PREREQUISITES: Programming I (COP-2210, or equivalent) and Discrete Math (MAD-2104). You must drop the course if you haven't gotten a C or better in a basic programming course. Basic program development skills and debugging skills are assumed. This course is lots of work. If you are thinking about taking an extra course, you are strongly encouraged to pick another semester in which to do it.
INSTRUCTOR: Prof. Mark Allen Weiss
OFFICE HOURS: You are free to stop by my office (ECS-355) any time you can find me. My office hours represent a time when I am (more or less) guaranteed to be available. This semester this is Tuesday and Thursday, 9:45 - 10:45 PM and after 3:15 PM. You can also contact me by email to . My office phone is FIU-2036.
LANGUAGES AND PLATFORMS: This course will be conducted in Java 5.
TEXTBOOK: The course text is Big Java, by Cay Horstmann.
COURSE GRADING: Grades will be based on several programs, five exams, and a final. Only the last program will be graded, and it will be a large assignment. The other programs will not be graded, but if you don't do them, passing the exams will be hopeless, and it will much harder to complete the last program. Each exam is worth 100 points. The final program and final exam will each be worth 200 points. I will drop the lowest and highest of the four regular exams (but only if doing so actually improves your average).
I reserve the right to change the method of assigning grades, including changing the number of assignments or exams, but in no case will a curve be applied.