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CS 151 Introduction to Programming
MacKenn, John F.


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.
CourseCS 151 Introduction to Programming
SemesterS1F2005
FacultyMacKenn, Jack
TitleSenior Instructor/Adjunct Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesBBA, Penn State
MBA, University of Maine
BS, Park College
Office LocationQuantico
Office HoursBefore and after class
Daytime Phone540-469-9633 (W)
Other Phone540-371-7548 (H)
E-MailJohn.MacKenn@park.edu
Jack.MacKenn@ngc.com (work)
Semester Dates10 Jan - 13 Mar 2005
Class Days--T----
Class Time1730-2230
PerquisitesHigh School algebra proficiency
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Savitch; JAVA, An Introduction to Computer Science & Programming, 3nd Edition; Prentice Hall

Additional Resources:
Cadenhead; SAMS Teach Yourself Java 2 in 24 Hours, 2nd Edition, SAMS.
       
Harris; Prentice Hall Reference Guide to Grammar and Usage * with exercises *, Third Edition, Prentice Hall        
             
http://www-cse.ucsd.edu/users/savitch/books/cs1ed2.java/

http://java.sun.com/docs/books/tutorial/

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.  Pre-requisite:  high school algebra proficiency.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
We are here to learn.  In addition to lectures, there will be multiple class exercises on the lab computers that will provide hands-on experience with the concepts covered in class.  Students are expected to ask questions if they are unsure of any concepts or details that have been covered.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
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.
o 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.
o 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:
o Primitive types and expressions - int, double, char (including escape characters), operator precedence, etc.
o Strings - concatenation, equals, length, charAt
o Boolean variables and boolean expressions
o Control structures - if, switch, while, do, for, nested loops, conditional operator
o Object-oriented programming concepts - classes, instance variables, instance methods, constructors
o Static fields and static methods
o Math class
o Wrapper classes
o DecimalFormat class (for formatted output)

Course Assessment:
There will be two examinations, a midterm and a final.  Three labs (comprehensive programming problems) will be assigned.

Grading:
The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements:  25% midterm exam, 25% final exam, 50% homework and labs.  
       
The labs will be typewritten and in the format specified by the lab requirements handout.
       
The following will be used to assign course letter grades:
       
90 - 100 ........... A
80 - 89 ............ B
70 - 79 ............ C
60 - 69 ............ D
Below 60 ........... F (or 2 or more unexcused absences)
       
NOTE: ALL labs are required.  Failure to turn in a lab will result in a grade of F for the course.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All labs are required to be turned in on the due date specified in the lab assignment handout.  One letter grade will be deducted for each week a lab is late.  Failure to turn in a lab will result in an F for the course.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to participate in classroom discussions.  Students who grasp the material quickly are encouraged to assist others.  Students are expected to be on time and respectful of the rights of others.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Date  Chapter  Topics

11 Jan    1    Introduction to Computers & Java Object
18 Jan    2    Primitive Types, Strings, & Interactive I/O        
25 Jan    3    Flow of Control        
1 Feb    4    Defining Classes & Methods              
8 Feb    1-4  Mid Term Exam                
       
15 Feb    6    Arrays        
22 Feb    6    Arrays        
1 Mar    5    More About Objects & Methods        
8 Mar    1-6  Final Exam                    

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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.

Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100


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 .

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