CS 151 Introduction to Programming
SP 2006 HO
Dean, John S.
Assistant Professor of Information and Computer Science
B.S. in Electrical EngineeringM.S. in Computer Science
Science Hall 113B
Mon: 9-12:30, Tue & Thu: 10-10:30, 1-1:30, 3:45-4:15
January 9 -- May 7
8:45 - 10:00 AM
MA 131 (or equivalent) or CS 144 or permission of instructor
Textbook: Dean & Dean, Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving with Java, Park University Word Processing Center
Additional Resources: Supplies:
Purchase a USB flash pen storage device (as of 12/22/05, this Web site had good prices: http://www.memorysuppliers.com/usbflashdrives.html).
A Java compiler for home use. I recommend using Helios's TextPad. Refer to my "Getting Started With TextPad" document for details.
Course Description: This course introduces students to algorithmic design and structured/ modular programming. Programming concepts will be put into practice by using Java for programming projects. These basic programming concepts and constructs will be covered: variables, data types, strings, arithmetic and logical operators, branching statements, loops, and debugging. Additionally, these object-oriented programming concepts will be covered: classes, instance variables, methods, and constructors.
Educational Philosophy: I attempt to present lectures that are understandable, interesting, and thought provoking. I actively encourage class participation. While much of my lecture comes from concepts covered in the assigned reading, I also incorporate material from other sources in order to provide a different perspective and to provide more up-to-date information.
I feel that, particularly in the field of computer science, good homework assignments are crucial. Students must learn to think with precision and creativity. In order to ensure the development of these skills, I assign a significant number of hands-on computer projects for homework.
My primary objective as a teacher is to help students. I return graded material (homework, tests, and projects) in a timely manner. I encourage students to ask questions during lectures, after lectures, or during office hours. I encourage students to call me at home whenever they need help.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Grading: Grading weights are as follows:
exam 1 18%
exam 2 23%
exam 3 26%
Your overall score is determined as follows:
(your_total_hw_pts / max_hw_pts) * 32 +
(your_total_quiz_pts / max_quiz_pts) * 1 +
(your_exam1_pts / max_exam1_pts) * 18 +
(your_exam2_pts / max_exam2_pts) * 23 +
(your_exam3_pts / max_exam3_pts) * 26
Letter grades are assigned (based on your overall score) as follows:
90 – 100 A
80 - 89 B
70 - 79 C
60 - 69 D
less than 60 F
Late Submission of Course Materials: See rules of conduct section below.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: HOMEWORK:
Do not submit homework answers by hand. Instead, for each homework assignment, you must upload your work to the drop box on your course's Web site. To upload to the drop box, go to the course Web site and click on the Dropbox tab. Select the appropriate homework from the Basket menu and then click Go. Follow the prompts on the screen.
Homework must be done independently. You may ask procedural or conceptual questions to other people. However, you may not obtain answers from a classmate, from someone outside of class, or from the Internet. You must be the sole author of the work that you submit. If you copy part of someone else's work, if someone else copies part of your work, or if you do not work independently, you will receive zeros on the current and previous homework assignments. With this rather severe policy in mind, I strongly suggest that you refrain from discarding your answers in a public place. If someone obtains your work (even without your knowledge), you will incur the penalty!
For programming projects, you're required to submit a copy of your program's output. If you don't get your program to work properly, you might be tempted to fake your output by editing it slightly. Don't do it! If you edit/falsify your output in any way, you will receive a zero on the entire current homework.
I reserve the right to modify previously assigned homework. For example, if I assign homework two class periods in advance of when it is due, I may update the homework via an e-mail or in an intervening class period. Consequently, if you miss a class, it is your responsibility to contact me (or a classmate) to find out what you missed.
Upload your homework to the drop box no later than midnight of the day on which the homework is due. Normally, if you upload a homework assignment later than that, then that homework's score will be reduced by one-third for each intervening class period before the homework is turned in. For instance, if homework is due on Thu, Sep 8 and you turn it in on Thu, Sep 15 (two class periods late), then that homework's score will be reduced by two-thirds.
There are two ways to avoid the late-homework penalty:
1. When you submit your late homework to the drop box, write a note in the drop box message area that says you have a late excuse. Hand me the late-excuse note either in class or in my office. A late excuse is acceptable only if it is signed by a doctor, a sports coach, or a funeral director, and the signer's phone number is on the note.
2. When you submit your late homework to the drop box, write a note in the drop box message area that says you want to use one (or two) of your virtual no-penalty coupons. Include one virtual no-penalty coupon for each class period that the homework is late. Send me an e-mail that tells me to look in your drop box for your late homework.
You are given two virtual no-penalty coupons at the beginning of the term. They are intended to be used for lateness due to family problems, sickness, computer problems, diskette problems, Internet problems, etc.
When virtual no-penalty coupons are used, I record them in my grade spreadsheet. At the end of the term, your overall percentage will be increased by half of a percentage point for each of your unused coupons. The number of unused coupons is taken from my grade book (this overrides any student claims of coupon usage).
Towards the end of the term, a student may notice that a homework score has not been recorded in the grade spreadsheet. This unfortunate occurrence may be caused by student error, teacher error, or the whim of the computer gods. To avoid receiving a zero on the missing homework, the student must provide evidence that the homework was done on time.
Please do not ask for exceptions to the homework policies.
You will be allowed to take a make-up test only if you give me a note that is signed by a doctor, sports coach, or funeral director, and the signer's phone number is on the note. Make-up tests will tend to be harder than the original tests. All make-up tests must be taken within one week of the original test's date.
Pop quizzes will be given within the first three minutes of the scheduled class time. Quizzes are intended to encourage: 1) prompt arrival, and 2) reading the assigned material before class. You may be excused from a missed quiz by providing an acceptable excuse. An excuse is acceptable only if it is signed by a doctor, a sports coach, a funeral director, or a teacher and the signer's phone number is on the note.
COURSE WEB SITE:
For this course, you are required to have Internet access. To obtain lecture slides, homework assignments, and other documents, you'll need to print them from my course Web site. I've set up my course Web site within the Park University Online system. To learn the basics of the Park University Online system, follow the instructions on the eCompanion Access Instructions document that I hand out on the first day of class.
Note that I created my course Web site with the help of eCompanion, a Web site creation tool used by the Park University Online system. The eCompanion tool allows teachers to create Web sites with lots of different features. In the interest of keeping things simple and only using what I need, I've chosen to ignore most of those features. For example, I'm not using the chat room or the grade book features. You'll only use my Web site for two things: 1) submitting your homework, and 2) getting course documents.
1. Submitting your homework:
Upload your homework document to the appropriate drop box on the course's Web site.
2. Getting course documents:
To find a posted item (a set of lecture slides, a tutorial, etc.) on my course Web site, first look under the Doc Links menu at the left. If the item is not there, then look in the Doc Sharing page. In the Doc Sharing page, you'll first need to choose a Select View item and then click Go.
To print a set of lecture slides, select PowerPoint Lecture Slides from the Select View drop-down menu. Click on the appropriate lecture-slides file link. In the opened file, perform a File / Print command. In the Print what: text box, select Handouts. Select an appropriate number in the Slides per page box. Click OK.
How do you know what to print from my course Web site? The course schedule at the bottom of the syllabus tells you what's covered in each class period. That material is accompanied by a document(s) that's posted on my Web site. Usually, you'll only have to print a PowerPoint lecture-slides document, but sometimes you'll have to print other documents such as a tutorial or a style guidelines document.
How do you know when to print from my course Web site? I wish that I could post everything for the whole semester on the first day of class. Alas, I update things as I go, and that prevents me from posting early. Nonetheless, I'll make every effort to have documents posted by 11 PM the night before the material is shown on the schedule. If I don't get them posted by 11 PM, I'll e-mail you to tell you the status. Bottom line – check the schedule before every class period and print the appropriate document(s) from my Web site. It's particularly important that you print my lecture notes prior to the lecture. That way, you'll be able to take supplemental notes directly on top of your hardcopy version of my lecture notes.
I will need to e-mail you on a regular basis throughout the semester for various reasons. It's up to you to ensure that I'm able to do so. If I'm not able to do so, then you'll miss out on important correspondences and your grade may suffer.
Every Park University student automatically has an e-mail account on Park's e-mail server, pirate.park.edu. Your e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org where "first" is your formal first name and "last" is your last name. For example, bob smith's e-mail address would be email@example.com. To use your pirate e-mail account (retrieve and send e-mail), go to http://pirate.park.edu and follow the Web site's instructions in order to log in.
I recommend that you abandon any other e-mail addresses that you have and that you start using your pirate account. If you do not want to do that, then I require that you set up the forwarding feature for your pirate e-mail account. With forwarding on, I'll be able to e-mail your pirate account and it will automatically be forwarded to your chosen account.
If you choose to use a non-pirate e-mail account, here's how to set up forwarding. Go to http://pirate.park.edu and follow the Web site's instructions in order to log in. Click on the Forwards link. Fill in the Set/install a forward to box with your chosen e-mail address and then click the Submit button.
If you choose to use a non-pirate e-mail account and your non-pirate e-mail address changes, make sure that you immediately update your forwarding information as described above.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: See attached.
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89
Disability Guidelines:Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .