CS151 Introduction to Programming

for F1A 2011

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CS 151 Introduction to Programming


F1A 2011 BE


Tonsmann, Guillermo


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)

Office Location

Austin Campus - Room 109

Office Hours

Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Other times by appointment.

Daytime Phone

(512) 385-7275 ext 209



Semester Dates

Monday, August 15, 2011 through Sunday, October 09, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

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

Credit Hours


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

Additional Resources:

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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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:
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

  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

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


≥ 85%

65% to 84%

< 65%

no exam graded

Problem solving

≥ 75%

50% to 74%

< 50%

no exam graded

Class Assessment:

Students are expected to:

A. Complete the reading assignments before class as indicated in the Class Schedule.
B. Participate actively in the solution of problems presented during class-time.
C. Practice on their own the solution of recommended problems.
D. Participate actively in online discussion threads. Students will be required to post their answers to selected questions.
E. Complete all quizzes when scheduled. There will be at least six quizzes during the semester.
F. Complete all homework/assignments when scheduled. There will be at least six graded assignments. Relative weights on assignments may be indicated in each of these instances.
G. Complete the final examination when scheduled.


Online participation on discussion threads (7 weeks)    20%
Quizzes (6)                                                                 20% 
Homework/Assignments (6)                                        40%
Final Exam (Comprehensive)                                       20%

Grade Scale
A = 100 –90
B =  89 –80
C =  79 –70
D =  69 –60
F = below 60

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Homework is due at the beginning of class on the stated due-date. 
Late homework may be accepted, if

(1) such arrangement is previously established with the instructor (it is the responsibility of the student to make these arrangements in time) and

(2) evidence of progress is demonstrated on the due date.
Late assignments may carry penalties at the instructor discretion.

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.

Other Rules
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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Class schedule and activities may change at the instructor's discretion to pace students' learning.


Class Activities

Required Reading before Session

Homework Given

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

Homework 1

Monday Aug. 22, 2010

Chapter 2. Algorithms and Design (continue:if problems, loop problems).
Quiz 1.

Chapter 2 from textbook

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).

Chapter 2 from textbook

Homework 2 

Monday Aug. 29, 2010

Chapter 3. Java Basics (begin).
Quiz 2.

Chapter 3 from textbook

Homework 1

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

Homework 3

Monday Sep. 5, 2008

Chapter 4. Control Statements (continue).

Chapter 4 from textbook

Homework 2

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)
Quiz 3.

Chapter 4 from textbook

Monday Sep. 12, 2010

Chapter 4. Control Statements (end).

Chapter 4 from textbook

Homework 4

Homework 3

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.
Quiz 4.

Chapter 5 from textbook

Monday Sep. 19, 2008

Chapter 6. Object Oriented Programming.

Chapter 6 from textbook

Homework 5

Homework 4

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).
Quiz 5.

Chapter 6 from textbook

Monday Sep. 26, 2010

Chapter 7. Object Oriented Programming. Additional Material.

Chapter 7 from textbook.

Homework 6

Homework 5

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.
Quiz 6.

Chapter 7 from textbook

Monday Oct. 3, 2010

Chapter 8. Software Engineering up to 8.6 (Time allowed)

Chapter 8 from textbook

Homework 6

Wednesday Oct. 5, 2010

Final Exam (Comprehensive - In class).

Chapters 1-8 from textbook for 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

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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