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CS 151 Introduction to Programming
Chaffin, Dorothea S.


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 151 Introduction to Programming

Semester

U1T 2007 DLA

Faculty

Chaffin, Dorothea S.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Bachelor of Science Business Administration
Master of Arts Computer Resource and Information Management
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Microsoft Certified Professional + Internet

Office Location

Waynesville, MO

Office Hours

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST

Daytime Phone

573-528-5547

Other Phone

Fax: 573-774-2829

E-Mail

dorothea.chaffin@pirate.park.edu

dschaffin@hotmail.com (IM conferencing only)

Web Page

http://www.dschaffin.com

Semester Dates

06/04/2007 - 07/29/2007

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

high school algebra proficiency, CS140

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Java: An Introduction to Problem Solving & Programming, 4th Edition, Walter Savitch, ISBN: 0-12-149202-0

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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. Prerequisite: MA131 (or equivalent) or CS144 or permission of instructor.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
My teaching philosophy is to work hard for the student in providing materials that are current and technologically advanced. My goals is to provide the student an education that is rich in knowledge and skills, but presented with a common-sense approach that the student can quickly grasp and apply to “real-world” problems. My teaching style is to coach the student in not only solving the problems presented but in developing a set of skills that the student will take with them and apply in other areas of their life as well.

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 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 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: - primitive types and expressions – int, double, char (including escape characters), operator precedence, etc. - strings – concatenation, equals, length, charAt - Boolean variables and boolean expressions - control structures – if, switch, while, do, for, nested loops, conditional operator - Math class - wrapper classes - object-oriented programming concepts – classes, instance variables, instance methods, constructors


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. 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.

There are four categories of questions in the final exam: 

Critical thinking:

(relevant learning outcomes – 2, 5, 8)

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

Exam questions: 26-27

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: 20-27

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

Key discipline concepts/terminology:

(relevant learning outcomes – 1, 6, 7, 8)

Multiple-choice and true/false questions that ask the student about CS 151 concepts.

Exam questions: 1-19

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

Technical skills:

(relevant learning outcomes – 4, 8)

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

Exam questions: 20-25

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:
Your course grade will be based on the following:

  • CONFERENCING: You will participate in live and off-line discussions on various topics throughout the course.
  • QUIZZES: There are six open-book, open-note quizzes.
  • PROGRAMMING ASSIGNMENTS: You will be responsible for 13 weekly programming assignments and 1 Term coding project.
  • FINAL EXAM: You will have one proctored Final exam. This exam is closed book and no resources of any kind will be allowed.

    Grading:
    Your course grade will be based upon the following percentages:

    Assignment % of Grade
    Conferencing 10
    Weekly & Final Coding Assignments 35
    Weekly Quizzes & Non-Coding Assignments 25
    Final Written Exam 30
    Total 100

    Late Submission of Course Materials:
    A 25% penalty will be assessed for work turned in after the due date. Late work will not be accepted more than 7 days after the due date.

    Classroom Rules of Conduct:
    You are required to conduct yourself in a manner that is respectful of your fellow classmates. This is especially true during live conferencing.

    Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

    Topics Readings Assignments Quizzes/Exams
    Week 1: Introduction to Computers and Java
    Due: 06/10/2007
    Chapter 1 Coding Project 1 Coding Project 2 Quiz 1
    Week 2: Primitive Types, Strings, and Console I/O
    Due: 06/17/2007
    Chapter 2 Coding Project 3 Coding Project 4 Quiz 2
    Week 3: Flow of Control
    Due: 06/24/2007
    Chapter 2 Coding Project 5 Coding Project 6 Quiz 3
    Week 4: Defining Classes and Methods
    Due: 07/01/2007
    Chapter 3 Coding Project 7 Coding Project 8 Quiz 4
    Week 5: More About Objects and Methods
    Due: 07/08/2007
    Chapter 5 Coding Project 9 Coding Project 10 Quiz 5
    Week 6: Arrays
    Due: 07/15/2007
    Chapter 6 Coding Project 11 Coding Project 12 Quiz 6
    Week 7: Arrays
    Due: 07/22/2007
    Chapter 6 Coding Project 13 Term Coding Project Review for Final Exam
    Week 8: Arrays
    Due: 07/29/2007
    None All Coding Projects Due 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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

    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 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.
    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 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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    Last Updated:5/14/2007 1:34:38 AM