cs402 - Spring 2004


This course covers two major topics: Computer Architecture and Event Driven programming using Java (starting with the fundamentals of the Java language). Although no prior knowledge of Java is required it is assumed that OOP concepts (common to C++) are known.

Note that more advanced concepts in java are taught in CS441. The CS441 course covers graphics (animations), client/server internet applications of java using JDBC, servlets and Distributed Objects using RMI. No prior knowledge of Java is required. You should register for CS441 next Semester especially if you are interested in client/server concepts using Java.

Sections 51, 93
Instructor Virgil Bistriceanu
Office hours MT 5:30pm - 6:15pm
Office SB-214
Phone (312) 567-5146
Fax (312) 567-5067
e-mail bistriceanu@iit.edu
Lecture T 6:25 pm - 8:05 pm, room SB-238
Lab instructor Weizhao Wang
Teaching Assistant
  • Name: Weizhao Wang
  • Office: SB-019
  • Office Hours: Thursday 2pm to 5pm
  • Phone: 312-567-5869
  • email: wangwei4@iit.edu

"Computer Systems: A Programmer's Perspective"
Randal E. Bryant, David O'Hallaron
Prentice Hall, 2003
ISBN 0-13-034074-X

"Just Java 2"
Peter van der Linden - 5th edition
Sun Microsystems Press Series
ISBN 0130320722

Other books you may want to use to get a better understanding of topics discussed in class, and to explore topics not covered in the textbook and/or in class:

"Computer Organization and Design: the hardware/software interface"
David A. Patterson, John L. Hennessy - second edition
Morgan Kaufmann, Inc. 1994
ISBN 1-55860-491-X

"The Architecture of Computer Hardware and Systems Software"
Irv Englander - second edition
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
ISBN 0471362093

"An Assembly Language Introduction to Computer Architecture"
Karen Miller
Oxford University Press
ISBN 019512376X

"Introduction to Java and Software Design"
Nell Dale, Chip Weems, Mark Headington
Jones and Bartlett
ISBN 0763710644

  • Homeworks: 20%
  • Midterm: 30%
  • Final: 30%
  • Laboratory: 20%

Everything you have to turn in is due before the end of the class the day the work is due. For late submittal there is a 10% per calendar day penalty.
CNS printers tend to be busy the day the assignments are due, don't let them ruin your grade!

All the work you submit must be individual.

Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Please read IIT's rules and regulations.

Exams are open-book(s)/open-notes and comprehensive.

The following grading scale will be used to determine your grade in this class:
  • A: 90 - 100
  • B: 80 - 89
  • C: 70 - 79
  • D: 60 - 69
  • E: 0 - 59

To pass this class you will need to have a passing mark (60+) in each of the following:
  • Homeworks average
  • Labs average
  • Final
Of course, the overall average must be 60+ as well.

Class attendance and participation will help settle the borderline grades. Regular class attendance is important and students are expected to actively participate in class: questions and comments are always welcome.

Important Events

Event All sections
Last day to drop a class
Last day to remove an incomplete grade
Midterm 3/23/2004
Last day for official withdrawal
Spring vacation
Last day of classes 5/4/2004
Final 5/11/2004, SB-238, 7:30pm to 9:30pm

The instructor for this class reserves the right to change this schedule.

For more important dates and detail go to the IIT site.

Unless otherwise stated all papers you turn in will be TYPED. No handwritten work is accepted. Each page will have a header as follows:

  • the left side: your name
  • middle: page number and the total number of pages (ex. 2/5 indicates this is page 2 out of a total of 5)
  • right hand side: name of the assignment (ex. Homework #2)

Each page will also have a footer:

  • the left hand side will contain the following text: cs402-section: Spring 2004 where section stands for the section you are in
  • the right hand side will contain the following text: Illinois Institute of Technology - Computer Science

The header and the footer will be Arial, 10 points, regular. The text for the paper itself will be typed using Times Roman (12 points regular, except for titles which may be larger and bold).

Last update: March 21, 2004 Virgil Bistriceanu cs402 Computer Science

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