CS219 Programming Fundamentals

for F2A 2012

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CS 219 Programming Fundamentals


F2A 2012 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

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.Other times by appointment.

Daytime Phone

(512) 385-7275 ext 5709



Semester Dates

Monday, October 22, 2012 through Sunday, December 16, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:10 - 7:50 PM


CS151 with a grade of C or better

Credit Hours


Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving with Java
by John and Raymond Dean, McGraw-Hill

CS151 uses the first part of this book. In CS219 we will cover the second part of the book.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
Students must download and install the following software in their personal computers, in the order indicated, unless they have them already:

1. Java JDK 6.0 or higher (Latest update recommended).

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:
CS 219 Programming Fundamentals: This course continues the development of the programming and problem solving skills introduced in CS 151. Programming concepts will be put into practice by using Java for programming projects. Students will learn about object-oriented programming and two of its key components - inheritance and polymorphism. Additionally, students will learn about these topics: arrays, graphical user interface components, event-driven programming, exception handling. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in any math course >= MA125 and a grade of C or better in CS151.Suggested prerequisite CS140 3:0:3 @

Educational Philosophy:
This course continues the emphasis on critical thinking, used in CS151, to solve problems that require the creation of an algorithm (a sequence of instructions to be executed by a computer). The course will expand the students' knowledge of Java and it will introduce important aspects of object oriented programming. 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 advanced object-oriented programming concepts - inheritance, polymorphism, exception handling, GUI programming
  2. Demonstrate creativity and problem-solving skills.
  3. Use the Eclipse 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 principles of inheritance and composition. *Given a problem description, the student should be able to decide on appropriate classes in a class hierarchy tree. *Given a description that involves two classes, the student should be able to decide on whether composition or inheritance is more appropriate.
  7. Formulate Java programs that use: *class variables and class methods *arrays and Arraylists *object-oriented programming concepts – inheritance, polymorphism *exception handling *GUI programming – event-driven programming, layout managers, components

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 CS219 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, 6

Multiple-choice and true/false questions that ask the student about CS 219 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 CS219 example exam, questions 1-20.

Problem solving (technical skills, critical thinking, and communication):

relevant learning outcomes – 2, 4, 5, 7

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 CS219 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 five quizzes during the semester.
F. Complete all homework/assignments when scheduled. There will be six graded assignment. Relative weights on assignments may be indicated in each of these instances.
G. Complete all examinations when scheduled.

Online participation on discussion threads (7 weeks)                                              20%
5 Quizzes                                                                                                                  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:
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 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 cover the topics discussed in class and online the week prior to the quiz. There will be no “make-up” quizzes, and because of the reduced number of quizzes, due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, no grade on quizzes will be eliminated.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
LAST DAY TO DROP:  Monday, October 29, 2012
LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW:  Sunday, November 25, 2012

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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Class schedule and activities may change at the instructor's discretion to pace students' learning. 

Class Session

Class Activities

Required Reading before Session

Homework Given

Homework Due Date

Online Activity for the Week

Tuesday Oct. 23, 2012

Intro to the course.
Basic Java concepts review

Chapters 1-7 from textbook

Post answers to questions on the appropriate discussion thread for week 1. Post comments on the answers of your peers.
Topic: Class Members

Thursday Oct. 25, 2012

Chapter 9. Classes with Class Members.

Chapter 9 from textbook

Assignment 1.

Tuesday Oct. 30 2012

Chapter 10. Arrays (Begin).

Chapter 10 from textbook

Post answers to questions on the appropriate discussion thread for week 2. Post comments on the answers of your peers.
Topic: Arrays

Thursday Nov. 1, 2012

Chapter 10. Arrays – Basic problems and Array Utilities (Copy, Select & Sort).
Quiz 1.

Chapter 10 from textbook

Assignment 2 

Assignment 1

Tuesday Nov. 6, 2012

Chapter 10. 2D arrays. ArrayList class (Begin).

Chapter 10 from textbook

Post answers to questions on the appropriate discussion thread for week 3. Post comments on the answers of your peers.
Topic: Arrays

Thursday Nov. 8, 2012

Chapter 10. Array of Objects. (end)
Quiz 2.

Chapter 10 from textbook

Assignment 3

Assignment 2

Tuesday Nov. 13, 2012

Chapter 12. Aggregation & Inheritance (begin)

Chapter 12 from textbook

Post answers to questions on the appropriate discussion thread for week 4. Post comments on the answers of your peers.
Topic: Inheritance

Thursday Nov. 15, 2012

Chapter 12. Aggregation & Inheritance (end)
Quiz 3.

Chapter 12 from textbook

Assignment 4

Assignment 3

Tuesday Nov. 20, 2012

Chapter 13. Inheritance & Polymorphism (begin)

Chapter 13 from textbook

Post answers to questions on the appropriate discussion thread for week 5. Post comments on the answers of your peers.
Topic: Polymorphism

Thursday Nov. 22, 2012

NO CLASS - Thanksgiving Holiday week.

Tuesday Nov. 27, 2012

Chapter 13. Inheritance & Polymorphism (end).

Chapter 13 from textbook

Assignment 5

Assignment 4

Post answers to questions on the appropriate discussion thread for week 6. Post comments on the answers of your peers.
Topic: GUI elements

Thursday Nov. 29, 2012

Chapter 14. Exception Handling.
Quiz 4.

Chapter 14 from textbook

Tuesday Dec. 4, 2012

Chapter 16. GUI Programming Basics (begin).

Chapter 16 from textbook.

Assignment 6

Assignment 5

Post answers to questions on the appropriate discussion thread for week 7. Post comments on the answers of your peers.
Topic: GUI elements

Thursday Dec. 6, 2012

Chapter 16. GUI Programming Basics (end).
Chapter 17: GUI Programming – Additional details. Final Exam review.
Quiz 5.

Chapters 16 & 17 from textbook.

Tuesday Dec. 11, 2012

Distance Session - Course review before Final Exam.

Chapters 9-14 & 16 from textbook for Final Exam

Assignment 6

Thursday Dec. 13, 2012

Final Exam – Online (Comprehensive).

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

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

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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