Fundamentals of computer science II
Instructor Textbooks Course Work Assignments Schedule ( .dvi format / postscript / pdf format )
Labs Deadlines Collaboration Grading User-Consultants Project Index

Computer Science 152 has at least four major goals:

  1. To build upon the programming knowledge from Computer Science 151 to study the design, analysis, and verification of algorithms,
  2. To present problem-solving from an object-oriented programming perspective,
  3. To reinforce concepts of object-oriented problem solving by using the Java programming language,
  4. To study data abstractions and data structures,
  5. To introduce basic elements of large-scale program developed through the use of a large-scale, team project, and
  6. To give an overview of the field of computer science.


Henry M. Walker

Office: Science 2420
Telephone: extension 4208
Office hours are posted weekly on the bulletin board outside my office.
Additional hours can be scheduled by appointment.
If you wish, you may reserve a half hour meeting by signing up on the weekly schedule.


This courses uses two textbooks:

Also, Sun's on-line Java documentation and manual provides useful information about the Java programming language. Two helpful sites follow:

In addition, students may want to purchase a general reference for the Java Programming Language.

The schedule

While the schedule for this course is expected to evolve, a Tentative Class Schedule is available in .dvi , postscript and pdf formats.

Also, if you are logged into the departmental network and want a copy printed, click duerer to have a copy printed on the printer duerer, and click pacioli to have a copy printed on the printer pacioli .

Course Work

Course Work will involve a combination of the following activities.


Deadlines for specific assignments will be posted on-line at In each case, work is due at the start of each class specified. A penalty of 25% per class meeting will be assessed for any assignment turned in late, even work submitted at the end of a class. However, an extension of at least one class period is automatically granted if department's computer network is down for an unscheduled period for a period of three or more hours during the week preceding the assignment. Normally, a program or laboratory write-up is due every third class meeting.

Absolute Deadline: All homework must be turned in by Friday, December 8 at 5:00 pm;
laboratory reports or programs received after that time will not be counted in the grading of the course.


The work in this course is split between individual and group work. Students are encouraged to work together on all laboratory activities. However, since a primary goal of the course is to enable students to develop their own programs, collaboration is not allowed on supplemental problems or tests. In addition, students should note the department's policy regarding the role of user-consultants for Computer Science 151 .


The final grade will be based upon each student's demonstration of her or his understanding of and facility in programming, not on the performance of the class as a whole nor on a strict percentile basis. While some flexibility may be possible in determining a final semester grade, the following percentages approximate the relative weights attached to various activities in this course.

Lab. Write-ups: 25% Programs: 25% Hour Tests: 30% Final Examination: 20%

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created January 8, 2001
last revised January 9, 2000
Henry Walker (