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CS 151 Introduction to Programming
George, Bindu


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

CS 151 Introduction to Programming

Semester

F2B 2011 BL

Faculty

George, Bindu

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

M.S Computer Science
Texas State Teacher Certification

Office Location

Fort Bliss Campus, TX

Office Hours

By Appointment after class

Daytime Phone

915-760-2125

Other Phone

915-856-6455

E-Mail

Bindu.George@park.edu

Web Page

http://parkonline.org

Semester Dates

F2B  2011 Oct 17, 2011 - Dec 11, 2011

Class Days

M,W

Class Time

7:40 pm - 10:10 pm

Prerequisites

Any math course > MA 131 or ACT math score >22 or SAT math score >520 or COMPASS math score >46 or CS 144. 3:03

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:


Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving with Java  by John and Raymond Dean.  ISBN 978-0-07-304702-7

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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Course Description:
CS151 Introduction to Programming: 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 concepts will be covered: classes, instance variables, methods and constructors. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in any math course >= MA125, or a grade of C or better in CS144, or an ACT math score >= 23, or an SAT math score >= 510, or a COMPASS score >= 66 in the Algebra placement domain, or a COMPASS score 0-45 in the College Algebra placement domain. 3:0:3 @

Educational Philosophy:

An objective of this course is to help students  begin developing the "creativity and problem-solving skills"  necessary to pass subsequent programming courses and necessary as well to become a proficient programmer regardless of the programming language.

To help meet the "creativity and problem-solving skills" objective students will be required to produce programming project solutions from given problem descriptions. 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.

In order to start developing creativity and problem-solving skills,  the student will be required to program at least one project each week 'from scratch'.   In order to satisfy the requirement to program 'from scratch',  the student must create and type via the keyboard orginal source code.  Cutting and pasting code fragments from other source code will not satisfy the 'from scratch' requirement.

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 the TextPad integrated development environment to enter, run, and debug Java programs.
  4. Analyze Java programs in order to test, debug, and improve them.
  5. Appraise Java programs to ensure that they use proper coding conventions 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. Formulate 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


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate understanding of coding conventions and proper styles when writing source code
  2. Demonstrate solid understanding of programming with Java, including syntax of the Java programming language and object-oriented programming
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 CS151 example exam found in the password-protected my.park faculty area,  https://my.park.edu/ICS/Offices/Information_and_Computer_Science/ 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, 6

Multiple-choice and true/false questions that ask the student about CS 151 concepts.

Short answer questions that ask the student to explain various concepts and trace and debug code fragments and/or programs.
 
For example questions, teachers should refer to the CS151 example exam, questions 1-20.

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

relevant learning outcomes – 2, 4, 5, 7, 8

Given a problem description, produce a solution in the form of a short program or a method(s).
 
For example questions, teachers should refer to the CS151 example exam, questions 21-22.

Recommended guideline for evaluating the core assessment final exam:

Exceeds expectations

Meets expectations

Does not meet expectations

No evidence

Concepts

≥ 85%

65% to 84%

< 65%

no exam graded

Problem solving

≥ 75%

50% to 74%

< 50%

no exam graded

Class Assessment:

Course arrangements will consist of lectures, class discussions and laboratory examples, exercises, programming projects, homework and examinations.  While laboratory facilities are available, students may complete required projects using computers outside the college campus providing the software requirements of the course are used.

Grading:
 

Students will use the Grade Book to track their grades throughout the course.  Please allow time for submitted assignments to be posted. 

Grading:

Midterm - 100 points
Final Exam - 200 points
Homework - 100 points
Programming Projects - 100 Points
 
Total Points - 500 points
 
Course Grading Scale:
 
A = 450 - 500 Points
B = 400 - 449 Points
C = 350 - 399 Points
D = 300 - 349 Points
F = 299 Points and below

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments will carry a 10% deduction for every class period begining late.  All assignments are due at the beginning of the class period or as assigned. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

All students are expected to follow the rules for acceptable conduct and good manners.  Any student, who does not adhere to these guidelines will be excused from class and reported to the proper authorities.

I will check my Office and e-mail daily after 10:00 p.m. (CST or CDST). Expect a response within 24 hours. 

All assignments are to be completed on time and submitted to the correct course Dropbox. All computer assignments should be clearly marked with the student's name.  Work received without identification cannot receive credit.

 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 - Introduction, Chapter 1 & 2, Homework 1, Program 1 : Due on October 24, 2011
Week 2 - Chapter 3 & 4 - Homework 2, Program 2 : Due on October 31, 2011
Week 3 - Chapter 5 - Homework 3, Program 3: Due on November 7, 2011
Week 4 - Midterm
Week 5 - Chapter 6 & 7, Homework 4, Program 4 :Due on November 21, 2011
Week 6 - Chapter 8, Homework 5, Program 5 :Due on November 28, 2011
Week 7 - Chapter 9, Homework 6, Program 6 :Due on December 5, 2011
Week 8 - Final Exam, Comprehesives

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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:9/8/2011 7:41:52 PM