CSIS 202 Introduction to Computer Science II

Course Description

A foundational course for the study of computer science and information systems. The course covers an overview of object-oriented programming methodology and gives the student an ability to write computer programs using standard style and structure. Programming projects are completed in one or more high-level languages.


Brian R. Snider
Office hours: Wood-Mar 222 (see schedule)

J. Walker Orr
Office hours: Klages 207 (see schedule)





The goal of this course is to increase your proficiency in computer programming and problem solving necessary for a degree and career in the fields of computer science and information systems. To achieve this goal, you will learn advanced techniques in problem solving using the Java programming language. You will develop algorithms and design programs using object-oriented techniques.

Course Organization

This course assumes a solid mastery of the material covered in CSIS 201. This course requires significantly more time and effort than CSIS 201—do not fall behind.

The course will include regular homework and/or programming assignments. Unless otherwise specified, assignments are due before the beginning of class on the due date. There will be no credit given for late assignments (without an excused absence)—turn in as much as you can.

Reading assignments should be completed before the lecture covering the material. Not all reading material will be covered in the lectures, but you will be responsible for the material on homework and exams. Quizzes over the assigned reading may be given at any time.


See the GFU CS/IS/Cyber policies for collaboration and discussion of collaboration and academic integrity. Most students would be surprised at how easy it is to detect collaboration in programming—please do not test us! Remember: you always have willing and legal collaborators in the faculty.

Almost all of life is filled with collaboration (i.e., people working together). Yet in our academic system, we artificially limit collaboration. These limits are designed to force you to learn fundamental principles and build specific skills. It is very artificial, and you'll find that collaboration is a valuable skill in the working world. While some of you may be tempted to collaborate too much, others will collaborate too little. When appropriate, it's a good idea to make use of others—the purpose here is to learn. Be sure to make the most of this opportunity but do it earnestly and with integrity.

Engineering Your Soul

The mission and vision statement of the Computer Science & Information Systems (CSIS) program states that our students are distinctive by "bringing a Christ-centered worldview to our increasingly technological world."

As one step towards the fulfillment of this objective, each semester, the engineering faculty will collectively identify an influential Christian writing to be read and reflected upon by all engineering faculty and students throughout the term. As part of the College of Engineering, CSIS students participate in this effort, known as Engineering Your Soul (EYS). This exercise will be treated as an official component of every engineering course (including CSIS courses) and will be uniquely integrated and assessed at my discretion, typically as a component of the quiz grade.

Students should read the assigned reading each week. Regular meetings will be scheduled throughout the semester that can be attended for chapel elective credit. Students should attend these meetings prepared to discuss the assigned reading, or email a reflection on the assigned reading on or before each meeting date.

It is our hope that students will not view this as one more task to complete, but as a catalyst for continued discussion ultimately leading to a deeper experience of Jesus Christ.

Online Portfolio

All students in the College of Engineering are required to create and maintain an online portfolio on Portfolium to showcase their best work. Portfolium is a "cloud-based platform that empowers students with lifelong opportunities to capture, curate, and convert skills into job offers, while giving learning institutions and employers the tools they need to assess competencies and recruit talent."

Students will post portions of their coursework to Portfolium as directed by their instructor. For example, a portfolio entry might be PDF of poster or presentation content, screenshots or a video demonstration of a software or hardware project, or even an entire source code repository. In addition to required portfolio entries, students are encouraged to post selected work to their portfolios throughout the year.

Students will work with their faculty advisor to curate and refine their portfolios as they progress through the program. Students shall ensure that all portfolio entries are appropriate for public disclosure (i.e., they do not reveal key components of assignment solutions to current or future students).

University Resources

If you have specific physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office as early as possible so that your learning needs can be appropriately met. For more information, go to ds.georgefox.edu or contact Rick Muthiah, Director of Learning Support Services (503-554-2314 or rmuthiah@georgefox.edu).

My desire as a professor is for this course to be welcoming to, accessible to, and usable by everyone, including students who are English-language learners, have a variety of learning styles, have disabilities, or are new to online learning systems. Be sure to let me know immediately if you encounter a required element or resource in the course that is not accessible to you. Also, let me know of changes I can make to the course so that it is more welcoming to, accessible to, or usable by students who take this course in the future.

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) on the Newberg campus provides all students with free writing consultation, academic coaching, and learning strategies (e.g., techniques to improve reading, note-taking, study, time management). The ARC, located in the Murdock Learning Resource Center (library), is open from 1:00–10:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 12:00–4:00 p.m. on Friday. To schedule an appointment, go to the online schedule at arcschedule.georgefox.edu, call 503-554-2327, email the_arc@georgefox.edu, or stop by the ARC. Visit arc.georgefox.edu for information about ARC Consultants' areas of study, instructions for scheduling an appointment, learning tips, and a list of other tutoring options on campus.


Grading Scale

Current Grades

The final course grade will be based on:

Tentative Schedule

Week 1


Reading: Ch. 1

Week 2

Using Objects and Implementing Classes

Reading: Ch. 2–3

Week 3

Implementing Classes and Fundamental Data Types

Reading: Ch. 3–4

Week 4

Decisions, Loops, and Arrays

Reading: Ch. 5–7

Week 5

Array Algorithms and ArrayLists

Reading: Ch. 7

Week 6

Designing Classes

Reading: Ch. 8

Week 7


Reading: Ch. 9

Week 8

Polymorphism and Abstract Classes

Reading: Ch. 10

Week 9


Reading: Ch. 10
· Implementing Interfaces

Week 10

I/O and Exception Handling

Reading: Ch. 11
· Simple File Reading
· Using Scanner to Read a File
· Reading a CSV File
· Writing a CSV File
· Basic Exception Handling
· Detailed I/O Example

Week 11

Spring break — no classes

· A Word of Encouragement

Week 12

Object-Oriented Design

Reading: Ch. 12

Week 13


Reading: Ch. 13
· Recursion Lecture (Zoom)
· Recursion Example
· Midterm Exam Review (Zoom)
· Store Part 2 Q&A (Zoom)
· Recursion Example 2

Week 14


Reading: Ch. 14
· Insertion Sort
· Selection Sort
· Merge Sort

Week 15


Reading: Ch. 15
· Linear and Binary Search
· Store Part 3 Q&A (Zoom)
· Final Exam Review (Zoom)


Final exam

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