CS225 Programming Concepts

for U1J 2011

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CS 225


U1J 2011 DN


Amundson, Craig


Adjunct Faculty


B.S. NucEng
M.S. ElecEng

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Semester Dates

06/06/2011 to 07/31/2011

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM



Credit Hours



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Course Description:
CS225 Programming Concepts: This course continues the development of the programming and problem solving skills introduced in CS219. Programming concepts will be put into practice by using C++ for programming projects. Since C++ is so similar to Java and since students should already know Java from their preequisite courses, this course will cover C++ basics (control constructs, operators, data types, functions) very quickly. More time will be spent on those features of C++ that differ from Java. For example, more time will be spent on pointers, object-oriented programming techniques, and operator overloading. Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or better in CS219 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
It is this faculty's educational philosophy to create and foster a fun and active learning environment where students can explore learning concepts, theories, and applied concepts. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively through the learning process and to respect each student's contributions to the learning environment.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain basic C++ constructs and basic object-oriented programming concepts (they should be covered quickly since they are similar to basic Java constructs, which are covered in CS 151 and CS 219).
  2. Explain these programming concepts: *Pointers *Parameter passing - call-by-value vs. call-by-reference *Operator overloading *Inheritance - public, protected, and private access specifiers
  3. Demonstrate creativity and problem-solving skills.
  4. Use the Visual C++ integrated development environment to enter, run, and debug C++ programs.
  5. Appraise C++ programs to ensure that they use proper coding conventions and documentation.
  6. Demonstrate proper use of the object-oriented principle of inheritance. *Given a problem description, the student should be able to decide on appropriate classes in a class hierarchy tree.
  7. Demonstrate proper use of the object-oriented principle of composition. *Given a description that involves two classes, the student should be able to decide on whether composition or inheritance is more appropriate.
  8. Formulate C++ programs that use: *Preprocessor directives *Functions - call-by-value vs. call-by-reference parameters, inline functions, default arguments *Arrays - one-dimensional and two-dimensional *Pointers *Strings *Operator overloading *Inheritance - public, protected, and private access specifiers
  9. Optional - upon completion of this course the student should be able to formulate C++ programs that use: *UML, polymorphism, virtual functions, templates, exception handling, file I/O

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 CS225 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, 2, 6, 7

Multiple-choice and true/false questions that ask the student about CS 225 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 CS225 example exam, questions 1-13.

Problem solving (technical skills, critical thinking, and communication):

relevant learning outcomes –

3, 5, 8

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

Exam questions: 14-15

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

Recommended guideline for evaluating the core assessment final exam:

Exceeds expectations

Meets expectations

Does not meet expectations

No evidence


≥ 85%

65% to 84%

< 65%

no exam graded

Problem solving

≥ 75%

50% to 74%

< 50%

no exam graded

Class Assessment:

Assessment of learning will be determined by using the following: 
1.  Quizzes: Announced quizzes will be administered.
2.  Projects:  Programming projects will be assigned.
3.  Core Assessment:  Comprehensive final exam in addition to quizzes. 
4.  Class Participation:  Active participation in class is encouraged.


The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements: 
Quizzes/Project           10% each; 70%
Core Assessment                          25%
Class Participation                           5%
Total                                           100%
Quizzes and projects form the bulk of the course grade. To achieve the maximum grade for class participation, the student should attend all classes, remain alert and attentive, answer questions when asked, avoid disruptive behavior, and actively participate in discussions and small groups as appropriate.  The core assessment will be 2 hrs; books and notes are allowed.  
The following will be used to assign course letter grades:   
90 -  100          A     
80 - <90           B     
65 - <80           C     
60 - <65           D     
Below 60           F (or 3 unexcused or 4 total absences)     
There will be no curve used in the grading nor will extra work be accepted for credit.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Projects are due by beginning of class of it's due date.  Projects must be in the assigned drop-box in the eCompanion class website by 5:30 pm of the assigned day.  Each day (24 hour period) that an assignment is late, it will be assessed a 10% penalty.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Class Participation is expected and will form a part of the final grade.  Students are expected to attend all classes and be on time.  Roll will be taken each class meeting.   Classes missed for legitimate reasons, such as illness, work, family emergencies, are excusable; however, the student must notify the instructor (prior to the class to be missed if possible) and make up the missed work as follows:
        o Read and be responsible for assigned readings/course content;
        o If a quiz is to be missed it must be taken during the following week's class. 
        o It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor and arrange to take the quiz.
The core assessment must be completed and all assignments submitted before 10:00 pm on 25 July 2011.  If the core assessment is not taken and the student has not withdrawn, a GRADE of “F” will be awarded.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Lecture / Assignment
Quiz / Homework Due
6 Jun 11
Ch 2-4:  Intro C++, Control Stmts
Project #1 Assigned
13 Jun 11
Ch 5-6:  Control Stmts, Functions
Project #1 Due
20 Jun 11
Ch 7:  Arrays & Vectors
Project #2 Assigned
Quiz #1
27 Jun 11
Ch 8:  Pointers
Project #3 Assigned
Project #2 Due
4 Jul 11
No Class:  Project #4 Assigned
Project #3 Due 
11 Jul 11
Ch 9-10:  Classes
Project #5 Assigned
Quiz #2
18 Jul 11
Ch 11-12:  Operator Overloading/Inheritance
Project #4 Due
25 Jul 11
Core Assessment
 Project #5 Due

* Note:  Homework assignment is in preparation for Quiz given at next class session.

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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:4/21/2011 3:53:08 PM