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CS 144 Beginning Programming with Multimedia Projects
Kushan, Barbara

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CS 144 Beginning Programming with Multimedia Projects


FA 2006 HOZ


Kushan, Barbara


Senior Graduate Faculty of Management Information Systems


Ph.D. in Computer Education
M.S. in Computer Science
M.S.N.S. in Mathematics

Office Location

Parkville, MO Mabee 602  and Virtual Office online

Office Hours

On Campus-- SC 113: T 11:15 - 1:15 pm   Virtual Office: Noon - 9:00 pm

Daytime Phone



Web Page

Semester Dates

August 21, 2006 - December 17, 2006

Class Days

Tuesday and online Monday to Saturday

Class Time

Tu: 11:35 am - 12:50 pm  and by arrangement



Credit Hours


Dann, Wanda; Cooper, Stephen; and Pausch, Randy; Learning to Program with Alice, Final Version, Prentice Hall, 2006, ISBN: 0-13-187289-3.

Hughes, Cheryl M., The Web Wizard's Guide to XHTML, Prentice Hall, 2005, ISBN 0-321-17868-8.

Download latest version of Alice from

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Additional 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.
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Course Description:
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of programming and  design using multimedia projects. In a “hands-on” class, students will use  pseudocode design and the three programming constructs (sequence,  selection, and repetition) in creating GUI screen interfaces and web pages.  Students will learn how to combine text, graphics, audio, video, and  animation in their projects. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
I have always considered excellence in teaching as the most important goal of a faculty member. The "excellent teacher" prepares courses that involve students in their own learning and gives them the means to be life-long learners. This is especially important in a field that is changing as rapidly as computer science.  I believe that one learns by doing.  Therefore, I always provide practical experiences in my courses.  However, students have various learning styles and thus, it is important to use as many means as necessary to help them learn--especially material that is sequential knowledge and skills that form the foundation for the rest of their academic program.  I set high, though not unreasonable, standards for my students.  I make myself available to help all students with the will to learn to reach those standards. The high standards encourage them to seek the knowledge, the skills, and the self-discipline needed for success in their careers.  They also enter their career fields with the confidence that comes from knowing their abilities to achieve in those fields.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Create Web pages with basic XHTML.
  2. Construct GUI screen interfaces using a programming language (Visual Basic or comparable language).
  3. Apply problem-solving techniques to develop a solution.
  4. Design projects by describing an algorithm in pseudocode.
  5. Select appropriate programming constructs (sequence, selection, and repetition) for each project
  6. Combine text, graphics, audio, video and animation in multimedia projects

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Students will be able to track their grade throughout the course. 

Each student is responsible for:

  • Completing weekly Lab Assignments.
  • Submitting answers to Weekly Discussion Questions.
  • Submitting weekly Projects.
  • Submitting two Major Projects.
  • Completing a Midterm Examination.
  • Completing a Final Examination.


·  Grading weights are as follows:

Discussion Questions and Peer Review 


Lab Assignments 




Major Projects 


Midterm Exam and Final Examination


Course Grading Scale

A = 90 - 100 %        
B = 80 - 89.9%       

C = 70 - 79.9%        
D = 60 - 69.9%        
F = < 60% 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Each week's work must be completed by the due dates of that week. Assignments received after this time will receive a 10% reduction in your score each day that your assignment is late.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
See attachment below.

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: .

CS 144 Schedule Fall, 2006


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