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Course Description:

Knowledge of advanced programming concepts is necessary for the student to become adept at handling some of the more difficult problems encountered in the computer science environment. Students will develop an understanding of the basic concepts of object-oriented programming and the advantages it offers.

As with CS-1182, this course will be challenging and time consuming, requiring considerable effort in designing, coding, and debugging complex programs. The concepts taught in the course are more advanced than those previously encountered, but the basic program design concepts learned in CS-1182 can be applied to facilitate the programming task.

Course Objectives:

You must score at least 60% on the combined total of all exams in order for the quizzes and the program points to be counted. In other words, you cannot pass this course with less than 60% on the combined total of the exams. Further, you must score at least 70% on the combined total of all exams in order to be eligible to earn a C grade in the course, unless the professor sees significant improvement throughout the semester.

Make-up Exams:

In order to discourage students from missing exams, no make-ups will be given, regardless of the reason for the absence. Instead, a difficult comprehensive exam will be given at the end of the semester to those students who have missed an earlier exam. The grade on the comprehensive exam will replace the zero score received on the missed exam. The comprehensive exam can be used to replace at most a single zero score.

Final Exam:

The scheduled date for the final exam is shown on the class schedule. If you are unable to take the exam during that period then you are advised to withdraw from the class.


Assignments and programs that are not submitted on the due date will be subject to grading penalties of 20% per day. Assignments and programs cannot be graded until all students have submitted their work, so prompt submission is essential.


Students are expected to arrive for class and be in their seats by the scheduled beginning of class. Quizzes will be administered at the beginning of class, and anyone arriving late will not be allowed to take the quiz.


Attendance in class is integral to the learning process. In addition, any quizzes or exams that are missed cannot be made up, so attendance is essential. More than three absences may result in the penalty of a one letter grade reduction on the final grade for habitual offenders. If a studentmisses the equivalent of three weeks or more of class, no credit may be received for the course

Student Notification:

All students are responsible for checking the web page and their e-mail on a regular basis, preferably daily, for notification of any class scheduling changes or assignment clarification. Notice of quizzes or assignment clarifications may be posted late at night.

Instructor Availability:

The instructor will be available during posted office hours, but additional efforts are made to increase accessibility to the students.  If the instructor is not available at the telephone number above, the student can leave a detailed voice mail message.  These messages are checked each day and every effort is made to minimize delay in returning calls.  In addition, the instructor's e-mail is also checked several times each day and often the student will get an immediate response to questions submitted by e-mail.  E-mail is usually the most reliable means of contact.

Cell Phones:

Cell phones and any other electronic devices that may disrupt class are to be left outside of class or turned off. Violations of this policy will result in letter grade reductions.

Course Fees:

The fees for this course (as with the fees on several other courses) are used to cover those expenses for which the State provides no budget. Specifically, your fee goes towards:

  1. Paying for technical support personnel. These personnel install and maintain the software on instructors’ computers required for the course, conduct administrator activities for the Microsoft Academic Alliance, which provides the software for students, maintain instructors’ computer hardware, and maintain hardware in the classroom.
  2. Purchasing and maintaining the projection equipment used to conduct the class.
  3. Maintaining server software used in various courses.

Without these fees, you’d have to buy the software yourself, we wouldn’t have a projector in the room, and instructors would not be able to run the software required for the course

Academic Integrity:

Academic integrity is expected at Idaho State University and the College of Business.  All forms of academic dishonesty, including cheating and plagiarism, are strictly prohibited, the penalties for which range up to permanent expulsion from the university with "Expulsion for Academic Dishonesty" noted on the student's transcript.  If you are unclear as to what constitutes academic dishonesty, read the College of Business Policy on Academic Integrity and the ISU Student Code of Conduct.

While a certain amount of collaboration is expected and often necessary, there is a fine line between collaboration and cheating. Students may collaborate on design and programming issues. This does NOT include duplication of programs or designs. Limited collaboration may be used to find bugs in programs or to solve program syntax or general structure problems. Copying of code, regardless of the number of editor changes, renaming, and/or retyping is considered cheating, and a student’s inability to describe the function of an assignment will be considered clear evidence of cheating. Providing another student with part or all of a solution is also clearly cheating. Any student suspected of cheating on an exam will be asked to turn in the exam immediately. Cheating will result in failing the course, along with possible expulsion from the University.

Students with Special Needs:

Our program is committed to all students achieving their potential. If you have a disability or think you have a disability (physical, hearing, vision, psychiatric, or learning disability) that may need a reasonable accommodation, please contact the ADA & Disabilities Resource Center located in Graveley Hall on the ISU Pocatello campus, Room 123, 282-3599, as early as possible.

Closed Week Policy

Information about the ISU Closed Week Policy can be found here.  Note that the policy does not prevent the presentation of new material during closed week.

Grade Distribution:

This class utilizes my Standard Grading System. Please note that final grades are assigned based on student performance on assignments and exams and are not negotiable.

Final Grade Determination (Objective portion):
Type Percentage
Programs/Assignments 40%
Exams 50%
Quizzes 10%
Professional Demeanor:

Part of receiving an education from a professional college like the College of Science and Engineering is learning about your chosen field.  Another part is learning to act like a member of that field.  Professional Demeanor is in many ways the most important part of the learning process.  How you act affects not only how others perceive you, but can also result in rewards or, alternatively, negative consequences.  It will also affect your grade in this class.

The grade that you receive in this class will consist of two parts: the objective portion that is a calculated average of all assignments, quizzes, exams, etc., and a subjective portion that is based on your professional demeanor. The professional demeanor multiplier (PDM) can range from 0.85 to 1.05, and will be multiplied by your calculated average. Students will be assigned a PDM of 1.0 unless behaviors are exhibited that signify unreadiness for the workforce. Exceptional students may also be rewarded accordingly.

Final Grade = Calculated Grade * PDM

Students will demonstrate professional demeanor and commitment in a variety of ways: energetic and respectful participation in class, willing acceptance and completion of obligations; punctuality; and not whining. Professional demeanor includes several subjective items such as punctuality, attendance, positive attitude, preparation, appropriate language and respectfulness to other students and the professor. Students are expected to come to class prepared, participate in activities and discussions, and treat others with respect in the classroom, which includes listening interactively to classmates and the professor, and respecting others’ viewpoints.

Students are expected to arrive for class and be in their seats by the scheduled beginning of class.

Attendance is very important and is addressed in a separate section. Students are expected to attend class. It is your responsibility to contact the professor when you are unable to attend, and to obtain information about missed assignments, etc., from classmates.

Do not leave class early unless prior arrangements have been made with the professor.

Do not read the newspaper during class.

Do not bring meals or snacks to class.

Every cell phone, beeper, laptop volume control, pager, personal digital assistant, should be set to mute or off before coming to class. If any of these devices rings, beeps, or plays in class, you will be marked absent.

Some students enroll in a course already having experience in the subject area, and while contributions to discussions are welcomed, arrogance and unwillingness to learn or comply with professor directions will not be tolerated.


Laptop Policy

Increasing numbers of students are using personal computers to take notes in class. Some classmates sitting nearby have occasionally been distracted by the sound of the keys. To maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning in the classroom and to avoid distracting others, students using laptops in classrooms should follow these principles of good practice.