CMSC 131-010x,030x,040x: Object-Oriented Programming I

Taught by Ilchul Yoon: and Roger Eastman:

Course Syllabus

Course Overview

This is a 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 and Processing. Processing will be used as a visual way to teach basic language features and we will switch to Java later this semester.

The course Piazza page and ELMS are the sources for course information. TA office hours, additional resources and essential course information will appear on Piazza, and all course-related questions will also be answered on Piazza to ensure all students have equal access to the information. Important class announcements will be posted in ELMS.

Course Topics

Following topics will be covered in this course (subject to change).


Introduction to Programming in Java -- an interdisciplinary approach (2nd ed)
Author: Robert Sedgewick and Kevin Wayne
ISBN-13: 978-0672337840
ISBN-10: 0672337843

A copy of your textbook, "Introduction to Programming in Java" is available for 4 hour loan from the Library Services Desk at McKeldin Library. More information about the program, including a searchable database with the textbooks and their availability, can be found at:


This is a very demanding course. You will need to complete up to 11 projects and up to 11 graded labs. The dues for the projects and the graded labs are 11:00 PM on the day they are due. They are to be submitted electronically according to instructions given with the assignments. Late assignments will be strictly penalized. Exceptional circumstances will be considered only if discussed with the instructor before the assignment is due. Late assignments will have points deducted as follows:

Again, NO late submission after 24 hours will be accepted. In case that your work is to be submitted to the submit server, you can submit multiple times and the best submission will be used for grading. Do not wait until the last moment but submit multiple times before the due date.

For the first few projects, the description will be posted in ELMS. Later, we will distribute the starter files for the projects in the Grace cluster using a source code repository.  We will announce once we complete setting up your accounts.

You will be allowed to drop one graded lab. The dropped lab won't be counted for your final grade. More than one will affect your final grade.

You will also be allowed to drop one project, even though we apply the Good Faith Attempt Policy for projects. However, the drop option can only be used for a few projects. Whether you can drop a project will be specified in the project description or will be announced in ELMS.

Good Faith Attempt Policy for Projects

You must submit your work that satisfies a minimum set of requirements for every project (Good Faith Attempt ; GFA) by the GFA deadline. Otherwise, you will not pass the course (automatic grade of F).

Online-Posting of Your Project Implementations is Not Allowed


There will be 3 midterm exams and one final exam. The exam dates are:

Once we have graded any class material (e.g., exams, projects, etc.) we will post an announcement and a 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. If the regrade request deadline is not announced, it is by default one week after the your grades are posted.


Final grades will be computed according the following weights. (These weights are tentative and subject to future adjustment.)  

Written tests will be graded using GradeScope. We will add you to the service and send out an invitation code later to your email addresses available in UMEG. You should use the email address you receive the invitation code when you create an account in GradeScope.

In the end, all your grades will be entered into the grade server. It will be your dashboard to check your progress. Before your grades are entered to the grade server, you will be able to check your grades for written tests in GradeScope. The grades for your projects and graded lab submissions will be available in the submit server.

The cutoffs for letter grades will be decided after the final. We will review the total score distributions and decide the cutoffs between two scores with significant gaps compared to the ones above and below. Note that the cutoff for A and B could be set above 90 and 80, respectively.

TA Room/Office Hours

Office hours get extremely busy the day before a project deadline. Therefore start working on your projects early. Regarding office hours and the TA Room:

Academic Integrity

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. 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.

It is very important for you to be aware of the consequences of cheating, fabrication, facilitation, and plagiarism. 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. If you have any doubt as to whether an act of yours might constitute academic dishonesty, please contact your TA or the course coordinator.

For more information on the Code of Academic Integrity or the Student Honor Council, please visit

Examples of Academic Integrity Violations

The following are examples of academic integrity violations:

Additional information can be found in the sections titled "Academic Integrity" and "Code of Student Conduct" available at Course Related Policies.

Disabilities Support Accommodations

In case academic accommodations are needed, you must provide a letter of accommodation from the Office of Accessibility and Disability Services (ADS) within the first TWO weeks of the semester. For details, see the section titled "Accessibility" available at Course Related Policies.

Excused Absence and Academic Accommodations

The university allows for self-documentation for some absences. If you need to be excused for an absence from a single lecture, recitation, or lab due to your illness (or other reasons), you shall make a reasonable attempt to report prior to the class. (Use the absence report feature in the grade server).

Upon returning to the class, present with a self-signed note attesting to the date of your illness (or other reasons). Each note must contain an acknowledgment by the student that the information provided is true and correct. Providing false information to University officials is prohibited under Part 9(i) of the Code of Student Conduct (V-1.00(B) University of Maryland Code of Student Conduct) and may result in disciplinary action.

Self-documentation may NOT be used for the midterm exams and the final exam, and it may only be used for only 1 class meeting (or more, if you choose) during the semester. Any student who needs to be excused for a prolonged absence (2 or more consecutive class meetings), or for the exams, must provide written documentation of the illness from the Health Center or from an outside health care provider. This documentation must verify dates of treatment and indicate the time frame that the student was unable to meet academic responsibilities. In addition, it must contain the name and phone number of the medical service provider to be used if verification is needed. No diagnostic information will ever be requested. Note that the "Medical Discharge Summary" from the Health Center will NOT be accepted as evidence of doctor's recommendation for your absence.

For additional details, see the section titled "Attendance, Absences, or Missed Assignments" available at Course Related Policies

Course Evaluations

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