CS144 Beg Prog w/Multimedia Projects

for F1T 2012

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CS 144 Beg Prog w/Multimedia Projects


F1T 2012 DL


Bond, Michael A.


adjunct Instructor


MS Computer Information Systems
BS Computer Science

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Office Hours

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Daytime Phone

405 627 5867



Semester Dates

F1T 2012

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



Required Text:   Learning to Program with Alice, 3/E 2012 

Authors:  Dann, Wanda; Cooper, Stephen; and Pausch, Randy

ISBN-13: 9780132122474

Software: Download the latest version (May 26, 2009) of the Alice 2.2 Program from www.alice.org

You will need the Alice Program for the Final Exam. The Alice Program is available at all of the Park Campus sites. However, if you do not take the Exam at a Park Campus site and are buying a "used" book, be sure you get the CD that comes with the textbook.

Do not purchase the eBook because you can't use the eBook during the exam.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Do not use the Alice Program that comes with the textbook. Instead download the latest version (May 26, 2009) of the Alice Program from www.alice.org  Be sure to choose the ones with the Alice textbook worlds.

Alice 2.2 for Windows with Learning to Program with Alice textbook worlds (285MB)

Alice 2.2 for Mac with Learning to Program with Alice textbook worlds (351MB)

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Course Description:
CS144 Beginning Programming with Multimedia Projects: This course introduces students to the fundamentals of programming and design using multimedia projects. In a "hands-on" class, students will use pseudocode design and the three programming constructs (sequence, selection and repetition) in creating 3-D Worlds with animation. Students will learn how to combine text, graphics, audio, video, and animation in their projects. 3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Create 3-dimensional worlds with animation using Alice, a programming language.
  2. Apply problem-solving techniques to develop a solution.
  3. Design projects by describing an algorithm (visual and textual storyboards, pseudocode)
  4. Select appropriate programming constructs (sequence, selection, and repetition) for each project.
  5. Combine text, graphics, audio, video and animation in multimedia projects

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. For this course, the tool consists of the final exam. Therefore, the final exam must count for at least 20% of the student's total course grade. School policy dictates that the core assessment tool must cover at least 75% of a course's learning outcomes. To ensure compliance, all CS 144 instructors are required to give the same final exam. See the attached final exam artifact and artifact solution. To prevent cheating, students are strictly forbidden from keeping the final exam, the solutions, or copies of either. 

There are three categories covered in the final exam: 


(relevant learning outcomes – 2, 3)

Given a problem description, break down the problem by producing a design using visual and textual storyboards.

Exam tasks: 1-2

See the exam solution for details on how to score the tasks.



(relevant learning outcomes – 1, 2, 4, 5)

Given a problem description, create a solution in the form of an Alice program that uses the concepts studied in Chapters 2 – 7 of the textbook.

Exam tasks: 3-10

See the exam solution for details on how to score the tasks.


Technical skills:

(relevant learning outcomes – 1, 2, 4, 5)

Given a problem description, choose the correct commands, methods and functions to tell the story. Debug the code to get a working program.

Exam tasks: 3-10

See the exam solution for details on how to score the tasks.

The ICS Program Coordinator will analyze core assessment results for a sampling of all ICS courses offered. In analyzing the results, the ICS Program Coordinator will grade the exams using the (very specific) grading criteria shown on the exam solution. The final grade is in the form of a percentage where the percentages equate to the following levels of success: 

Exceeds expectations

Meets expectations

Does not meet expectations

No evidence

≥ 85%

65% to 84%

< 65%

No exam graded.

The ICS Program Coordinator will use the core assessment scores to compare results across all instructional modalities.

Class Assessment:

Students will be able to track their grade throughout the course. 

Each student is responsible for:
  • Completing weekly Lab Assignments.
  • Submitting answers to Weekly Discussion Questions.
  • Submitting weekly Projects.
  • Submitting two Major Projects.
  • Completing a Final Examination.


Grading weights are as follows:

Discussion Questions and Peer Review 


Lab Assignments 




Major Projects 


Final Examination


Course Grading Scale

A = 90 - 100 %        
B = 80 - 89.9%       

C = 70 - 79.9%        
D = 60 - 69.9%        
F = < 60% 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submission of Late Work: Each week's work must be completed by the due dates of that week. Assignments received after this time will receive a 10% reduction in your score each day that your assignment is late.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
See CS 144 Schedule 8-Week-09 below.

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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.
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Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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Additional Information:

Projects and labs in this course are textbook dependent.  You must have the Alice  textbook by the first week of class.

Throughout colleges and universities in the U.S, the research in regard to the first programming course (CS 151) indicates that only 50% of students enrolled are successful (C or better).

Early research in several schools around the country indicates that students who take a course using Alice (in 16-week format before taking the official "first course in programming" have had an 80% success rate when they take the official first course (in 16-week format).

This course has been designed in both 16-week format and 8-week format for students beginning in programming.  It should not be used as the CS, CIS, or ICS Elective: (Any CS/IS 3 credit, 300-level or above course).


Alice 8-week Schedule-09


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