ITS (Information Technology Service) at 14 Washington Place (basement).

E-mail Accounts
All students are required to have e-mail addresses, and e-mail will be used extensively for communication with the course tutors, and for submitting the homework assignments. Your e-mail headers and mailing list subscription information must clearly display your name. Do not use an alias instead. Submitting your homework files by e-mail from the lab or from home is easy, and is explained on the course homepage. On the WEB, at a URL indicated on the course homepage, you should subscribe to the appropriate course mailing list.

E-tutors and Computer Assignments
Each student will be assigned to an e-tutor. The e-tutors are upper-level undergraduate students with exceptional academic records. They are available by e-mail to help you with questions about the computer assignments, to evaluate your submissions, and to steer you in the right direction when help is needed. Five programming assignments will be given. Solutions must be submitted by e-mail, on or before the due date. Your e-tutor will send you an e-mail giving a numerical grade for your program. If the grade is below 4.0, the e-tutor will explain why the program is not satisfactory. In this case, you then have one week to send a corrected program, to the e-tutor, to try to raise your grade for the assignment. The role of the e-tutor is just as much to help you learn to successfully write programs as to evaluate your final submissions.
The e-tutor will run the final program on various inputs, so it is important that the program work correctly for any choice of input.

Remember that although the e-tutor is there to help you, he or she is also helping many other students, so limit your e-mail communication to a reasonable amount. If you are have much difficulty with the programs, you should ask your instructor for assistance.

Cooperation, Acknowledgments and Cheating
You are expected to do your own work. It is fine, in fact often very helpful, to work cooperatively with other students, but the work you submit should be your own. If you get an idea from another student, or from a tutor, that you use in your work, this is OK, but you must acknowledge that person in the program comments. If you are not sure whether something is cheating or not, ask your e-tutor or your instructor! Cheating, that is submitting work which is not your own, with or without the author's permission, generally leads to a course grade of F.

Students who spend little time on the homework invariably do poorly on exams and end up with a poor final grade.

Assistance at the Lab
If you are having trouble while working in the lab, ask the lab consultants for help first. They cannot write or debug your program for you, but they can often give you helpful advice. There will also be a special TA for the course available at the lab during certain hours listed on the course homepage.

Assistance from your Instructor
If you are unable to get the help you need at the lab or from your e-tutor, do not hesitate to contact your instructor, by telephone, by e-mail, or in person. Please do this early in the semester, before it is too late to get the help you need. Feel free also to contact your instructor with any questions you have about the course.

Exams
There will be one midterm test and one final exam. Final grades will be based approximately 40% on the final exam, 30% on the midterm and 30% on the homework.

Syllabus and Goals
Chapters 1--9 and 13 and 16 of the text will be covered, with some exceptions to be announced later.