Computer Sciences 312
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CS 312 The University of Texas at Austin Spring 2014


Placed Online Due Date Topic
1 1/13/2014 1/30/2014 Simple output and decomposition - song - 10 point assignment
2 1/28/2014 2/6/2014 Output and loops. Drawing a complex figure. - 20 points.
(Pair assignment)
3 2/5/2014 2/13/2014 Graphics - 20 points
Best Drawings
4 2/12/2014 2/20/2014 Conditional Execution and User Input.  A game of RoShamBo. - 20 points
5 2/19/2014 2/27/2014

Using Strings and parameters -- Transposition Cipher - 20 points

6 2/26/2014 3/6/2014
While Loops -- Hangman - 20 points
7 3/5/2014 3/20/2014 File I/O -- Word Processor - 20 points
8 3/19/2014 3/27/2014 Arrays -- Temperament Sorter (Pair assignment.) - 20 points
9 3/26/2014 4/3/2014
Arrays and char -- Substitution Cipher - 20 points
10 4/2/2014 4/17/2014 Two dimensional arrays, Connect 4 -- 20 points
11 4/16/2014 4/24/2014 Critters - Classes and Inheritance (Pair assignment) -- 20 points.
12 4/23/2014 5/1/2014
Arrays and Objects -- Guitar Hero -- 20 points.

General Assignment Requirements:  Individual assignments are to be completed by you alone. You may not share code with other students or other programmers. Review the class policy on improper collaboration from the class syllabus and how this applies to individual assignments.

Some of the the assignments may be done in pairs using a technique called pair programming (Read the paper on pair programming to understand how the technique works.). One solution will be turned in for the pair. Once you start working with one partner on an assignment you may not switch partners. If you do not wish to work with a partner after starting on an assignment you must both complete it individually. If you start working on an assignment with another person and decide to finish as individuals, you must both start from scratch. You may not re-pair after starting the assignment with someone else. If you took CS312 previously and worked with a partner then or are working with a partner now, you must start programming assignments from scratch. When working on pair programming assignments you are expected to spend 80% of your time on the assignment working with your partner, together at one computer, taking terms typing, and navigating.

Programs will be written in Java, using the Java 2 Platform Standard Edition 7.0. See the software page for information on downloading and installing Java at home. Follow the rules from this style guide and the guidelines in this style guide (ignore the section on header. I will describe the header to fill in.) when writing your code.

There will be 12 programming assignments.

Assignments are due by 11  pm on the due date.

You will have 10 free late (slip) days in 1 day units (1 second late to 24 hours late = 1 day) for the semester.

We will be grading using the command line javac and javac in the GDC Microlab.  That is the golden standard.  In almost all cases, however, identical results can be obtained using  BlueJ in the GDC Microlab.

Assignments must be turned in via the Microlab turnin program. If you are registered for more than one computer science class you must ensure that your turn your assignment in to the correct, CS312 directory. You must turn in a file with the correct name and in the proper format. Usually this is the source code in a .java file. The assignment page will specify exactly what to turn in.

If you do not follow the instructions and specifications for assignments (name, where to turn in, file format) you cause extra work for the graders and myself. As a student and potential software developer you must follow instructions and specifications. When you do not meet your responsibilities as a student, it causes you to become a special case for the teaching staff. With over 150 students the TAs and undergrad proctors use scripts to streamline some aspects of grading. Not following the assignment instructions and specifications causes these scripts to fail and the graders must spend more time on your submission. The following penalties are in place because there must be consequences for failure to meet your responsibilities as a student. Please read this account of a student who has seen the issue from both sides.

Penalties for failure to follow instructions and specifications on assignments:

Assignments grades are not scaled to effort or time spent working on them. (You may spend a large amount of time working on an assignment and still lose many points because your program is not correct.) The programs are not graded on a strictly linear scale. Points will be deducted for failed test cases, poor style, poor efficiency, lack of necessary comments, convoluted algorithms, lack of student provided test cases, lack of answers to questions regarding the assignment, and other reasons deemed appropriate by the instructor.

Each assignment will specify whether it must be done individually or as a pair.

Assignments will be checked for plagiarism and copying using Moss. You may discuss high level design issues with your fellow students, but sharing algorithms or code or obtaining solutions from another source constitutes academic dishonesty and will result in an F for the course. Review the class policy on cheating.

The teaching staff will grade, comment, return, and post the grade for an assignment within 6 days. A grade can only be disputed within the following 5 days. (This isn't a weekend bazaar. If there is an error in your grade you have one week to contact your grader. We won't go back at the end of the term to look at an assignment from early in the term.) Please contact your TA or proctor if you assignment is not graded in a timely and accurate fashion.

All grade disputes must be made in writing by email to the grader with supporting evidence and will result in the entire assignment being re-graded.


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