CS151 Introduction to Programming

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CS 151 Introduction to Programming


F1H 2012 BU


Tankins, Edwin S.


Instructor CS


BS Metallurgical Engineering
MS metallurgical Engineering

Office Location

MCASbBeaufort Building 596 room 213

Office Hours

4:30-5:00 pm

Daytime Phone

(843) 342 - 5050




Semester Dates

13 Aug - 7 Oct 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM


MA 131 or CS144/Equal or permission of instructor

Credit Hours



"Introduction to programming with JAVA-A Problem Solving Approach", by John & Raymond Dean.- 1st Edition-McGraw Hill Higher Education ISBN: 978-0-07-304702-7 

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Additional Resources:

Recommend getting a USB flash pen storage devive. 
TextPad: Available from http://www.textpad.com
Sun Java Development Kit(JDK): Available from http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp 

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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, 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:

The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, special projects 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. The objective of this course is to help students begin the "creativity and problem-solving skills" necessary to become a proficient programmer regardless of the programming language.

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:

Laboratory participation, one mid term examination, one final exam,  6 quizzes, home work programming assignments, special projects and class room participapion.


Mid Term Exam 20%, Final Exam,30%. Homework/quizzes 25%, Laboratory Work 20%, and Class Participation 05%.
Grading Plan:
100 - 90 = A(4.0 honor points) 89 - 80 = B(3.0 honor points) 79 - 70 = C(2.0 honor points) 69 -60 = D(1.0 honor point) Below 60 = F(no honor points)

Your overall score is determined as follows:
(your_total_hw-quizz_pts/max_hw-quizz_pts)*25 + (your_total_labwork_pts/max_lab_pts)*20 +
(your_total_part_pts/max_part_pts)*5 +
(your_total_mid-term exam_pts/max_mid-term exam_pts)*20 +
(your_total_final exam_pts/max_final exam_pts)*30 


Late Submission of Course Materials:
Homework must be turned in at the beginning of class on the day it is due. The due date will be annotated at the bottom of each assignment. Late homework will be accepted up to the start of the next class meeting but will incur a 7 point (out of 100) reduction in score each day it is late. Late homework will not be accepted after the start of the next class meeting and will receive an automatic zero for a grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

STUDENTS MUST READ ALL CHAPTERS PRIOR TO EACH SCHEDULED CLASS MEETING. Students are expected to be well-prepared to discuss examples and assignments provided at the end of each chapter or handed out by the instructor. Discussion of these examples and assignments will be part of the basis of the class participation grade. Students will also complete three programming assignments outside of class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Class Activities/Chapter

Reading Assignments

Homework(study questions Laboratory Assignments

Week I

Chapter 1

Int to Computers & Programming

Discussion 1          
Programming Assignment 1
Quiz 1
Week II

Chapter 2

Algorithms and Design


Discussion 2         
Programming Assignment 2 
Quiz 2


Week III

Chapter 3

Java Basis

Discussion 3           
Programming Assignment 3 
Quiz 3
Week IV

Chapter 4

Control Statements
Discussion 4          
Programming Assignment 4
Week V

Chapter 5

Using Pre-Built Methods
Discussion  5    
Programming Assignment 5
Quiz 4
Week VI

Chapter 6



Discussion  6  
Programming Assignment 6
Quiz 5
Week VII

Chapter 7

Additional Details


Discussion  7   
Programming Assignment 7
Quiz 6

Chapter 8

Software Enginnering

Turn in all lab assignments and special projects

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 95-96
Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.

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 95
Students who are uncertain about such documentation of source should consult their instructor. If you engage in such activity you are putting your entire academic at risk.

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 98

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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Last Updated:9/3/2012 2:01:50 PM