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CPSC 240: Object-Oriented Design and Analysis

Meeting Times:Tuesday, Thursday, 9:00 - 10:50, Trinkle B7
Instructor:Ian Finlayson
Office:Trinkle B18
Office Phone:540-654-1714
Office Hours:MWF 12:00 - 2:00, TR 11:00 - 12:00, or by appointment.
Required Textbook Blueprints: Creating, Describing, and Implementing Designs for Larger-scale Software Projects, Stephen Davies


Course Description

Theory and practice of the object-oriented software development paradigm including abstraction, encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism, aggregation, visibility, modeling notations, and design patterns. Also covers issues in collaborative software development including communication, code sharing, diversity, and inclusion. Students work in teams to develop collaborative software solutions in an object-oriented language.


Course Goals & Objectives

To provide students with:


Grading Policy

Your grade will be determined as follows: The grading scale used for this course is as follows:

Late assignments will have a 10% reduction in grade for each day late. Lab assignments will be due by the start of the next class period after they are assigned. So if lab is held on Tuesday, the lab assignment is due Thursday. There will be no make up for missed tests. If you cannot attend a test period, please contact me ahead of time to arrange another time to take it. Final grades will not be rounded up, and no extra credit opportunities will be given on an individual basis.

The University provides the opportunity to provide grading feedback midway through the semester. This will take into account your score on the mid-term exam and the programming projects submitted up to that point. Any student receiving less than a 65% on either of these will receive a "U" for their mid-semester grade. If this happens to you, please don't hesitate to talk with me about how we can improve your performance in this class.


Student Conduct


Honor Policy

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the letter and spirit of the UMW Honor Constitution, as well as the CPSC department honor policy. For this class in particular:

For labs, collaboration is OK. The goal of the labs is to ensure you understand the concepts we are going over.

For group projects, you of course will work with your team members in completing the assignment. You may discuss the project with others not on your team, but the code in your project must be entirely written by team members. It is an honor code violation to copy directly from someone not on the team, either by copy and paste or by transcription, or to copy from the web.

For papers, the work you must submit must be your own. Any words or ideas that you submit, that are not your own work must be cited appropriately.

For quizzes, you must not copy off of another student, or use any kind of unauthorized notes.

If you have any questions or need clarification, please don't hesitate to contact me!


Disability Statement

The Office of Disability Services has been designated by the University as the primary office to guide, counsel, and assist students with disabilities. If you already receive services through the Office of Disability Services and require accommodations for this class, make an appointment with me as soon as possible to discuss your approved accommodations needs. Please bring your accommodation letter with you to the appointment. I will hold any information you share with me in the strictest confidence unless you give me permission to do otherwise. If you have not contacted the Office of Disability Services and need accommodations, I will be happy to refer you. The office will require appropriate documentation of disability. Their phone number is 540-654-1266. The office is located in Lee Hall, Room 401.

Title IX Statement

The University of Mary Washington faculty are committed to supporting students and upholding the University's Policy on Sexual and Gender Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence. Under Title IX and this Policy, discrimination based upon sex or gender is prohibited. If you experience an incident of sex or gender based discrimination, we encourage you to report it. While you may talk to me, understand that as a "Responsible Employee" of the University, I must report to UMW's Title IX Coordinator what you share. If you wish to speak to someone confidentially, please contact the below confidential resources. They can connect you with support services and help you explore your options. You may also seek assistance from UMW's Title IX Coordinator. Please visit http://diversity.umw.edu/title-ix/ to view UMW's Policy on Sexual and Gender Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence and to find further information on support and resources.


Recording Statement

Classroom activities in this course may be recorded by student's enrolled in the course for the personal, educational use of that student or for all students presently enrolled in the class only, and may not be further copied, distributed, published or otherwise used for any other purpose without the express written consent of the course instructor. All students are advised that classroom activities may be taped by students for this purpose. Distribution or sale of class recordings is prohibited without the written permission of the instructor and other students who are recorded. Distribution without permission is a violation of copyright law. This policy is consistent with UMW's Policy on Recording Class and Distribution of Course Materials.


Tentative Schedule

DateTopicReadingLab / ActivityAssignment Due
August 27 Course Introduction None Cloud VM Setup  
August 29 No Class      
September 3 Compiling on the command line Chapter 1 Command-line Java  
September 5 The software crisis Chapter 2 Encapsulation exercise  
September 10 Classes part 1 3.1 - 3.2 UML class diagrams  
September 12 Classes part 2 3.3 - 3.4 Writing a class  
September 17 Memory Chapter 4 Memory lab  
September 19 Classes and programming   Simulation lab  
September 24 Exceptions Chapter 5 Catching exceptions  
September 26 Exceptions continued   No Lab  
October 1 Catch-up day   Open lab for assignment Inventory System
October 3 UML class diagrams Chapter 6 UML classes  
October 8 The singleton pattern Chapter 7 Using singletons Handling Errors
October 10 Java odds and ends 8.1 - 8.4 No lab  
October 15 Fall Break
October 17 Java odds and ends continued 8.5 - 8.7 Hash Tables Dungeon Crawler Design Due
October 22 Catch-up day   Open lab for assignments  
October 24 UML sequence diagrams Chapter 9 Sequence diagrams  
October 29 Persistence Chapter 10 No lab Dungeon Crawler Project Due
October 31 Inheritance Chapter 11 Inheritance diagrams  
November 5 Inheritance continued Chapter 12 Inheritance implementation  
November 7 Team development Chapter 14 Github setup  
November 12 Java Threads   Multi-threading lab Stuck in the Shallow End
November 14 The factory pattern Chapter 13 No lab Dungeon Crawler 2 Design
November 19 Program design Chapter 15 CRC classes  
November 21 Program design continued Chapter 16 No Lab  
November 26 Use cases Chapter 17 No Lab Dungeon Crawler 2 Project
November 28 Thanksgiving Break
December 3 Documenting an API Chapter 18 Using javadoc Impostor Syndrome Paper
December 5 No class, work on final projects!  
December 10, 8:30 - 11:00 Project 4 Presentations

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