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CS 151 Intro to Programming
Gonzalez, Arturo


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 Intro to Programming

Semester

S1B 2008 BL

Faculty

Gonzalez, Arturo

Degrees/Certificates

M. A. Computer Resources Management
M.A. Management
B.S. Management/Management Information Systems

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

915-831-2239

Other Phone

915-857-9745

E-Mail

arturo.gonzalez@pirate.park.edu

artg0520@hotmail.com

Semester Dates

07 Jan 2008 to 02 Mar 2 2008

Class Days

M-W---

Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 PM

Prerequisites

high school algebra proficiency

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

 Textbook: 'Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving with Java'  by John and Raymond Dean; McGraw-Hill Higher Education expected publication date: November 2007; This book can be purchased at the Park University Offices

                                                                                        

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through 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.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
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Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.


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, debugging. Additionally, these object-oriented concepts will be covered: classes, instance variables, methods and constructors. Prerequisite: Any math course > MA 131 or ACT math score >22 or SAT math score >520 or COMPASS math score >46 or CS 144. 3:03

Educational Philosophy:

An objective of this course is to help students  begin developing the "creativity and problem-solving skills"  necessary to pass subsequent programming courses and necessary as well to become a proficient programmer regardless of the programming language.

To help meet the "creativity and problem-solving skills" objective students will be required to produce programming project solutions from given problem descriptions. This objective is not met if a student is only able to produce solutions by pasting together given code fragments.  Although pasting code fragments together is sometimes appropriate, it does not enforce the development of creativity and problem-solving skills.

In order to start developing creativity and problem-solving skills,  the student will be required to program at least one project each week 'from scratch'.   In order to satisfy the requirement to program 'from scratch',  the student must create and type via the keyboard orginal source code.  Cutting and pasting code fragments from other source code will not satisfy the 'from scratch' requirement. 


 

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:

This course will require the successful completion of several projects, quizzes, and exams.

Grading:
There will be three examinations with 100 point each.  In addtion to that, there will be 4 projects that are also worth 100 points each.

Each student is responsible for:

  • Reading, non coding activities  and coding projects as assigned.
  • Participating in the classroom conference discussions and completing other online activities as assigned.
  • Completing the closed book, proctored, written examinations.
Grading Scale
A =  90- 100% of total points possible
B =  80-89%    of total points possible
C =   70-79%     of total points possible
D =  60-69%     of total points possible
F =  < 60%       of total points possible

      

Final examination - An examination will be taken in person during the 8th week of instruction at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location approved by your Instructor where Park University sites are not available.  It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who will be accepted and approved by the instructor.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found at the Park University Website.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to me for approval.  Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.  Some Graduate Online courses may not require a proctored Final Examination.

Submission of Late Work:   A 25% penalty will be assessed for work turned in after the due date.  Late work will not be received more than seven days after the due date. 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor does not accept late assignments.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1:   January 07, 2008:   Chapters 01 and 02   
Week 2:   January 14, 2008:   Chapters 03 and 04 (Project 1 assigned)
Week 3:   January 21, 2008    Chapters 05 and 06 (Project 1 due - Exam 1 - Chapters 1 to 6)
Week 4:   January 28, 2008    Chapters 07 and 08 (Project 2 assigned)
Week 5:   February 04, 2008  Chapters 09 and 10 (Project 2 due - Project 3 assigned)
Week 6:   February 11, 2008  Chapters 11 and 12 (Project 3 due - Exam II - Chapters 7 to 11)
Week 7:   February 18, 2008  Chapters 13 and 14 (Project 4 assigned)
Week 8:   February 25, 2008  Chapters 15 through 17 (Project 4 due - Final Exam - Comprehensive)
 
Quizzes and projects will be assigned throughout the semester.
The final exam will be administered in Week 8.

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:11/19/2007 12:27:01 AM