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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 140 Introduction to Computers

Semester

S2T 2006 DLE

Faculty

Whale, Robert

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MS Computer Science
MBA
BA Communications

Office Location

Mountain Time Zone

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

801-756-3875

E-Mail

Robert.Whale@park.edu

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Textbook:  Williams, Sawyer, Using Information Technology 6th edn. complete, McGraw-Hilll/Irwin, 2005.  ISBN #007288293X

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Lab Requirements:
1.  Coulthard/Hutchinson, Microsoft Office, 2003, Advantage Series lab book ISBN #007283447
2.  Triad Interactive SimNet for Office 2003 Enterprise Edition Office Suite. ISBN #0073221171

Required Software: Students must have the following software installed on their computer:
Windows XP and Office 2003 Student Edition (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)  Access will be taught using the SimNet module.  

This class uses the      Microsoft Windows XP Operating System.
Applications taught:    Microsoft Office 2003 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
                             SimNet for Office 2003 (Office concepts including Access)



Course Description:
This course introduces computer concepts, terminology, and applications to  enable students to use computers in their environment and career.  This  class will feature lectures, written assignments, and demonstrations of  computer concepts.  The lab will concentrate on hands-on computer lab  projects using the dominant Windows operating system and Office  applications.  Software will include Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and  Internet browsers.  Students will be introduced to the structure and use of  personal computer hardware, peripherals, comparison of popular operating  systems, recent history of technology and some ethical implications.  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:


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 (preferably, it will
count for more). 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.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
Students will use the Grade Book to track their grades throughout the course.  Please allow time for submitted assignments to be posted.  Generally speaking it will take 24 hours for a grade to be posted into the grade book.  Early submissions will be graded but not viewable until the deadline for that assignment has passed.

The Grading Rubric for assignments is posted in the Doc Sharing area of the course.

a. Chapter Quizzes, Office Lab Assignments, Participation in class discussions, Mid-term and Final tests and Attendance will be taken into consideration for the course grade. (See Grading Scale below)  

b. The Textbook chapter concepts are evaluated each week by completing the online Multiple Choice and Fill in the Blank quizzes on the McGraw-Hill web site.  The quiz results are graded online and should not be submitted until a 100% score is received. The directions at the end of each page should be followed to submit to the course for a grade.  The quiz results should be saved and reviewed before the mid-term and final tests.

c. The Windows Assignments Week 1 will be evaluated on development of a document submitted on time that displays the required elements as well as proper formatting, grammar, spelling, completeness and demonstrate the main ideas and concepts learned in this module.  

d. The Word Assignments Weeks 2, 3, and 4 will be evaluated on submitted documents received on time that demonstrate the application of concepts taught and exhibit correct formatting, spelling, creative thinking, and research skills if necessary.

e. The Powerpoint Assignment Week 5 will be evaluated on submission by date due, the demonstration of skills taught, use of the tools on a beginning to intermediate level, and exhibiting creative use of media on the part of the student.  Students are expected to participate in the peer review of the projects as part of the grade.

f. The Excel Assignments Weeks 6 and 7 will be evaluated on spreadsheets submitted before or on the date due that demonstrate the application of concepts and exhibit correct formatting, data, and formulas.  The formulas behind the data will be checked for accuracy.

i. The SimNet Access Assignment will be evaluated as to timeliness and demonstrating that the Learning Core has been completed by submitting the scores from the SimNet module.

j. Peer review of various weekly assignments as noted in the course are also taken into consideration as part of the participation grade.

k. The Journal articles begun Week 2 will not be graded but will be beneficial to write the summaries for Weeks 7 and 8.  The Week 7 and 8 summaries will be helpful to review for the final test Week 8.  Week 7 and 8 summaries will be included as part of the Discussion grade for those weeks.

l. Students will receive attendance grades using the Activity feature in the Gradebook.

m. Students are expected to participate in all the Discussion threads at least 3 times or more a week.  The threads will be helpful to answer any questions that will arise about lab or course work and gain knowledge of textbook concepts.

Submission of Late Work: Late work is not the norm in this class.  Any work submitted late will receive a 25% penalty for each week or part thereof.

Proctored final examination/Project - This course requires a proctored final examination.  See the information below:.  
A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.  

Other Information on proctored exams:
It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.  
Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.  
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 your instructor 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.

Grading:
Course Grading Scale

   A = 90-100%       900-1000
   B = 80-89%         800-899
   C = 70-79%       700-799
   D = 60-69%       600-699
   F = < 60%         599 and below

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submission of Late Work: Late work is not the norm in this class.  Any work submitted late will receive a 25% penalty for each week or part 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:
Unless otherwise indicated, all assignments must be submitted to the eCollege Dropbox.  
     
Week 1 1 MultChoice,Fill in Blank 20  Textbook 220  
2 MultChoice,Fill in Blank 20  Lab 240  
Week 2 3 MultChoice,Fill in Blank 20  Quiz/Test 300  
4 MultChoice,Fill in Blank 20  Discussion 160  
Week 3 5 MultChoice,Fill in Blank 20  Attendance 80  
6 MultChoice,Fill in Blank 20  Total Points 1000  
Week 4 7 MultChoice,Fill in Blank 20      
8 MultChoice,Fill in Blank 20    
Week 5 9 MultChoice,Fill in Blank 20    
10 MultChoice,Fill in Blank 20    
Week 6 11 MultChoice,Fill in Blank 20  Proctor Form  
  220  Due Week 6  
Lab Book              
Week 1 Windows  Assignment 1 20    
Register SimNet 10    
       
Week 2 Word Assign 1 Cover Letter 10    
Assign 2 Resume 10    
Assign 3 Fax 10    
Week 3 Word Assign 4 Internet Search 10    
Assign 5 Brochure 10    
Assign 6 Newsletter 10    
Week 4  Word Assign 7 Tables 10    
Assign 8 Term Paper 20      
Week 5  Powerpoint 20    
SimNet Practice with Excel 10    
Week 6 Excel Assign 1 Grade Book 10    
Assign 2 Case Study 10    
Assign 3 Case Study 10    
Week 7 Excel Assign 4 Bookstore 10    
Assign 5 Financial 10    
Assign 6 Range Names & Émployment Chart 20    
Week 8  Simnet Access 20    
    240        
Quizzes and Tests      
Week 4 Mid-term  100    
Week 8 Final   200        
Weekly Threaded Discussions      
8 weeks 20 points each week 160    
               
Attendance        
8 weeks 10 points each week 80

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

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 .

Additional Information:





Student Resources


McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.


Park University Online Bookstore - Select "Distance Learning - Graduate," or "Distance Learning Internet," and then click on the appropriate course code (ex. AC 201, PA 501) to see the list of required and optional texts for each course that you are enrolled in. 


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Online Tutoring Services - Park University has arranged for Online students to receive five hours of free access to Online tutoring and academic support through Smarthinking. If you would like Online tutoring, please contact me to receive their recommendation and information on how to access the Online tutoring.


Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.


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Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                              
Outcomes
2, 5,  8                                           
Critical Thinking Questions:
13-15.5 points
 
Critical Thinking Questions:
10.5-12.5 points
 
Critical Thinking Questions:
7-10 points
 
Critical Thinking Questions:
0-6.5 points
 
Analysis                                                                                                                                               
Outcomes
2, 5, 8                                            
Critical Thinking Questions:
13-15.5 points
 
Critical Thinking Questions:
10.5-12.5 points
 
Critical Thinking Questions:
7-10 points
 
Critical Thinking Questions:
0-6.5 points
 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
2, 5, 8                                            
Critical Thinking Questions:
13-15.5 points
 
Critical Thinking Questions:
10.5-12.5 points
 
Critical Thinking Questions:
7-10 points
 
Critical Thinking Questions:
0-6.5 points
 
Terminology                                                                                                                                            
Outcomes
6, 7, 8                                            
Content Questions:
15-18 points
 
Content Questions:
12.5-14.5 points
 
Content Questions:
8-12 points
 
Content Questions:
0-7.5 points
 
Concepts                                                                                                                                               
Outcomes
1, 6, 7, 8                                         
Content Questions:
15-18 points
 
Content Questions:
12.5-14.5 points
 
Content Questions:
8-12 points
 
Content Questions:
0-7.5 points
 
Application                                                                                                                                            
Outcomes
1, 6, 7, 8                                         
Content Questions:
15-18 points
 
Content Questions:
12.5-14.5 points
 
Content Questions:
8-12 points
 
Content Questions:
0-7.5 points
 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                         
Outcomes
4, 8                                               
Technical Skills Questions:
7.5-8.5 points
 
Technical Skills Questions:
5.5-7 points
 
Technical Skills Questions:
3.5-5 points
 
Technical Skills Questions:
0-3 points
 
Component                                                                                                                                              
Outcomes
4, 8                                               
Technical Skills Questions:
7.5-8.5 points
 
Technical Skills Questions:
5.5-7 points
 
Technical Skills Questions:
3.5-5 points
 
Technical Skills Questions:
0-3 points
 

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