CS 352 Data Structures
S1B 2011 BL
M.S. Computer ScienceM.S. Mathematics
1/10/2011 to 3/6/2011
5:00 - 10:00 PM
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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 CS352 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, 3, 5
Multiple-choice and true/false questions that ask the student about CS 352 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 CS352 example exam, questions 1-22.
Problem solving (technical skills, critical thinking, and communication):
relevant learning outcomes – 2, 4, 6, 7
Given a problem description, produce a solution in the form of a short program or a method(s).
For example questions, see the CS352 example exam, questions 23-24.
Recommended guideline for evaluating the core assessment final exam:
Does not meet expectations
65% to 84%
no exam graded
50% to 74%
All Park degree programs are required to have an assessment tool that measures the success of the degree program as a whole. The Information and Computer Science (ICS) degree program uses a comprehensive exam embedded in senior-level courses. CS352 is one of those courses, and, as such, all CS352 students are required to take the ICS comprehensive exam. To ensure student motivation, teachers are required to weight the comprehensive exam by at least 3% of the course’s total grade. The recommended weight is 5%.
Class Assessment: There will be weekly quizzes starting the second week. The quizzes will be worth 10% of your final grade and will cover material reviewed up to that point. There will be 6 quizzes, but only 5 will count towards your final grade. I will use your top 5 grades. Quizzes cannot be made-up for any reason. There will also be weekly programming assignments. These assignments will count for 30% of your final grade. In addition to correctness, programming style and documentation will constitute part of the grade. Every assignment will contain a bonus section which will be worth 1% of the final grade as extra credit. A student can accumulate up to 5% of extra credit in the entire term. Two exams will be given, a midterm and a comprehensive final exam. The midterm will count for 20% of your final grade and the final 30% of your final grade. Your participation in class, which also includes attendance and classroom behavior, will count for the remaining 10% of your final grade.
Grading: The final grade for the course will be assigned using the following grading scale.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Week 1: Object –Oriented Programming (Chapter 1); Complexity Analysis, Big-O Notation (Chapter 3).
Week 2: Quiz 1. Sorting (Chapter 3).
Week 3: Quiz 2. Recursion (Chapter 3), Linked Lists (Chapter 9).
Week 4: Quiz 3. Midterm. Stacks (Chapter 7), Queues (Chapter 8).
Week 5: Quiz 4. Binary Trees (Chapter 10)
Week 6: Quiz 5. Binary Trees (continued), Heaps (Chapter 14).
Week 7: Quiz 6. Hash tables (Chapter 12), Graphs (Chapter 16)
Week 8: Recursive Algorithms (Chapter 15). 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 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 92NOTE: You can discuss assignments with others. But any work you submit must be wholly your own. Cheating is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. Any assignment containing source code copied from an external source will automatically receive a zero.
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. 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.
Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
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