CS 310 Data Structures
Spring 2014
Sections 002 and -003

Prof. John Otten
email: jotten2@gmu.edu
Office: 5335 Engineering Bldg.
Office Hours: Mon. 10:30-11:45 a.m., Wed. 1:30-2:45 p.m., or by appt.
Phone: TBD

Section -002 meets Mon/Wed Noon-1:15 p.m., AB Room 2026
Section -003 meets Mon/Wed 3-4:15 p.m., AB Room 2026

The course website is http://cs.gmu.edu/~rcarver/cs310

TAs (office hours)

TA: Anudeep Madamshetty, Engineering Bldg 4456.
TA: Jianchao Tan, Engineering Bldg 4456.
TA: Jitin Krishnan, Engineering Bldg 4456.
UTA: Rebecca Fischer, rfische3@masonlive.gmu.edu, Engineering Bldg 4456.
UTA: Daniel Balberchak, dbalberc@masonlive.gmu.edu, Engineering Bldg 4456.


Data Structures and Problem Solving Using Java, 4/E by Mark A. Weiss.
The textbook is on reserve in the library. The call number is QA76.73.J38 W45 2010. The book is reserved under the name Theresa Calcagno.


The prerequisite for this course is C or better in CS 211. Students are expected to have a significant degree of skill in programming (program organization, coding, documenting, testing and debugging). Students should be acquainted with basic complexity analysis ("big O") and be able to build abstract data types using Java classes.

Course Description

CS 310 continues the study of data structures from CS 211. Students will learn how to approach larger and more challenging programming projects than the projects in CS 211. Programming is a significant part of this course and students should expect to spend a good deal of time on the programming projects.

Course Outcomes


This list is subject to change as interest evolves.


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 and the University honor code. 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 be submitted to the honor committee as an honor code violation. 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, and any such makeup must be arranged in advanced. Grades will computed from a weighted average computed with the following weights:

If you are a student with a disability and you need academic accommodations, please see me and contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) at 993-2474. All academic accommodations must be arranged through the ODS.


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