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Tools: We will use several freely-available programming environments. These include: Processing ( ) Eclipse ( ) Groovy ( ) We'll start with Processing (which is a simplified “wrapper” around Java), then move the the more powerful (and complex) Eclipse Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for Groovy and pure Java. The textbook is: Starting Out with Java: From Control Structures through Objects (4th Edition), Tony Gaddis. ISBN-13: 978-0136080206 Because there is so much excellent material on the web about Java programming, we'll be reading a lot of materials outside the text as well. Reed, Fall 2010, 07/12/10, Syllabus_COP_2800_Java_Programming_201110.odt 2 of 5
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Grading Your course grade will be based on a combination of quizzes, examinations, projects, and class participation, in the following proportions: Class participation (postings, replies) 100 points Final Examination: 200 points Projects: 400 points Quizzes: 300 points The grading scale is: 900 to 1000 points A 800 to 899 points B 700 to 799 points C 600 to 699 points D Fewer than 600 points F General plan of the course Course activities Projects The goal here is to allow you to choose among possible projects so that you can achieve as many points as you wish (up to a maximum of 400) by choosing to complete different projects. There will be enough projects so that you can get full credit without doing every assignment. These assignments vary in complexity (and realism), with more complex projects worth more points. These are intended as individual projects, but I will entertain suggestions for team projects if you wish. I must approve any team projects in advance. If approved, all members of the team are expected to participate and all will receive the same grade on the team assignment. Assignments must be submitted in Valencia Online by the specified time in order to receive full credit. (If you have questions about the assignments, then please contact me well before due date, or I may not get your question in time to respond helpfully.) Class Participation This includes both active participation and attendance at face-to-face classes, and appropriate postings and replies in Valencia Online. If you are confused or having difficulty with a project, you are expected to post questions in the discussions within Valencia Online, and to get in touch with me via e-mail. Since the backgrounds and experience levels of students in our programming classes varies widely, you may find that other students are a valuable source of assistance with programming problems and questions.
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