CS144 Beg Prog w/Multimedia Projects

for F1T 2007

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CS 144 Beg Prog w/Multimedia Projects


F1T 2007 DL


Bond, Michael A.


Senior Instructor


MS Computer Information Systems  St Mary's University
BS Computer Science. University of Maryland

Daytime Phone

405 869 6249 M-F

Other Phone

405 273 2101 Weekends and evenings




Semester Dates

F1T 2007

Class Days


Credit Hours



Required Text:  The Web Wizard’s Guide to XHTML,  Prentice Hall, 2005 

      Author:  Hughes, Cheryl M.  

ISBN: 0-321-17868-8.

Required Text:  Learning to Program with Alice , Final Version, Prentice Hall, 2006 

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

      ISBN: 0-13-187289-3.

Download the latest version of Alice program from www.alice.org

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Use Alice Program that comes with the textbook or if you have a textbook without the CD, then download Alice 2.0 from www.alice.org.

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Course Description:
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 and use XHTML in creating Web pages. 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 Web pages with basic XHTML
  2. Create 3-dimensional worlds with animation using Alice, a programming language.
  3. Apply problem-solving techniques to develop a solution.
  4. Design projects by describing an algorithm (visual and textual storyboards, pseudocode)
  5. Select appropriate programming constructs (sequence, selection, and repetition) for each project.
  6. 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: 


(relevant learning outcomes – 3, 4)

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.



(relevant learning outcomes – 2, 3, 5, 6)

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 – 2, 3, 5, 6)

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 weights are as follows:

Discussion Questions and Peer Review 


Lab Assignments 




Major Projects 


Final Examination


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 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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.
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 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 .

Additional Information:

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

CS 144 Schedule 8-Week


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Last Updated:8/19/2007 8:31:42 PM