CS 151 Introduction to Programming
F1A 2011 BE
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Ph.D. Computer Science, Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)Honors B.S. Computer Science, University of South Africa (Pretoria, South Africa)M.Eng. in Chemical Engineering, Potchefstroom University (Potchefstroom, South Africa)
Austin Campus - Room 109
Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Other times by appointment.
(512) 385-7275 ext 209
Monday, August 15, 2011 through Sunday, October 09, 2011
5:10 - 7:50 PM
C or better in any math >=MA 125 or CS 144; or ACT >=23; or SAT >=510; or COMPASS 0-45
Textbook: Introduction to Programming with Java - A Problem Solving Approach
by John and Raymond Dean, McGraw-Hill, 2008, ISBN 978-0-07-304702-7.
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Students must download and install the following software in their personal computers during the first week of class (in the order indicated):
1. Java JDK 6.0 SE or higher (Last update recommended but not necessary).
You may download this software from : http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp
2. TextPad editor. This software can be downloaded as a testing license from www.textpad.com
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Educational Philosophy: This course emphasizes critical thinking to solve problems that require the creation of an algorithm (a sequence of instructions to be executed by a computer). The course will introduce Java as the language to express problem solutions. Topics presented in lectures will be reinforced with pertinent hands-on exercises. Students are also expected to practice the solution of similar problems on their own. Whenever appropriate, the Socratic method of teaching will be favored. In this method, the instructor leads students in the search for answers to questions regarding the topic at hand by the use of their previous knowledge and critical thinking.
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 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.
Problem solving (technical skills, critical thinking, and communication):
relevant learning outcomes – 2, 4, 5, 7, 8
Recommended guideline for evaluating the core assessment final exam:
Does not meet expectations
65% to 84%
no exam graded
50% to 74%
Online participation on discussion threads (7 weeks) 20%
Quizzes (6) 20%
Homework/Assignments (6) 40%
Final Exam (Comprehensive) 20%
A = 100 –90
B = 89 –80
C = 79 –70
D = 69 –60
F = below 60
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Given the temporal nature of discussion threads, all postings to these threads must be done in their appropriate week. No points will be granted for late (or by the same token, early) posts. There will be no "make-up" for postings.
Quizzes will be administered during the class session on the designated dates. They will usually cover the topics discussed in class and online the week prior to the quiz. There will be no “make-up” quizzes, however the lowest grade, or one that is missing will be eliminated before the computation of the final grade in quizzes.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
LAST DAY TO DROP: Monday, August 22, 2011
LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW: Sunday, September 18, 2011
INCOMPLETE GRADE: As a rule, incomplete grades will not be given. Exceptions to the rule do exist, however, like a prolonged hospitalization and/or traumatic death in the family. In these cases, the student may be allowed to petition for an incomplete. The instructor retains the right to veto any such petition, or grant an incomplete in other unforeseen circumstances.
WITHDRAW: The enrollment status of the student in this course is solely the responsibility of the student. If a student wishes to withdraw from this course, s/he must file the appropriate paperwork with the registrar before the appropriate deadlines. Every student is considered enrolled unless s/he is officially withdrawn.
1. Keep a memory stick handy at all classes for storage of course material.
2. Students should disconnect or set to silent any cellular phones or beeping devices during class sessions.
3. Students should refrain from disruptive behavior during class sessions.
4. Students must check their account on www.parkonline.org and their Park email regularly. Class announcements and class materials will be distributed using one of both services. Discussion threads will be held through www.parkonline.org.
Required Reading before Session
Homework Due Date
Online Activity for the Week
Monday Aug. 15, 2010
Intro to the course.
Chapter 1. Introduction to Computers and Programming.
Chapter 2. Algorithms and Design (Begin: Assignments & Input).
Chapter 1 from textbook
Post answers to questions on the appropriate discussion thread for week 1.Post comments on the answers of your peers.
Wednesday Aug. 17, 2010
Chapter 2. Algorithms and Design (continue: If statement & problems, loop explanation).
Chapter 2 from textbook
Monday Aug. 22, 2010
Chapter 2. Algorithms and Design (continue:if problems, loop problems).
Post answers to questions on the appropriate discussion thread for week 2.Post comments on the answers of your peers.
Wednesday Aug. 24, 2010
Chapter 2. Algorithms and Design (continue:Assign 2 solutions, Basic loop problems).
Monday Aug. 29, 2010
Chapter 3. Java Basics (begin).
Chapter 3 from textbook
Post answers to questions on the appropriate discussion thread for week 3.
Post comments on the answers of your peers.
Wednesday Aug. 31, 2010
Chapter 3. Java Basics (end)
Chapter 4. Control Statements (begin)
Chapters 3 & 4 from textbook
Monday Sep. 5, 2008
Chapter 4. Control Statements (continue).
Chapter 4 from textbook
Post answers to questions on the appropriate discussion thread for week 4.Post comments on the answers of your peers.
Wednesday Sep. 7, 2008
Chapter 4. Control Statements (continue)
Monday Sep. 12, 2010
Chapter 4. Control Statements (end).
Post answers to questions on the appropriate discussion thread for week 5.Post comments on the answers of your peers.
Wednesday Sep. 14, 2010
Chapter 5. Using pre-built methods.
Chapter 5 from textbook
Monday Sep. 19, 2008
Chapter 6. Object Oriented Programming.
Chapter 6 from textbook
Post answers to questions on the appropriate discussion thread for week 6.Post comments on the answers of your peers.
Wednesday Sep. 21, 2008
Chapter 6. Object Oriented Programming (end).
Monday Sep. 26, 2010
Chapter 7. Object Oriented Programming. Additional Material.
Chapter 7 from textbook.
Post answers to questions on the appropriate discussion thread for week 7.Post comments on the answers of your peers.
Wednesday Sep. 28, 2010
Chapter 7. Object Oriented Programming. Additional Material.
Chapter 7 from textbook
Monday Oct. 3, 2010
Chapter 8. Software Engineering up to 8.6 (Time allowed)
Chapter 8 from textbook
Wednesday Oct. 5, 2010
Final Exam (Comprehensive - In class).
Chapters 1-8 from textbook for Final Exam
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