See the Communication Policy for how to contact the instructor and teacher assistants.
This section covers basic information about the course, instructor, and teacher assistants.
CS 212 Software Development
Spring 2019 • 4 Credits
This course gives students experience with advanced programming topics, including inheritance and polymorphism, multithreaded programming, networking, database programming, and web development. Students will also learn techniques for designing, debugging, refactoring, and reviewing code.
The class times for CS 212 are:
CS 212-01 (CRN 20993)
4:35pm – 6:20pm
Lo Schiavo Science G12
4:35pm – 6:20pm
Lo Schiavo Science G12
Class time will consist of traditional lectures, live coding sessions, quizzes, discussions, guest speakers, and more.
Students should plan to attend one lab session per week. Each lab has a maximum capacity of 15 students. The lab sessions are:
CS 212-01 Lab 1
1:00pm – 2:05pm
Harney Science 411
1:00pm – 2:05pm
Harney Science 411
CS 212-01 Lab 2
2:15pm – 3:20pm
Harney Science 411
2:15pm – 3:20pm
Harney Science 411
Lab sessions give students an additional opportunity to interact with teacher assistants and meet with the instructor for one-on-one code reviews.
The course instructor and office hours will be as follows:
The teacher assistant(s) assigned to this course are:
Students must have completed CS 112 Introduction to Computer Science II with a grade of C or better before taking this class.
At the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Independently design programs
- Produce professional-quality source code
- Implement large programs with 1,000 to 2,000 source lines of code (SLOC)
- Design and execute tests to find and repair software bugs
- Redesign and refactor code to improve quality
Assessment of these outcomes will be done by a combination of quizzes, exams, homework, projects, and code review. See Course Requirements below for details.
This course utilizies freely-available resources and software. Students will need to create a free Github account for this course. There are no required books.
The following are important dates and deadlines for the course. These dates are fixed (i.e. they should not change as the semester progresses).
|Tue 01/22||Lectures Begin|
|Fri 01/25||Labs Begin|
|Mon 01/28||Add Deadline|
This is the last day students can drop the class with 100% refund and avoid a W on their transcript.
Office hours will be canceled during this holiday.
There will be an exam retake opportunity following the exam.
Lectures, labs, office hours, and code reviews will be canceled during this holiday.
Project Cutoff 1
This is the last day students can satisfy project pass requirement 1 to avoid an automatic F letter grade.
This is the last day students can withdraw and receive a W on their transcript.
The holiday begins at 4:00pm 04/18.
There will be an exam retake opportunity following the exam.
|Thu 05/09||Lectures End|
Project Cutoff 2
This is the last day students can satisfy project pass requirement 2 to avoid an automatic F letter grade.
See the Schedule for the latest weekly schedule.
This section covers how the learning outcomes for this course will be assessed. This course will be a hybrid flipped classroom, with an emphasis on mastery learning. The majority of the grade will be derived from projects and exams. See the following subsections for details.
To ensure students are meeting the learning outcomes for this course, students must meet the following minimum requirements to receive a non-failing grade (D- or higher) in this course:
Exam Pass Requirement: Students must receive a C letter grade or higher on at least one exam (including retakes).
Project Pass Requirement 1: Students must pass project 1 functionality, project 1 code review, and project 2 functionality by the project cutoff 1 deadline.
Project Pass Requirement 2: Students must pass project 2 code review and project 3 functionality by the project cutoff 2 deadline.
Failure to meet 1 or more of the following requirements will result in an automatic F letter grade for this course, regardless of what your current letter grade is in Canvas.
If students are concerned about not meeting one or more of these requirements by the withdraw deadline, they are encouraged to withdraw from the class to avoid the F letter grade on their transcripts. Note, however, that a W (withdraw) counts as an attempt and CS majors and minors have restrictions on how many times they may attempt CS courses.
If the pass requirements are met, then the final grade will be calculated as follows:
Each of these categories are described more below.
Participation includes pass/fail assignments such as participating in surveys, discussions on Piazza, in-class exercises, attending labs, lab exercises, and participating in other on-campus or off-campus CS events.
Quizzes are sometimes given unannounced at the start of class, but students will often be given an opportunity to retake those quizzes. Quizzes will be conducted on Canvas, and the answers will automatically be released after the quiz deadline. Because of this, late submissions are not accepted for quizzes.
There will be two exams. The exams are not comprehensive. Each exam will have a retake opportunity where students may earn back a small fraction of the points missed on the original attempt. See Important Dates for the exact exam and exam retake dates.
Instead of a final exam, students will have a final project graded during finals week. A signup sheet will be posted towards the end of the semester. If you have travel plans during finals week, please confirm your travel dates first with the instructor.
Homework programming assignments are assigned on a semi-weekly basis, and usually due the following week. Students may work on these assignments during their lab session, allowing them to get immediate help from the teacher assistants.
Homework will receive a late deduction if submitted after the deadline as follows:
- –10% deduction for homework submitted 15 minutes to 24 hours after the deadline
- –20% deduction for homework submitted 24 hours to 48 hours after the deadline
The lowest homework grade will be dropped at the end of the semester.
Programming projects place an emphasis on code quality—it is not enough to achieve correct results. Each project must pass several functionality tests and then undergo multiple rigorous code reviews checking for specific criteria, such as proper encapsulation and generalization, efficiency, and maintainability.
We use a mastery learning approach with projects: students must perfect the current project before moving on to the next project. The final project grade will depend on when and how many projects are completed.
Each project grade is split into two components: functionality (evaluated with automated software tests) and design (evaluated with one-on-one code reviews). The project functionality must be passed before the code review may be passed, students must pass code review for each project sequentially, and may only have one review appointment per week.
The following is the grading scale mapping percentage to letter grade and GPA for this course. Please keep in mind that the Pass Requirements must be met to avoid an automatic F letter grade.
|97% ≤||A+||< 100%||4.0|
|94% ≤||A||< 97%||4.0|
|90% ≤||A–||< 94%||3.7|
|87% ≤||B+||< 90%||3.3|
|84% ≤||B||< 87%||3.0|
|80% ≤||B–||< 84%||2.7|
|77% ≤||C+||< 80%||2.3|
|74% ≤||C||< 77%||2.0|
|70% ≤||C–||< 74%||1.7|
|67% ≤||D+||< 70%||1.3|
|64% ≤||D||< 67%||1.0|
|60% ≤||D–||< 64%||0.7|
|0% ≤||F||< 60%||0.0|
Non-passing grades are highlighted in red. See the Undergraduate Regulations for more about letter grades and GPA.
This section includes miscellaneous policies specific to this course, including communication, attendance, credit hours, cheating, and more. These policies are in addition to the standard USF policies included later.
Most course-related communication will be handled using Piazza—a FERPA-compliant Q&A platform that supports public, anonymous, and private posts. When making posts on Piazza, please keep the following in mind:
Make a public post when appropriate. This lets us answer questions once for all students. You can post anonymously if you are uncomfortable with attaching your name to a post or a response. When posting anonymously, your classmates will not be able to see your identity, but instructors will still be able to see your name (necessary to give you credit for participation and ensure everyone is following the code of conduct).
Do not post code on Piazza. If you have a question regarding your specific code, please commit and push your code to your GitHub repository and post a link. That ensures only those with access to your repository (instructor and teacher assistants) will see your code.
Make posts regarding grades or specific solutions private to the instructor and teacher assistants. When making private posts, they should always be marked as visible by both the instructor and teacher assistants so there is no confusion.
In addition to Piazza, the instructor will also use Canvas to notify students of missing assignments or warn about low grades. Both the instructor and teacher assistants will use Github for project-related communication. You may also ask for help in-person during office hours, lectures, or lab sessions. Theses are the only officially approved channels of communication for contacting the instructor or teacher assistants.
Under no circumstances should you reach out to the teacher assistants via any other communication channel. We want you to reach out to us for help, it just has to be via official channels. University policy states that instructors and teacher assistants must provide all students equal opportunity for course-related help. Using non-official communication channels turns a TA-student relationship into a tutor-student relationship, which is unfair to other students.
For example, it is appropriate to use text messages to invite a teacher assistant to lunch as friends. It is NOT appropropriate to start asking that teacher assistant questions about the course during that lunch! It is also NOT appropriate to directly text message course-related questions to that teacher assistant, even if you are friends and were able to get help from them before. You can, however, ask that teacher assistant for help during official office hours.
All announcements will be posted on Piazza. All students are expected to enroll in Piazza and monitor the announcements in a timely manner. This includes any changes to the lecture, lab, office hour, or deadline schedule.
Students are expected to be on-time to all classes to minimize disruption. Attendance is mandatory for all exams, quizzes, guest speakers, and in-class exercises. Exam dates will be posted on the course schedule.
Attendance is mandatory for all one-on-one code review appointments. Students must be on-time to these appointments. If a student arrives more than 5 minutes late, the appointment will be canceled. Students risk a grade penalty for repeated canceled or missed appointments.
All courses at the University of San Francisco must comply with the Credit Hour Policy, which states:
One unit of credit in lecture, seminar, and discussion work should approximate one hour of direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work per week through one 15-week semester.
As this is a 4 credit course, students must spend a minimum of 8 hours of out-of-class work per week to earn a passing (D– or higher) letter grade. To earn a C or higher letter grade (as required for the CS major), students should expect to spend closer to 10 to 20 hours per week on projects, homework, and participation assignments.
All students are expected to know and adhere to the University's Honor Code (see below). In short, students must never represent another person's work as their own. Examples of honor code violations include (but are not limited to):
- Copying and pasting code (especially without attribution) from the web
- Copying from another student (past or current)
- Having anyone other than yourself complete your work (including tutors)
- Working too closely with others such that your code no longer represents an individual contribution
- Sharing your solutions with others (either directly or indirectly)
Flagrant or repeat violations of the honor code will result in an F in the course, a report to the Academic Integrity Committee (AIC), and a report to the Dean. At the discretion of the instructor, a less severe penalty may be imposed for minor or first offenses. This is at the sole discretion of the instructor and any violation may result in an F in the course.
There are other less tangible consequences as well. Most CS professors do not write letters of recommendation for students caught cheating (making it more challenging to get into graduate school or be competitive on the job market). Even if you are not caught cheating, it is unlikely you will do well in future exams, one-on-one code reviews, or technical interviews.
Exceptions to most course policies are made only in the case of verifiable exceptional circumstances. This includes medical emergencies, mental health and well-being crises, or family-related emergencies. Extensions must be arranged prior to the original deadline unless in case of extreme emergency (such as an emergency room visit).
A good rule of thumb is to seek help after you have been stuck for an hour. There are many ways to get help with this class:
Ask questions on Piazza. Most questions receive a response in under 24 hours (sometimes within 30 minutes). You may figure out your problem before you get a response, but then you can delete your question or mark it as solved.
Ask questions during the instructor office hours. Office hours are first-come first-serve and there is lots of seating (including power outlets for charging).
Ask the teacher assistants for help during lab sessions or their office hours. All of the teacher assistants for this course took CS 212 previously with Professor Engle.
Ask a CS tutor for help at the CS Tutoring Center. Many of the tutors took CS 212 previously (and many of them also took it with Professor Engle). However, even tutors that did not take CS 212 may be able to help. Sometimes, it just helps to talk about your code with someone (see rubber duck debugging).
Ask your classmates for high-level help or hints, but be careful! To avoid violating the cheating policy and academic integrity policy, make sure you never share code with your classmates or look at the code of your classmates.
If you are feeling generally overwhelmed (including emotionally) and need advice, do not hesitate to reach out to the instructor. Since office hours can be crowded at times, you are welcome to schedule an appointment with the instructor via Piazza to chat in private.
This section includes standard statements on University policies and resources, including disclaimers on confidentiality, mandatory reporting, sexual assault; statements regarding USF's Honor Code and Academic Integrity and behavioral expectations; important campus resources for student health, safety, and wellbeing.
All students are expected to behave in accordance with the Student Conduct Code and other University policies (see http://www.usfca.edu/fogcutter/). Students whose behavior is disruptive or who fail to comply with the instructor may be dismissed from the class for the remainder of the class period and may need to meet with the instructor or Dean prior to returning to the next class period. If necessary, referrals may also be made to the Student Conduct process for violations of the Student Conduct Code.
As a Jesuit institution committed to cura personalis—the care and education of the whole person—USF has an obligation to embody and foster the values of honesty and integrity. USF upholds the standards of honesty and integrity from all members of the academic community. All students are expected to know and adhere to the University's Honor Code. You can find the full text of the code online at http://myusf.usfca.edu/academic-integrity/. The policy covers:
Plagiarism – intentionally or unintentionally representing the words or ideas of another person as your own; failure to properly cite references; manufacturing references.
Working with another person when independent work is required.
Submission of the same paper in more than one course without the specific permission of each instructor.
Submitting a paper written by another person or obtained from the Internet.
The Learning, Writing, and Speaking Centers at USF provide individualized support to assist you in better understanding course material and to aid you on your path to success. Services are free and include one-on-one tutoring, group tutoring, and one-on-one Academic Skills Coaching appointments to discuss effective study strategies. The Learning Center supports over 80 courses each semester. The Writing Center helps students develop their writing skills in rhetoric, organization, style, and structure, through one-on-one interactive conferences. The Speaking Center helps students prepare for public speaking—including speeches, oral presentations, team presentations, and visual aid demonstrations. International students may also contact us to learn more about communicating with professors and general academic study skills. The Learning, Writing, and Speaking Centers are located on the Lower Level of Gleeson Library (G03). Please contact them at (415) 422-6713 for further assistance or visit: myusf.usfca.edu/lwsc.
CAPS’ diverse staff offers brief individual, couple, and group counseling to student members of our community. CAPS services are confidential and free of charge. Call (415) 422-6352 for an initial consultation appointment. Telephone consultation through CAPS After Hours is available Monday – Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 a.m., 24 hours during weekends and holidays; call the above number and press 2. Further information can be found at https://myusf.usfca.edu/student-health-safety/caps.
If you are a student with a disability or disabling condition, or if you think you may have a disability, please contact USF Student Disability Services (SDS) at (415) 422-2613 within the first week of class, or immediately upon onset of disability, to speak with a disability specialist. If you are determined eligible for reasonable accommodations, please meet with your disability specialist so they can arrange to have your accommodation letter sent to me, and we will discuss your needs for this course. For more information, visit http://www.usfca.edu/sds.
As instructors, one of our responsibilities is to help create a safe learning environment on our campus. We also have a mandatory reporting responsibility related to our role as faculty. We are required to share information regarding sexual misconduct or information about a crime that may have occurred on USF’s campus with the University. Here are some useful resources related to sexual misconduct:
To report any sexual misconduct, students may visit the Title IX coordinator (UC 5th floor) or see many other options by visiting usfca.edu/student_life/safer.
Students may speak to someone confidentially or report a sexual assault confidentially by contacting Counseling and Psychological Services at (415) 422-6352.
To find out more about reporting a sexual assault at USF, visit USFs Callisto website at: usfca.callistocampus.org.
For an off-campus resource, contact San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR) (415) 647-7273 (sfwar.org).