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CS 151 Introduction to Programming
Whale, Robert


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

CS 151 Introduction to Programming

Semester

S1T 2006 DLD

Faculty

Whale, Robert

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MS Computer Science
MBA
BA Communications

Office Location

Mountain Time Zone

Office Hours

By appointment

E-Mail

Robert.Whale@park.edu

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
JAVA    An Introduction to Problem Solving & Programming  by Walter Savitch -- Fourth Edition  -- Prentice Hall Publisher ISBN-0-13-149202-0



                                                                                       

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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. Prerequisite: MA131 (or  equivalent) or CS144 or permission of instructor.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as "disputatious" learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

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 the TextPad 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:
  9. - Primitive types and expressions - int, double, char (including escape characters), operator precedence, etc.
  10. - Strings - concatenation, equals, length, charAt
  11. - Boolean variables and Boolean expressions
  12. - Control structures - if, switch, while, do, for, nested loops, conditional operator
  13. - Object-oriented programming concepts - classes, instance variables, instance methods, constructors
  14. - Class variables and class methods
  15. - Math class
  16. - Wrapper classes


Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Each student is responsible for:

Completing quizzes, reading, non coding activities  and coding projects as assigned.
Participating in the classroom  conference discussions and completing other online activities as assigned.
Completing a closed book, proctored final written examination.
Assignment
% of Grade

Conferencing  10%
Weekly & Final Coding Assignments        35%
Weekly Quizzes & Non-Coding Assignments    25 %
Final Written Exam   30%  
 Total 100%

Grading:
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:
Late work is not the norm in this class.  Late work will be penalized 25% for each week or fraction thereof.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class Participation:

It is extremely important to generate ideas and participate in class discussion. Students are required to participate in at least five out of every seven days. Participation includes adding new thoughts as well as commenting on fellow student responses. The understanding and application of concepts is best reinforced by communicating with others. I will be the observer/facilitator of this process and will be assessing your contributions to the topic-related discussions. From time to time, I will interject comments; but, for the most part, the discussions will be left to the class. I will also provide additional points to consider.

Here is how I grade participation:

Each Monday morning, I examine the Discussion Board for the previous week.  You are expected to participate four days each week.  I examine the quantity and quality of each student's contribution.  If all your postings add significant value to the topics at hand, you will be graded as follows provided that your postings are spread out over four days:

8 or more postings -- 100%
6-7 postings -- 80%
4-5 postings -- 50%
2-3 postings -- 25%
0-1 posting -- 0%

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Below are the objectives for each week of the course.  The deliverables can be found by clicking on each week's respective tab in eCollege.


Week 1 Objectives:

To understand the difference between source code and object code.
To be aware of the history of Java
To introduce classes, objects, methods and object - oriented programming.
To identify arithmetic operators and understand their precedence in mathematical expressions in Java.
To understand the rules for naming Java identifiers.
To be aware of the difference between primitive and class variable types.
To introduce the concepts of encapsulation, polymorphism, and inheritance.
To understand the difference between applets and applications.  
Week 2 Objectives:

To understand and use if statements and comparison operators.
To understand string constants, variables and concatenation.
To develop source code using escape characters and good documentation.
To use meaningful, self-explanatory names as identifier
To understand how to use algorithms and pseudocode.
To understand and use method design techniques such as stubs, driver programs and top down design.
Make arrangements for a proctor for week 8 for your final exam. Arrange for a proctor with your Park site if possible
Week 3 Objectives:

To understand and use switch statements.
To understand and use the while and do-while repetition (loop) structure.
To understand and use the for repetition (loop) structure.
To understand and use counter-controlled and sentinel-controlled repetition structures.
To identify and use boolean expressions, variables and values in repetition structures..
Week 4 Objectives:

Learn to define classes in Java.
Learn to define and use methods.
Learn to declare and use local variables in methods.
To understand and use instance variables.
To understand and use instance methods
Learn to use arguments and parameters in methods.
Week 5 Objectives:

Learn to define and use constructors.
Learn to use overloaded methods.
Week 6 Objectives:

Introduce basic array concepts and why they are important.
Learn how to create and use simple arrays using Java.
Learn how to access and initialize array elements.
Week 7 Objectives:

To understand and use accessor and mutator methods.
Understand how to use static variables and static methods.
Understand the Math class
Learn to identify wrapperclasses for primitive variables.
Learn to use top-down design, driver methods and stubs.
Learn how to package java files.  
Write the source code for the term coding project.
Week 8 Objectives:

Hand in the term coding project by Wednesday of week 8.
Complete Park University's Student Opinion Survey.
Complete instructor's feedback form
Participate in the week 8 discussion thread.
Take the final written exam. The final written exam is worth 30% of your final grade.   It is a closed book written exam covering the concepts covered in the course. Park College is requiring that this be a proctored exam. An examination will be taken in person at one of the Park College sites around the country or at an alternative location approved by the college where Park College sites are not available. This examination is mandatory and is necessary to receive a passing grade in the course. It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor who will be accepted and approved by the instructor. Park College site administrators or adjunct faculty members are preferred, but K-12 school officials acceptable. Those taking the proctored examination shall provide photo identification to the proctor. Approved proctors shall include U.S. Embassy officials, military education officers, any college or university faculty member or administrator. Excluded from approval as proctors shall be personnel at place of work, ministers, family members, neighbors, and friends. Students should use the proctor button on the introduction page of the classroom to generate the proctor form.

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.

  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 "WH".
  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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

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 .

Additional Information:

Final examination - An examination will be taken in person during the 8th week of instruction at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location approved by your Instructor where Park University sites are not available.  It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who will be accepted and approved by the instructor.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found at the Park University Website.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to me for approval.  Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade. 

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