Course Syllabus

CIS 36A: Introduction to Computer Programming in Java

Course Instructor: Jennifer Parrish, M.S. Computer Science


Contact Information:
  • Email: parrishjennifer (at) fhda (dot) edu
  • Office Phone: 408-864-8947


Office Location:
  • Building F5, Room 1F

Office Hours:
  • Monday 8:30am - 9:20am (F5-1F)
  • Monday 8:00pm - 9:15pm (online)
  • Tuesday 12:30pm - 1:20pm (F5-1F)
  • Wednesday 8:30am - 9:20am (F5-1F)
  • Wednesday 8:00pm - 9:15pm (online)
  • Thursday 12:30pm - 1:20pm (F5-1F)
  • Friday 9:00am - 10:15am (online)


Course Teaching Assistant:

  • T.B.D.

Online Lab:

  • There is an online lab portion to this class which will require you to complete a set of activities by each Friday at midnight.
  • The instructor will be online and available by email on Fridays at the above time to answer any questions you may have about the lab.
  •  However, you are not required to do your lab during this time. All lab assignments will be due on Friday at midnight.

Course Description: 
  • An introduction to computer programming. The primary objective is to teach problem solving using the Java programming language. Emphasis will be placed on structured procedural programming with an introduction to object-oriented programming. Designed primarily for computer science and related transfer majors.

Prerequisites:
  • Students may receive credit for either CIS 36A and 36B, or CIS 35A, but not both. Advisory: EWRT 211 and READ 211 (or LART 211), or ESL 272 and 273; MATH 114 or equivalent.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • Design solutions for introductory level problems using appropriate design methodology incorporating elementary programming constructs.
  • Create algorithms, code, document, debug, and test introductory level Java programs.
  • Read, analyze and explain introductory level Java programs.

Required Text:
  • Liang, Daniel. Introduction to Java Programming, Comprehensive. 11th Edition. Pearson. ISBN: 978-0134670942
  • Assigned CodeLab exercises on the Turing Craft website.

Course Website:
  • Course information, lectures, labs, and assignments can all be found on our main course website: http://jenniferparrish.net
  • We will also be using Canvas for assignment submission and other tasks.

Important Dates: 

  • Monday, April 9 - First Day of Spring Quarter

  • Saturday, April 21 - Last Day to Add Quarter-Length Classes

  • Sunday, April 22 - Last Day to Drop for a Full Refund or Credit

  • Sunday, April 22 - Last Day to Drop with No Record of Grade

  • Friday, May 4 - Last Day to Request a Pass/No Pass Grade

  • Monday, May 28 - Memorial Day Holiday - Campus Closed
  • Friday, June 1 - Last Day to Drop with a "W"

  • Monday, June 25 - Friday, June 29 - Final Exam Week


Class Atmosphere: 
  • ***Students are expected to treat each other and the instructor courteously and respectfully.***
  • Students are expected to behave professionally, both in terms of their demeanor in class and in terms of their approach to their assignments.
  • Students are to have cell phones turned off while in the classroom.
  • Students are expected to be on time. If you must be late, please enter the room quietly.
  • During lecture, students are to be quiet and attentive when their classmates or instructor are speaking.
  • During lecture, students are to have all of their screens turned off.
  • Students are expected to participate in all in-class activities.
  • Students are expected to follow the De Anza Student Code of Conduct as outlined in the Online Student Handbook and by Foothill-De Anza Administrative Policies 5510 and 5520.

Academic Success and Support Services: 
  • If you have, or think you have, a disability in any area such as mental health, attention, learning, chronic health, sensory, or physical, please contact Disability Support Services (DSS) to arrange a confidential discussion regarding equitable access and reasonable accomodations.
  • If you are registered with DSS and have accommodations set by a DSS counselor, please be sure that your instructor has received your accommodation letter from Clockwork early in the quarter to review how the accommodations will be applied in the course.
  • Students who need accommodated test proctoring must meet appointment booking deadlines at the Testing Center.
    • Exams must be booked at least five (5) business days in advance of the instructor approved exam date/time.
    • Final exams must be scheduled seven (7) business days/weekdays in advance of the instructor approved exam date/time.
  • For more information, please visit the Disability Program Support Services website or visit the DSS in the RSS Building, Suite 141, or call (408) 864-8753.

Plagiarism and Cheating: 

  • The Student Code of Conduct states that plagiarism, in-class cheating, out of class cheating and furnishing false information are not allowed under any circumstances.
  • Any student found violating the Academic Integrity Section of the Student Code of Conduct will be confronted by the instructor. 
  • Depending on the nature and extent of the violation, the student may receive a warning, may receive a lowered grade on the assignment or in the course, or may be failed on the assignment or in the course. 
  • The student may also face administrative consequences, including being placed on disciplinary probation, being placed on disciplinary suspension, being expelled, or being subject to arrest and or heavy fines if the academic dishonesty offense violates state or federal law.
  • In brief: Cheating in any form is a serious matter and will not be tolerated.

Assignment Integrity:

  • You are expected to work alone on some assignments and with other students on other assignments as listed in the assignment specifications. When working alone, you must do all your own work. You may discuss assignments with other people, but ultimately you must write the code yourself. Not writing all the code yourself is cheating.
  • When working with others, the assignment specifies how you must contribute. Group work can accelerate learning, but only when each student takes responsibility for mastering all the assigned material. Little is learned if each student works only part of the assignment and merely copies answers for the rest.
  • If the assignment seems too hard to complete without more help, whether working in groups or not, then you should contact me. My job is to help you understand the material. As an option, you may discuss your assignment, and show your code to, another De Anza College Instructor if they agree. Note that this list does not include tutors. Tutors must follow the same rules for acceptable help as other non-students.
  • You may still help other students, and receive help from other students (or tutors), and I encourage you to do so. The following lists are intended to help clarify the rules about appropriate assistance for assignments:

Acceptable Help:
  1. Showing others how to use or solve problems with computer applications such as compilers, text-editors and debuggers, or receiving such help.
  2. Discussing problems and ideas for solving problems with other students or tutors.
  3. Describing your algorithms to other students using diagrams, psuedocode or natural-language statements (unless that was the assigned homework).
  4. Looking at another person's code and pointing out an error, as long as you do not write, type, dictate, or otherwise communicate the actual program code required by the assignment.

Tip: if you need to write code when explaining a problem, then use an example that is not part of the assignment.


Unacceptable Help:
  1. Typing or writing any homework solution (or parts of a homework solution) for another person, or allowing someone to type or write a homework solution for you.
  2. Looking at another person's homework code while typing or writing your homework code.
  3. Listening to someone else dictate homework code while typing or writing, or dictating to someone else the homework code to type or write.
  4. Providing a copy of your assignment solution, or any other person's solution, to anyone who is taking this course or might take this course in the future, including posting your solution online or emailing it to someone.
  5. Receiving a copy of an assignment solution, or a part of a solution, from a former student of one of my classes or another student in this class until after you make a final submittal of your assignment and the due date has passed.
  6. Uploading your work online for other students to view or viewing another student's work online, either during the quarter or after the quarter has ended.

These are not all-inclusive lists. Students are expected to interpret and apply the overall concepts of academic honesty in good faith. If you have questions about what is permissible, please ask me.

Also, note that these rules do not prohibit you from sharing assignment solutions with other students after after both you and the other student have made a final submission of the assignment and the due date has passed. Reviewing other people's solutions can help you learn, but it is cheating unless you have already completed the assignment on your own.


Grading Policies: 
  • Grading is done by a point system, combined with a percentage scale, to determine the final grade.
  • Percentage of grade that contributes to overall final grade for each component of the course are as follows:
10% Programming Assignments
10% In-Class Assignments (submitted as part of each class - attendance is important!)
10% Lab Assignments
15% Weekly Quizzes
20% Midterm Exams (2 Exams)
5% Course Project
30% Final Exam

  • Grades will be assigned as follows:
97.0 - 100%  A+
93.0 - 96.9% A
90.0 - 92.9% A-
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87.0 - 89.9% B+ 
83.0 - 86.9% B
80.0 - 82.9% B-
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77.0 - 79.9% C+
70.0 - 76.9% C
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67.0 - 69.9% D+
63.0 - 66.9% D
60.0 - 62.9% D-
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0.0 - 59.9%  F


Assignments and Late Policies: 
  • All homework assignments will be provided with a due date that allows reasonable time for completion.
  • All work must be turned in on time. No late work will be accepted! 
  • However, there is a one-time exception to the late work policy. Students may turn in one day's worth of in-class activities and one night's worth of homework assignments up to one week late.
  • In order to take advantage of this offer, student must visit the instructor during the in-person office hours in F5-1F. No work will be accepted by email! To receive credit, students will need to run the programs for the instructor and sign the 1X late sheet.
  • Note that no late work will be accepted after the last office hour of the quarter on Thursday, June 21 from 12:30pm - 1:20pm. Please plan accordingly!
  • Additionally, I will drop the two lowest 10 point assignments at the end of quarter (i.e. the lowest 10 point assignment will not be included in the final calculation of your grade).
  • I will drop the lowest two 10-point in-class activities at the end of the quarter.
  • No late labs will be accepted! No exceptions!
  • However, I will drop the lowest lab at the end of the quarter.
  • Once per week, there will be a short quiz covering material from the past week's lectures and homework assignments. Quizzes must be taken on time and in classNo makeup quizzes will be given. However, each student's lowest quiz score will be dropped, i.e. not considered as part of the final grade for the course.
  • Midterm exams must be taken in class on the date given. All exams are written on our course schedule to give students sufficient notice. 
  • In the case of illness or emergency, and at the instructor's discretion, a student who must miss an exam will have their final exam score substituted for the missed exam.
  • You must pass the final exam to pass the class.
  • The final exam must be taken on the date stated in the course catalog. No makeup final exams will be given. 


~ Have a Great Quarter! ~