York University

CSE 1030: Introduction to Computer Science II

Winter 2013-14

Department of Computer Science and Engineering



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Andrew Eckford Z     LAS 2022
aeckford [at] yorku [dot] ca
Yves Lespérance M     LAS 3052A
lesperan [at] cse [dot] yorku [dot] ca
Burton Ma E     LAS 2046
burton [at] cse [dot] yorku [dot] ca

Students must attend the labs for which they are registered (to avoid having insufficient computers for students to write the tests).


This course continues the separation of concern theme introduced in CSE1020. While CSE1020 focuses on the client concern, this course focuses on the concern of the implementer. Hence, rather than using an API (Application Programming Interface) to build an application, the student is asked to implement a given API. Topics include implementing classes (utilities/non-utilities, delegation within the class definition, documentation and API generation, and implementing contracts), aggregations (implementing aggregates versus compositions and implementing collections), inheritance hierarchies (attribute visibility, overriding methods, abstract classes versus interfaces, inner classes); generics; building graphical user interfaces with an emphasis on the MVC (Model-View-Controller) design pattern; recursion; searching and sorting (including quick and merge sorts); linked lists; and stacks and queues. The coverage also includes a few design patterns. Three lecture hours and weekly laboratory sessions.

Lab tests and in-class tests are integral parts of the assessment process in this course.

Prerequisistes: CSE1020 or CSE1720
Course Credit Exclusion: ITEC2620.


Please see the textbook section of the course website.


3 hours of lectures and 1.5 hours of labs per week.

The labs occur in the Prism teaching laboratories in the Lassonde building. A typical lab will focus on implementing solutions to programming problems with some or all of the work submitted at the end of the lab (and and remaining work submitted at a later date that will be specified during the lab). The lab problems will be made available at the start of the scheduled lab. The different lab sections may not necessarily be working on the same problems each week.

The Prism teaching labs use CentOS Linux as the operating system. The Eclipse IDE is the supported IDE for programming tasks, although students might choose to use an alternate editor or IDE.

Evaluation (this may change during the first two weeks of the course)

Labs (8 marked labs):   10%
Test 1 (written and programming):   25%
Test 2 (written and programming):   25%
Exam (written and programming):   40%

Students may view their grades using the ePost system. All grades distributed via ePost are unoffical and are subject to review by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. A student's final grade will be expressed as a letter grade.

Click here for further details on the University's grading schemes.


Tests are held in the Prism teaching labs during the regularly scheduled lab. Tests may include both written questions and programming questions that are adminstered under labtest mode. Labtest mode is a special test environment within the lab where most network services have been disabled. Different lab sections can expect to have different versions of the test. Tests are marked by the teaching assistants and contribute to the final grade as described above.


The exam will be conducted similarly to the tests with half of the class writing the written portion of the exam while the other half of the class writes the programming portion of the exam; after the allotted amount of time the two halves of the class will switch. The exam will take place during the scheduled examination period at the end of term at a time and place determined by the Registrar.

Academic Honesty

Students are expected to understand and follow the guidelines for academic honesty described in this document.

Counselling and Disability Services (CDS)

Students requiring accommodation for the written midterm or exam should follow the normal procedure for accommodated alternative tests and exams.

For labtests, students registered with CDS should contact the instructor to arrange for accommodated alternative labtests. Do not submit requests for accommodated labtests through the Registrar's Office.