CS 200 - Fundamentals of Programing and Algorithms I

David Hovemeyer
Office / Phone
GH 118 / 717-815-6582
Office Hours
M/W 11 AM - 12 PM
T/Th 2 - 3 PM
F 9 - 10 AM
or by arrangement
Class Location
GH 123
Class Times Section 01: M/W 8:00-9:50 AM
Section 02: T/Th 8:00-9:50 AM

Course Description

This course introduces the fundamental techniques of algorithmic programming using procedural and object-oriented constructs. Topics will include problem analysis; algorithmic design; and implementation and debugging strategies using good programming practices. The course covers basic data structures including variables, arrays, strings, pointers, and classes; and control structures including decisions, iterations, functions, and file I/O. The concepts of encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism will be introduced in the context of object-oriented data structures. The course will focus on implementing applications from computer science and engineering using C/C++/C#.




Stephen G. Kochan, Programming in C, 3rd Ed.

Course Structure and Expectations

Class meetings will be a mix of lecture/discussion and in-class lab exercises designed to illustrate the concepts we are covering.  A series of programming projects in the C++ programming language will be assigned at approximately 1-2 week intervals, to be completed individually.  Occasional written homework assignments may be assigned.

We will use Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, available in all campus computing labs, for labs and programming assignments in the C programming language.  You may obtain a copy of the software to use at home: see me for details.

We will use the Eclipse IDE for labs and programming assignments in Java.  This is available for free from www.eclipse.org.  (You will also need the Java Development Kit (JDK) available from java.sun.com.)

In-class quizzes will be given frequently, typically at the beginning of class.  Up to two missed quizzes will be forgiven.  Quizzes may not be made up.

There will be two midterm exams given in class, dates/times to be announced.  A scheduled final exam will be given (see the Final Exam Schedule).

We will be covering a significant amount of material in the course, and it is very important that you keep up.  If you have any questions, please ask me in class, office hours, or through email.  I'm here to help!



Grades are assigned on a 100-point scale:

Numeric Range
Letter Grade
A (4.0)
B+ (3.5)
B (3.0)
C+ (2.5)
C (2.0)
D (1.0)
F (0.0)

Your overall grade for the course will be determined as follows:

Course website

Please check the course web page, http://faculty.ycp.edu/~dhovemey/fall2007/cs200/, regularly for important announcements.

Posting and submission of assignments and labs

Assignments and labs will be posted as zip files on the course web page, http://faculty.ycp.edu/~dhovemey/fall2007/cs200/.

Assignments and labs will be submitted using the server https://camel.ycp.edu:8443.  You will receive an email containing the username and password you should use for this server.

Academic Integrity

The following policy pertains to homework and graded (individual) programming assignments:

All homework assignments and graded (individual) programming assignments are to be completed individually.  I encourage you to discuss high level concepts with other students, but any work you submit must be yours alone.

Direct copying of code or other work from other students, web sites, or other sources is absolutely forbidden under any circumstances.

Any sources (books, websites, articles, fellow students, etc.) that you consult in completing an assignment must be properly acknowledged.  In general, I strongly discourage you from using any resource not explicitly listed in the course syllabus or on the course web page.  When you work on a programming assignment, it must be your program, not your adaptation of someone else's program.

Quizzes and exams must be completed individually.

Lab assignments are not graded---therefore, you may work with other students on them.  (In general, you will work on lab assignments with a randomly-assigned lab partner.)

Any violation of the course's academic integrity policy will be referred to the Dean of Academic Affairs, and could have consequences ranging from a 0 on an assignment to dismissal from the college.

Late Assignments

Late assignments will be marked down 5% per day late.  No credit is given for assignments turned in after grading has taken place.


No make-up exams will be given without approval of the instructor prior to class unless proof of extreme emergency or illness is provided.  All exams will be open book and open notes.

Attendance and Participation

I expect you to attend class and participate regularly in class discussions.  If you miss a class, please notify me in advance.  You are responsible for all material covered in class, regardless of whether or not you were present.  If you attend and participate in class regularly, you can expect to receive full credit (5% of the course grade) for attendance and participation.  Frequent absence and/or lack of participation in class discussions will reduce the credit you receive for attendance and participation.

You are responsible for keeping up with the reading assignments as described in the schedule below.

Communication Standards

York College recognizes the importance of effective communication in all disciplines and careers. Therefore, students are expected to competently analyze, synthesize, organize, and articulate course material in papers, examinations and presentations. In addition, students should know and use communication skills current to their field of study, recognize the need for revision as part of their writing process, and employ standard conventions of English usage in both writing and speaking. Students may be asked to further revise assignments that do not demonstrate effective use of these communication skills.


This schedule may be subject to minor changes.  Any changes will be announced in class and also be posted on the course web page.

Week 1: Aug 27th to Aug 31st
No class Monday
Chapters 1-2
Week 2: Sep 3rd to Sep 7th
No class Monday Fundamentals Chapter 3
Week 3: Sep 10th to Sep 14th

Variables, Data types, and Arithmetic Expressions Chapter 4
Week 4: Sep 17th to Sep 21st

Loops Chapter 5
Week 5: Sep 24th to Sep 28th

Decisions Chapter 6
Week 6: Oct 1st to Oct 5th

Arrays Chapter 7
Week 7: Oct 8th to Oct 12th

Functions Chapter 8
Oct 13th to Oct 16th
Fall break, no classes
Week 8: Oct 15th to Oct 19th
No class Monday
or Tuesday
Functions, continued Chapter 8
Week 9: Oct 22nd to Oct 26th

Chapter 9
Week 10: Oct 29th to Nov 2nd

File I/O
Chapter 16
Week 11: Nov 5th to Nov 9th

Character strings Chapter 10
Week 12: Nov 12th to Nov 16th

Pointers and dynamic allocation Chapters 11, 17
Week 13: Nov 19th to Nov 23rd
No class Wednesday
or Thursday
Pointers and dynamic allocation, continued

Nov 21st to Nov 25
Thanksgiving break, no classes
Week 14: Nov 26th to Nov 30th

Introduction to Java

Week 15: Dec 3rd to Dec 7th

Classes and objects

Week 16: Dec 10th to Dec 14th
No class Wednesday
or Thursday
Java arrays