CS 151 Introduction to Programming
FA 2008 HO
Dean, John S.
Assistant Professor of Information and Computer Science
B.S. in Electrical EngineeringM.S. in Computer Science
Science Hall 016B
Mon 2:00-3:00 pm, Tue, Thu 8:00-8:30 am, 10:05-11:05 am, 1:00-1:30 pm, Fri 1:30-3:00 pm
August 18 -- December 12
11:35 - 12:50
Any math course = MA 131 or ACT math score = 22 or SAT math score = 520 or COMPASS math score = 46 or CS 144
Textbook: Dean, J. & Dean, R. (2008).
Introduction to Programming with Java – A Problem Solving Approach.
New York: McGraw-Hill.
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
Additional Resources: Purchase a USB flash pen storage device (as of 8/6/08,
this Web site had good prices: http://www.tigerdirect.com/).
Optional purchase: A Java compiler for home use. I recommend using Helios's TextPad. Refer to my "Getting Started With TextPad" document for details.
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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
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:
(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)
Short answer questions that ask the student to explain various concepts and trace and debug code fragments and/or programs.
Exam questions: 20-27
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
(relevant learning outcomes – 4, 8)
Exam questions: 20-25
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:
Does not meet expectations
65% to 84%
No exam graded.
The ICS Program Coordinator will use the core assessment scores to compare results across all instructional modalities.
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:
the first two homework assignments by hand. For all other homeworks, 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
are 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.
your first two homeworks at the beginning of the due date’s class period. Upload
your subsequent homeworks 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 4 and you turn it in on Thu, Sep 11 (two class
periods late), then that homework's score will be reduced by two-thirds.
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.
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.
virtual no-penalty coupons are used, I record them in my online grade book. At
the end of the semester, 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
the end of the term, a student might notice that a homework score has not been
recorded in the grade book. 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.
not ask for exceptions to the homework policies.
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
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.
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 using eCompanion, Park's online course
management system. To learn the basics of eCompanion, read the eCompanion Access Instructions document found
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 some
of those features. For example, I'm not using the chat room. You'll use my Web
site for 1) submitting your homework, 2) getting course documents, and 3)
viewing your scores and overall grade.
1. Submitting your homework:
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
After opening a set of lecture
slides, to print them, select PowerPoint Lecture Slides from the Select
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.
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
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.
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
Park University student automatically has an e-mail account on Park's e-mail
server. 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 Park
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.
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.
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
choose to use a non-Park e-mail account and your non-Park e-mail address
changes, make sure that you immediately update your forwarding information as
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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 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.
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 .
Attachments:CS 151 Schedule
Last Updated:8/12/2008 11:38:32 AM