CS151 Introduction to Programming

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CS 151 Introduction to Programming


U1T 2013 DLB


Dean, John S.


Assistant Professor of Computer Science


M.S. Computer Science

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Semester Dates

U1T 2013


High school algebra proficiency

Credit Hours


Introduction to Programming with JAVA - A Problem Solving Approach by John & Raymond Dean - 2nd Edition - McGraw Hill Higher Education ISBN: 978-0-07-337606-6

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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:

An objective of this course is to help students  begin developing the "creativity and problem-solving skills"  necessary to pass subsequent programming courses and necessary as well to become a proficient programmer regardless of the programming language.

To help meet the "creativity and problem-solving skills" objective students will be required to produce programming project solutions from given problem descriptions. This objective is not met if a student is only able to produce solutions by pasting together given code fragments.  Although pasting code fragments together is sometimes appropriate, it does not enforce the development of creativity and problem-solving skills.

In order to start developing creativity and problem-solving skills,  the student will be required to program at least one project each week 'from scratch'.   In order to satisfy the requirement to program 'from scratch',  the student must create and type via the keyboard orginal source code.  Cutting and pasting code fragments from other source code will not satisfy the 'from scratch' requirement.

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:


Total %

8 Discussion Threads
(Weeks 1-8)


7 Weekly Quizzes
(Weeks 1-7)


7 Homework/Lab Activity
(Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)


Final Exam (Week 8)






Number of Points















599 or below

59.9 or below

Late Submission of Course Materials:
See Rules of Conduct section.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

For the weekly quizzes, you are allowed to get help from books and the course website, but you are not allowed to discuss the quiz questions in any way with other people. Be aware that the quizzes are timed, so if you spend too much time looking up answers, you will run out of time.

The final exam uses a split format – closed book for concepts questions, and open book for programming questions. Closed book means no resources at all are allowed except your brain. Open book means books and hardcopy notes are allowed, but the Internet and electronic communications are not allowed.

Homework must be done independently. You may ask procedural or conceptual questions to other people. However, you may not obtain answers from a classmate, from someone outside of class, or from the Internet. You must be the sole author of the work that you submit. If you copy part of someone else's work (including code from the Internet!), if someone else copies part of your work, or if you do not work independently, you will receive zeros on the current and previous homework assignments. If someone obtains your work (even without your knowledge), you will incur the penalty!

For programming projects, you are required to submit a copy of your program's output. If you don't get your program to work properly, you might be tempted to fake your output by editing it slightly. Don't do it! If you edit/falsify your output in any way, you will receive a zero on the entire current homework.

I reserve the right to modify previously assigned homework. Consequently, it is your responsibility to check the course website for updates.


Upload your homeworks to the drop box no later than midnight of the day on which the homework is due. Normally, if you submit a homework assignment later than that, and before the subsequent Wednesday at midnight, then that homework's score will be reduced by one half. If you submit later than the Wednesday after the homework is due, no credit will be given.

If you submit homework late, send me an e-mail that tells me to look in your drop box for your late homework. Sending an e-mail is important. If you don't send an e-mail, I probably won't see your drop box message.

There are two ways to avoid the late-homework penalty:

1.      When you submit your late homework to the drop box, write a note in the drop box message area that says you have a late excuse. A late excuse is acceptable only if it is authorized by a doctor or a funeral director, and the authorizer’s phone number is on the note.

2.      When you submit your late homework to the drop box, write a note in the drop box message area that says you want to use your virtual no-penalty coupon. Your virtual no-penalty coupon is good only up until Wednesday after the homework is due. You cannot use your coupon after that!

You are given one virtual no-penalty coupon at the beginning of the semester. It is intended to be used for lateness due to family problems, sickness, computer problems, Internet problems, etc. At the end of the semester, your overall percentage will be increased by 1 overall percentage point if you have an unused coupon.

Complete homework solutions will not be provided. If you want more of an explanation than what is provided in your graded homework, it is up to you to ask specific questions about specific parts of the homework.

Please do not ask for exceptions to the homework policies.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Learning Activities

Learning Assessments



Chapter Readings
Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving with Java

Programming Assignment
Quiz or Exam


Introduction to Computers and Programming

Chapter 1

Discussion 1

Programming Assignment 1

Quiz 1


Algorithms and Design

Chapter 2

Discussion 2

Programming Assignment 2

Quiz 2


Java Basics

Chapter 3

Discussion 3

Programming Assignment 3

Quiz 3


Control Statements

Chapter 4

Discussion 4

Programming Assignment 4


Quiz 4


Using Pre-Built Methods

Chapter 5

Discussion 5

Programming Assignment 5

Quiz 5


Object-Oriented Programming

Chapter 6

Discussion 6

Programming Assignment 6


Quiz 6


Object-Oriented Programming – Additional Details

Chapter 7

Discussion 7

Programming Assignment 7

Quiz 7


Software Engineering

Chapter 8

Discussion 8



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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97
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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95
Students caught plagiarizing any assignment or portion of assignment will receive a zero for the current assignment and a zero for the previous assignment. More severe penalties may also be applied per the Park University catalog.
In the event plagiarism is detected on a previous assignment the previous assignment grade may be adjusted to reflect the above policy even if the assignment was already awarded a higher grade.

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 2012-2013 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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