IB Computer Science II Syllabus


Paul Bui
E-mail: BuiEmail.bmp
Phone: 703.228.6200 (ask for the call to be forwarded to Mr. Bui)
Website: http://www.paulbui.net/wl/IB_Computer_Science_2


Students are expected to have completed IB Computer Science I with a C or better.


In this course we will continue to study the fundamental aspects of programming and computer science. We will learn programming concepts using the Java programming language. Other topics of the IB curriculum will be covered as well. Students will complete a variety of class activities and programming assignments to facilitate their understanding of the course material. The course will focus on preparation for the IB exam, which includes completion of the internal assessment and Group 4 project. Students will have an opportunity to address a real-world problem and go through the software development cycle to create a solution.


Class time will be divided between lecture and lab. I will lecture at the beginning of the class period, and the remaining time will be used for lab. The course will be structured such that all assignments, materials, and resources may be found on the course website.

Student grades reflect student achievement and not student behavior. Grades will follow the following guidelines. Border-line grades will be rounded up.

Grade Weights
Grade Scale

50%    Labs & Assignments
50%    Tests & Quizzes

A      90 – 100
B+    87 – 89
B      80 – 86
C+    77 – 79
C      70 – 76
D+    67 – 69
D      60 – 66
E      0 – 59

Labs & Assignments

Labs are a fundamental part of this course, and there will be many labs throughout each quarter. Some labs will cover only a few days, while others may take several weeks. All lab assignments will be posted on the course website, along with detailed instructions and due dates. I am available for help during second lunch or after school upon request. Labs may also be completed on a home computer. Late assignments will be accepted with a penalty of 5% each day, after the due date.

Tests & Quizzes

There will be tests and quizzes throughout the year. Makeup quizzes are allowed provided that there is an excused absence. Tests and quizzes will be structured similarly; quizzes however will be shorter in length. Tests will generally be given after the completion of each major unit, and will be designed to prepare the student for the IB examination.

Attendance Policies

  • Arriving 1-19 minutes late is reported as a tardy
    • 3 unexcused tardies -> detention
    • 5+ unexcused tardies -> administrative referral
  • Arriving 20+ minutes late is reported as an absence
    • 3+ unexcused absences -> administrative referral

Academic Integrity

In this course, collaboration among students is encouraged. However, copying another’s work or allowing your work to be copied is not acceptable and is a violation of Washington-Liberty’s academic integrity policy. Students will be asked to sign an honor pledge for each lab or major assignment. By signing the pledge, students acknowledge their understanding of the honor policy and that they have not violated that policy in any way. The pledge states either:
"On my honor, I pledge that I have neither given nor received information on this assignment."
"On my honor, I pledge that I have given [received] information on this assignment to [from] the following individual(s) …."

Java Topics

  • Primitive data types
  • Input and Output
  • Selection Statements and Looping
  • Methods
  • Arrays
  • Classes and Objects
  • Strings
  • Files
  • Inheritance
  • Graphical User Interface (GUI) programming

IB Topics

  1. System fundamentals
  2. Computer organization
  3. Networks
  4. Computational thinking, problem-solving, & programming
  5. Abstract data structures
  6. Resource management
  7. Control


  • Object-oriented programming

Additional IB Components

  • As an advanced course, students are expected to perform at or above a “C” at all times. Grades below a 70% are considered unsatisfactory, even though students will be earning extra quality points when they complete the course Internal Assessment (IA) and sit for the external IB examination. Students who complete both on time will be exempt from final examinations for this course. Students who fail to submit the required IA will not be eligible to sit for the external examination. Students who do not sit for the external examination will be awarded a mark of "N", no mark, by the International Baccalaureate Organization. This will result in the loss of the quality point on the school transcript and they will be required to take a final exam on the date specified in the WLHS calendar. If this happens, the final course grade will be an average of the four quarter grades and the final exam grade.
  • Arlington Public Schools (APS) pays for the examination fees for all AP and IB courses. Any student who registers for an AP or IB course, but does not take the corresponding exam or complete the required IB internal assessment (IA), will be required to reimburse APS for their examination fee(s). The cost of each exam is established by the College Board and International Baccalaureate Organization.


  • Paper 1 (2h 10m) - TBA
  • Paper 2 (1h 20m) - TBA
  • Paper 3 (1h) - TBA

Solution (Internal Assessment)

  • "The solution is an individual piece of work that develops a solution including product to a specified problem or unanswered question." -IB CS Guide
  • A year-long individual programming project
  • The internal assessment component of the IB examination requires students to address a single problem and solve it using computer systems. The analysis and development of the entire system will be well-documented and graded. Guidance through each section of the solution will be provided, and will be periodically collected for grading. By the end of the year, the final system as well as the technical documentation shall be completed and submitted for final review.

Case study

  • "The knowledge and understanding of additional content, discussion of an issue and/or the formulation of strategies linked to the annually issued case study
  • TBA

Group 4 Project

A collaborative activity where students from different group 4 subjects work together on a scientific or technological topic, allowing for concepts and perceptions from across the disciplines to be shared.

Textbook & Supplies






  • Students should have a cloud storage account (e.g. Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc.) They can be used to store work for all classes, and are generally free.
  • Students are recommended (*not required*) to bring earphones to class. We will be using on-line video tutorials and sound devices in our programming.
  • Students are required to have a computer with internet access at home.

Dual Enrollment

  • Our course is also dual enrolled with Northern Virginia Community College under CSC200 (Introduction to Computer Science). Interested students will be given the opportunity to dual enroll with NVCC and receive college credit for taking CSC200. Tuition and enrollment fees are covered by Arlington Public Schools.
  • Dual Enrollment Dates
    • Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
    • Drop date is TBD
    • Withdrawal date is TBD
  • NVCC Course Objectives - Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
    • Define basic concepts of computer system architecture, networks, operating systems and data representation and organization.
    • Define basic concepts of software engineering, theory of computations, programming languages and artificial intelligence.
    • Use a GUI programming environment and console to edit and test computer programs.
    • Analyze a simple problem and develop an algorithm for its solution.
    • Implement an algorithm in a high-level computer language, demonstrating good style and appropriate documentation using simple control structures, subprograms, and parameter passing.

Lab Schedule

If you wish to schedule time in the lab during Generals Period, lunch, or after school, please e-mail or come talk to me.


Students are expected to follow the Acceptable Use Policy as well as other school policies

Lab Etiquette

  • Please arrive on time
  • Be productive
  • Be mindful of your neighbors’ workspace
  • During lecture time, please take off your headphones and turn off your listening devices
  • Cellphone use is prohibited unless being used for instructional purposes and with teacher permission. Otherwise, all cellphones must be silent and out of site during instructional time.
  • Avoid being rude with your cell phone
  • During work time (not quiz/test time), you are encouraged to work with others, but DO NOT do their work for them
  • Please do not spin in the chairs or lean too far back because the desks will be marred
  • No food or drink in the lab area
  • Keep the lab clean – no trash!
  • The lab is used by 5 or more classes, so please leave it in the same condition or better when class is over
    • Clean up your workspace
    • Straighten the keyboard and mouse
    • Push in the chairs

Infractions will be followed by warnings, lunch detention, after-school detention, Saturday detention, or by an administrative referral and parent/guardian conference

Agreement Signature

  • Complete the syllabus assignment found in Canvas