Programming Assignments

Introduction to Computer Science I
ICS-21: Lecture A/Labs 1-3
Spring 2012


Programming assignments are typically due one week after they are assigned, at 11:30pm, on a Wednesday night. To turn in programs, and verify the submission, use the Checkmate Homework Dropoff system: it is also available on the standard frame index on the course website: it uses UCInetID Secure Web Login. You receive NO POINTS for late programs, unless you have discussed the matter with me and gotten my official permission (typically, granted prior to the due date, always via email and not just orally; contact me as soon as possible).

IN ALL CASES, you must drop off (on time) whatever part of the program you have written, if you are to receive any partial credit for a submission (either on time or late with permission); if you drop off no files, I must assume that you have done no work on the assignment (which will result in a grade of 0).

Pair Programming

We will use pair programming on most assignments (either required or optional, although it is sometimes prohibited); it is only on these assignments that students can closely collaborate with their partners, turning in a single, joint program. Only ONE STUDENT from the pair should drop off (all parts of) the program -which one doesn't matter- but the NAMES of both students MUST APPEAR IN A COMMENT inside the code file(s). See Pair Programming for details about pair programming, and the right and wrong ways to do it. There is a tremendous amount to be gained by both group members, if they pair program in the right way.

If you are having problems finding a student to pair with, or believe that you your schedule disallows the ability to work in a pair, contact me immediately. Without making prior arrangments with me, individual students submitting a program when pairing is mandatory will have their grade reduced by 25%.

Starting Programs

Please read each assignment completely and carefully before starting it. I suggest that you print and then read it, marking relevant material with a highlighter (details that you might forget by the end of an assignment). We will typically discuss each new assignment in Lab on the Thursday it is assigned, and start working on it then.

Extra Points for Submitting Early

If you drop off your program early, you will receive extra points (1 point if you submit it 24 hours early, 2 points if you submit it 48 hours early). Since each program is worth 40 points, you can raise your grade on a program by 5% (half a letter grade) by turning it in two days early. Note that turning in a program more than two days early results in just 2 extra points; therefore, I encourage students to finish their programs as early as possible, but continue to think about them (and ask questions about them) until two days before the due date, and submit them early at that time.

Programming Assignments

I will turn text into links below on the assigned date.

#0 4/054/11 Computing Infrastructure Prohibited
#1 4/124/18 Simple Program Suite Required
#2 4/194/25 Intermediate Programming Suite I Recommended
#3 4/265/2 Intermediate Programming Suite II Recommended
#4 5/35/16 Programming with Classes Recommended
#5 5/175/23 Writing Classes Recommended
#6 5/246/8 Writing Classes with Arrays and Interfaces Optional