CS 310 Computer Science III
Spring 2010

Prof. Richard Carver
email: rcarver@gmu.edu
Office: 5318 Engineering Bldg.
Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday before class and 1:00-1:30pm, and by appointment
Phone: (703) 993-1550
The course website is http://cs.gmu.edu/~rcarver/cs310

TAs and UTA

TA: Fei Qu, fqu@gmu.edu, Office hours R: 2pm to 4pm in Engineering Building room 4456.
TA: Wentao Chang, wchang7@gmu.edu, Office hours: Thursday 2:30-3:30pm in Engineering Building 4456.
UTA: Mary Greer, mgreer1@gmu.edu, Office hours: Wednesday 1:00-3:00pm in Engineering Building 4456.
         gmail:greer.maryliz, Sundays from 8:00-10:00pm, and the night before assignments are due.


Java Software Structures: Designing and using Structures by Lewis and Chase, 3rd Ed. ISBN 978-0-13-607858-6 (paperback)


The prerequisite for this course is C or better in CS 211. I will assume that you have developed a significant degree of skill in programming (program organization, coding, documenting, testing and debugging) -- you will develop yet more this semester. I will also assume that you are acquainted with basic complexity analysis ("big O") and are able to build abstract data types using Java classes.

Course Description

The purpose of the course is two-fold. We will continue the study of data structures from CS 211 and we will learn how to approach larger and more challenging programming projects than those you did in CS 211. Programming is a significant part of this course and you should expect to spend a good deal of time on the course projects.

Course Outcomes


This list is subject to change as interest evolves.


There will be several programming assignments. Programming assignments will be posted on the course website.

You can only turn in a program once. No revisions or additions can be made to your program after it has been submitted. Late programs will be accepted with a 10% per day late penalty. You are responsible for keeping backups of your work.

Honor Code

Read the CS Department honor code: http://cs.gmu.edu/wiki/pmwiki.php/HonorCode/CSHonorCodePolicies and the University honor code: http://honorcode.gmu.edu. You are bound by these honor codes. Any submitted work which shows too much commonality with others' work to be completely original, or any plagiarized work, will receive a grade of 0. Any code which is presented in class or provided to you as part of the project may be included in your programs.


There will be a midterm exam and a final. There will be no makeups on exams except under exceptional circumstances (as judged by me), and any such makeup must be arranged in advanced. Grades will computed from a weighted average computed with the following weights: