Welcome to CS302!


HelloWorldWe are excited to help you learn to read and write computer programs using the Java programming language.  Java is widely used to write programs for all kinds of computers to run. To get started with the course, please complete the checklist below by the first week of class.

See you in class!

Jim Williams
Gary Dahl

Getting Started Checklist:

  1. Sign up for the zyBook
  2. Sign up for Piazza
  3. Activate your CS Account
  4. Sign up for TopHat
  5. Determine if you have any Exam Conflicts and Request other accommodations
  6. Install Java 8 and Eclipse on your computer
  7. Find Team Lab
  8. Review the Syllabus


1. Sign up for the zyBook

The zyBook E-Text for this class costs $67 and will remain available for your use through 5/26/2017.  In addition to providing you with readings and interactive demos, the participation portion of your grade in this class relies on your completion of the participation activities found throughout the assigned readings.  To obtain access to this zyBook:

  1. Sign up at zybooks.com using your netid based @wisc.edu email address (this email address should match the one in learn@uw).
  2. Enter the zyBook code: WISCCS302Spring2017
  3. Click Subscribe.
  4. Complete the How to Use zyBooks.

NOTE: We will be discussing material from the first chapter of this book at our first class.  You’ll see this on the syllabus.

For students who would like to have a traditional bound text covering similar content: We recommend the following optional supplemental text: Daniel Liang, Introduction to Java Programming, Brief Version, 10th edition, Pearson, ISBN 9780133592207

2. Signup for Piazza

Piazza is an online tool for asking and answering questions for all students in CS302. Piazza is available to you anywhere you have access to the internet. It is delivered and supported by a company called Piazza.


piazza_logo_blueGo to: https://piazza.com/wisc/spring2017/cs302
Click “Join Classes”
Continue filling out the forms being careful to enter your netid based @WISC.EDU email address, first name and last name.

Note: This same discussion area is used for both Jim’s and Gary’s lectures.

Logging In to Piazza

Once you’re logged in, you can stay logged in on that computer. You will need to relogin if you check Piazza from another computer.

Go to: piazza.com/wisc/spring2017/cs302/home
Click “Login to Piazza”

3. Activate your CS Account

UWCrest_4cAs a registered CS 302 student, you are provided an account on the CS lab machines. Note that your CS username (and password) are different from your UW NetID.
Activate CS Account

Note: It appears that some accounts may not be available until after the first day of class.  Please wait to contact lab support about any problems you encounter setting up this account until after the first day of class.  For students who register after the first day of class, expect at least a one day delay before your account is ready for activation.

Your CS account is necessary for logging into Lab computers. Additionally, having a CS account adds an alternate address/alias (yourcslogin@cs.wisc.edu) to your campus (@wisc.edu) email address.

4. Signup for TopHat

TopHat is a mobile app that is used to answer questions during lecture.

About TopHat including Pricing

Signup for TopHat

Join Codes

5. Determine Exam Conflicts and other Accommodation Requests

This course has midterm exams on the Thursday evenings of Feb 23rd and April 6th (5:00-7:00pm), and a final exam on Wednesday afternoon, May 10th (2:45-4:45pm).  Please carefully check your schedule to determine whether you have any conflicts with these exam.  Pay close attention to you exam schedules for other classes!  If you have any need for alternate exam scheduling due to scheduling conflicts or other accommodation requirements (including McBurney VISAs), then you formally submit an alternate exam request using the following form.  These requests for all three exams must be submitted no later than February 3rd.

Alternate Exam Request Form

To use the above form, you need to be logged into the google account that is associated with your UW Netid.  If you see the message “You need permission” when following the link above, please 1) direct your browser to google.com 2) click on the profile icon in the upper right corner of the screen and choose sign out, 3) then click “Sign In” and use the link “Sign in with a different account” link at the bottom of the following screen, 4) from there you can “Add an account” and use your netid-based wisc.edu email address to login to google.  Doing all of this should allow you to subsequently access the Alternate Exam Request Form linked to above.  Please report any further problems on piazza for troubleshooting assistance.

6. Install Eclipse with Java 8 on your computer

We strongly encourage students to install Eclipse and Java on your computers making it possible for you to practice programming at your convenience. This practice is invaluable for learning the Java language and improving your programming skills.eclipse-426x100

Instructions to Install Java on your computers

7. Prepare for Team Lab

Team Labs start meeting during Week 2. The team labs are located in the Computer Sciences building in the first floor rooms 1350cs, 1370cs. Login using your CS Account (activated above).

Your L: Drive

Your CS account also provides you with space to save your Java files on your L: drive. When working on the lab computers, make sure to save your files on the L: drive. Do not save them on the C: drive since other people can access files you put there.

Startup Eclipse

Eclipse is the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that we use for Java program development in CS302.

Eclipse Tutorial

8. Review the Syllabus

Please review the course information including policies and syllabus.

Course Information and Syllabus