CS151 Intro to Programming

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CS 151 Intro to Programming


F1SS 2008 RA


Muñoz, Mark Ryan


Adjunct Faculty


Master of Science in Computer Information Systems
Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Systems

Office Hours


Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

Monday, August 18, 2008 - Sunday, October 12, 2008

Class Days


Class Time

4:55 - 7:35 PM


high school algebra proficiency

Credit Hours



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Course Description:
CS151 Introduction to Programming: 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, debugging. Additionally, these object-oriented concepts will be covered: classes, instance variables, methods and constructors. Prerequisite: Any math course > MA 131 or ACT math score >22 or SAT math score >520 or COMPASS math score >46 or CS 144. 3:03

Educational Philosophy:

An objective of this course is to help students begin developing the "creativity and problem-solving skills" necessary to pass subsequent programming courses and necessary as well to become a proficient programmer regardless of the programming language.
To help meet the "creativity and problem-solving skills" objective students will be required to produce programming project solutions from given problem descriptions. This objective is not met if a student is only able to produce solutions by pasting together given code fragments. Although pasting code fragments together is sometimes appropriate, it does not enforce the development of creativity and problem-solving skills.
In order to start developing creativity and problem-solving skills, the student will be required to program at least one project each week 'from scratch'. In order to satisfy the requirement to program 'from scratch', the student must create and type via the keyboard orginal source code. Cutting and pasting code fragments from other source code will not satisfy the 'from scratch' requirement.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain basic programming concepts – program compilation, program execution, history of Java.
  2. Demonstrate creativity and problem-solving skills.
  3. Use an integrated development environment to enter, run, and debug Java programs.
  4. Debug and test Java programs.
  5. Write Java programs that use proper style and documentation.
  6. Demonstrate proper use of the object-oriented principle of encapsulation. -Given a problem description, the student should be able to decide on appropriate classes, private instance variables, public instance methods.
  7. Demonstrate proper use of top-down design. -Given a description for a non-trivial method, the student should be able to implement it by deciding on appropriate helper methods and parameter passing.
  8. Write Java programs that use: -primitive types and expressions – int, double, char (including escape characters), operator precedence, etc. -strings – concatenation, equals, length, charAt -Boolean variables and boolean expressions -control structures – if, switch, while, do, for, nested loops, conditional operator -Math class -wrapper classes -object-oriented programming concepts – classes, instance variables, instance methods, constructors

Core Assessment:

All Park University courses must include a core assessment tool that measures the degree to which students learn the course's learning outcomes. School policy dictates that a student's performance on the core assessment tool must count for at least 20% of the student's total course grade. For this course, the tool consists of the final exam. Therefore, the final exam must count for at least 20% of the student's total course grade. School policy dictates that the core assessment tool must cover at least 75% of a course's learning outcomes. To ensure compliance, all CS 151 instructors are required to give the same final exam. See the attached final exam artifact and artifact solution. To prevent cheating, students are strictly forbidden from keeping the final exam, the solutions, or copies of either.

There are four categories of questions in the final exam:

Critical thinking:

(relevant learning outcomes – 2, 5, 8)

Given a problem description, produce a solution in the form of a short program or a method(s).

Exam questions: 26-27

See the exam solution for details on how to score the questions.

Communication: (relevant learning outcome – 5)

Given a problem description, produce a solution in the form of a short program or a method(s).

Short answer questions that ask the student to explain various concepts and trace and debug code fragments and/or programs.

Exam questions: 20-27

See the exam solution for details on how to score the questions.

Key discipline concepts/terminology:

(relevant learning outcomes – 1, 6, 7, 8)

Multiple-choice and true/false questions that ask the student about CS 151 concepts.

Exam questions: 1-19

See the exam solution for details on how to score the questions.

Technical skills:

(relevant learning outcomes – 4, 8)

Short answer questions that ask the student to explain various concepts and trace and debug code fragments and/or programs.

Exam questions: 20-25

See the exam solution for details on how to score the questions.

The ICS Program Coordinator will analyze core assessment results for a sampling of all ICS courses offered. In analyzing the results, the ICS Program Coordinator will grade the exams using the (very specific) grading criteria shown on the exam solution. The final grade is in the form of a percentage where the percentages equate to the following levels of success:

Exceeds expectations

Meets expectations

Does not meet expectations

No evidence

≥ 85%

65% to 84%

< 65%

No exam graded.

The ICS Program Coordinator will use the core assessment scores to compare results across all instructional modalities.

Class Assessment:

Attendance/Participation    10%
Homework                        10%
Exam 1                              25%
Exam 2                              25%
Exam 3                              30%


The student will be able to request information on their grade average via email throughout the course. The grading scale is as follows: A = 90-100; B =80-89; C = 70-79; D = 60-69; F = 0-59. Each student is responsible for:
  • Completing programming homework assignments, reading, non coding activities and exams.
  • Participating in the classroom discussions and completing other activities as assigned.
  • Completing a closed book, proctored written examination.
Grading Scale
–A = 90- 100% of total points possible
B = 80-89% of total points possible
C = 70-79% of total points possible
D = 60-69% of total points possible
F = < 60% of total points possible

Late Submission of Course Materials:

a. Late Homework: Late homework or assignments will take a 10 point deduction for each day (not class) missed. Coordination with me prior to an absence for turn in or having another student turn in your work can be authorized with advance notice.

b. Make-up Examinations: Make-up examinations will only be given without a valid excused absence and approved by the instructor. All make-up tests must be scheduled before the next class session or a zero will be given for the exam. If a make-up test is granted, I will schedule a day for taking the missed exam.
c. Incompletes: As a rule, incomplete grades will not be given. Incomplete grades will not be given for student laziness (i.e. work not in on time; missing exams; student missing final...etc.) Exceptions to the rule do exist, however: If a death in the student's immediate family (spouse, child, parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt, or uncle) affects the overall performance of the student in the course or if the student missies a significant portion of the class due to their hospitalization, the student may be allowed to petition for an incomplete and make up the work. The instructor retains the right to veto any such petition, or grant an incomplete in other unforeseen circumstances.
d. Withdraws: The enrollment status of the student in this course is solely the responsibility of the student. If you wish to change your status in this course, be sure that you file the appropriate paperwork with the registrar before the appropriate deadlines. If you wish to drop, do not just stop coming to class!!!! Get to the Campus Center Director and file a withdrawal slip. I will continue to consider you part of this Class until notified otherwise by the Campus Center Director.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
DO NOT SURF THE INTERNET OR RUN OTHER APPLICATIONS WHICH ARE NOT ASSOCIATED WITH THE DISCUSSIONS IN CLASS. TYPING ON THE KEYBOARD AND CLICKING THE MOUSE IS DISTRACTING AND DISRESPECTFUL TOWARD OTHER STUDENTS TRYING TO LEARN. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines and not rely on the computers in the lab. Be sure to save copies of your work to USB Flash Drive and have coding assignments uploaded to ParkOnline.org when they're due before coming to class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1: Computer and programming basics TextPad and JDK tutorial
View videos: The History of Software Programming
Read Ch. 1 & 2
Week 2: Expressions, strings, and documentation
Read Ch.3
Ch.1 & 2 Homework due
Week 3: If-then statements, loops boolean
Read Ch.4
Ch.3 Homework due
Week 4: Pre-Built Methods
Read Ch.5
Ch.4 Homework due
Exam 1 over Ch.1-4
Week 5: Object-Oriented Programming (OOP)
Read Ch.6
Ch.5 Homework due
Week 6: More OOP
Read Ch.7
Ch.6 Homework due
Exam 2 over Ch.5-6
Week 7: Lab work
Programming in lab 
Ch.6 Homework due
Week 8: Exam review
Week 7 Homework & in class work due
Exam 3 over Ch. 1-7

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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. 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 .


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