CS102A Introduction to Computer Programming A

Fall 2019, Bilingual Class

Course Instructor

Dr. James Yu 余剑峤

Course Description

The course aims to cultivate students who have no programming experience before their university study. In this course, we will introduce the fundamentals of object-oriented programming language and programming techniques. The students will be familiar with the popular programming language Java and be able to construct programs for solving general problems. On completion of this course, the students should be able to:

  1. understand the basic components in a software system and the working mechanism of the Internet and the Web;
  2. know the basic syntax of the Java programming language;
  3. understand the features of object-oriented programming: abstraction, encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism; and
  4. develop programs to solve real problems using integrated development environments.


Course Materials

There is no required text for this course. A reference textbook is “Java: How to Program (10th ed., late object version)” by Paul Deitel and Harvey Deitel. Lecture notes, lab sheets, and other materials will be posted periodically on this page.


There will be five written assignments, one project, and one final examination. We try very hard to make questions unambiguous, but some ambiguities may remain. Ask if confused or state your assumptions explicitly. Reasonable assumptions will be accepted in case of ambiguous questions.

Grade Breakdown


ClassInstructorTeaching AssistantTime
5James YuZhaoqi Xiao, Zhuochen Xiong, Lida Zhao, and Chukun ZhuangTuesday Slots 5 and 6
6Yao ZhaoZehua Zou and Lidan TanTuesday Slots 5 and 6
7Yao ZhaoYiming Chen, Zhirui Lu, and Qiuqi WuWednesday Slots 3 and 4
8Yao ZhaoShuyu Zhang and Xiaowen ZhangWednesday Slots 5 and 6

Note that Classes 1-4 are sub-classes of CS102A (English).

Schedule and Syllabus

Unless otherwise specified the lectures are 10:20am to 12:10pm every Tuesday at Grand Hall of Research Building No. 1, SUSTech. The lecture on Oct. 15th will be at Room 102 of Lychee Hill Building No. 1, SUSTech. There are several lab classes, and mine (Class 5) is 14:00pm to 15:50pm every Tuesday at Room 205 of Teaching Building No. 2, SUSTech.

Week #1Tuesday, Sept. 3Introduction to Computer Programming[slides] [lab]
Week #2Tuesday, Sept. 10Introduction to Java Applications[slides] [lab]
Week #3Tuesday, Sept. 17Control Statement I[slides] [lab]
Week #4Tuesday, Sept. 24Control Statement II[slides] [lab]
DeadlineSunday, Sept. 29Assignment 1 Due
Week #5Tuesday, Oct. 8Arrays and ArrayLists[slides] [lab]
Week #6Tuesday, Oct. 15Methods: A Deeper Look[slides] [lab]
DeadlineSunday, Oct. 20
Tuesday, Oct. 27
Assignment 2 Due
Week #7Tuesday, Oct. 22Introduction to Classes and Objects[slides] [supl] [lab]
Week #8Tuesday, Oct. 29Strings and Wrapper class[slides] [lab]
DeadlineSunday, Nov. 3
Tuesday, Nov. 12
Assignment 3 Due
Week #9Tuesday, Nov. 5Class and Objects: A Deeper Look[slides] [supl] [lab]
EventMonday, Nov. 11Project Specification Release
Week #10Tuesday, Nov. 12Inheritance[slides] [lab]
Week #11Tuesday, Nov. 19Inheritance & Polymorphism I[slides] [lab]
DeadlineSunday, Nov. 24Assignment 4 Due
Week #12Tuesday, Nov. 26Polymorphism II[slides] [supl] [lab]
Week #13Tuesday, Dec. 3GUI programming[slides]
DeadlineSunday, Dec. 8Assignment 5 Due
Week #14Tuesday, Dec. 10Java Collections, Generic Methods and Classes[slides] [lab]
Week #15Tuesday, Dec. 17Recursion and Exception Handling[slides]
EventTuesday, Dec. 17Project Inspection
Week #16Tuesday, Dec. 24Project Demonstration and Revision