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CS 208 Discrete Mathematics
Green, Kathleen R.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

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

Course

CS 208 Discrete Mathematics

Semester

U1T 2010 DLA

Faculty

Green, Kathleen R.

Title

Adjunct Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

PhD - Adult Education
MBA - Business Administration
BA - Chemistry

Office Location

See the "Office" Tab on the Course Home Page

Office Hours

9am - 5pm Mountain Time  (Monday - Friday)

Other Phone

480.247.5574 (FAX)

E-Mail

Kathleen.Green@park.edu

Semester Dates

U1T2010

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

Prerequisite: MA 131 or higher-level course

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

(1) Discrete Mathematics, 5th Edition (November 18, 2005) by John A. Dossey, Albert D. Otto, Lawrence E. Spence, and Charles Vanden Eynden. ISBN 0321305159. Addison Wesley.

(2) Student's Solutions Manual to Discrete Mathematics, 5th edition, by Dossey, Otto, Spence, and Vanden Eynden. ISBN 0-321-30517-5, Addison Wesley.

(3) If you are looking for an equation editor, you can try Math Equation Editor, 30-day free trial version found in http://www.mathtype.com/en/products/mathtype/. MathType enables students to export or save the symbols into .gif or .jpg format. You can then insert the .gif/.jpg file in the assignments for submission.

You can also write your equations in hardcopy paper, scan your work, and save the file in .gif or .jpg format, and then insert the .gif/.jpg file in the assignments for submission.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.


Course Description:
CS208 Discrete Mathematics: This course introduces the students to selected finite systems pertinent to the study of computer science. Course topics will include combinatorial problem solving, logic, Boolean algebra, combinatorial circuits, sets, relations, functions, proofs, mathematical induction, recurrence relations, graphs, trees, and counting techniques. Prequisite: Any math course > MA131. 3:0:3.

Educational Philosophy:
My educational philosophy is one of inter-activeness based on lectures, readings, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings.  I will engage each student to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions. School should be fun not a chore. Anyone who works at it with diligence and courage can learn to think more clearly, accurately, and efficiently and express ideas with clarity and poise.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain and solve problems involving logics, Boolean algebra, combinatorial circuits, sets, relations, and functions, proofs, mathematical induction, and recurrence relations.
  2. Explain and solve problems involving graphs, paths, circuits, graph coloring, directed graphs, shortest path algorithms
  3. Explain and solve problems involving trees, spanning trees, rooted trees, binary trees, and tree traversal algorithms.
  4. Explain and solve problems involving counting techniques such as permutations, combinations, binomial theorem, and probability.


Core Assessment:



For this course, the assessment is based on a final exam. There will be 4 questions in each of the 8 categories, i.e. Synthesis, Analysis,… etc. Thus, there will be 32 questions total in the final exam. Furthermore, all 4 questions for each category should cover all 4 learning outcomes.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

For this course, the assessment is based on a final exam. There will be 4 questions in each of the 8 categories, i.e. Synthesis, Analysis,… etc. Thus, there will be 32 questions total in the final exam. Furthermore, all 4 questions for each category should cover all 4 learning outcomes.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
Reading Assignments:

·         Students will be expected to read the assigned chapters in the textbook and the lectures.

·         The Online/Class Discussions, Homework Assignments, Self Checks, Quizzes and Final Examination assume you have read the assigned readings.

 Class Participation (Online/Class Discussions):

·         Students should visit the discussion area at least three times each week or a minimum three hours per week, or participate at class. Making sure that you post your discussion in the proper format, is of great importance. We will post as:

PROBLEM: Section # [student will post, at a minimum, one problem]

ANSWER: Section # [student will answer another student’s problem, not their own problem]
RESPONSE: Section # [student will response to the student who answered their problem]

·         There is no credit given if a student does not participate in the Class Discussion during the week assigned or does not post in the correct manner as stated above.

 

 Homework Assignments & Quizzes:

·         All assignments and quizzes should be completed on or before end of day Sunday.  Homework must be done independently. Students will place completed assignments in the dropbox. Do not post answers to quizzes or assignments in the discussion threads.
Note that weekly QUIZ 1 is to be taken on or before end of day on Friday of the academic week to receive full credit (i.e., 4 points) for each correct answer.  Between Saturday 12:00am Mountain Standard Time and Sunday 11:59pm Mountain Standard Time, each correct answer in weekly quiz 1 is worth 3 points.
Weekly QUIZ 2 does not have this restriction.

Grading:

You will be able to track your average exactly throughout the course. The grading scale is as follows: A = 90%-100%; B = 80%-90%; C = 70%-80%; D = 60%-70%; F = 0-60%. You will know in advance the standards for each assignment. My goal is to give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback to help you to succeed in this class. Each student is responsible for:

  • Completing Weekly Reading assignments
  • Completing Weekly Discussions
  • Completing Weekly Homework assignments
  • Completing Weekly Self Checks and Quizzes
  • Completing a Final Examination. This step is essential!
  • Completing a Online Survey of Student Opinion of Teaching

Reading Assignments:

Students will be expected to read the assigned chapters in the textbook and the weekly Introduction and Supplement materials. The Online Discussions, Homework Assignments, Self Checks, Quizzes and Final Proctored Examination assume you have read the assigned readings.

Class Participation (Online Discussions):

Students should visit the discussion area and place a minimum 3 constructive posts per week.

Homework, Self Checks, and Quizzes

All assignments (including homework, self checks, and quizzes) should be completed on or before Sunday 11:59 pm Central time. Homework and quiz must be done independently. Do not post answers to quizzes or homework in the discussion threads.

Note that weekly quiz 1 is to be taken on or before 11:59pm Central Time on Friday of the academic week to receive full credit (i.e., 4 points) for each correct answer. Between Saturday 12:00am Central Time and Sunday 11:59pm Central Time, each correct answer in weekly quiz 1 is worth 3 points. Weekly quiz 2 does not have this restriction.

Proctored Examination:

Final Examination - An examination will be taken in person during the 8th week of instruction at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location approved by the University where Park University sites are not available. It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week, who will be accepted and approved by the instructor. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found at the Park University website. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to me for approval. Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade. Some graduate courses may not require a proctored final examination.

Grade Distribution:

 

Assessments

Points earned each week

Number of Weeks

Total Points

Percentage (%)

Course Home Introduction

4

1

4

0.3%

Course Home

Self Check

15

1

15

1.3%

Weekly Discussion

12

7

84

6.9%

Weekly Homework

12

7

84

6.9%

Weekly Self Checks

30

7

210

17.3%

Weekly Quizzes

80

7

560

46.2%

Final Exam

256

1

256

21.1%

Total

1213

100%

Course Grading Scale:

This subsection should list the grading scale and weighting for all of the graded work during a course. The grading scale must use the following scale below, and point totals for each letter grade must be included (see example below).

 

Letter

Points

Percentage

A

1091-1213

90-100 %

B

970-1090

80-89 %

C

849-969

70-79 %

D

727-848

60-69 %

F

Below 727

Below 60 %

Late Submission of Course Materials:

All assignments and quizzes must be completed by 11:59 pm Central Time on Sunday of the academic week. There will be 20% penalty for each day that a homework is turned in late. Students are not allowed to take a quiz that is scheduled beyond its due date.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

On-Line Participation

·         This course is offered on-line, over the Internet, using the eCollege course delivery system. Students are expected to devote a minimum of three hours per class week logged on to the computer discussion area-the same amount of time you'd spend in the physical classroom.
  • I accept only professional postings.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: Introduction to Discrete Mathematics as well as the concepts of combinatorial problems and techniques.

Week 2: Mathematical Functions and Induction, and Logic. 

Week 3: Recurrence Relations and Algorithm.

Week 4: Combinatorial Circuits and Binary Number System.

Week 5: Graphs.

Week 6: Trees.

Week 7: Counting Techniques.

Week 8: Review and Final Exam.

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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:

Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.



  • Online Course Policies


     


  • Bibliography:
    I began teaching and tutoring for Park University at the Mountain Home AFB, Idaho Campus in 1993.  Until April 31, 2005, I was also the Testing Center Supervisor for LaserGrade Computerized Testing (Yes, one of those "official" proctors).  I watched the Park University Online Program grow from a handful of instructors and students to its present day size.  As an online instructor I have been required to take several online instructional courses, and have also received my PhD in Adult Education, specializing in Online/Distant Learning.  I have developed many courses in various fields of study, for example:  Advanced Aerodynamics, Algebra, and Accounting, just to name a few.  So you might say I have experienced the online program from the viewpoint of a student, a proctor, an instructor, course developer, and in a limited way, an administrator!  During the continual growth period there have been numerous changes and improvements.  Please read more about me in my introduction posting.  

    I pledge to do my best as your instructor.  Will you do the same as my student?  If so, let's work together and hopefully we will all learn something new. 


    Kathleen Green




    Rubric

    CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
    Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
    Outcomes
    1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
    Demonstrate mastery of 4 questions Demonstrate mastery of 3 questions Demonstrate mastery of 2 questions Demonstrate mastery of 0-1 questions 
    Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
    Outcomes
    1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
    Demonstrate mastery of 4 questions Demonstrate mastery of 3 questions Demonstrate mastery of 2 questions Demonstrate mastery of 0-1 questions 
    Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
    Outcomes
    1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
    Demonstrate mastery of 4 questions Demonstrate mastery of 3 questions Demonstrate mastery of 2 questions Demonstrate mastery of 0-1 questions 
    Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Outcomes
    1,2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
    Demonstrate mastery of 4 questions Demonstrate mastery of 3 questions Demonstrate mastery of 2 questions Demonstrate mastery of 0-1 questions 
    Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
    Outcomes
    1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
    Demonstrate mastery of 4 questions Demonstrate mastery of 3 questions Demonstrate mastery of 2 questions Demonstrate mastery of 0-1 questions 
    Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Outcomes
    1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
    Demonstrate mastery of 4 questions Demonstrate mastery of 3 questions Demonstrate mastery of 2 questions Demonstrate mastery of 0-1 questions 
    Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
    Outcomes
    1,2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
    Demonstrate mastery of 4 questions Demonstrate mastery of 3 questions Demonstrate mastery of 2 questions Demonstrate mastery of 0-1 questions 
    Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
    Outcomes
    1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
    Demonstrate mastery of 4 questions Demonstrate mastery of 3 questions Demonstrate mastery of 2 questions Demonstrate mastery of 0-1 questions 

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