Computer Science 161 A
Introduction to Computer Science
- Bob Matthews (email email@example.com)
- Thompson 390E
- Extension 3561
- Office hours (tentative)
- 10:00 - 10:50 MTThF
- Or by appointment.
- Email messages
are welcome, and can
be used to ask a question or to set up an appointment. My schedule is posted
Hours marked 'O. H.' are office hours, and hours marked 'open' on my schedule
may be available for appointments (to be made in advance), but are
not office hours and I may not be in my office during 'open' hours unless I
have set up an appointment with you. If none of the office hours work
out for you, please send me an email to arrange a meeting time.
- Barnes, David J., and Kölling, Michael:
Objects First with Java (third edition). Pearson Education,
Limited, 2006.We will cover at least through chapter 12 and as much of the
rest of the book as time permits.
- Three hour exams + a comprehensive final: 60 - 70% (The
final exam will have the weight of two hour exams)
- Written and programming exercises: 30 - 40%
- Programming exercises will be graded on style and documentation as
well as correctness. Programs must include header documentation as
well as adequate internal documentation unless otherwise specified.
Late assignments will be accepted (with an increasing penalty) until
the graded exercise is returned to the class. All assignments turned
in must represent individual effort: work done by a committee cannot
be accepted except where a group effort is a clearly stated part of
the assignment. All students in Computer Science classes at the
University of Puget Sound are responsible for the material contained
in the document on academic honesty included in the Academic
Handbook (the Logger).
A minimum grade of 50% on exams and 50% on homework assignments is a
necessary (but not necessarily sufficient) condition for a passing
Finally, the last date for withdrawing from this class with an
automatic W is Monday, October 13. Please read the withdrawal/repeat policy in the Logger. Should you find
yourself in difficulty at any point in the semester, please make
arrangements to meet with me as quickly as possible.
- I will make every effort to return homework and exam papers no later than a week from the time they are turned in. That is, papers turned in on
a Wednesday should be returned no later than the following Wednesday.
- There are generally very few excused absences from exams. A (documentable)
illness is one (though I may not always require documentation, you should be
prepared to supply it). Lack of preparation, unless caused by a
recent (again documentable) illness can not be used for an excused
absence. Except for emergencies (accident, medical emergency, etc.) no
requests for an excused absence the day of an exam or later can be
accepted. Any make-ups should be completed a few days after an exam is
taken by the class and in any case should be taken within a week of the
- Exam arrangements can be made with Ivey West at the
Writing, Learning, and Teaching (Howarth 105) for students with documented learning disabilities.
Formal written arrangements must be made in advance of the day of the exam.
- We will use Blackboard for PDF
files of lectures. Blackboard will only be used to store these PDF
files. Assignments and other communications will be through these web
pages and email. To enroll, use the password Knuth.
- CSci 161 A (meets MTThF 11:00 AM) has its final exam on Friday,
December 19, 12:00 noon - 2:00 PM. It will be a
mandatory, two-hour, in class, comprehensive
exam. University regulations require that all students take the
final exam at this date and time.
Fall 2008 CSci 161 A Lecture and Exam
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