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. Pre-requisite: high school algebra proficiency. 3:0:3
Educational Philosophy: The instructor's educational philosophy is based on the concept of applied learning. It is believed that to fully benefit from an education, students must aggressively read and study course material on a routine basis, continually applying and building upon their newfound knowledge. Students are to be well prepared to discuss the text examples and assignments provided in each chapter. Discussion of these examples and assignments will be part of the basis of the class participation grade. Students should expect to invest at a minimum of ten hours of focused time studying, practicing, and preparing the Java programming assignments.
Learning Outcomes:Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:
1. Explain basic programming concepts, program compilation, and program execution.
2. Demonstrate problem-solving skills.
3. Enter, run, debug and test Java programs.
4. Write Java programs that use proper style and documentation.
5. Demonstrate proper use of the object-oriented principle of encapsulation.
6. Demonstrate proper use of top-down design.
7. Write Java programs that use primitive types and expressions, strings, Boolean variables, control structures, object-oriented programming concepts, static fields, static methods, arrays.
Course Assessment: 1-hour Mid-term 30 % Week Four (Chapters 1 - 3)
4 Programming Projects 30 %
Participation 5 %
Preparedness 5 %
2-hour Final Examination 30 % Week Eight (Comprehensive)
Grading: 100-90 A
Below 60 F
Late Submission of Course Materials: Homework must be turned in at the beginning of class on the day it is due. The due date of homework will be annotated at the bottom of each assignment. Late homework will be accepted up to the start of the next class meeting but will incur a 10-point (out of 100) reduction in score each calendar day it is late. Late homework will not be accepted after the start of the next class meeting and will receive an automatic zero for a grade. The instructor may modify the due dates and it is the students responsibility to adjust the assignment turn in accordingly.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: While in class, the class should be your primary focus. Disruptions of class due to communications devices have become so prevalent that they are a major distraction in class (to you, to the instructor and to other students). For this reason such devices must not be brought to class or must be inactivated during the class lecture.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS:
Week Topic(s) Chapter(s)
1 Computer Basics, Intro to computer logic,
Java TextPad IDE 1 1
2 Primitive Types, Strings, and Console IO 2
3 Flow Control 3
4 Class and Method Definitions 4
5 Information Hiding and Encapsulation 4
6 Programming with Objects and Methods 5
7 Overloading, Constructors, Information Hiding 5
8 Array Basics (only section 1 and 2) 6
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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 101
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Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 101
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100
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. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent 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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