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CS 151 Intro to Programming
Boone, Richard E.


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

F1AA 2007 LC

Faculty

Boone, Richard E.

Title

Adjunct Professor, Computer Science

Degrees/Certificates

BS in Computer Science
MS in Software Engineering

Daytime Phone

210-522-4281

Other Phone

Night 210-698-3397

E-Mail

richard.boone@park.edu

Semester Dates

20 Aug - 14 Oct

Class Days

T-TH

Class Time

4:45 PM - 7:25 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
JAVA    An Introduction to Problem Solving & Programming  by Walter Savitch -- Fourth Edition  -- Prentice Hall Publisher ISBN-0-13-149202-0

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

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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: <a href='index.aspx?Class=MA131'>MA131</a> (or  equivalent) or <a href='index.aspx?Class=CS144'>CS144</a> or permission of instructor.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Education is based on periodic chat lectures, readings, quizzes, examinations, and programming assignments. Self-discipline is a must to be successful in this online course.  Students must stay ahead of their reading and get an early start on their assignments.  Students are encouraged to interact with each other and contact the instructor when necessary.

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:

Participation

5 Projects

4 Quizzes

Midterm

Final Exam

Grading:

Participation  5%

5 Projects (6% each = 30%)

4 Quizzes (5% each = 20%)

Midterm  20%

Final Exam  25%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
A 10% penalty will be assessed for each day work turned in after the due date.  Late work will not be received after the start of the next class meeting after the assignment was due.  

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Do NOT surf the web or have side-bar conversations during lecture.  Come prepared to interact with the instructor each meeting.  Participation is important and accounts for part of the participation points awarded.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1 Objectives: To understand the difference between source code and object code. To be aware of the history of Java To introduce classes, objects, methods and object - oriented programming. To identify arithmetic operators and understand their precedence in mathematical expressions in Java. To understand the rules for naming Java identifiers. To be aware of the difference between primitive and class variable types. To introduce the concepts of encapsulation, polymorphism, and inheritance. To understand the difference between applets and applications. Graded items: 2 programming assignments Discussion thread Quiz Week 2 Objectives: To understand and use if statements and comparison operators. To understand string constants, variables and concatenation. To develop source code using escape characters and good documentation. To use meaningful, self-explanatory names as identifier To understand how to use algorithms and pseudocode. To understand and use method design techniques such as stubs, driver programs and top down design. Make arrangements for a proctor for week 8 for your final exam. Arrange for a proctor with your Park site if possible Graded items: 2 programming assignments Discussion thread Quiz Week 3 Objectives: To understand and use switch statements. To understand and use the while and do-while repetition (loop) structure. To understand and use the for repetition (loop) structure. To understand and use counter-controlled and sentinel-controlled repetition structures. To identify and use boolean expressions, variables and values in repetition structures.. Graded items: 2 programming assignments Discussion thread Quiz Week 4 Objectives: Learn to define classes in Java. Learn to define and use methods. Learn to declare and use local variables in methods. To understand and use instance variables. To understand and use instance methods Learn to use arguments and parameters in methods. Graded items: 2 programming assignments Discussion thread Quiz Week 5 Objectives: Learn to define and use constructors. Learn to use overloaded methods. Graded items: 2 programming assignments Discussion thread Quiz Week 6 Objectives: Introduce basic array concepts and why they are important. Learn how to create and use simple arrays using Java. Learn how to access and initialize array elements. Graded items: 2 programming assignments Discussion thread Quiz Week 7 Objectives: To understand and use accessor and mutator methods. Understand how to use static variables and static methods. Understand the Math class Learn to identify wrapperclasses for primitive variables. Learn to use top-down design, driver methods and stubs. Learn how to package java files. Write the source code for the term coding project. Graded items: term coding assignment Discussion thread Quiz Week 8 Objectives: Hand in the term coding project by Wednesday of week 8. Complete Park University's Student Opinion Survey. Complete instructor's feedback form Participate in the week 8 discussion thread. Take the final written exam

Week

Chapter/Topic

Assignment/Tests

Projects Due

Week 1

Chap 1 & 2:
Intro to Java, Textpad

Assignment 1

 

Week 2

Chap 2: Data types and Java Statements and expressions

Quiz1
Assignment 2

Assignment 1

Week 3

Chap 3 Control Flow

 

Assignment 2

Week 4

Chap 3 More Control Flow

Quiz 2
Assignment 3

 

Week 5

Chap 4:  Class Types

Midterm

Assignment3

Week 6

Chap 4:  More on Class Types

Quiz 3
Assignment 4

 

Week 7

Chap 5: More on Classes, static member, Wrapper classes

Assignment 5
Quiz 4

Assignment 4

Week 8

Chap 5 & 6:  More on Class types and intro to Arrays

Final Exam

Assignment 5


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.

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 .

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Last Updated:7/23/2007 3:41:13 PM