CSCI 2912

  1. Contents
  2. General Information
  3. Description and Goals
  4. Organization and Grading
  5. Links

General Information

Instructor:Jade Cheng  成玉
Course:Computer Science II, CSCI 2912
Course Schedule
Section A:Wednesday, 5:15 pm - 8:10 pm
The Frear Center (FC) 102A
Section B:Friday, 8:45 am - 11:40 am
The Frear Center (FC) 110
Text:Starting Out with Java: From Control Structures to Objects
Tony Gaddis, 4th Edition

Description and Goals

CSCI 2912 is an intermediate problem-solving and programming course using the Java programming language.

Topics covered in CSCI 2912 include:

Programming assignments help reinforce object-oriented programming techniques discussed in class.

This course builds on CSCI 2911 and provides foundation material for CSCI 2913. The prerequisite for CSCI 2912 is CSCI 2911 and MATH 1130 or higher.

Organization and Grading (Tentative)

We will assign grades based on each student’s performance on:

Class Participation10%
Extra Credit≤6%

We will assign grade letters based on the following table:



We will assign programming assignments every other week except exam weeks. Overall, each assignment contributes approximately 8% to a student’s final grade.

Submission Policy

Students should submit assignments via email to The instructor will not review, correct, or grade code before the submission date.

The due date for assignments will be Sunday by 11:59 pm HST. Late assignments will receive no credit.

Students must adhere to the following rules when submitting assignments. Failure to do so will affect their grades.

  1. File Name

    All source code should be submitted in one file, and that file should be named according to the following pattern:, where Last is the student’s last name, First is the student’s first name, and X is the assignment number.

    For example, student John Doe would submit for programming assignment 3.

  2. File Header

    The first lines of the submitted file should include a comment with the following information and format:

     * A short description of the program.
     * @author     Last Name, First Name
     * @assignment CSCI 2912 Assignment X
     * @date       Date
  3. Email Address

    The submitted file should be emailed to

  4. Email Subject

    The subject line of the email sent to the instructor should follow the pattern: [2912] assignment number.

    For example, for assignment 3, student John Doe would write “[2912] assignment 3” as the subject line of his submission email.

  5. Email Attachment

    The submission email sent to the instructor should include exactly one attachment, the java implementation file. Students should not attach any other files to their submission email.

Students are encouraged to double-check their sent mail after submitting their assignments to ensure that their submission followed the aforementioned rules and that their attachments compile and execute without errors or warnings. Students are responsible for sending correct implementations, and no excuses will be accepted.

Students may submit a single assignment multiple times. Only the most recent assignment submitted before the deadline will be graded.

The instructor will accept and issue some credit for partial implementations, so students are encouraged to submit as much as they can before the grading deadline.

Grading Guidelines

−35The program does not meet specifications or does not address the intended implementation as specified in the assignment. The program is incomplete.
−35The program does not compile or crashes because of procedural errors or insufficient error handling.
−15The program runs as intended but with numerous logic errors.
−10The implementation file does not include JavaDoc for all definitions: classes, interfaces, fields, methods, enumerations, and so on.
−5The program runs as intended but with minor logic errors.


As a tentative plan, we will have three exams. Each exam will contribute approximately 13% to the final grade. The exams will be closed-book and done entirely with paper and pencil. Students will be asked to read and write short snippets of Java code in these exams.

Both the programming assignments and exams assume students are comfortable programming in Java at the level required for this course. Students who are not comfortable with programming should consult with the instructor for additional, optional, assignments that will help them catch up.

Class Participation and Quizzes

Class attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class in the form of quizzes. Each quiz will contain no more than five short questions. Quizzes will not be given on exam days. Here is a sample quiz.

Students earn points toward class participation by submitting quizzes. Correct answers earn students points toward quiz credits.

Extra Credit

Self Introduction — 1%

Students may email a self introduction to the instructor by Sunday, February 05. The email should contain at least the following information:

Students are encouraged to include a few sentences that describe themselves.

Programming Practice — 5%

Students may participate in Java Coding Practice at The rules for earning extra credit points are as follows:

Extra credit will be awarded for CodingBat on May 12.