CS219 Programming Fundamentals

for S2F 2007

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CS 219 Programming Fundamentals


S2F 2007 HE


Harrison, Harry Clifford


Assistant Professor


B.S. US Air Force Academy
M.S. University of Arizona, Systems Engineering
M.S. University of Arixona, Aerospace Engineering

Office Location

Fort Myer, Virginia

Office Hours

by appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone





Web Page


Semester Dates

19 Mar - 19 May 2007

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM


Math >= MA 131 or C or better in CS-151

Credit Hours



Java: An Introduction Problem Solving & Programming, Walter Savitch, Prentice Hall, 2005.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Java 2.0 for Dummies, Barry Burd, Hungry Minds, Inc, 2001, isbn 0-7645-0765-6.

Cadenhead; SAMS Teach Yourself Java 2 in 24 Hours, 2nd Edition, SAMS.
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Course Description:
This course continues the development of the programming and problem solving skills introduced in CS 151. Programming concepts will be put into practice by using Java for programming projects. Students will learn about object-oriented programming and two of its key components - inheritance and polymorphism. Additionally, students will learn about these topics: arrays, graphical user interface components, event-driven programming, exception handling. PREREQUISITES: Any math course > MA 131, a grade of C or better in CS 151. SUGGESTED PREREQUISITE: CS 140. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

It is this faculty's educational philosophy to create and foster a fun and active learning environment where students can explore learning concepts, theories, and applied concepts. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively through the learning process and to respect each student's contributions to the learning environment.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain advanced object-oriented programming concepts - inheritance, polymorphism, exception handling, GUI programming
  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 principles of inheritance and composition. - Given a problem description, the student should be able to decide on appropriate classes in a class hierarchy tree. - Given a description that involves two classes, the student should be able to decide on whether composition or inheritance is more appropriate.
  7. Write Java programs that use: - class variables and class methods - arrays and Arraylists - object-oriented programming concepts – inheritance, polymorphism - exception handling - GUI programming – event-driven programming, layout managers, components

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 219 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, 7)

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

Exam questions: 25-26

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: 18-26

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

Key discipline concepts/terminology:

(relevant learning outcomes – 1, 6, 7)

Multiple-choice and true/false questions that ask the student about CS 219 concepts.

Exam questions: 1-17

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

Technical skills:

(relevant learning outcomes – 4, 7)

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

Exam questions: 18-24

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:

Assessment of learning will be determined by using the following:

1. Lab Assignments: see www.radix.net/~cgabriel/lab-requirements.html
2.   Quizzes: Both announced and unannounced quizzes on material will be administered.
3.   Mid-term and Final Exams: Students will complete two examinations.


The final course grade will be determined by the following measurements:
1. Lab Assignments 150
2. Quizzes 50 points
3. Midterm and Final Examination 100 points each
Total 400 points

Final course grading scale:
93-100 (372-400) = A
83-92 (332-371) = B
73-82 (292-331) = C
63-72 (252-291) = D
62 and below (251 and below or more than 15 hours of course time missed ) = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

If an assignment is due on a night that the student is not present, it is the student's responsibility to get the assignment to the instructor on the due date. Five points will be deducted each day an assignment is late. Assignments will not be accepted after three days of the due date without prior approval from the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Class participation is expected and will form a part of the final grade.  Students are expected to attend all classes and be on time.  Students are required to read all material assigned prior to class and apply the material during class discussions, activities, and exercises.

·        The student is responsible for providing the instructor with justification for an excused absence, either prior to or immediately after the absence.
Computers are now an integral part of our educational experience.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines.  Students will conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.
Students are expected to respect other students' opinions and values, even if they disagree with those opinions and values.  There should only be one person talking at a time. Side bar conversations will not be tolerated.




Mar 21


Read Chapter 6

Mar 28


Read Chapter 7

Apr 4

Exception Handling

Read Chapter 8

Apr 11


Review all notes and reading

Apr 18

Streams and File I/O

Read Chapter 9

Apr 25

Dynamic Data Structures

Read Chapter 10

May 2


Read Chapter 11

May 9

Windows Interfaces/Applets

Read Chapters 12, 13

May 16

Final Examination

Review all notes and readings

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 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 "W".
  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 2006-2007 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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