CS206 Introduction to Computer Science II
Dr. Michael Eckmann
Computer Science Dept.
205-C Harder Hall
Instructor webpage: http://meckmann.domains.skidmore.edu/
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Course webpage: http://meckmann.domains.skidmore.edu/2020Spring/cs206/
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Course Text and readings
Recommended Text: Data Structures & Problem Solving Using Java
by Mark Allen Weiss
Publisher: Addison Wesley: 4th edition
Other readings as handouts/links.
This course is a continuation of Introduction to Computer Science I, with
an emphasis on common data structures and algorithms that work on them.
The course will first cover a short review of Java programming, including
File I/O, Exception Handling, etc. We learn a bit about how to analyze
algorithms for efficiency. We then cover data structures such as linked
lists, stacks, queues, priority queues, heaps, graphs, trees (binary and
other), search trees, and hash tables. We also cover algorithms that work
on those data structures such as breadth first search, depth first search,
Dijkstra's algorithm, various sorting algorithms and tree balancing
algorithms. These algorithms and data structures are commonly used by
computer scientists, so it is necessary for students to grasp these
Course Goals and Objectives
1. To understand, be able to use and be able to write computer programs
utilizing the various data structures that we'll cover.
2. To understand, be able to use and be able to write computer programs
utilizing the various algorithms that we'll cover.
3. To be able to, to some degree, analyze algorithms that solve the same
problem. Then be able to determine which is more efficient and why.
4. To become more proficient computer programmers. Learn and practice
good techniques for testing and debugging.
Attendance is mandatory. I will take physical attendance as well as
Any exams given cannot be made up. Those students who are absent when an
exam is given are given a zero for that exam. This policy is strict.
The course will have approximately 3-4, programming assignments. The
submission procedure will be given when it comes time for you to submit
One policy that you must follow is: Give proper attribution to any code
you get out of a book or off the web or any code that you yourself did
not write. That is, if you use code (even a small amount) taken from
another source (the text book or lecture notes or elsewhere), you *must*
cite the source in a comment in your program. If you do not, it may be
considered plagiarism. The program source code will be read. Source code
documentation and organization should make your program easy to read,
and convey your understanding of the techniques your program
demonstrates. Poor documentation and programming style will result in a
lower score. (Note: This policy is borrowed from G. Drew Kessler's
(Lehigh University) program policy. See, I gave proper acknowledgment. ;-)
In addition to programming assignments, there will be conceptual
Assignments and class handouts will be available on the World Wide Web at
Please type all assignments.
Late assignments will be accepted, but with penalty.
The course will have two exams during the semester in addition to
a final exam.
You are required to take the exams at the scheduled place and time. Any
exams given cannot be made up. Those students who are absent when an exam
is given are given a zero for that exam. However, if there is a
compelling reason for you to need to miss an exam, you MUST contact the
instructor in advance. This policy is strict.
A grade is first calculated by the following scheme:
15% Exam 1 (closed book)
15% Exam 2 (closed book)
35% Final Exam (part closed book, part open book)
30% Programming Projects and other homework
However, your final grade will be influenced either positively or
negatively by how I, the instructor, evaluate you on the following:
a) class participation
b) good attendance (not just physical)
c) increase of performance throughout the semester,
d) quality/effort of your program/homework submissions (aside from just
e) lateness of your program/homework submissions
Class participation includes answering questions in class, asking
questions in class, visiting me during office hours, or by appointment
and asking questions through email. Class participation is based on my
assessment of the student's voluntary contribution, plus their responses
to questions I ask them.
If assignments are habitually submitted late or one is more than a couple
of days late, then this can negatively effect your overall course grade.
Each program/homework/exam may be graded on a curve (with assignments not
turned in not affecting the curve). Programs and homework assignments will
have point values that reflect their relative weights.
In general each curve will have a mean between B- (2.7) and B (3.0),
depending on my assessment of the overall performance.
I list here the policies by which the students of this class are
expected to abide.
1. Improper Collaboration Policy.
2. Skidmore Honor Code and Academic Integrity.
3. The Ethics of Scholarship.
Failure to abide by these policies results in a negative learning
environment and you should expect to be held accountable.
Students with Disabilities
Please bring me your semester memo of accommodations as soon as you
obtain it. If you think that you need accommodations but do not yet have
them, set up a meeting with the Coordinator for Students with
Disabilities in the Office of Student Academic Services in Starbuck
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in approximate order with possible programming assignments signified by ***
Testing and Debugging (Chapter/Section 1.3)
Javadoc (section 3.3)
Java review including
References to objects (Chapter 2)
ArrayList (section 2.4.3)
Exception Handling (section 2.5)
***Write a program using an ArrayList, File I/O, etc.
Quick intro to Algorithm Analysis (section 5.1)
Big O (sections 5.1-5.4)
Linked Lists (sections 6.5.2-6.5.4, Chapter 17)
singly, doubly, circular
Operations: add a node, insert a node, delete a node, etc.
***Rewrite Programming Assignment using a linked list instead of an ArrayList
Trees (Chapter 18)
Binary Search trees (Chapter 19)
various operations on them
***Programming assignment using binary search trees
Divide and Conquer
***Programming assignment using stacks, queues, priority queues
Breadth First Search
Depth First Search
Hash functions and tables
***Programming assignment using hash tables
Balanced binary search trees