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CS 151 Introduction to Programming
Hsin, Wen


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Course

CS 151 Intro to Programming

Semester

SP 2010 HO

Faculty

Hsin, Wen

Title

Associate Professor

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D.

Office Location

SC016A

Office Hours

Monday to Friday: Time posted on the office door

E-Mail

wen.hsin@park.edu

Web Page

www.parkonline.org

Semester Dates

1/11/10 to 5/7/10

Class Days

M-W-F

Class Time

10:00AM-10:50AM

Prerequisites

Any math course >= MA 131 or ACT math score >= 22 or SAT math score >= 520 or COMPASS math score >= 46 or CS 144

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 

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

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Additional Resources:

Purchase a USB flash pen storage device

Textpad: Available from
http://www.textpad.com
 
Sun Java Development Kit (JDK): Available from http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp

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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:

I believe that most people learn best by actually working with and using the information presented in class. To do this, we will have a number of assignments that will give the students an opportunity to work through some of the difficult course concepts.

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:

20% Homework
60% Tests
20% Final Exam
 

Grading:

Class Assessments will be graded according to the chart above. Grades will be assigned based on the chart below. 

Letter

Percentage

A

90-100

B

80-89.9

C

70-79.9

D

60-69.9

F

59.9 or below

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Each student is allowed TWO late submissions for the entire semester. It is intended to be used for lateness due to family problems, sickness, printer or diskette malfunctions, losing the homework, transportation problems, forgetting to bring the (completed) homework to class, etc. Once this allowance is used up, no further late submission is allowed. That is, subsequent submission must be submitted by the deadline.

Each late permission allows for one class extension. For example, if an assignment is to be due on Monday at 10:00am, a late permission extends the assignment deadline to Wednesday of the same week at 10:00am.

The only exception to the use of a late permission is that once the solution key of an assignment is posted, no further submission can be accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Park University's Student Conduct Code is strictly enforced.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Chapters 1 to 8 of the textbook.

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
Penalty: (1) First-time offense - 0 credit on all work (i.e., current and prior assignments, tests, etc.) (2) Subsequent offense - receive F as the final grade and expel the offender from the class.

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
Penalty: (1) First-time offense - 0 credit on all work (i.e., current and prior assignments, tests, etc.) (2) Subsequent offense - receive F as the final grade and expel the offender from the class.

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:1/5/2010 4:56:30 PM