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CS 144 Beg Prog w/Multimedia Projects
Bond, Michael A.


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Course

CS 144 Beg Prog w/Multimedia Projects

Semester

F2T 2009 DLA

Faculty

Bond, Michael A.

Title

Adjunct Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

MS Computer Information Systems
BS Computer Science

Office Location

online

Office Hours

7-10 M-F

Daytime Phone

405 869 6249 (M-F)

Other Phone

1-405-273-2101 (home)

E-Mail

michael.bond@park.edu

michael.a.bond@saic.com

Semester Dates

F2T 2009

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

online

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:


Required Text:   Learning to Program with Alice, 2/E 2009  

Authors:  Dann, Wanda; Cooper, Stephen; and Pausch, Randy

ISBN-13: 9780132085168     
Learning to Program with Alice 2nd Edition, textbook cover

Or...

Learning to Program with Alice, 1st Edition, Prentice Hall, 2006

Authors: Dann, Wanda; Cooper, Stephen; and Pausch, Randy

ISBN: 0-13-187289-3

Learning to Program with Alice, 1st-Edition, textbook cover

Software: Download the latest version (May 26, 2009) of the Alice 2.2 Program from www.alice.org

Both books are available used. You will need the Alice Program for the Final Exam. The Alice Program is available at all of the Park Campus sites. However, if you do not take the Exam at a Park Campus site and are buying a "used" book, be sure you get the CD that comes with the textbook.

Do not purchase the eBook because you can't use the eBook during the exam.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:


Do not use the Alice Program that comes with the textbook. Instead download the latest version (May 26, 2009) of the Alice Program from www.alice.org  Be sure to choose the ones with the Alice textbook worlds.

Alice 2.2 for Windows with Learning to Program with Alice textbook worlds (285MB)

Alice 2.2 for Mac with Learning to Program with Alice textbook worlds (351MB)

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Course Description:
CS144 Beginning Programming with Multimedia Projects: This course introduces students to the fundamentals of programming and design using multimedia projects. In a "hands-on" class, students will use pseudocode design and the three programming constructs (sequence, selection and repetition) in creating 3-D Worlds with animation. Students will learn how to combine text, graphics, audio, video, and animation in their projects. 3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Create 3-dimensional worlds with animation using Alice, a programming language.
  2. Apply problem-solving techniques to develop a solution.
  3. Design projects by describing an algorithm (visual and textual storyboards, pseudocode)
  4. Select appropriate programming constructs (sequence, selection, and repetition) for each project.
  5. Combine text, graphics, audio, video and animation in multimedia projects


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 144 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 three categories covered in the final exam: 

Analysis

(relevant learning outcomes – 2, 3)

Given a problem description, break down the problem by producing a design using visual and textual storyboards.

Exam tasks: 1-2

See the exam solution for details on how to score the tasks.

 

Synthesis:

(relevant learning outcomes – 1, 2, 4, 5)

Given a problem description, create a solution in the form of an Alice program that uses the concepts studied in Chapters 2 – 7 of the textbook.

Exam tasks: 3-10

See the exam solution for details on how to score the tasks.

 

Technical skills:

(relevant learning outcomes – 1, 2, 4, 5)

Given a problem description, choose the correct commands, methods and functions to tell the story. Debug the code to get a working program.

Exam tasks: 3-10

See the exam solution for details on how to score the tasks.

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:

Students will be able to track their grade throughout the course. 

Each student is responsible for:
  • Completing weekly Lab Assignments.
  • Submitting answers to Weekly Discussion Questions.
  • Submitting weekly Projects.
  • Submitting two Major Projects.
  • Completing a Final Examination.

Grading:

Grading weights are as follows:

Discussion Questions and Peer Review 

  8%

Lab Assignments 

12%

Projects 

20%

Major Projects 

30%

Final Examination

30%

Course Grading Scale

A = 90 - 100 %        
B = 80 - 89.9%       

C = 70 - 79.9%        
D = 60 - 69.9%        
F = < 60% 
  

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submission of Late Work: Each week's work must be completed by the due dates of that week. Assignments received after this time will receive a 10% reduction in your score each day that your assignment is late.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
See CS 144 Schedule 8-Week-09 below.

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 .

Additional Information:

Projects and labs in this course are textbook dependent.  You must have the Alice  textbook by the first week of class.

Throughout colleges and universities in the U.S, the research in regard to the first programming course (CS 151) indicates that only 50% of students enrolled are successful (C or better).

Early research in several schools around the country indicates that students who take a course using Alice (in 16-week format before taking the official "first course in programming" have had an 80% success rate when they take the official first course (in 16-week format).

This course has been designed in both 16-week format and 8-week format for students beginning in programming.  It should not be used as the CS, CIS, or ICS Elective: (Any CS/IS 3 credit, 300-level or above course).


Attachments:




Alice 8-week Schedule-09

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Last Updated:10/16/2009 9:16:26 PM