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Programming Assignments and Laboratories

There will be two types of programming assignments: laboratory programs that, as a unit, count for 15% of your final grade, and two test programs that make up 40% of the final grade. Test programs are treated as take-home exams, with no assistance allowed. All programs assigned during the semester should be completed following the guidelines in the Academic Honesty Policy .

Laboratory programs will not be accepted after the due date, but in computing your grade the lowest score on submitted assignments will be dropped. Late test programs will be accepted, but with a penalty of 10% per day.

Labs for this course will be held on Wednesday afternoon from 1:15 p.m to 4:00 p.m. in 257 Andrew. The room is equipped with "dual-boot" Dell computers that run both Windows and LINUX. We will be using the free Eclipse IDE (Interactive Development Environment) to create and run all of the programs in the course (sample programs, lab exercises, and homework assignments). Because the computers run both Windows and LINUX you may have to reboot your computer at the beginning of lab so that it is running LINUX.

The purpose of the lab sessions is to provide a time during which your instructor can actively assist you in the development of laboratory programs. Attendance at these lab sessions is mandatory. The initial lab period will familiarize you with the use of LINUX and course software. Remaining labs will be handed out in advance, and you will be expected to have planned your approach to the assignment before the beginning of lab. The lab session will then be used to develop the program and perform related exercises. You will submit your laboratory programs electronically. The procedure will be explained in laboratory. Laboratory programs will generally be due by 11:00 P.M. on the Thursday night after your lab session.

Teaching assistants will be available in the lab from 7-11 P.M. Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

Wednesday      Laboratory Title     
Jan. 18 Intro. to Java

Jan. 25

Event Handling with Conditionals

Feb. 1

Defining Classes

Feb. 8


Feb. 15

Loops and Simple Threads

Feb. 22

GUI Practice

Thursday, Feb. 23

Test Programs 1 distributed

Friday, March 3

Test Programs 1 Due at 4:00 P.M.

Wednesday, March 8

Midterm Exam in class

March 8

Recursive Definitions

March 22


March 29

Two-D Arrays

April 5


April 12


Thursday, April 13

Test Program 2 distributed

April 19

Linked Lists

April 26

Work on test program

May 3

Test Program 2 Due, 4:00 P.M.

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