161 Syllabus

Catalog Description:

Introduction to computer programming for the student intending to major in computer science or related fields. Emphasis on developing ability to apply problem-solving strategies to design and implement algorithms in a modern programming language. (Current Language: Java)

This course includes a laboratory component.  4 credit hours

Objectives of the course:

At the end of this course, a successful student will be expected to:

  • develop an algorithm to solve a problem
  • design and implement a program using programming structures such as conditionals, loops, and functions
  • properly test a program to ensure its correctness and robustness
  • use accepted style when writing a program
  • use a computer system to edit, compile, debug, and execute a program

Required Textbook: 
Building Java Programs: A Back to Basics Approach 
Authors:  Reges and Stepp
4th Edition (you can do without the CD if you are ordering a used copy)

Placement in Math 160 (Precalculus) or higher

Desire and interest to learn

Course Outline:

Module 1: Introduction to Programming

Module 2: Primitive Data and Definite Loops

Module 3: Constants

Module 4: Academic Honesty & Binary/Bases

Module 5: Introduction to Parameters and Objects

Module 6: Conditional Executions

Module 7: Program Logic and Indefinite Loops

* Module 8: Graphics

Module 9: File Processing

Module 10: Arrays

* dependent on time



Exam 1:  25%  (October 19)

Exam 2:  25% (November 16)

Exam 3 : 30% (Finals week)

Lab Assignments (programming projects, labs):  20%

Note: all exams are cumulative by nature


Final Letter Grades are based on the following weighted scale:

93 – 100:  A      90-92.9:  A-   86 – 89.9:  B+  82 – 85.9  B  79 – 81.9: B-

76 – 78.9:  C+   73 – 75.9:  C  70 – 72.9 C-

66 – 68.9:  D+   63 -65.9:  D    60 – 62.9  D-      <59.9:  Fail


The syllabus is subject to change so be sure to check in occasionally

All work must be submitted on the assigned date or they will not be graded – barring acceptable emergencies. Check website for important dates.

The syllabus may be subject to some change due to shceduling, so be sure to check in occasionally

Graded Work and Academic Honesty:

The exams cover material from class lectures, assignments, and labs – and they are cumulative by nature.  There are NO make-up exams, so if you miss an exam you will receive zero credit, barring extenuating circumstances.

Copying or extensive collaboration on assignments is not permitted and may result in failure of the course and expulsion from the university. You may discuss approaches to solving a problem. However, if someone else types on your keyboard or you copy code or paragraphs from someone else or somewhere else, you are committing academic dishonesty. Finding or purchasing a solution on the Internet or elsewhere and submitting it as your own work is plagiarism and may result in expulsion from the university.

Consult MU’s Academic Policies for more details.

Attendance:  All students are expected to regularly attend classes, be prepared for class by doing the assigned readings, and having completed any assignments. Only previously approved and university recognized absences are excusable. Excessive (>3) unexcused absences may result in your course grade being lowered one letter grade. Contact me prior to any absence (if possible) in order to obtain clearance. The university attendance policy is given at http://muweb.millersv.edu/~register/attendance.html

Sharing:  It is the premise in this course that students learn three different ways: (1) by attentive listening during lectures; (2) by doing things themselves; and (3) by sharing information and ideas with other students. This last item is important to the learning process, but it cannot be allowed to overshadow the importance of the other two items. Students are encouraged to share ideas and to discuss common problems. Much of this course is founded on the principal of cooperative learning, meaning that you will learn from each other, generally in a team format. You are expected to be responsible to your teammates and shoulder your fair portion of the work load. This will be enforced in two ways: (1) team members will evaluate each other’s efforts with each project, and (2) students who shirk their responsibility to the team will be removed from the team and given no credit for the team’s work.

Plagiarism:  However, the preceding policy should not in any way be taken as approval of the act of plagiarism. Plagiarism shall be treated as the serious offence that it is. Acts of plagiarism shall be dealt with as severely as is permissible by university policy, including possible failure in the course. Multiple acts of plagiarism may result in expulsion from the university.

Plagiarism shall be regarded as any copying, in whole or in part, of material from any source, without explicit credit to the source. In addition, any copying from another student’s assignments, past or present, shall be treated as plagiarism. All students involved in an act of plagiarism shall be treated the same as concerns this policy, including any student who knowingly allows his or her work to be copied.

Deadlines:  Assignments are due at the beginning of the class period on the assigned due date, unless otherwise specified. No late assignments will be accepted. If your assignment is incomplete, turn it in for possible partial credit. Programs must cleanly compile for any credit. Developing your program incrementally will assure that you always have something for which you can receive some credit.

Exams:  There are no make-up exams – if you miss a test, you will receive a zero. Exceptions may be made at my discretion for reasons of illness or university excused absences.

Special Needs:  Anyone requiring special accommodations should contact me as soon as possible, before any exams or assignments are due.

Title IX:  Millersville University and its faculty are committed to assuring a safe and productive educational environment for all students.  In order to meet this commitment, comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §1681, et seq., and act in accordance with guidance from the Office for Civil Rights, the University requires faculty members to report to the University’s Title IX Coordinator incidents of sexual violence shared by students.  The only exceptions to the faculty member’s reporting obligation are when incidents of sexual violence are communicated by a student during a classroom discussion, in a writing assignment for a class, or as part of a University-approved research project.  Faculty members are obligated to report to the person designated in the University Protection of Minors policy incidents of sexual violence or any other abuse of a student who was, or is, a child (a person under 18 years of age) when the abuse allegedly occurred.

Information regarding the reporting of sexual violence, and the resources that are available to victims of sexual violence, is available at http://www.millersville.edu/socialeq/title-ix-sexual-misconduct/index.php

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