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Instructor:David Hovemeyer
Office:KEC 113
Office Hours:T/Th 12:00 - 2:00, F 9:00 - 10:00
Class Location:KEC 124 (a.k.a. EIC 124)
Class Times:M/W 10:00 - 11:40 AM

CS 200 - Fundamentals of Computer Science I

Fall 2008 [Section 102]

Updated Nov 24th - updated schedule

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. Written homework assignments may be assigned.

We will use Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, 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!

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Write programs in a procedural language (C)
  • Write simple programs in an object-oriented language (Java)
  • Use top-down design to decompose complex problems into simpler problems
  • Use fundamental integer and floating-point data types
  • Use scalar and array variables
  • Use decisions and loops
  • Define and use functions
  • Define and use user-defined data types
  • Understand and use by-value and by-reference parameter passing conventions
  • Understand and use addresses, pointers, and dynamic memory allocation



Grades are assigned on a 100-point scale:

Numeric Range Letter Grade
90-100 A (4.0)
85-90 B+ (3.5)
80-85 B (3.0)
75-80 C+ (2.5)
70-75 C (2.0)
60-70 D (1.0)
0-60 F (0.0)

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

  • Programming assignments: 30%
  • Midterm exams: 40% (20% each)
  • Final exam: 20%
  • Written homework, quizzes, and attendance/participation: 10%

Course website

Please check the course web page, http://faculty.ycp.edu/~dhovemey/fall2008/cs200/, regularly for important announcements.

Reading Assignments

Reading assignments are posted in the Schedule at the end of this syllabus. I expect you to do the reading before class. When I give a lecture, I will assume you have done the reading. I encourage you to use class time to ask questions about parts of the reading you did not understand to your satisfaction.

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/spring2008/cs200/.

Assignments 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. [However, I do expect you to complete and submit them. Failure to complete lab assignments may affect your attendance and participation grade.]

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 activities. 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 for attendance and participation. Frequent absence and/or lack of participation in class activities 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.

Use of Personal Technology in the Classroom

While York College recognizes students’ need for educational and emergency-related technological devices such as laptops, PDA’s, cellular phones, etc., using them unethically or recreationally during class time is never appropriate. The college recognizes and supports faculty members’ authority to regulate in their classrooms student use of all electronic devices.

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 Note Topic Reading
Week 1: Aug 25-29 No class Monday Fundamentals Chapters 1-2
Week 2: Sep 1-5 No class Monday Fundamentals Chapter 3
Week 3: Sep 8-12   Variables, Data types, and Arithmetic Expressions Chapter 4
Week 4: Sep 15-19   Loops Chapter 5
Week 5: Sep 22-26   Decisions Chapter 6
Week 6: Sep 29-Oct 3   Arrays Chapter 7
Week 7: Oct 6-10   Functions Chapter 8
Oct 11-14 Fall break, no classes
Week 8: Oct 13-17 No class Monday Functions, cont'd Chapter 8
Week 9: Oct 20-24   Structures Chapter 9
Week 10: Oct 27-31   File I/O Chapter 16
Week 11: Nov 3-7   Character strings Chapter 10
Week 12: Nov 10-14   Pointers and dynamic allocation Chapters 11, 17
Week 13: Nov 17-21   Pointers and dynamic allocation, cont'd TBA
Week 14: Nov 24-28 No class Wednesday Recursion Lecture 22 Notes
Nov 26-30 Thanksgiving break, no classes
Week 15: Dec 1-5   C without an IDE
Asynchronous Events (signals)
Week 16: Dec 8-12 No class Wednesday Java TBA