Course Information                                                                                  

Course title: Special Topics: Java                                                           Fall 2003

Course number:  M&IS 44095  section 001

Course description:  An introduction to the Java programming language, its basic              structures, object-orientation, applications and Applets

Location:  100 BSA              Meeting day:  W        Meeting time: 6:15-8:45 PM

Instructor Information

Name:  Janet Formichelli, MS 


Office location:  A410 BSA 

Office hours: M 5:00-6:00; T 2:00-3:00, 3:45-4:15; W 5:00-6:00; R 2:00-3:00, 3:45-4:15

Phone:  330-672-1159

Prerequisite:  M&IS 24070 Principles of System Development; jr/sr standing

Students attending the course who do not have the proper prerequisite risk being deregistered from the class.


Enrollment: Students have responsibility to ensure they are properly enrolled in classes.  You are advised to review your official class schedule during the first two weeks of the semester to ensure you are properly enrolled in this class and section.  Should you find an error in your class schedule, you have until Friday, September 12, 2003 to correct it with your advising office.  If registration errors are not corrected by this date and you continue to attend and participate in classes for which you are not officially enrolled, you are advised now that you will not receive a grade at the conclusion of the semester for any class in which you are not properly registered.


Course Goals:  To solve problems and implement these solutions using the Java programming language. 

Summary of key components of the course:

Introduction to Applications

·        Brief history of Java

·        Java class libraries

·        Memory concepts

·        Inputting and outputting data

·        Operators--arithmetic, relational, assignment, increment, decrement and logical

·        Primitive data types

Introduction to Applets

·        Compiling and executing Applets

·        Viewing Applets with appletviewer

·        Incorporating Applets in an html file



·        Color control

·        Font control

·        Drawing lines, rectangles, ovals and arcs

·        Drawing polygons and polylines


Control structures

·        if

·        if/else

·        while

·        do/while

·        for

·        switch



·        Method definitions

·        Java API packages

·        Methods of class Math

·        Methods of class JApplet

·        Argument promotion

·        Duration of identifiers

·        Scope rules

·        Method overloading



·        Arrays--allocating, initializing and using

·        References and reference parameters

·        Passing arrays to methods

·        Sorting and searching arrays


Programming with Objects and Classes

·        Declaring and creating objects

·        Differences between primitive types and objects

·        Garbage collection

·        Accessing an object’s data and methods

·        Constructors

·        Passing objects to methods

·        Visibility modifiers and accessor methods

·        Class variables, constants and methods

·        Instance variables and class variables

·        Scope of class variables

·        The keyword this



·        Superclasses and subclasses

·        The keyword super

·        Calling superclass constructors and methods

·        Overriding methods 


Textbook: Deitel and Deitel, Java: How to Program, Fourth Edition, Prentice Hall, 2002.

ISBN 0-13-0345151-7


Disk included with book. Go to WebCT and read “Compiling Java” on the homepage there for complete information about installing the Java 2 SDK.


The WebCT site at will basically manage the course. The syllabus, assignments, Power Point slides, and other course information will be found there. A help page for using WebCT is found at:


Course Requirements

 6 Java programming assignments: (25 points each) 150 points

3 course exams: (50 points each) 150 points

final exam:  100 points


Grading Scale


90-100 A        80-89 B          70-79 C          60-69 D          0-59 F 

This scale is followed closely and there is no extra credit.




The WebCT site at will basically manage the course. Your Kent userid and password will enable you to enter the site if you are enrolled for the class. The syllabus, Power Point slides, assignments and course information will be available there. A help page for using WebCT is found at: 




When there are schedule changes or other announcements, the instructor will e-mail you using your KSU e-mail address. Check this frequently. If you commonly use another address, forward your Kent e-mail to that address. You can do this easily on the Kent Help Desk site at:  


To e-mail the instructor use:  or if you reply to an e-mail from the instructor with another address, that is ok. Do not e-mail the instructor at WebCT.


For homework assignments, if you put the letters hw with a space on each side of the hw in the subject line of the e-mail, a reply will be generated to you that the instructor has received your homework. For example:

Subject:    Jones hw 5

You will not get the reply immediately, but you should have it within a day.




Missing class is not an excuse for failure to understand material or complete assignments.  Material covered in class will not be covered again outside of class. It is up to you to read the material and get notes from another student if you miss class. Do not expect any special help or privileges if you do not attend class regularly. 


Late Assignments


Programming assignments are to be e-mailed to the instructor by the beginning of the class time on the date on which they are due. Absence from class is not an excuse for not having the assignment in. Late assignments will be penalized 10% per day (not per class session).  Assignments will not be accepted after one week beyond the due date. 


Make-up Exams


Make-up exams are given only under extraordinary circumstances. Inform the instructor as soon as possible (ideally before the exam). Some form of written excuse for absence from an exam is required.


Academic Honesty


Cheating means to misrepresent the source, nature, or other conditions of your academic work (e.g., tests, papers, projects, assignments) so as to get undeserved credit.  The use of the intellectual property of others without giving them appropriate credit is a serious academic offense.  It is the University's policy that cheating or plagiarism result in receiving a failing grade for the work or course.  Repeat offenses result in dismissal from the University.


Academic honesty is expected and required. HELPING fellow students is acceptable, and is actually a very good way to learn the material (particularly with debugging programs). COPYING is NOT acceptable, and will result in loss of credit for the assignment, and possibly failure of the course for all students involved. Follow these guidelines:


All work on the design and basic coding phase of a program should be your own. That is, sitting in a group writing a program together is considered to be copying.

If you receive help with debugging part of an assignment, then you must acknowledge that help in the documentation of that section (your grade will not be affected).


If you give help to another student, then it is your responsibility to make sure that they fully understand the concepts. You may help them to debug the program, but you may not give them code.


If copying programs is suspected, both (or all) students involved will receive zeros for that assignment at the least, and possibly a failure for the course. DO NOT GIVE OTHERS YOUR CODE. If they ask you for it, ask to see theirs instead and help them debug.


Students with Disabilities


In accordance with University policy, if you have a documented disability and require accommodations to obtain equal access in this course, please contact the instructor at the beginning of the semester or when given an assignment for which an accommodation is required.  Students with disabilities must verify their eligibility through the Office of Student Disability Services (SDS) in the Michael Schwartz Service Center (672-3391).












Tentative Schedule Fall 2003












Week 1

Aug. 27

Chp. 1, 2














Week 2

Sept. 3

Chp. 3














Week 3

Sept. 10

Chp. 11


Assignment 1












Week 4

Sept. 17

Chp. 11














Week 5

Sept. 24

Chp. 4



Exam 1

Chp. 1, 2, 3, 11









Week 6

Oct. 1

Chp. 4, 5


Assignment 2












Week 7

Oct. 8

Chp. 5, 6














Week 8

Oct. 15

Chp. 6














Week 9

Oct. 22

Chp. 6


Assignment 3












Week 10

Oct. 29

Chp. 7



Exam 2

Chp. 4, 5, 6


Nov. 1




Last Day to Withdraw









Week 11

Nov. 5

Chp. 7


Assignment 4












Week 12

Nov. 12

Chp. 8














Week 13

Nov. 19

Chp. 8, 9


Assignment 5












Week 14

Nov. 26




no class











Week 15

Dec. 3



Assignment 6

Exam 3

Chp. 7, 8, 9









Week 16

Dec. 10



5:45-8:00 PM












Tentative Chapter Material Covered





8, 9,13,15












1--8, 10, 11,15,16




1--4, 6--8,13,15