CS225 Programming Concepts

for F2T 2011

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CS 225 Programming Concepts


F2T 2011 DL


Whale, Robert


Adjunct Faculty


MS Computer Science
BA Communications

Office Location

Mountain Time Zone

Office Hours

By appointment



Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


C++ How To Program by Deitel and Deitel, 7th Edition, Prentice Hall, ISBN 978-0-13-611726-1.

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Additional Resources:

Optional acquisition:         


A Microsoft Visual C++ .NET compiler for home use. See the ICS web site for a link to the MSDN Academic Alliance site.

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Course Description:
This course continues the development of the programming and problem solving skills introduced in CS 219. 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 prerequisite courses, this course will cover C++ basics (control constructs, operators, data types, functions) 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 CS 219. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as "disputatious learning" to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

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 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, 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, teachers should refer to 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
For example questions, teachers should refer to the CS225 example exam, questions 14-15. 

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:

Students will use the GradeBook to track their grades throughout the course.  Please allow time for submitted assignments to be posted.  Generally speaking it will take 24 hours for a grade to be posted into the grade book.   Participation in class discussions, Mid-term and Final tests and Attendance will be taken into consideration for the course grade. (See Grading Scale below)  

The grading of the course is decided based on the following items.

  • The graded works for this course consist of 11 programming assignments, seven quizzes, seven participation grades, and a Final Exam.
  • Each programming assignment is graded as follows:
    • If the submitted program does not compile, the maximum amount of points that can be earned is 50%.
    • Coding style counts for 20% of the project.
    • Code execution counts for 60% of the project.
    • Code design counts for 20% of the project.


Course Grading Scale      A = 90-100%       900-1000      B = 80-89%         800-899      C = 70-79%       700-799      D = 60-69%       600-699      F = < 60%         599 and below

Late Submission of Course Materials:


Assignments are due each Sunday on a weekly basis. Late work will be accepted but is penalized 30%. No late work will be accepted after 7 days.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class Participation: It is extremely important to generate ideas and participate in class discussion. Students are required to participate at least five out of every seven days. Participation includes adding new thoughts as well as commenting on fellow student responses. The understanding and application of concepts is best reinforced by communicating with others. I will be the observer/facilitator of this process and will be assessing your contributions to the topic-related discussions. From time to time, I will interject comments; but, for the most part, the discussions will be left to the class. I will also provide additional points to consider. Here is how I grade participation: Each Monday morning, I examine the Discussion Board for the previous week.  You are expected to participate four days each week.  I examine the quantity and quality of each student's contribution.  If all your postings add significant value to the topics at hand, you will be graded as follows provided that your postings are spread out over four days: 8 or more postings -- 100% 6-7 postings -- 80% 4-5 postings -- 50% 2-3 postings -- 25% 0-1 posting -- 0%

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Make-up examinations must be scheduled prior to the date of the examination. The final grade will be determined as follows:

Programming Assignments = 45%
Participation = 21%
Quizzes = 14%

Final Exam = 20%


A = 90-100 points
B = 80-89 points
C = 70-79 points
D = 60-69 points
F = < 60 points


Note: All assignments are due on Sunday of each week.


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 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.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a courserelated question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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Last Updated:9/26/2011 7:17:57 AM