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Object-Oriented Programming I is the first programming course for Computer Science majors with a focus on object-oriented programming. The goal of the course is to develop skills such as program design and testing as well as the implementation of programs using a graphical IDE. All programming will be done in Java.

Course Coordinators

Name Office
David Jacobs   AVW 4421
Nelson Padua-Perez   AVW 1203

For office hours and other contact information, visit the staff link.


There are no required textbooks. The recommended textbook(s):

Title Author(s) ISBN
Java Foundations: Introduction to Program Design and Data Structures John Lewis, Peter DePasquale, Joseph Chase ISBN-10: 0321429729
ISBN-13: 9780321429728

Textbook(s) Note: The textbook may be available as an eBook (EBK). This version is the actual text, costs less than the text,and is available for 180 days. It is downloaded directly to the students computer and sent via email.


There will be projects assigned almost every week.  Some are considered "closed" assignments which you must complete by yourself and others are considered "open" assignments where collaboration is permitted. (More information about the open policy will be provided in class and can be found in the (Policy Regarding Open/Closed Assignments) There will also be two midterms, a final exam, and (announced) quizzes.

Topics (Not necessarily listed in order of presentation)

  • Intro to Computer Systems
  • Programming Basics: Variables, Operators, Expressions, Statements, Methods
  • Java Text Input/Output
  • Conditionals
  • Loops
  • Principles of Object Oriented Programming
  • Basics of Program Design
  • Testing and Debugging
  • Java Memory Map
  • Arrays and Java ArrayLists
  • Java interfaces
  • Inheritance
  • Polymorphism


All assignments can be done on the machines of your choice. You are welcome to do the work on a home computer if you have one. There should not be any machine-specific dependencies in your code. However, if we are not able to run your program because there is a difference between your and our computer environments, you must work with us to get your program to work in our environment. You are expected to use the Eclipe IDE for all programming assignments.

Class Announcements

Class announcements are located at Class Announcements. You should check announcements often (at least once every day). You can also receive the class announcements by subscribing to the announcements RSS Feed and receive announcements via your favorite RSS reader (see the Resources section for additional information).


All projects are due at 6pm on the specified day in the assignment description. If for some reason you have not been able to finish your assignment by this deadline, then you have until 9am of the next day to submit your project with a 20% penalty. No projects will be accepted after 9am.  Projects are to be submitted electronically according to instructions given with the assignments.  Exceptional circumstances will be considered only if discussed with the instructor before the assignment is due.

Important: Your grade for each project will be based on the greater value of two scores: (1) The score on the very last submission prior to the deadline; (2) The score minus 20% on the very last submission prior to the late deadline (24 hours late).

Once we have graded any class material (e.g., exams, projects, etc.) we will post an announcement that the specific assignment has been graded, and the deadline by which you must submit any regrade request (if necessary).  It is your responsibility to submit regrade requests by the specified deadline; no regrade requests will be processed afterwards.

Final grades will be computed according the following weights:

40% Projects(8)
15% Lab Work
11% Midterm #1
11% Midterm #2
23% Final Exam

Lab work includes quizzes and exercises to be completed during your discussion session. The weights of the individual projects are: 1%,3%,5%,5%,6%,6%,7%,7%

Academic Honesty

Note that academic dishonesty includes not only cheating, fabrication, and plagiarism, but also includes helping other students commit acts of academic dishonesty by allowing them to obtain copies of your work. You are allowed to use the Web for reference purposes, but you may not copy code from any website or any other source. In short, all submitted work must be your own.

Cases of academic dishonesty will be pursued to the fullest extent possible as stipulated by the Office of Student Conduct. Without exception every case of suspected academic dishonesty will be referred to the Office. If the student is found to be responsible of academic dishonesty, the typical sanction results in a special grade "XF", indicating that the course was failed due to academic dishonesty. More serious instances can result in expulsion from the university. If you have any doubt as to whether an act of yours might constitute academic dishonesty, please contact your TA or the course coordinator.

The University of Maryland, College Park has a nationally recognized Code of Academic Integrity, administered by the Student Honor Council.  This code sets standards for academic integrity at Maryland for all undergraduate and graduate students. As a student you are responsible for upholding these standards for this course. It is very important for you to be aware of the consequences of cheating, fabrication, facilitation, and plagiarism. For more information on the Code of Academic Integrity or the Student Honor Council, please visit

To further exhibit your commitment to academic integrity, remember to sign the Honor Pledge on all examinations and assignments: "I pledge on my honor that I have not given or received any unauthorized assistance on this examination (assignment)."

Excused Absence and Academic Accommodations

Excused absences are given for quizzes and exams. Also project/homework extensions (of short duration, depending upon severity of illness) are possible. Students requesting an excused absence/extension should contact the instructor for additional information.

It is also the student's responsibility to inform the instructor of any intended absences from exams for religious observances in advance. Notice should be provided as soon as possible but no later than the Monday prior to the exam for both the midterm and the final.

Any student eligible for and requesting reasonable academic accommodations due to a disability is requested to provide, to the instructor in office hours, a letter of accommodation from the Office of Disability Support Services within the first two weeks of the semester.

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