CS219 Programming Fundamentals

for F2B 2011

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CS219 Programming Fundamentals


F2B 2011 BL


Vargas, Jorge


Adjunct Faculty


M.S. Computer Science
M.S. Mathematics

Office Hours

30 minutes after class or by appointment



Semester Dates

Oct 17, 2011 - Dec 11, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Credit Hours


An Introduction to Programming with Java A Problem Solving Approach  by John & Raymond Dean -- First Edition  -- McGraw-Hill Higher Education ISBN: 978-0-07-304702-7, 2008

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Course Description:
CS 219 Programming Fundamentals: This course continues the development of the programming and problem solving skills introduced in CS 151. Programming concepts will be put into practice by using Java for programming projects. Students will learn about object-oriented programming and two of its key components - inheritance and polymorphism. Additionally, students will learn about these topics: arrays, graphical user interface components, event-driven programming, exception handling. Prerequisites: Any math course > MA131,a grade of "C" or better in CS151. Suggested prerequisite: CS140 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
My approach to teaching involves the integration of lectures, readings, and hands on experience. Students are encouraged to discuss readings and class materials to explore different points of views.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain advanced object-oriented programming concepts - inheritance, polymorphism, exception handling, GUI programming
  2. Demonstrate creativity and problem-solving skills.
  3. Use the Eclipse 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 principles of inheritance and composition. *Given a problem description, the student should be able to decide on appropriate classes in a class hierarchy tree. *Given a description that involves two classes, the student should be able to decide on whether composition or inheritance is more appropriate.
  7. Formulate Java programs that use: *class variables and class methods *arrays and Arraylists *object-oriented programming concepts – inheritance, polymorphism *exception handling *GUI programming – event-driven programming, layout managers, components

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain difference between class and object members.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge creating packages to re use them in other projects.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the Java architecture.
  4. Use Java command line tools to compile and generate documentation
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 CS219 example exam found in the password-protected my.park ICS 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 219 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 CS219 example exam, questions 1-20.

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

relevant learning outcomes – 2, 4, 5, 7

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 CS219 example exam, questions 21-22.

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:
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. 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.

The final grade for the course will be assigned using the following grading scale.

Class Participation: 10%
Quizzes: 10%
Programming Assignments: 30%
Midterm: 20%
Final Exam: 30%
Total: 100%

The letter grade awarded corresponds to the following percent averages.
> 90%: A
80%-89%: B
70%-79%: C
60%-69%: D
< 60%: F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Programming assignments should be turned in by midnight the day they are due. After the due date, 10% will be deducted for every day the assignment is late, including weekends. Assignments more than 5 days late will not be accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner. Cell phones should be turned off before entering the classroom. If you must make a call, take it outside the classroom. Using cell phone or any other electronic device in class is considered an academic misconduct.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1 - October 22: Java Basics (Chapters 1 - 8).
Week 2 - October 29: Quiz 1. Continuation of Java Basics (Chapters 1 - 8), Classes, Class Members (Chapter 9), Arrays and ArrayList (Chapter 10).
Week 3 - November 5: Quiz 2. Type Details, Alternate Coding Mechanisms (Chapter 11), Aggregation, Composition, and Inheritance (Chapter 12).
Week 4 - November 12: Quiz 3. Midterm. Continuation of Aggregation, Composition, and Inheritance (Chapter 12).
Week 5 - November 19: Quiz 4. Inheritance and Polymorphism (Chapter 13).
Week 6 - November 26: Quiz 5. Exception Handling (Chapter 14).
Week 7 - December 3: Quiz 6. Files (Chapter 15), GUI Programming Basics (Chapter 16).
Week 8 - December 10: 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
NOTE: 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 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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