CS225 Programming Concepts

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CS 225 Programming Concepts


F1T 2012 DLA


Roscoe (David Law)


Computer Science/Math Adjunct Faculty


B.S. U.S. Naval Academy, Systems Engineering
M.S. Boston University, Computer Information Systems
M.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Computer Science

Office Location

Virtual Office (EST)

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

(803) 981-4850



Semester Dates


Class Days


Class Time



a grade of "C" or better in CS219

Credit Hours


Deitel, C++ How to Program Late Objects Version, 7th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2010, ISBN 978-0132165419.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

A Microsoft Visual C++ .NET compiler for home use. 

See the ICS web site for a link to the MSDN Academic Alliance site.

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Course Description:
CS225 Programming Concepts: This course continues the development of the programming and problem solving skills introduced in CS219. Programming concepts will be put into practice by using C++ for programming projects. Since C++ is so similar to Java and since students should already know Java from their prerequisite courses, this course will cover C++ basics (control constructs, operators, data types, functions) very quickly. More time will be spent on those features of C++ that differ from Java. For example, more time will be spent on pointers, object-oriented programming techniques, and operator overloading. Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or better in CS219 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
No cat too flat - learning is an iterative process where course material is introduced, demonstrated, applied, and repeated until understanding of the subject matter is achieved.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain basic C++ constructs and basic object-oriented programming concepts (they should be covered quickly since they are similar to basic Java constructs, which are covered in CS 151 and CS 219).
  2. Explain these programming concepts: *Pointers *Parameter passing - call-by-value vs. call-by-reference *Operator overloading *Inheritance - public, protected, and private access specifiers
  3. Demonstrate creativity and problem-solving skills.
  4. Use the Visual C++ integrated development environment to enter, run, and debug C++ programs.
  5. Appraise C++ programs to ensure that they use proper coding conventions and documentation.
  6. Demonstrate proper use of the object-oriented principle of inheritance. *Given a problem description, the student should be able to decide on appropriate classes in a class hierarchy tree.
  7. Demonstrate proper use of the object-oriented principle of composition. *Given a description that involves two classes, the student should be able to decide on whether composition or inheritance is more appropriate.
  8. Formulate C++ programs that use: *Preprocessor directives *Functions - call-by-value vs. call-by-reference parameters, inline functions, default arguments *Arrays - one-dimensional and two-dimensional *Pointers *Strings *Operator overloading *Inheritance - public, protected, and private access specifiers
  9. Optional - upon completion of this course the student should be able to formulate C++ programs that use: *UML, polymorphism, virtual functions, templates, exception handling, file I/O

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 CS225 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, 2, 6, 7

Multiple-choice and true/false questions that ask the student about CS 225 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 CS225 example exam, questions 1-13.

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

relevant learning outcomes –

3, 5, 8

Given a problem description, produce a solution in the form of a short program or a method(s).

Exam questions: 14-15
For example questions, teachers should refer to the CS225 example exam, questions 14-15. 

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:

Assignment Total
7 Discussion Threads  210
(Weeks 1-7)
7 Weekly Quizzes 140
(Weeks 1-7)
11  Programming Assignments  450
(Weeks 1-7)
Final Exam(Week 8) 200
TOTAL 1000


Letter Number of Points Percentage
A 895-1000 89.5-100
B 795-894 79.5-89.4
C 695-794 69.5-79.4
D 595-694 59.5-69.4
F 594 or below 59.4 or below

Late Submission of Course Materials:

No late work of any kind will be accepted.  Assignments are expected to be completed by set deadlines.  It is the responsibility of the student to start work early, not late.


You have all week to complete the weekly coursework; waiting until the night before or night of the due date is NOT a good plan. Notify the instructor WELL IN ADVANCE of any special circumstances, and each situation will be resolved on a case-by-case basis.

Most people have a Plan B for getting to work (i.e. if your car breaks down, ride with a friend, catch the bus, or call a cab).  This is an online course so you should have a Plan B for computer and network problems (i.e. if your home computer crashes, use a library computer or work computer to complete your work on time).  Also, test your Plan B before an emergency happens.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Online Classroom Rules of Conduct, or "Netiquette" 

In online courses, some people may have different opinions which you do not agree with. Be objective and respectful when responding to different points of view. Working online may make communication more difficult since you don't see each other's body language. 

Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty, and tact. Spelling and grammar are very important in an online class. What you put into an online course reflects on your level of professionalism. 

It is important not to take disagreement personally. 

Responses to different ideas and observations need to be objective. Being objective means maintaining boundaries and not making personal attacks on the ability of others or making statements that have the potential to be taken personally. 

An important part of online learning is discussion. Differences in thinking are good because our knowledge is broadened. 

Because we have differences, we will have conflict. The important thing is to handle conflict in a way that does not create defensiveness, which does not promote learning. 

You can see more about core rules of netiquette athttp://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week Textbook Readings Discussion Topics Programming Project Quiz or Exam

Week 1

Read Chapters  1-2,


  • Overview of C++ Discussion
  • C++ Syntax Discussion
  • Project 1
  • Project 2
Quiz 1

Week 2

Read Chapters 3-4

  • Structured Problem Solving
  • Going Loopy
  • Project 3
  • Project 4
Quiz 2

Week 3

Read Chapter 5

  • Function Fundamentals
  • Arguments and Parameters
  • Project 5
Quiz 3

Week 4

Read Chapters 6-7

  • Array Basics
  • Pointers and Strings
  • Project 6 
  • Project 7 
Quiz 4

Week 5

Chapters 9.8-9.14, 10

  • Constructors/Destructors
  • Read Objects,
    This, Friend
  • Project 8
  • Project 9
Quiz 5

Week 6

Chapters 11, 18

  • Overloading
  • Strings and Arrays
  • Project 10 
Quiz 6

Week 7

Chapter 12

  • Inheritance Basics
  • Protecting Data
  • Project 11
Quiz 7

Week 8




Proctored 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 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.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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