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CS 1120 – COMPUTER SCIENCE II   (with C#)

 Spring 2011

(prepared by Dr. L. Lilien)

Department of Computer Science

Western Michigan University






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Dr. Leszek T. Lilien


B-249, CEAS

MW 10:30 am – 11 :45 am


MW 6:00 pm  – 7:15 pm, C-224




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Other Section  Instructor(s)




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Dr. Ajay  Gupta


B-239, CEAS

TR 2:20 pm 3:15pm


TR 1:00 pm 2:15 pm, C-224







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Dr. Li Yang


B-248, CEAS

TR 11:30 am 12:45pm


TR 10:00 am 11:15 am, C-224




Lab TAs

Lab TAs:

Mr. Nishant Gupta (nishant.gupta@wmich.edu)

CRN 12325, M 8:30-10:20 am, C-224, CEAS

CRN 12322, R 2:30-4:20 pm, C-224, CEAS

Mr. Jeremy Doornbos (jeremy.r.doornboos@wmich.edu)

CRN 14364, W 10:30 am-12:20 pm, C-224, CEAS

CRN 12327, W 12:30 am-2:20 pm, C-224, CEAS





Office Hours: 

  Mr. Nishant Gupta (B-217, CEAS), M 10:30 am-12:30 pm and R 4:30-5:30 pm

  Mr. Jeremy Doornbos (C-210, CEAS), T 2:30-4:30 pm and  F 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

C# Programming Tutor for CS3310/1120/1110

Mr. Chris Atkinson (C-208 CEAS), T R 8:30-11:30 am

He might also be available at other times (to be determined)
Other C-208 staff are also available to help students with programming problems (but some might not know C#).

Note: The tutor or other C-208 staff will not know what the students' assignment is, but can help with C#, debugging strategies, understanding what to do (if they bring in their program specs), etc.

** IMPORTANT *** Email guidelines for  L. Lilien

Replies to messages that do not conform to the following requirements might be delayed or missing (e.g., due to automatic classification of the message as junk mail):

a)   The message should be sent from a WMU account - ending with “wmich.edu” (of course, this includes accounts ending with “cs.wmich.edu”).

b)   The message should have a descriptive subject with the indicated prefix:

CS1120-F10--<your last name>: <descriptive subject>

For example, the subject of a message sent by John Smith should be as follows (no acute brackets in the actual subject):

CS1120-F10--Smith: sick and absent

(Note that the actual subject does not include brackets; brackets are a part of a formal specification only.)

c) If any files are attached, they should be scanned with up-to-date anti-viral software, and the message including them should contain the following statement (no acute brackets in the actual subject):

I have scanned the enclosed file(s) with <name

of software and its version>, which was

last updated on <date>

       where <date> should be today’s date. (You should have the habit of updating

your anti-viral software daily!)


Catalog Description of CS 1120

This is the standard Computer Science II course using the C# computer language. The emphasis is on designing and programming object-oriented computer solutions to problems, as well as on the data structures used for this purpose. An introduction to the analysis of algorithms is made. Students must register for both a lecture section and a laboratory section.



By Courses: CS1110 – Computer Science I or equivalent with a grade of C or better (prerequisite); Math1220 or Math 2000 (co-requisite)

By Topic: Basic concepts of high-level language programming – conditional structures; looping structures; arrays; program logic –  to solve problems; Basics of object oriented programming - be able to create and use elementary objects; C# language for both procedural and introductory object oriented programming; Basics of the software life cycle; Validating quality of software produced; Introductory sorting and searching algorithms; Algorithms for elementary problem solutions; Documenting programs effectively and efficiently.


Learning Outcomes/Course Objectives

Be able to write well-structured, well-documented C# programs that follow relevant phases of the software life cycle.

Be able to use recursive solutions for problems that are appropriate for the recursive strategy.

Be able to design, create and use class and object hierarchies.

Be able to use polymorphism (incl. abstract classes and methods).

Be able to design complex data structures—including two-dimensional arrays, linked lists, stacks and queues.

Be able to use generics or collections to perform operations on complex data structures.

Be able to program various searching (linear, binary) and sorting (e.g., insertion, selection, bubble, merge, quick) algorithms, and be able to analyze their efficiencies.

Be able to work in a pair or team programming environment.

Be able to utilize version control and document generation systems.


Text (required)

P. Deitel & H. Deitel, Visual C# 2010. How to Program. (4th Edition). Prentice Hall, 2010. ISBN-10: 0132151421. ISBN-13: 978-0132151429


Note: Your CS1100 textbook (J. Lewis, C# 2008 Software Solutions, ISBN: 0-321-26716-8) might be helpful for some topics, so you might consider not selling it yet.)



During the term there will be two in-class midterm exams and a final examination. Laboratory assignments will be given in the regularly scheduled laboratory.  Pop-quizzes may be given at anytime in lab or lecture without prior notification. Your grade will be computed from your performance on these components using the following weights:

Midterm Exam 1                                                                    15%

(mass exam; Friday, February 11, 4:00-6:00 pm, in C-224, C-227 and C-228)

Midterm Exam 2                                                                    15%

(mass exam; Friday, March 25, 4:00-6:00 pm, in C-224, C-227 and C-228)

Final Exam                                                                             20%

 (mass exam; Friday, April 29, 8:00-10:00 am [in the morning!] in C-224, C-226 and C-227)

See: http://www.wmich.edu/registrar/finalexam201101.html)

Labs                                                                                         40%

Lab quizzes & pop quizzes                                                    10%

PMT (Programming Skills Mastery Test – more below)          0%

      (PMT: During the last week of classes in regular labs)

(Second-chance PMT: Friday, April 22, 03:00-05:00pm, C-224)

The following basic grading scale will be used:          

A – 90; BA – 85; B – 80; CB – 75; C – 70; DC – 65; D –60.

(I may curve very tough exams to the students’ benefit in order to improve the letter grades.)


Missed Exams

If you miss an exam (a Midterm Exam or the Final Exam), the decision as to whether or not it is made up and how it is made up will be made on an individual basis. To be excused there must be significant circumstances beyond the student’s control.  Generally this will require documentation, such as a doctor’s note in the case of an illness.   Normally, if your absence from an exam is excused, you will have to take a make up exam. Contact the instructor asking for a make up exam as soon as it is possible (if possible inform the instructor even before the exam that you will miss).



Students taking this course are required to register for a lab section.  Lab grades are based on student performance on programming assignments and quizzes.  Additionally, the Programming Skills Mastery Test (PMT) is given in lab.


Programming Assignments

Lab assignments will be given on a regularly scheduled basis.  Many of these assignments will need to be worked on outside of the regular scheduled labs. 

Each assignment will have a due date/time.  For each day an assignment is late, 5% of the total possible points for the assignment will be deducted.  (If an assignment is more than 20 days late, it is no longer worth any points.)  Weekends and holidays are all counted when calculating lateness.  No assignments may be submitted after 11:59 PM on the day preceding the last day of the classes (before the Final Exam Week).  By this time all work should be complete and submitted.



There will be regular quizzes given in the lab. Additionally, pop-quizzes may be given at anytime in the labs or lectures without prior notification.  If you miss a quiz for any reason, you will receive a 0 on it.


Programming Skills Mastery Test (PMT)

During the last lab session of the semester, students will be given the Programming Skills Mastery Test (PMT).  The test will consist of a short programming problem.  Students must program the solution in an essentially complete and correct form in the allotted time.  This problem must be solved within the allotted time to earn a passing grade in the course.  Students that fail the PMT on their first attempt will be given the second, and last, chance with a different problem.


Special Course Policies

Producing competent programmers is a primary goal of this course, and therefore a minimum performance in lab is required for students to pass the course.

You must pass the lab with at least 60% of the total possible lab score in order to pass the course regardless of exam scores.

In order to pass the laboratory, you may have at most 2 assignments incomplete.  Therefore, you should strive to complete all assignments.  Even if an assignment is turned in so late that the credit is 0, it can still satisfy the completeness requirement.

You must pass the PMT to pass the course.


Use of Electronic Devices

To fully benefit from lectures and labs, you are expected to stay alert and pay attention to the directions/announcements in the class. Cellphones, PDAs, and other electronic devices should NOT be used during the lecture and should be turned-off. If available, please do bring your laptop to the class. Email checking or web-surfing of non-course related material is NOT permitted during the class. You may surf the web only when specifically told to do so. In order to maintain the integrity of the classroom and if I feel it is distracting you or others, I may ask you to turn-off your laptop.


Incomplete Grades

Please note that the incomplete grade - I - is intended for the student who has missed a relatively small portion of work due to circumstances beyond his/her control.  In general, performance on work done must be at a level of C or better in order to qualify for an incomplete.  An I grade will not be given to replace an otherwise low or failing grade in the class. 


Academic Honesty

The following statement has been approved and distributed by the Western Michigan University Faculty Senate: 

You are responsible for making yourself aware of and understanding the policies and procedures in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs that pertain to Academic Honesty. These policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery, multiple submission, plagiarism, complicity and computer misuse. [The policies can be found at http://catalog.wmich.edu under Academic Policies, Student Rights and Responsibilities.] If there is reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. You will be given the opportunity to review the charge(s). If you believe you are not responsible, you will have the opportunity for a hearing. You should consult with your instructor if you are uncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the submission of an assignment or test.

We also encourage you to browse http://osc.wmich.edu and www.wmich.edu/registrar to access the Code of Honor and general academic policies on such issues as diversity, religious observance, student disabilities, etc.

Unless otherwise told, you may not bring aids to exams.  Submission of another person’s work in part or whole is not permitted. Learning can certainly occur with discussion of class material and assignments with other students, and we will be doing considerable collaborative activity, but at all times take care that you don’t represent the work of another as your own. 

If you are copying another’s work in part or whole, either by hand or electronically, you are going too far. 

If two or more people are working so closely together that the outcomes, particularly on significant portions of computer programs, are essentially line-by-line the same in logical structure, they are going too far.

You should not give your completed work to someone else or accept another’s completed work to “review or look at” in either hardcopy or electronic form.  This too easily facilitates copying. 

Easy availability of information, material, source codes, lecture notes etc on the Internet may make it possible to find solutions to your assignments on the Internet or elsewhere. It is okay to refer to those, understand them and use them to enhance your solutions, generate your own ideas etc. However, you must give proper and full credit to original authors of the work, if you include their ideas and/or solutions. Failing to do so is part of academic and professional dishonesty. It will not be tolerated in this class. Do not give in to temptations.

A student found responsible for violation of academic honesty in the course, will receive a course penalty up to and including an E grade for the class. (Note that the Office of Student Conduct can impose additional penalties.)


Dates of Interest

Source: Academic Calendar 2009-2010 at:



Note: Calendars are subject to change. Dates and events are added or changed as information becomes available.


                                                                                                                          Last updated on  1/19/11 (by L. Lilien)