Course Syllabus

CP213: Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming

Physics & Computer Science, Waterloo Campus

Winter 2019

Instructor Information

David Brown | Science Building, N2091
519-884-1970 x2711 |
By Appointment

Lab Instructor Information

As Above

Course Information

Fundamentals of object-oriented programming, classes, subclasses, inheritance, references, overloading, event-driven and concurrent programming, using modern application programming interface. The language Java will be used.

3 lecture hours, 1 lab hours

Credit: 0.50

Prerequisite: CP164 (or CP114)



Section Information
Section Days Times Room Instructor
Lecture B MWF - BA110 Mr. David Brown
Lab L1 M - BA113 Mr. David Brown
Lab L2 T - BA113 Mr. David Brown

Course Overview and Approach

Course Tools and Learning Materials


Cover of Absolute Java

Absolute Java 6th Ed. by Walter Savitch

This is an electronic textbook, available to you through MyLearningSpace on the first day of classes.

This textbook is free for you to use for the first two weeks of the course (until the Add/Drop Date). You will be sent multiple communications about how the digital program works including information on how to Opt Out of the program by the deadline. If you opt out of the program on or before the opt out deadline, you are not billed for the textbook. If you remain opted in, your Loris Student Account is billed just after the opt out deadline and you are required to pay for the textbook once you are invoiced.

There is an e-reader platform which you download (link is on MyLS) and this allows you to access the textbook anywhere, anytime on up to 4 devices and not be dependent on a wi-fi connection. The e-reader platform has a wide range of functionality (notes, shared notes, group notes, highlighting, search capability, text to speech, to name a few).

A ZyBook is an on-line alternative to a traditional textbook. It contains animations, interactive learning questions, and more.

  1. Sign in or create an account at
  2. Enter zyBook code WLUCP213BrownWinter2019
  3. Subscribe

A subscription is $58 and lasts until May 13, 2019.

Completing the interactive questions in the ZyBook is worth 10% of your course grade.

The PCs in the public labs can be used by you for your assignments. We use the Java programming language and the Eclipse IDE (Integrated Development Environment). We provide instructions for downloading and installing them in the Resources section of this page.

You are responsible for storing all your assignment and lab work on your own memory sticks, Laurier OneDrive storage, or other media. We strongly suggest that you keep at least two copies of your work at all times, for memory sticks can fail, or be lost.


Laurier Library

Centre for Student Success (writing centre, math centre, academic advising, study skills/supplemental instruction, accessible learning)

Student Evaluation

Assessment Weighting
Assignments 25%
Labs 10%
Midterm 20%
Java ZyBook 10%
Final Exam 35%

Students must pass the final exam in order to pass the course.

Weekly Schedule

Note: this schedule is subject to change.

Week Starting Labs Assignments
Friday, 11:30 am
2 1: Introduction
3 2: Documentation 1:
4 3: Arrays
5 4: Collections 2:
6 5: Exceptions Midterm, Wednesday,
(in lecture)
7 Reading Week
8 6: Inheritance and Polymorphism
9 7: Layouts and Listeners 3:
10 8: Dialogs and Menus
11 9: Graphics 4:
12 10: Threads
13 5:

University and Course Policies

  1. Special Needs: Students with disabilities or special needs are advised to contact Laurier's Accessible Learning Centre for information regarding its services and resources. Students are encouraged to review the Academic Calendar for information regarding all services available on campus.

    Plagiarism: the University has approved the following wording for inclusion on all course syllabi about the use of the institutionally supported plagiarism software tool. Wilfrid Laurier University uses software that can check for plagiarism. If requested to do so by the instructor, students are required to submit their written work in electronic form and have it checked for plagiarism. (Approved by Senate May 14, 2002)

    Academic Integrity: Laurier is committed to a culture of integrity within and beyond the classroom. This culture values trustworthiness (i.e., honesty, integrity, reliability), fairness, caring, respect, responsibility and citizenship. Together, we have a shared responsibility to uphold this culture in our academic and nonacademic behaviour. The University has a defined policy with respect to academic misconduct. As a Laurier student you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with this policy and the accompanying penalty guidelines, some of which may appear on your transcript if there is a finding of misconduct. The relevant policy can be found at Laurier's academic integrity website along with resources to educate and support you in upholding a culture of integrity. Ignorance is not a defense.

  2. Final Examinations: Students are strongly urged not to make any commitments (i.e., vacation) during the examination period. Students are required to be available for examinations during the examination periods of all terms in which they register. Refer to the Handbook on Undergraduate Course Management for more information.

  3. Foot Patrol, the Wellness Centre, and the Student Food Bank:

    Waterloo Student Food Bank: All students are eligible to use this service to ensure they're eating healthy when overwhelmed, stressed or financially strained. Anonymously request a package online 24-7. All dietary restrictions accommodated.

    Waterloo Foot Patrol: 519.886.FOOT (3668) - A volunteer operated safe-walk program, available Fall and Winter daily from 6:30 pm to 3 am. Teams of two are assigned to escort students to and from campus by foot or by van.

    Waterloo Student Wellness Centre: 519-884-0710, x3146 - The Centre supports the physical, emotional, and mental health needs of students. Located on the 2nd floor of the Student Services Building, booked and same-day appointments are available Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm, and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm. Contact the Centre at x3146, or @LaurierWellness. After hours crisis support available 24/7. Call 1-844-437-3247 (HERE247).


Installing Eclipse
Instructions for installing Eclipse at home.
Using Eclipse / Java
An introduction to creating projects in Eclipse / Java.

The educational materials developed for this course, including, but not limited to, lecture notes and slides, handout materials, examinations and assignments, and any materials posted to MyLearningSpace, are the intellectual property of the course instructor. These materials have been developed for student use only and they are not intended for wider dissemination and/or communication outside of a given course. Posting or providing unauthorized audio, video, or textual material of lecture content to third-party websites violates an instructor's intellectual property rights, and the Canadian Copyright Act. Recording lectures in any way is prohibited in this course unless specific permission has been granted by the instructor. Failure to follow these instructions may be in contravention of the university's Code of Student Conduct and/or Code of Academic Conduct, and will result in appropriate penalties. Participation in this course constitutes an agreement by all parties to abide by the relevant University Policies, and to respect the intellectual property of others during and after their association with Wilfrid Laurier University.

© 2019 David Brown. All Rights Reserved.

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