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CS 144 Beg Prog w/Multimedia Projects
Christopherson, Leo B.


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Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

CS 144 Beginning Programming with Multimedia Projects

Semester

F1FF 2007 FA

Faculty

Christopherson, Leo B.

Title

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Degrees/Certificates

BA Mathematics
M Ed Education Tech

Daytime Phone

509-465-3179

E-Mail

leo.christopherson@park.edu

park@leochristopherson.com

Web Page

http://www.leochristopherson.com

Semester Dates

Aug 20, 2007 - Oct 15, 2007

Class Days

--T----

Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

  • Hughes, The Web Wizard's Guide to XHTML, Addison Wesley, 2005, ISBN 0-321-17868-8.
  • Dann, Cooper, and Pausch, Learning to Program with Alice, Final Version, Prentice Hall, 2006,ISBN 0-13-187289-3.
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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:
    My educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, web sites and writings. I 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. Create Web pages with basic XHTML
    2. Create 3-dimensional worlds with animation using Alice, a programming language.
    3. Apply problem-solving techniques to develop a solution.
    4. Design projects by describing an algorithm (visual and textual storyboards, 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:

    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 144 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 covered in the final exam: 

    Analysis

    (relevant learning outcomes – 3, 4)

    Given a problem description, break down the problem by producing a design using visual and textual storyboards.

    Exam tasks: 1-2

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

     

    Synthesis:

    (relevant learning outcomes – 2, 3, 5, 6)

    Given a problem description, create a solution in the form of an Alice program that uses the concepts studied in Chapters 2 – 7 of the textbook.

    Exam tasks: 3-10

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

     

    Technical skills:

    (relevant learning outcomes – 2, 3, 5, 6)

    Given a problem description, choose the correct commands, methods and functions to tell the story. Debug the code to get a working program.

    Exam tasks: 3-10

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

    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:

    Programming assignments, projects, presentations, and examinations.

    Grading:

    Programming assignments 50%, projects 15%, presentations 15%, and examinations 20%.

    Late Submission of Course Materials:
    Please contact the instructor if classwork will be late.

    Classroom Rules of Conduct:
    Computer lab information will be announced during the first meeting of the class.

    Dates,

    XHTML Text Assignments,

    Alice Text Assignments,

    Other Assignments,

    1. Aug 21,

    Brief intro to XHTML and our text.,

    Get Alice running and explore the first two tutorials. Go through Chapters 1 & 2 in class with programming assignments as homework.,

    Announce the individual and team 3D programming projects to be presented to the class during the last class session.,

    2. Aug 28,

    Read Chapter 1 for next time. Work various text exercises.,

    Go through Chapter 3 in class with programming assignments as homework.,

     

    3. Sep 4,

    Read Chapter 2 for next time. Work various text exercises.,

    Go through Chapter 4 in class with programming assignments as homework.,

     

    4. Sep 11,

    Read Chapter 3 for next time. Work various text exercises.,

    Go through Chapter 5 in class with programming assignments as homework.,

    Midterm Exam over textbook work.,

    5. Sep 18,

    Read Chapter 4 for next time. Work various text exercises.,

    Go through Chapter 6 in class with programming assignments as homework.,

     

    6. Sep 25,

    Read Chapter 5 for next time. Work various text exercises.,

    Go through Chapter 7 & 8 in class with programming assignments as homework.,

     

    7. Oct 2,

     

    Go through Chapter 9 in class with programming assignments as homework.,

    Final Exam over textbook work.,

    8. Oct 9,

     

     

    Class 3D Project presentations,


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    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

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    Last Updated:7/13/2007 11:01:08 AM