PREREQUISITES: Discrete Math and COP-3337 from no earlier than Summer/Fall 2001. You must drop the course if you haven't gotten a C or better in an applicable computer course above. You might want to drop if you haven't had Discrete Math.

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, 11:00 - 12:00 noon and 3:50 - 4:50 PM, and after 7:50 PM (but only if students are waiting). My office phone is FIU-2036.

On other days, and after hours, you are better off trying email: weiss email address. You will generally get an answer within 10 minutes of my reading the message.

I have three standing rules:

  1. I will not debug programs. Debugging is part of the assignment. If you are very confused about some compiler error messages, you can ask, but read the error message carefully and ask as a last resort, not a first. Also, check the announcements page, since I occasionally post answers to common problems reported to me.
  2. If you miss class, get the class notes from a classmate or check the lectures page. Do not ask me what you missed.
  3. I am very unsympathetic toward questions that are asked on the program due date. You should be done by then.

LANGUAGES AND PLATFORMS: This course will be conducted in Java. I assume that you are reasonably well-versed in Java, having had Programming II in Java. If you have not recently programmed in Java, you will probably have a very difficult time in this course. You must use a compiler that supports Java 1.3 or higher.

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TEXT: The course text is my book Data Structures, and Problem Solving with Java, Second Edition. There are no other texts required or recommended. This edition is significantly revised from the first edition and I do not recommend using the first edition.

COURSE GRADING: Grades will be based on six programs, quizzes based on the programs, one exam (graded prior to the Oct 18 drop date), a possible pre-final, and a final examination. The exam(s) are worth 2 programs, the final is worth 3 programs, and each quiz is worth half a program. The prefinal, if it occurs, will be worth 100 points. You need 70% to get a C. 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.

PROGRAMS: Barring tragedy, I will not accept late programs. Your submission must include source code and sample output. I will generally specify what the data is. Your work must be your own, and you must attest to this in a signed comment that begins each program. See also FIU's Code of Academic Integrity. The assignments and if appropriate, input data, will be placed here. I expect a professional submission. This means you will lose points for nonsense such as not including the disclaimer, with your name, typed at the start of the program and not binding the pages of your submission in a reasonable way.