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CS 151 Intro to Programming
Kushan, Barbara


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Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

CS 151 Introduction to Programming

Semester

SP 2008 HO

Faculty

Kushan, Barbara

Title

Senior Graduate Faculty of Management Information Systems

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D. in Computer Education
M.S. in Computer Science
M.S.N.S. in Mathematics

Office Location

Parkville, MO Mabee 602  and Virtual Office online

Office Hours

T- R 10:15 – 11:15 am, W 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Virtual Office: eCompanion

Daytime Phone

816-584-6249

E-Mail

barbara.kushan@park.edu

bkushan@park.edu

Web Page

http://www.park.edu/ics/

Semester Dates

January 14 - May 9, 2007

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

8:45 - 10:00 AM

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:

 Dean, John & Ray Dean, Introduction to Programming with Java: A Problem Solving Approach, 1st ed. McGraw-Hill, ISBN: 978-0-07-304702-7 or 978-0-07-304702-3 (Hard copy)

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Supplies: 
Purchase a USB flash pen storage device
 
Required Software:
1)  Download Sun’s Java compiler (free) J2SE SDK (Java 2 Standard Edition Software Development Kit, Version 6.0)
 
2)  Helios's TextPad, version 4.7.3 (Shareware) for home use (available in every computer lab on campus). 
 
Refer to the "Textpad Tutorial" document located at the ICS Department website:   http://www.park.edu/ics/tutorials.shtml.
 
 

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Course Description:
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, and debugging. Additionally, these object-oriented programming 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. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

I have always considered excellence in teaching as the most important goal of a faculty member. The "excellent teacher" prepares courses that involve students in their own learning and gives them the means to be life-long learners. This is especially important in a field that is changing as rapidly as computer science. I believe that one learns by doing. Therefore, I always assign practical experiences in my courses. However, students have various learning styles and thus, it is important to use as many means as necessary to help them learn--especially material that is sequential knowledge and skills that form the foundation for the rest of their academic program. I set high, though not unreasonable standards for my students. I make myself available to help all students--with the will to learn--reach those standards. The high standards give them the knowledge, the skills, and the self-discipline needed for success in their careers. They also enter their career fields with the confidence that comes from knowing their abilities to achieve in those fields.

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:

 

Assessment tool:

Linkage to Course Objective #:

 

 

Homework Assignments:

 

Assign a sufficient amount of homework such that all of the above objectives are covered.

All

For each homework assignment, include one or more of: short

answer, multiple choice, trace the given code, debug the given code

1, 4, 8

For each chapter, include one or more programming projects.

2-8

In order to meet the “creativity and problem-solving skills” objective, the student must be required to produce programming project solutions from given problem descriptions. Note that 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.

2

Exams

 

Include one or more of:

short answer, multiple choice, trace the given code, debug the given code.

1, 4, 8

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

2, 6-8

Grading:

Grading weights are as follows:                    Letter grades are assigned (based on your overall score) as follows:

projects            40%                                          90 – 100           A
homework        10%                                          80 - 89              B
quizzes             10%                                          70 - 79              C
exam 1             10%                                          60 - 69              D
exam 2             10%                                          less than 60        F
exam 3             20%

Your overall score is determined as follows:

 Overall Score = (projects %) * .30 + (homework %) * .10+ (quizzes %) * .10 + (exam1 %) * .10 + (exam2 %) * .10 + (exam3 %) * .30

Late Submission of Course Materials:

PROJECTS: Projects should be submitted in your DropBox in eCompanion. Projects must be completed no later than midnight on the day it is due. If you complete it later than that, then that project's score will be reduced by 10% for each day late.
 
HOMEWORK: Homework must be put in the Drop Box no later than midnight on the day which it is due. If you turn in a homework assignment later than that, then that homework's score will be reduced by 10% for each class day late.

TESTS: There will be three unit tests which will cover concepts, programming, and problem solving. The third and final test will involve a programming project in the computer lab.

QUIZZES: Pop quizzes will be given within the first three minutes of the scheduled class time. Quizzes are intended to encourage: 1) prompt arrival, 2) reading the assigned material before class, and 3) keeping up with the material.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

See attachment, CS151-Schedule-SP-08.

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:
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
Projects and Homework must be done independently. You may ask procedural or conceptual questions of your classmates. However, you may not ask for or obtain a classmate's project/homework answers. If you copy part of someone else's work, if someone else copies part of your work, or if you do not work independently, all people involved will receive a zero on the project/homework assignment. With this rather severe policy in mind, I strongly suggest that you refrain from discarding your projects/answers in a public place or storing your projects/answers on a hard drive in one of the labs. If someone obtains your work (even without your knowledge), you will also incur the penalty!

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.

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 .


Attachments:
CS 151Schedule-SP-08

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Last Updated:1/8/2008 2:15:31 AM