CSC 140 – Computer Science I (Java)
Office: B129b, Parkland College
Office hours: 7:30-9am, 1-2pm MW
Introduction to computer science and programming using the Java language. Emphasis on problem solving, algorithm design, and program development including data representation, programming constructs, and object-oriented design fundamentals. Prerequisites: CIS 122 and MAT 072 or MAT 098, or approval of department chair.
Section 001H, on-campus
Section 051W, online
Information regarding the class including instructor, syllabus, schedule, and assignments can be accessed from the class web site using Parkland’s online class system (Cobra) or directly at http://www.csit.parkland.edu/~dbock/Class/csc140.
All course study material and assignments are listed in the course schedule. This can also be accessed through Parkland’s online class system (Cobra) under the “Schedule” heading or at the class site above. Work is assigned and due as listed in the schedule. Assignments must be completed on time or result in a zero, see Grading section below for more information.
Java Software Solutions,
Foundations of Program Design, 9th edition
by Lewis & Loftus
(Available in Parkland bookstore)
The instructor is available to assist students having difficulty with the material after they have completed or attempted their assignments and readings. The instructor will be available through email during the week before 5pm and occasionally on weekends and scheduled holidays. For this reason, it is important for students to plan their studies early enough before due dates if they anticipate needing assistance from the instructor. Use Parkland's student email system for all correspondence. The instructor will help students debug their code through email only after the student has worked to identify where they believe the problem areas exist. Sending the entire program to the instructor with a message similar to "fix my code" is not sufficient.
Students accept an increased amount of organization and responsibility when enrolling in on-line courses. Students are expected to access the learning resources provided by the instructor and course web-site on their own according to the schedule throughout the semester. Without dedication to such an organized routine, students will have a difficult time succeeding in a course presented in an on-line format. It is expected that students diligently study lecture notes and reading assignments, and complete all programming assignments. If you are requiring extra help other than through email and are in the area, I'm also available during the office hours listed above.
Programming assignments for this course will be written using the Java language in the Eclipse integrated development environment (IDE). These components can be downloaded and installed on a variety of different host operating systems including Windows, MacOS, and Linux. For on-campus sections, all assignments will be developed on a Windows host operating system. On-campus students will download the Eclipse IDE on their own USB storage device where they will also store all of their programming assignments. During on-campus lab time, students will work entirely from their USB devices on the host Windows lab machines. A USB storage device with at least 4GB (or more) should be more than adequate. All instructor examples and assignment grading will be using Eclipse under a Windows operating system. Detailed instructions for installing the correct development environment for Java and Eclipse for this class can be found in the link in the class Schedule.
90 - 100% will receive A
80 - 89% will receive B
70 - 79% will receive C
60 - 69% will receive D
0 - 59% will receive F
The instructor reserves the right to lower these criterion, but will never raise them.
A number of programming labs (typically 10-12) will be given to test the student's understanding of software design and programming skills. Since a goal of this course is to learn and apply hands-on programming experience, these labs constitute a large majority of the final grade (see above). Due dates and times are included on the class schedule. Labs must be submitted on or before the assigned due date and time. Lab grading will be based upon the program's ability to meet the assigned input and design criteria and correct program operation. Partial credit will be given. If a student has not submitted the lab before or on the assigned due date and time, the lab will be considered late and no points will be given. Since unforeseen circumstances may arise preventing a student from completing a lab, 1 lowest lab grade will be dropped from the final grade determination. No make-up labs will be given. Once a lab grade has been recorded by the instructor the grade is considered final and cannot be changed. You are responsible to maintain backups of your work. Storage devices often fail. You need to keep enough copies so that your work is not lost. “My storage device with all my work broke” is not an excuse!
A number of quizzes (typically 5-7) will be given to test the student's retention and comprehension of theoretical material. All quizzes must be completed by the assigned date and time. Since unforeseen circumstances may arise preventing a student from completing a quiz, 1 lowest quiz grade will be dropped from the final grade determination. No make-up quizzes will be given.
A comprehensive final exam will be given to test the student's understanding of the material. If a student anticipates missing an exam and thus an exam grade, it is the student's responsibility to notify the instructor at least a week beforehand and arrange a convenient time for a make-up exam, otherwise no points will be given.
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a. Cheating: Using or attempting to use
unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic
activity. Submitting as one’s own work
term papers, homework, and examinations that are not one’s own work or for
which a student received unauthorized help. Copying the
work of another,
or allowing another
to copy one’s
own work, without proper
b. Fabrication: Falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic activity.
c. Plagiarism: External information borrowed and directly quoted must be indicated by use of quotation marks, and any changes, omissions, or addition to the direct quotation must be shown in bracket, and the source documented. All cited external information that has been paraphrased and summarized must also be documented.
d. Collaboration: Students at Parkland College are encouraged to work together on group projects, study, and other activities. However, work submitted to fulfill an assignment not specifically identified as a group activity must be substantially the work of the author. Instructors should provide guidelines to students to maintain the academic integrity of these collaborative activities. Collaboration beyond this constitutes academic misconduct.
Unethical conduct during examinations of in preparation of assignments designated by the instructor will not be tolerated and may result in disciplinary action. All material handed in with your name on it is to be your work. If it is not you will fail that assignment and will be faced with disciplinary action. The first instance of cheating will result in a 0 for the assignment or exam. The second instance will result in failure for the course. Since this is a programming class, and the programming assignments make up a large portion of the overall grade, it is important to define what is acceptable and unacceptable with respect to projects:
It is legitimate for students to discuss the interpretations of the assignment description. However, once algorithm or program development has begun, all collaboration must cease. Identical or nearly identical programs will be considered proof of excessive collaboration. Do not sit down and write code or pseudo-code together. Do not give your code to another student! The student who gives out his or her code is just as guilty as the student who copies.
Do not give your code to another student! The student who gives out his or her code is just as guilty as the student who copies. Usually, both students will receive the same penalty.
Be careful about not storing your solution in public spaces where others may find it.
Independently developed solutions really are unique. To you it may seem like there's only one way to write each piece of code. But there really are almost always many ways to write a piece of code, and for a larger program it's not likely that two students will make the same choices every time. Independently developed solutions are as unique as fingerprints. With this in mind, all material handed in with your name on it is to be your work. Cheating includes:
in code found on the web as yours
- giving your code to someone else
- turning in code someone else wrote.
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When you enroll in a course, you automatically assume certain student responsibilities. One of these responsibilities is to properly remove yourself from a course if you decide not to complete the course. Once you register for a course, you remain enrolled until you initiate a withdrawal or you are withdrawn by the instructor under the instructor withdrawal provisions stated in the section above. There are two procedures for you to withdraw yourself from a course depending on the time of the semester:
1. Within the first week of a class session, you may drop the class with no record. The course does not appear on the transcript and you receive a full credit of tuition and fees. The deadline for this is 11.59 p.m. on the Sunday following the class start date. To do this:
a. Log in to my.parkland.edu.
b. From the Registration menu, click/choose the Register and Drop Sections menu option and follow the screen prompts.
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2. Beginning on Monday of the second week of the class session, and up to 5 p.m. on the last business day of the week before the last week of instruction for that class, you may withdraw from the class. The course will appear on the transcript with a grade of W and there is no refund of tuition and fees. To do this:
a. Obtain the Notification of Intent to Withdraw from Classes form either online at my.parkland.edu or in person from Admissions and Records in U214.
b. Contact your instructor, department chair, or program director for their signature. If you are unable to meet with your instructor in person, you may contact them via email to obtain the signature. If you have received the signature via email, attach the email to the form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
c. If you are a degree-seeking student withdrawing from all courses, you should have an exit interview with a financial aid advisor. Call 217-351-2222 or stop by Financial Aid in U286.
d. If you are an international student withdrawing from any course, you should meet with an international advisor. Call 217-351-2890 or stop by International Admissions in U238.
e. Submit the completed form with a picture ID to Admissions and Records (U214) or via email to email@example.com.
3. If you are failing a course due to violations of the academic honesty policy (Policy 8.06) or failing a clinical course in a Health Professions program (2017-18 Catalog, page 190, Program Requirements 1.g.), you may not be permitted to withdraw. See the appropriate division dean if you have questions.
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You should note that instructors have their own attendance policies and you are responsible for reading each course syllabus to know these policies. Only your instructors can decide whether an absence is excused. They also determine if you can turn in late work or make up missed quizzes and/or exams on the basis of an excused absence.
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