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CS 151 Introduction to Programming
Kurkowski, Stuart H.


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

F2HH 2009 PA

Faculty

Kurkowski, Stuart H.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

PhD- Mathematical  & Computer Sciences
MS-Computer Science, MS-Management Information Systems
BS- Computer Science

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

(937) 427-4130

Other Phone

(703)244-5861

E-Mail

Stuart.Kurkowski@Park.edu

ckurkowski@aol.com

Semester Dates

10-19-09 to 12-13-09

Class Days

----R--

Class Time

5:15 - 10:45 PM

Prerequisites

high school Algebra proficiency

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Dean, J &R. Dean, Introduction to Programming with Java-A problem solving approach, (1st ed). McGraw Hill Higher Education, ISBN: 978-0-07-304702-7

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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 original 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 the TextPad integrated development environment to enter, run, and debug Java programs.
  4. Analyze Java programs in order to test, debug, and improve them.
  5. Appraise Java programs to ensure that they use proper coding conventions 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. Formulate 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. School policy also dictates that the core assessment tool must cover at least 75% of a course's learning outcomes.

For this course, the core assessment tool is a final exam. Teachers must create their own final exam and pattern it after the CS151 example exam found in the password-protected ICS PirateNet faculty area, https://piratenet.park.edu/ics/Offices/ICS/Faculty.jnz. To avoid collaboration between students in different sections, teachers should not use the example exam's questions verbatim. But teachers are required to cover its same content, and they are strongly encouraged to follow its format closely.

In the final exam, there are two broad categories of questions that we evaluate separately – concepts and problem solving:

Concepts (terminology and concepts that should be memorized): relevant learning outcomes – 1, 6

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

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

For example questions, see the CS151 example exam, questions 1-20.

Problem solving (technical skills, critical thinking, and communication):

relevant learning outcomes – 2, 4, 5, 7, 8

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

For example questions, see the CS151 example exam, questions 21-22.

Recommended guideline for evaluating the core assessment final exam:

Exceeds expectations

Meets expectations

Does not meet expectations

No evidence

Concepts

≥ 85%

65% to 84%

< 65%

no exam graded

Problem solving

≥ 75%

50% to 74%

< 50%

no exam graded

Class Assessment:

Participation

5 Projects

4 Quizzes

Midterm

Final Exam

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.

The final examination will be taken in person during the 8th week of instruction in class.  Failure to take a final exam will result in an automatic "F" grade. 

 

Grading:

Participation  5%

5 Projects (6% each = 30%)

4 Quizzes (5% each = 20%)

Midterm  20%

Final Exam  25%


A (90-100%)

B (80-89)

C (70-79)

D (60-69)

F (below 59)


Late Submission of Course Materials:

Unexcused late homework papers and class reports will lose one letter grade after the deadline and an additional grade each week thereafter. You must complete all assigned work to receive a grade for the course.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Class participation is expected and will form a part of the final grade.  Students are expected to come to all classes and be on time.  Roll will be taken during each class.  Classes missed for legitimate reasons, e.g., illness, temporary duty, work schedule change, etc. can be considered an “excused absence”; however, the student is still responsible for the missed assignment(s).  Students will only be credited with an “excused absence” if they provide the Instructor with written documentation, e.g., copy of TDY orders, letter from supervisor on unit or company letterhead explaining how the absence was work related.  Students must contact the Instructor to make up a missed exam or should extenuating circumstances arise. 

Faculty members are expected to dismiss from their classrooms students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending the class under influence of drugs or alcohol, etc. Students who are dismissed from class may be given failing grades, suspension, or expulsion from ParkUniversity. Students who exhibit abusive or obscene language or behavior toward administrative personnel or support staff are also subject to suspension or expulsion from Park University.

Please turn off cell phones or turn to silence mode while class is in session.  Do not surf the internet during lecture.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week

Chapter/Topic

Projects Assigned/Tests

Projects Due

Week 1

Syllabus review

Chap 1 & 2:
Intro to Computers & Programming / Algorithms

Projects 1


Week 2

Chap 2 & 3: Java Basics

Quiz1
Project 2

Project 1

Week 3

Chap 4 Control Statements

Project 3
Quiz 2

Project 2

Week 4

Chap 5 More Control Flow & Built in Methods

Quiz 3


Week 5

Chap 6:  OO Programming

Midterm

Project 4

Project3

Week 6

Chap 7:  More on OO Programming



Week 7

Chap 7 & 8: Software Engineering

Project 5
Quiz 4

Project 4

Week 8

Chap 8:  More on Software Engineering

Final Exam

Project 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 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.

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:9/24/2009 10:08:42 PM