California State University Stanislaus

CS 2500 and 2502: Computer Programming II

Fall 2005

2500: TR 2:30pm-3:29pm, P 114, Dr. Melanie Martin

2502: TR 3:30pm-3:57pm, P 114, Dr. Melanie Martin

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Welcome to CS 2500, Computer Programming II

Course Objectives

Announcements and Upcoming Events


Welcome to CS 2500!

AMP Help Sessions Start with Elmer Salazar
MWF 10:30 - 11:30, in the CS Lab
TTH 11:30 - 12:55, in the conference room, P280 and 12:55 - 1:30, in the CS Lab
Amnesty for programming assignments extended to the final: 2 pm on 12/13/05
Exam week office hours:
Monday, December 12:  2-4 pm
Tuesday, December 13:  12-2 and 4-5 pm
Wednesday, December 14: none
Thursday, December 15: 7-9 pm
Friday, December 16: 9-11 am

Optional final is Tuesday, December 13 at 2:00 pm

Basic Information

Textbook is Data Abstraction and Problem Solving with C++(Fourth Edition), by Frank M. Carrano

Strongly recommended: Just Enough Unix (Third Edition), by Paul K. Andersen

Instructor: Dr. Melanie Martin                           Office: Demergasso-Bava Hall 276

Email:                               Office Phone: (209) 667-3787

Web Page:

Office Hours:   MW 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
                         TR   4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

                          F     2:30 pm to 3:00 pm

                            and by appointment.

Best way to contact Dr. Martin:  Email  Please put "CS2500" in the subject line of the email.

Prerequisite: CS 1500.

Corequisite: CS 2502.

Warning: I reserve the right to make changes to the syllabus at any time during the term by announcing them in class and on my web page.

Course Email list: There is an email list set up for this course. Please join it at your earliest convenience, since class announcements and discussion may take place on the list.
To sign up, go to:
Enter your email address and cs2500-1 as the name of the list.
Alternately, send email to:
with the following in the message body:

Testing and Grading:  Your grade will be based on two main components: examinations and programs.

There will be quizzes, an optional comprehensive final examination, and programming problems.

To pass the course you must:

If you meet the conditions above I will compute your grade by giving a weight of 50% to your score on the examination component and a weight of 50% to your programming assignment average.

Your score on the examination component of the course will be the maximum of

  1. your score on the final examination, and
  2. the average of your quiz scores
Missed Quizzes, Exams and Late Programming Assignments: There will be no make-up or early quizzes or exams.

Get started early on assignments. That way, if you run into difficulty, you can seek help in class and/or office hours in a timely fashion.

I will assess a late penalty of 10% credit per calendar day (including holidays and weekends) on assignments turned in between one and five days late. I will not accept assignments late more than 5 days.
If you cannot finish an assignment on time, please turn in whatever you have done. It may be possible to get up to about half credit on an unfinished assignment, depending on the quality of the work and the circumstances. (You still need to turn in a version that runs within 5 days of the due date.)

Academic Honesty: The work you do for this course will be your own, unless otherwise specified. You are not to submit other people's work and represent it as your own. I consider academic honesty to be at the core of the University's activities in education and research. Academic honesty is expected at all times in this course. Here are some ground rules for the work in this course:

Assignments: When your purpose is to clarify or to reach an understanding of program specifications, you may discuss programming assignments with other people, including your classmates, as much as you like. You may also freely discuss the relative merits of various general approaches to designing and engineering solutions.

You are permitted to use algorithms or segments of code from

  1. any printed material available for student check-out in our library,
  2. our course text, or
  3. any programming textbooks to which you have access.
You are permitted to share such material, as described in 1-3 above, with other members of this class.

You may ask me for help and hints on assignments.

On the other hand, you may not give other members of this class programming code that you composed (made up).

You may not accept program code or accept help from any source that is not specifically listed above as permitted.

Exams: You must write your exams with no discussion or help from anyone. The one exception is that you are allowed to come forward and ask me to clarify the meaning of a test question, if you wish. It will be up to me to decide how to answer, or whether to answer at all. I will tell the class any new information that arises from such an exchange.

Penalties: If there is compelling evidence that an assignment, quiz or test was not done according to the above criteria, I will withhold credit.

Cell Phone Policy:
During class time, your cell phone is to be turned off and out of sight. Any use of a cell phone during class will result in confiscation of the phone until that day's class has ended or your removal from the class for that day. If you attempt to use your cell phone or leave it on during an exam, you will be considered to have finished your test, and I will collect your exam at that time.  Exceptions may be made only if you discuss your situation with me prior to the start of that day's class, in this case, your cell phone must be set to vibrate/silence.

Computer Equipment:
You need to have an account that gives you access to all the Computer Science Department Sun Ultra 10 and Sun Ultra 30 computers. The computers have a network file system, which means you get the same home directory and "computing environment," regardless of which Sun Ultra you log on to.

If you don't have access to the Ultra's or you aren't sure whether you have access, then let me know right away.

We will have a special lab session to teach you what you need to know in order to use the Ultra's for class assignments.

The Ultra's and other CS computers are located in the Computer Science Lab: P-288. P-288 is in the Professional Schools Building (aka Demergasso-Bava Hall), in the extreme northwest corner of the north wing.

I will test the programs that you write for this course by compiling and executing them on a Sun Ultra. Therefore you must write programs that will compile and run without errors on these machines. If you are accustomed to a different computing environment, you will have to be careful about this.

Important dates:

(See Schedule of Courses or Academic Calendar)

Last day to add/drop a class:                        

Sept. 13 (w/o fee), Oct. 4 (w/ fee);

Last day to change grade options (CR/NC):

November 7;

No classes.

October 12, November 11, November 24-26;