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CS 225 Programming Concepts
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 225 Programming Concepts

Semester

S1T 2008 DL

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@pirate.park.edu

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
C++ How To Program by Deitel and Deitel, Fifth Edition, Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-185757-6.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Optional acquisition:         

 

A Microsoft Visual C++ .NET compiler for home use. See the ICS web site for a link to the MSDN Academic Alliance site.

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Course Description:
This course continues the development of the programming and problem solving skills introduced in CS 219. Programming concepts will be put into practice by using C++ for programming projects. Since C++ is so similar to Java and since students should already know Java from their prerequisite courses, this course will cover C++ basics (control constructs, operators, data types, functions) quickly. More time will be spent on those features of C++ that differ from Java. For example, more time will be spent on pointers, object-oriented programming techniques, and operator overloading. Prerequisite: a grade of 'C' or better in CS 219. 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 C++ constructs (this should be covered quickly since basic C++ constructs are similar to basic Java constructs, which are covered in CS 151 and CS 219).
  2. Explain basic object-oriented programming concepts (this should be covered quickly since basic OOP concepts are covered in CS 151 and CS 219).
  3. Explain these programming concepts: Pointers, Parameter passing - call-by-value vs. call-by-reference, Operator overloading, Inheritance - public, protected, and private access specifiers
  4. Demonstrate creativity and problem-solving skills.
  5. Use the Visual C++ integrated development environment to enter, run, and debug C++ programs
  6. Write C++ programs that use proper style and documentation.
  7. Demonstrate proper use of the object-oriented principle of inheritance. (Given a problem description, the student should be able to decide on appropriate classes in a class hierarchy tree. )
  8. Demonstrate proper use of the object-oriented principle of composition. (Given a description that involves two classes, the student should be able to decide on whether composition or inheritance is more appropriate. )
  9. Write C++ programs that use:
  10. - Preprocessor directives
  11. - Functions - call-by-value vs. call-by-reference parameters, inline functions, default arguments
  12. - Arrays - one-dimensional and two-dimensional
  13. - Pointers, Strings, Operator overloading, Inheritance - public, protected, and private access specifiers
  14. Optional - Write C++ programs that use: UML, polymorphism, virtual functions, templates, exception handling, file I/O


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 mustcount 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, al lCS 225 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 three categories ofquestions in the final exam:

 

Critical Thinking:

(relevant learning outcomes – 4, 6, 9)

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

Exam questions: 22

Total points: 15½

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

Content:

(relevant learning outcomes – 1-3, 7­9)

Multiple-choice and true/false questions that ask the student about CS 225 concepts.

Exam questions: 1-16

Total points: 16

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

Technical Skills:

(relevant learning outcomes – 9)

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

Exam questions: 17-21

Total points: 12½

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

 

The ICS Program Coordinator will analyze core assessment results for 20% of all ICS courses offered. In analyzing the results, the ICS Program Coordinator will use the following grading rubric and compare results across all instructional modalities.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Students will use the GradeBook 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.   Participation in class discussions, Mid-term and Final tests and Attendance will be taken into consideration for the course grade. (See Grading Scale below)  

The grading of the course is decided based on the following items.

  • The graded works for this course consist of 11 programming assignments, seven quizzes, seven participation grades, and a Final Exam.
  • Each programming assignment is graded as follows:
    • If the submitted program does not compile, the maximum amount of points that can be earned is 50%.
    • Coding style counts for 20% of the project.
    • Code execution counts for 60% of the project.
    • Code design counts for 20% of the project.

 

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:

 

Assignments are due each Sunday on a weekly basis. Late work will be accepted but is penalized 25%. No late work will be accepted after 7 days.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class Participation: It is extremely important to generate ideas and participate in class discussion. Students are required to participate 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:

Make-up examinations must be scheduled prior to the date of the examination. The final grade will be determined as follows:

Programming Assignments = 45%
Participation = 21%
Quizzes = 14%

Final Exam = 20%

 

A = 90-100 points
B = 80-89 points
C = 70-79 points
D = 60-69 points
F = < 60 points

 

Note: All assignments are due on Sunday of each week.

 

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
4, 6, 9                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
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
4, 6, 9                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
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
4, 6, 9                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
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
1-3, 7-9                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Content Questions:
13.5-16 points
 
Content Questions:
11-13 points
 
Content Questions:
7-10.5 points
 
Content Questions:
0-6.5 points
 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1-3, 7-9                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Content Questions:
13.5-16 points
 
Content Questions:
11-13 points
 
Content Questions:
7-10.5 points
 
Content Questions:
0-6.5 points
 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1-3, 7-9                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Content Questions:
13.5-16 points
 
Content Questions:
11-13 points
 
Content Questions:
7-10.5 points
 
Content Questions:
0-6.5 points
 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
9                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Technical Skills Questions:
10.5-12.5 points
 
Technical Skills Questions:
8.5-10 points
 
Technical Skills Questions:
5.5-8 points
 
Technical Skills Questions:
0-5 points
 

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