|Introduction to Programming in Java: An Interdisciplinary Approach, Required, by Robert Sedgwick and Kevin Wayne|
To receive a grade of A or A+ you must exceed expectations. This means you must do everything required extraordinarily well or you must do more than is required and do this well. In other words, to earn an A you must do more than merely meet the requirements, you must go beyond them.
In order to earn an A+ you must do several of the optional assignments and exceed expectations in general.
|major programming assignments||35%|
We'll have four APT quiz/tests where you'll be given a straightforward APT to code and 24 hours to submit the solution. Think of these as online quizzes. Four will count, but we'll give you at least eix -- so you have a chance to finish early or make up for points missed.
In general, the weekend counts as one day. However, nearly all programming assignments will be due on Tuesday. This means if you turn in an assignment before the Monday after it's due (on Tuesday) you'll earn a 10% penalty -- that's not too much! (wed, thur, fri, sat/sun is four days).
If you're having trouble, be sure to see a UTA/TA and preferably the professor in charge of the course as far before the due date as possible. Don't give up, ask for help.
Individual extensions will be granted for medical reasons (see the Short-term Illness Notification policy) or other circumstances beyond your control that must be presented with an official Dean's excuse. We do not grant extensions after an assignment is due.If you have personal reasons to ask for an extension, and you do so at least a week in advance, it's possible to get one, so please ask.
You cannot make up an in-class or recitation assignment. We will provide opportunities to earn "extra" points on in-class work so that if you miss a small number of these your grade won't be affected. However, frequent absences from class will affect the portion of your grade based on quizzes and in-class work.
Points on assignments will vary. Harder assignments will be worth more than previous assignments, and most assignments will get harder as the semester progresses (harder means takes more time, requires more thought).
On programming assignments, you may consult with professors, and TAs/UTAs about any aspect of the assignment. You may consult with other students only in a general way, e.g., about debugging or Java issues, or questions about wording on the assignment. You cannot actively work with someone unless the assignment specifically grants permission to work together with another student. You can ask for hints or help, but if you do you must acknowledge this in your README that you submit with each assignment. Similarly, if anyone looks at your code to offer your help, guidance, or words of encouragement you must acknowledge this in your README.
Consult means you can discuss the programs before writing code, and get help with debugging your program, but you should write your own code. Writing one program and making multiple copies of it is NOT acceptable! For each assignment you are expected to include a list of the people with whom you have consulted (including students, TA's, tutors, professors) as part of your submission. This is required, it's called the README file, and failure to provide it will result in rejection of the assignment as complete (you can resubmit.).
The tests are open book/notes. The final is open book/notes. This doesn't mean you should rely heavily on books or notes.