San Jose State University

CS 46A - Introduction to Programming

Spring 2014

Meeting times and location, contact information, office hours, the exam schedule, and class assignments, are published in the Canvas site.


Basic skills and concepts of computer programming in an object-oriented approach using Java. Classes, methods and argument passing, control structures, iteration. Basic graphical user interface programming. Problem solving, class discovery and stepwise refinement. Programming and documentation style. Weekly hands-on activity.

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Eligibility for Math 30 or Math 30P or instructor consent.


Cay S. Horstmann, Java Concepts 7th Edition. ISBN 978-1-118-43112-2 (paper) or 978-1-118-54939-1 (ebook). If you have access to the SJSU bookstore, and you intend to continue with CS46B, you can get a lower cost version of the book for both classes with ISBN 978-1-118-60771-8.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

Course Requirements

Two in-class exams (15% per exam) and a final exam (25%). Exams cannot be made up, except for reasons of illness, as certified by a doctor, or documentable extreme emergency. Makeup exams may be oral.
Programming Assignments (35%)
Two assignments per week . Schedule your time well to protect yourself against unexpected problems. I suggest you ignore the official deadlines and complete the assignments 48 hours earlier. Late work is not accepted, and there is no extra credit or makeup work.
Class Attendance, Preparation and Participation (10%)
Each student is expected to be present, punctual, and prepared at every scheduled class and lab session. You will be graded on particpation in lab work, class and online discussions, and your performance on quizzes that check the assigned pre-class reading.
You will be required to bring a wireless laptop to all (!) classes and exams.
Time spent
As per Policy Recommendation S12-3, success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities.
This is a 4-unit/15-week class, so you should spend 180 hours per semester or 12 hours per week on this class. That’s two hours a day if you work every day except Sunday, or 6 hours per day if you only work on the weekends.

Grading Policy

You will receive a letter grade for each of the exams, the finals, the total homework performance, and the total participation in labs/discussions/quizzes. Letter grades are obtained by adding and curving the numeric scores. When determining a curve, the cutoffs are guided by the university definitions for letter grades:

Letter grades are converted into number grades, as specified here, except that an A+ is counted as 4.3, and weighted with the percentages given in the Course Requirements section. The weighted average is rounded towards the nearest letter grade, which is your class grade.

Miscellaneous Policies

Add Policy: Add requests may be randomly chosen if there are more students than available space. You must use your add code within 24 hours, or the add code will be reassigned to someone else.

Individual Work: All homework and exams must be your own individual work. It is ok to have general discussions about homework assignments, or read other material for inspiration. You may never copy anything from anyone without attribution, with one exception—you may copy from the textbook. For homeworks and exams, you may not copy anything from any other student at all, and you may not collaboratively produce results in pairs or teams.

Publicly Viewable Work: Your class work (including homework, exam, and project work) may be viewable by other students of this course. Your grades will not be viewable by others.

Copyright of Materials: All materials created by the instructor for this course, including lectures, handouts, homeworks, exams, solutions, projects, and so on, are copyrighted property of the instructor. You may transscribe or record lectures or copy course materials for the use of yourself and other students registered in this course. You may not sell or give transscriptions or recordings of lectures or copies of course materials to others without the prior written consent of the instructor.

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