Bryn Mawr College
CS 206: Data Structures
Fall 2012 - Section 001
|Syllabus and Schedule||Course Information|| Text and
||Labor Day - No Class
Intro to Java: variables, control structures, strings, creating and compiling programs
1-3, pg 151
||Assignment 1 out||
||9/10||Intro to Java: functions, classes, arrays, input/output||Java: Ch. 4-5, pg 669-670||Assignment Submission Instructions|
||Object Oriented Design in Java: objects, constructors, static methods||Java: Ch. 7||Assignment 1 due 9/14
Assignment 2 out
||Object Oriented Design in Java (continued): objects, constructors, static methods||
Java: Ch. 8, pg 320-333, 667-668
||Assignment 3 out|
Design in Java:
inheritance, abstract classes, interfaces
|Java: Ch. 9-10, pg 671-673||Assignment 2 due
||Introduction to Complexity Analysis||Handout on
||List ADT||Lafore: pg 115-142||
Assignment 3 due
Assignment 4 out
|Notes on Java
||Lafore: pg 179-245|
||Fall Break - No Class
|| Stacks and Queues,
||Trees||Lafore: pg 365-415||Assignment 4 due
||Binary Search Trees||Exam 1 due
Project 1 out
||Balanced Search Trees
||Priority Queues and Heaps||Lafore: pg
||Project 1 due
Project 2 out
||Dictionaries and Hashing||Lafore:
pg 519-541, 552-574
||Graphs and Graph Search||Lafore: pg
||Project 2 due
Project 3 out
||Sorting and Searching||Lafore: pg 268-294, 325-357
||Useful reference for GUI creation: Java Ch. 12-13|
and Searching (continued)
||Project 3 due|
|Instructor:||Eric Eaton, Ph.D.|
When you e-mail me, make sure you put "CS206" at the start of the subject line to ensure a quicker response.
E-mail is the best way to reach me, and I make a concerted effort to respond to all e-mails within 24 hours on weekdays and 48 hours on weekends (often, much less!).
and by appointment in Park 249
||Monday/Wednesday 2:30 pm to 4pm|
|Open Lab:||Mondays/Fridays 11am-12:30pm in Park Room 231 (Computer
||Esther Ho, Jacy Li, Peiying
Wen, Maggie Xiong TA
Lab Hours Schedule
This course will introduce fundamental algorithms and data
structures of computer science: sorting, searching, recursion,
backtracking search, lists, stacks, queues, trees, graphs, and
dictionaries. It will also introduce students to the
mathematical analysis of algorithms, and provide extensive
programming experience in the Java language. This is the
second core computer science course at Bryn Mawr.
Computer Science 205 or 110, or permission of instructor.
Data Structures and Algorithms
in Java (2nd edition) by Robert Lafore, Sams, 2002.
OF THE FOLLOWING JAVA REFERENCES
Head First Java (2nd edition) by Sierra, Bates, and Bates, O'Reilly, 2005. Available at the Campus Bookstore.
The Java Tutorial (4th edition) by Zakhour et al., Sun Microsystems, 2006. Available for free at http://download.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/.
Java in a Nutshell (5th edition) by David Flanagan, O'Reilly, 2005. This is an excellent reference, especially for the Java API, but moves very quickly over the basics.
Thinking in Java (4th edition) by Bruce Eckel, Prentice Hall. The first part of the 4th edition and all of the 3rd edition are available for free at http://www.mindview.net/Books/TIJ/.
I would strongly recommend that you use Head First Java as your primary reference in this course, using the online version of The Java Tutorial as needed.
Java SE SDK
This software is already installed in the Computer Science Lab, but you are welcome to install the SDK on your own machines as well.
This is already installed in the Computer Science lab, and is available for free for your own computer.
We won't be using the Eclipse IDE until later in the semester, but it too is available for free. If you install it on your machine, I recommend the "Eclipse IDE for Java Developers" version. Be sure to install the Java SDK first, however.
Attendance and active participation are
expected in every class. Participation includes asking questions,
contributing answers, proposing ideas, and providing constructive
As you will discover, I am a proponent of two-way communication and I welcome feedback during the semester about the course. I am available to answer student questions, listen to concerns, and talk about any course-related topic (or otherwise!). Come to office hours! This helps me get to know you. You are welcome to stop by and chat. There are many more exciting topics to talk about that we won't have time to cover in-class.
Whenever you e-mail me, be sure to use a meaningful subject line and include the phrase "CS206" at the beginning of that line. Your e-mail will catch my attention and I will respond quicker if you do this. I make an effort to respond to e-mails within 24 hours on weekdays and 48 hours on weekends.
Although computer science work can be intense and solitary, please stay in touch with me, particularly if you feel stuck on a topic or project and can't figure out how to proceed. Often a quick e-mail, phone call or face-to-face conference can reveal solutions to problems and generate renewed creative and scholarly energy. It is essential that you begin assignments and projects early, since we will be covering a variety of challenging topics in this course.
Your grade will be based upon four
homework assignments, a three-part project, and two exams.
Assignments must be submitted according to the Assignment
Submission instructions. You should pay careful attention to
the Code Formatting Standards
and Grading Policy when doing
your assignments. The grading structure for individual
assignments is broken down in the Grading Policy.
At the end of the semester, final grades will be calculated as a weighted average of all grades according to the following weights:
|Assignments 1-2:||10% (5% each)
||16% (8% each)
||39% (13% each)
Incomplete grades will be given only for verifiable medical
illness or other such dire circumstances.
All graded work will receive a percentage grade between 0% and
100%. Here is how the percentage grades will map to final
||Rounded Percentage||Letter grade|
||77% - 79%||C+ (2.3)|
|93% - 96%||A (4.0)||73% - 76%||C (2.0)|
|90% - 92%||A- (3.7)||70% - 72%||C- (1.7)|
|87% - 89%||B+ (3.3)||67% - 69%||D+ (1.3)|
|83% - 86%||B (3.0)||60% - 66%||D (1.0)|
|80% - 82%||B- (2.7)||0% - 59%||F (0.0)|
Submission and Late Policy
There will be two exams in this course. The exams will be
closed-book and closed-notes. They will cover material from
lectures, homeworks, and assigned readings (including topics not
discussed in class). So, keep up with those readings!
I want to encourage you to discuss the material and work together
to understand it. Here are my thoughts on collaborating with other
The readings and lecture topics are group work. Please discuss the readings and associated topics with each other. Work together to understand the material. I highly recommend forming a reading group to discuss the material -- we will explore many challenging ideas and it helps to have multiple people working together to understand them.
It is fine to discuss the topics covered in the homeworks, to discuss approaches to problems, and to sketch out general solutions. However, you MUST write up the homework answers, solutions, and programs individually. You are not permitted to share specific solutions, mathematical results, program code, knowledge representations, experimental results, etc. If you made any notes or worked out something on a white board with another person while you were discussing the homework, you shouldn't use those notes while writing up your answer, however tempted you may be to do so.
You are fully permitted to (and should!) discuss projects
with members of your team. I also encourage you to work
outside of your team to understand the other topics in the
Exams and papers, of course, must be your own individual work.
If you have any questions as to what types of collaborations are allowed and which are dishonest, please ask me before you make a mistake.
I have no problem with you using computers or tablets to take
notes or consult reference materials during class. Tempting
though it may be, please do not check e-mail or visit websites
that are not relevant to the course during class. It is a
distraction, both for you and (more importantly) for your fellow
classmates. Please silence your phones and computers when
you enter class.