CS103 Intro to Computer Programming

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John Quan
Duckering 529
Office Hours
By Appointment
Meeting Time
Chapman 104
Course Website
Required Texts
Building Java Programs etc (w/Bindin Access Code) Edition: 3rd (ISBN: 9780133360905)

Course Description

Programming for non-majors and for those computer science students without the background for CS F201. Concepts of object-oriented programming and algorithm design within the syntax of the JAVA programming language.

Tentative Schedule

    • Introduction; Syllabus; Sign up for Computer Lab User Account
      • Read Chapter 1; Assignment 1
    • Alaska Civil Rights Day (no classes, most offices closed)
    • Lab 0: Installing Dr. Java; Chapter 1: Intro to Java Programming
      • Assignment 2
    • Chapter 1 continued
      • Assignment 1 due
    • Deadline for adding classes, late registration and fee payment; 5 p.m. in person, midnight at UAOnline
    • Quiz: Seven Steps to Problem Solving; Lab 1
      • Read Chapter 2
    • Chapter 2: Primitive Data & Definite Loops
      • Assignment 2 due; Assignment 3
    • Deadline for student- and faculty-initiated drops (course does not appear on academic record)
    • Chapter 2 continued; Lab 2
      • Assignment 4
    • Chapter 2 continued; Lab 3
      • Read Chapter 3
    • Chapter 3: Intro to Parameters & Objects
      • Assignment 3 due; Assignment 4 due; Assignment 5
    • Chapter 3 continued
    • Freshman progress reports due
    • Deadline for UA Foundation and privately funded scholarship applications
    • Deadline to apply for spring 2015 graduation
    • Lab 4
      • Assignment 5 Due
    • REVIEW
    • EXAM 1
      • Read Chapter 4
    • Chapter 4: Conditional Execution
      • Assignment 6
    • Lab 5
      • Read Chapter 5
    • Chapter 5: Prog. Logic & Indefinite Loops
      • Assignment 6 due; Assignment 7
    • Chapter 5 continued
    • Lab 6
      • Read Chapter 6
    • Deadline for student- and faculty-initiated withdrawals (W grade appears on academic transcript)
    • University holiday (most offices closed for spring break)
    • Chapter 6: Conditional Execution
      • Assignment 7 due; Assignment 8
    • Chapter 6 continued
    • Lab 7
    • REVIEW
      • Assignment 8 due
    • EXAM 2
      • Read Chapter 7
    • Chapter 7: Arrays
      • Assignment 9
    • Chapter 7 continued
    • Lab 8
      • Assignment 9 due; Read Chapter 8
    • Chapter 8: Classes
      • Assignment 10
    • Chapter 8 continued
    • SpringFest (no classes)
    • Lab 9
    • Lab 10
      • Assignment 10 due
    • Last day of instruction
    • FINAL EXAM: 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Grading Policies

Weight Description
10% Labs
30% Assignments
60% Exams

Grades will be assigned based on the following percentage intervals:

[90%, 100%)

[80%, 90%)
[70%, 80%)
[60%, 70%)

[0%, 60%)


The assignments will reinforce lecture concepts, demonstrate your application of critical thinking skills, and consist of written and/or programming problems. Individuals submitting the same or highly similar homework solutions will each receive an F for the semester. I will drop your two lowest grades instead of allowing make-up homework, but please do all homework for your own sake. TURN IN ASSIGNMENTS BEFORE CLASS BEGINS ON THE DAYS IDENTIFIED BY THE SCHEDULE UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED.


Examinations will consist of short answer and/or multiple choice questions and short programming exercises to demonstrate critical thinking skills as well as your application of computer science concepts. ALL EXAMINATIONS MUST BE TAKEN AS SCHEDULED EXCEPT IN EXTREME CIRCUMSTANCES.


I have included a significant amount of time between chapters that I am dedicating to hands-on programming to ensure that you are getting the concepts down. I plan to hold 10 lab sessions in class throughout the semester, and each is worth 10 points. I will drop your lowest lab grade instead of allowing a make-up lab, but please attend all labs for your own sake.


Students are expected to be at every class meeting on time, and are responsible for all class content, whether present or not. If absence from class is necessary, in-class work (other than quizzes) and homework may be made up only if the instructor is notified as soon as possible; in particular, absences due to scheduled events must be arranged ahead of time. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated, and will be dealt with according to UAF procedures. Students in this class must pay the CS lab fee.

UAF academic policies http://www.uaf.edu/catalog/current/academics

CS Department policies http://www.cs.uaf.edu/departmental-policies/

Disabilities Services:

The UAF Office of Disability Services implements the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and ensures that UAF students have equal access to the campus and course materials. I will work with the UAF Office of Disability Services (208 WHITAKER BLDG, 474-5655) to provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities.