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CS 151 Introduction to Programming
Tonsmann, Guillermo


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Course

CS 151 Intro to Programming

Semester

F1T 2009 DLA

Faculty

Tonsmann, Guillermo

Title

Associate Professor of Computer Science

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D. Computer Science, Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
Honors B.S. Computer Science, University of South Africa (Pretoria, South Africa)
M.Eng. in Chemical Engineering, Potchefstroom University (Potchefstroom, South Africa)

Office Location

Austin Campus - Room 109

Office Hours

Online

Daytime Phone

(512) 385-7275 ext. 209

E-Mail

tonsmann@park.edu

Web Page

http://kidd.park.edu/tonsmann

Semester Dates

F1T 2009

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

Online

Prerequisites

high school algebra proficiency

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Textbook: Introduction to Programming with JAVA - A Problem Solving Approach by John & Raymond Dean - 1st Edition - McGraw Hill Higher Education ISBN: 978-0-07-304702-7

 

                                                                                        

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Textpad: Available from http://www.textpad.com
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Course Description:
CS151 Introduction to Programming: 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:
 

Assignment

Possible Points

Total Points

Total %

8 Discussion Threads
(Weeks 1-8)

20 each
15 for Week 8

155 pts

16%

7 Weekly Quizzes
(Weeks 1-7)

35 each

245 pts

24%

7 Homework/Lab Activity
(Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

80 each

560 pts

40%

Final Exam (Week 8)

46 each

46 pts

20%

TOTAL

1006

100%

Grading:

Class Assessments will be graded according to the chart above. Grades will be assigned based on the chart below.  Late assignments will not be accepted without prior approval from the instructor.

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.

 

Letter

Number of Points

Percentage

A

900-1000

90-100

B

800-899

80-89.9

C

700-799

70-79.9

D

600-699

60-69.9

F

599 or below

59.9 or below

Late Submission of Course Materials:
No late submissions are allowed without prior instructor approval.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Learning Activities

Learning Assessments

Week

Topics

Chapter Readings
from
Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving with Java

Discussion
Programming Assignment
Quiz or Exam

1

Introduction to Computers and Programming

Chapter 1

Discussion 1

Programming Assignment 1

Quiz 1

2

Algorithms and Design

Chapter 2

Discussion 2

Programming Assignment 2

Quiz 2

3

Java Basics

Chapter 3

Discussion 3

Programming Assignment 3

Quiz 3

4

Control Statements

Chapter 4

Discussion 4

Programming Assignment 4

Quiz 4

5

Using Pre-Built Methods

Chapter 5

Discussion 5

Programming Assignment 5

Quiz 5

6

Object-Oriented Programming

Chapter 6

Discussion 6

Programming Assignment 6

Quiz 6

7

Object-Oriented Programming – Additional Details

Chapter 7

Discussion 7

Programming Assignment 7

Quiz 7

8

Software Engineering

Chapter 8

Discussion 8

-

Proctored
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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 "F".
  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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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:7/13/2009 4:38:50 PM