CS161 Object Oriented Problem Solving   

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CS161 Overview

Announcement: No recitations the first week of class

CS161 Sections

Course Description

Prerequisites: CS160 or CS153 with a C or better; M124, M126 (both with a C or better).

CS161 is designed to introduce students to object-oriented programming by building on the understanding of procedural programming and introduction to object-oriented programming obtained from CS160. As with CS160, the course is structured to interleave theory, discrete math, and programming concepts as needed to motivate and explain problem solving using object-oriented programming.

The core of the course is explaining objects: how they represent data and how they are defined and used in Java. Fundamental concepts such as inheritance and polymorphism are introduced and explained in the context of programming assignments. Data structures such as linked lists and recursive algorithms such as binary search serve to connect theory (recursion, induction and counting) to programming operations (e.g., creating, searching and maintaining).

A student completing this course should be able to

This course is essential for majors and other students who intend to use object-oriented programming to solve problems and who intend to write complex software. The course would be useful to any student intending to pursue Computer Science or Information Technology as a career.


Data Abstraction and Problem Solving with Java: Walls and Mirrors, 3rd edition
Janet J. Prichard and Frank M. Carrano

Discrete Mathematics and its Applications, sixth edition
Kenneth R. Rosen


Ross McConnell: Sections 1 and 220
   Computer Science Building 466
   Office Hours: MWF after class; if you can't make them, you can come to my CS520 office hours, MWF 10:50, CSB 325. You can attend other recitations besides the one you are assigned to, and ask for help from the T.A.
   emailmy three initials {AT} @cs.colostate.edu (my middle initial is M)

Russ Wakefield: Section 2
   Room 240 Computer Science Building
   Office Hours: T/TH 9-11
   waker {AT} cs.colostate.edu

Graduate Teaching Assistants

Nissa: Room 130, Computer Science Building
   Office Hours: Mon. 3-5, Wed. 9-11

Amanda: Room 130, Computer Science Building
   Office Hours: Fri. 11-1

Nathan: Room 130, Computer Science Building
   Office Hours: Fri. 3-5



All recitations meet in the Computer Science Building, Room 215. No recitations the first week of class Recitation attendance: You are expected to attend one recitation a week.

Professional Conduct

All students are expected to conduct themselves professionally. We (the instructor and the GTA) assume you are familiar with the policies in the student information sheet for the department. The guidelines outlined in these documents will be followed in this course.

The following is the C.S. Department Code of Ethics.

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