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Course Syllabus

Course Information

Course number: CS 1336


Course Title: Programming Fundamentals
Section number: 001
Credit Hours: 3

Contact Information

Instructor: Laurie Thompson


Office: ECSS 3.610
Office hours: Tuesday 1:10pm. – 2:40pm.
Wednesday 2:00pm. – 3:00pm.
Thursday 1:10pm. – 2:40pm.
Telephone: (972) 883-4839
Email: Select All Section Instructors or Laurie Thompson in this courses Mail at
elearning.utdallas.edu

TA: Crystal Maung


Office: ECSS 3.621
Office hours: Wednesday 6:00pm. – 10:00pm.
Email: ktm016100@utdallas.edu

Course Prerequisite

None

Course Corequisite

CS 1136 – A sequence of labs will be assigned and graded for CS 1136, these are separate from
the assignments made in CS 1336. Students earn separate grades for CS 1336 and CS 1136.

Catalog Description

CS 1336 (COSC 1336) Programming Fundamentals (3 semester hours) Introduction to


computers. Primitive data types, variable declarations, variable scope, and primitive operations.
Control statements. Methods/functions. Arrays, and strings using primitive data arrays. Output
formatting. Debugging techniques. Designed for students with no prior computer programming
experience. Corequisite: CS 1136. Note that a grade of 'C' or better is required in order to register
for CS 1335 or CS 1337. (3-0) S

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Student Learning Objectives

After successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

• Develop algorithmic solutions for use on computers


• Express algorithmic solutions in a high level computer language
• Utilize fundamental programming structures - linear processing
• Utilize fundamental programming structures - conditional processing
• Utilize fundamental programming structures - loop processing
• Process data in arrays
• Develop programs in a functional/method form
• Perform searches and sorts
• Utilize reference variables
• Manipulate character and string data
• Perform sequential file input and output

Required Textbook

Starting Out With Java: From Control Structures through Objects, Fourth Edition, by Tony
Gaddis, Addison Wesley. ISBN: 978-0-13-612055-1 or ISBN 978-0-13-608020-6.

Additional Course Materials

The syllabus, calendar, assignments, and other course materials are available at
elearning.utdallas.edu.

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Tentative Course Calendar

Date Class Material Textbook Material Due


January 12 Review of syllabus & Intro. to
Computers and Java
January 14 Intro. to Computers and Java cont’d Read Chapter 1 of the textbook. As you read try to
answer the Checkpoint questions for practice (not
graded).
January 19 Intro. to Computers and Java cont’d Read Chapter 2 of the textbook , review Appendix B
& Java Fundamentals – D on the text CD, and watch the Chapter 2
VideoNotes. As you read try to answer the
checkpoint questions for practice (not graded).
January 21 Java Fundamentals cont’d
January 26 Java Fundamentals cont’d For practice (not graded) answer the Multiple
Choice and True/False Review Questions 2 – 7, 10-
15, 17-21, Predict the Output Review Questions 2 –
4, and the Short Answer Review Questions 1-14.
January 28 Java Fundamentals cont’d
February 2 Java Fundamentals cont’d For practice (not graded) answer the Algorithm
Workbench Review Questions 1 – 11 and the
Programming Challenges Review Questions 12, 13,
& 16.
February 4 Java Fundamentals cont’d
February 9 Java Fundamentals cont’d & Read Chapter 3 textbook sections 3.1 – 3.7 & 3.9 –
Decision Structures 3.12, Study Case Study 1– Calc. Sales Comm. on
text CD, and watch the Chapter 3 VideoNotes. As
you read try to answer the Checkpoint questions for
practice (not graded).
February 11 Decision Structures cont’d
February 16 Decision Structures cont’d For practice (not graded) answer the Multiple
Choice and True/False Review Questions 1 – 12, 14
– 21, Find the Error Review Questions 1 – 7, 9 – 10,
Algorithm Workbench Review Questions 1, 3 – 5, 7
– 10, 12 – 14, Short Answer Review Questions 4 –
5, 7 – 8, and Programming Challenges Review
Questions 2, 7, 15.
February 18 Decision Structures cont’d
February 23 Decision Structures cont’d
February 25 Exam 1
March 2 Decision Structures cont’d
March 4 Loops and Files Read Chapter 4 textbook. and watch the Chapter 4
VideoNotes. As you read try to answer the
Checkpoint questions for practice (not graded).
March 9 Loops and Files cont’d
March 11 Loops and Files cont’d For practice (not graded) answer the Multiple
Choice and True/False Review Questions 1 – 26,
Find the Error Review Questions 1 – 4, Algorithm
Workbench Review Questions 1 – 3, 5 – 6, 10 – 12,
Short Answer Review Questions 1, 10, 13, 18 – 21,
and Programming Challenges Review Questions 2,
6, and 8.
March 16 Spring Break – No class
March 18 Spring Break – No class
March 23 Loops and Files cont’d
March 25 Loops and Files cont’d

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March 30 Loops and Files cont’d & Methods Chapter 5 textbook and watch the Chapter 5
VideoNotes. As you read try to answer the
Checkpoint questions for practice (not graded).
April 1 Methods cont’d
April 6 Exam 2
April 8 Methods cont’d For practice (not graded) Answer the Multiple
Choice and True/False Review Questions 1 – 20,
Find the Error Review Questions 1 – 4, Algorithm
Workbench Review Questions 2 – 5, Short Answer
Review Questions 3 – 6, and Programming
Challenges Review Questions 1 and 13.
April 13 Methods cont’d
April 15 Arrays Chapter 8 textbook sections 8.1 – 8.11, study
Case Study 4 – Parallel Arrays on the text CD, and
watch the Chapter 8 VideoNotes. As you read try to
answer the Checkpoint questions for practice (not
graded).
April 20 Arrays cont’d
April 22 Arrays cont’d For practice (not graded) Answer the Multiple
Choice and True/False Review Questions 1 – 9, 16 –
20, 22, Find the Error Review Questions 3 – 4,
Algorithm Workbench Review Questions 1, 5, 10,
Short Answer Review Questions 2, 3, 8 and
Programming Challenges Review Questions 1 and 5.
April 27 Arrays cont’d
April 29 Arrays cont’d & Review
May 7 Final Exam – 5:00pm. – 7:00pm.
in ECSS 2.102.

The instructor reserves the right to modify this calendar as she deems necessary. She will
notify the students in class and on elearning of any changes to this calendar.

You must notify the instructor in writing on or before census day (January 27, 2010) if you
would like to request an alternate final exam time, because you have another final exam
scheduled at the day/time listed above or you have three or more final exams scheduled on
the same day.

Notes regarding textbook material:

As you read the text watch the corresponding VideoNotes. The VideoNotes are available at
http://www.pearsonhighered.com/gaddis/.

Checkpoint questions follow individual sections in the text. The first set of Checkpoint questions
are at the end of Section 1.3 on page 6 of the text. The answers to the Checkpoint questions are
in Appendix K of the text on the text CD. Review Questions and Exercises are at the end of each
chapter in the text. The first section of Review Questions is labeled Multiple Choice and
True/False. The Multiple Choice and True/False section is usually followed by sections called
Predict the Output, Find the Error, Algorithm Workbench, Short Answer, and Programming
Challenges. The answers to the odd-numbered Review questions are in Appendix L of the text on
the text CD.

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Grading Policy

Your course average will be calculated as follows:

Assignments & unannounced quizzes – 20%


Class attendance and participation – The instructor will drop your lowest
assignment grade if you do not miss more than 5 lectures and submit all
assignments as required and receive a grade of 50 or higher on all assignments.

Exam #1 – 25%
Exam #2 – 25%
Comprehensive Final Exam – 30% – Friday, May 7, 2010 5:00pm. – 7:00pm.
in ECSS 2.102

If you think there is a mistake in the grading of your assignment and would like to request
that it be regraded, you must notify both the TA and the instructor of this in writing within
two weeks after the date the grade is posted in the grade book on elearning. Before you
request the regrade of an assignment, first run the tests used by the TA in the grading of
your assignment, you will find these in the spreadsheet attached to your graded assignment
on elearning.

If you think there is a mistake in the grading of your quiz or exam and would like to request
that it be regraded, you must notify the instructor of this in writing within two weeks after
the date the grade is posted in the grade book on elearning.

Your request for regrade may be sent using email. Your request must describe in detail
what you perceive as the problem with the grading.

The instructor intends to assign letter grades as shown below. An average with a fractional
portion of five tenths or above will be rounded up to the next whole number for determining the
letter grade.

Averages Letter grade

97+ A+
93-96 A
90-92 A-
87- 89 B+
83-86 B
80-82 B-
77-79 C+
73-76 C
70-72 C-
67-69 D+
63-66 D
60-62 D-
Below 60 F

The instructor reserves the right to lower the average required to receive a particular letter
grade.

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According to the university catalog a grade of C or better in CS 1336 is a
prerequisite for CS 1337.

Course & Instructor Policies

All assignments will be announced and submitted using elearning. Each assignment will include
a due date and time. For every minute your assignment is late up to 100 minutes, one point will
be deducted from the grade earned on the assignment. Assignments that are more than 100
minutes late will not be accepted. You will have at least one week to complete all assignments.
No excuses will be entertained for late assignments.

You are responsible for all material supplied on elearning (including discussion postings) whether
you choose to read it or not.

Do not send your source code to the TA/instructor unsolicited by email expecting us to debug it.
This is not reasonable. There are just too many of you for us to do this. Also, part of learning to
program is developing your own debugging skills. It is your responsibility to develop your code
in a manner that minimizes errors. You should only ask for help with debugging as a last resort.
We will help you find errors in person during office hours, but you should have narrowed down
the problem before coming to see us. When coming in for help, bring both your pseudocode
algorithm(s) and your source code or put them out on the network so you can access them from
our computer.

The instructor reserves the right to give unannounced quizzes.

Make-up quizzes/examinations will be administered only for well-documented emergencies.

A student must make every attempt possible, via telephone and email, to notify the instructor that
he/she will miss a scheduled exam prior to the scheduled date and time or immediately
thereafter. If notification is not received in a timely manner, no makeup will be given. See
the information below for the instructor’s policy regarding religious holy days.

All exams are closed book and closed notes. You may, however, bring one handwritten 3 X 5
inch index card to each exam with notes, examples, etc. This card will be turned in with the
exam. PDAs, computers, cell phones, other electronic devices, and backpacks will not be
allowed at desks during quizzes and examinations. You must bring a photo ID to quizzes and
examinations.

Extra credit work will not be given to individual students.

An attendance sheet will be sent around the room each class. You will be considered absent if
you have not signed the attendance sheet before the instructor collects it. There is a strong,
direct correlation between class attendance and class performance. Student’s who regularly
attend class tend to make significantly higher final grades than those who do not. See Grading
Policy above regarding lecture attendance.

You are responsible for all material discussed in lecture whether you are present for lecture or
not.

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Students are expected to be respectful to each other and to the course instructor. Disruptive
behavior in the classroom will not be tolerated.

• Please make every effort to be on time to lecture. Do not begin packing up to leave before
lecture has ended.
• Raise your hand if you have a question or a comment to make about the material presented.
The instructor may or may not entertain your question.
• All cell phones must be turned off or silenced during lecture.
• You may not text during lecture.
• You may not use a laptop during lecture unless you have received prior permission from
the instructor.
• Music players are not allowed in the classroom.
• The instructor may require the students to sit in assigned seats for lectures, quizzes, and
examinations.

Technical Support

If you experience any problems with your UTD account you may send an email to: assist@utdallas.edu or
call the UTD Computer Helpdesk at 972-883-2911.

Field Trip Policies


Off-campus Instruction and Course Activities

Off-campus, out-of-state, and foreign instruction and activities are subject to state law and University
policies and procedures regarding travel and risk-related activities. Information regarding these rules and
regulations may be found at the website address
http://www.utdallas.edu/BusinessAffairs/Travel_Risk_Activities.htm. Additional information is available
from the office of the school dean. Below is a description of any travel and/or risk-related activity
associated with this course.

No off-campus activities or field trips are scheduled for this course.

Student Conduct & Discipline

The University of Texas System and The University of Texas at Dallas have rules and regulations for the
orderly and efficient conduct of their business. It is the responsibility of each student and each student
organization to be knowledgeable about the rules and regulations which govern student conduct and
activities. General information on student conduct and discipline is contained in the UTD printed
publication, A to Z Guide, which is provided to all registered students each academic year.

The University of Texas at Dallas administers student discipline within the procedures of recognized and
established due process. Procedures are defined and described in the Rules and Regulations, Series 50000,
Board of Regents, The University of Texas System, and in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities
of the university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures. Copies of these rules and regulations are available
to students in the Office of the Dean of Students, where staff members are available to assist students in
interpreting the rules and regulations (SU 1.602, 972/883-6391) and online at
http://www.utdallas.edu/judicialaffairs/UTDJudicialAffairs-HOPV.html

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A student at the university neither loses the rights nor escapes the responsibilities of citizenship. He or she
is expected to obey federal, state, and local laws as well as the Regents’ Rules, university regulations, and
administrative rules. Students are subject to discipline for violating the standards of conduct whether such
conduct takes place on or off campus, or whether civil or criminal penalties are also imposed for such
conduct.

Academic Integrity

The faculty expects from its students a high level of responsibility and academic honesty. Because the
value of an academic degree depends upon the absolute integrity of the work done by the student for that
degree, it is imperative that a student demonstrate a high standard of individual honor in his or her
scholastic work.

Any student who commits an act of scholastic dishonesty is subject to discipline. Scholastic dishonesty
includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or
materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another
person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts.

All assignments, quizzes, and exams are to be individual efforts. You are not to collaborate with other
students, or to discuss assignment solutions with other students prior to submission. Copying of
homework, programming assignments, quizzes, or exams, in whole or in part, from other students or from
assignments from previous semesters will be considered to be an act of scholastic dishonesty.

For programming assignments, you may use source code provided by the instructor. You are not to
view, copy, or distribute code from any other sources, including code from other students, code from
the Internet, or code from assignments submitted in past semesters. Plagiarism detection software will
be employed to detect copying of code.

Copyright Notice

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or
other reproductions of copyrighted materials, including music and software. Copying, displaying,
reproducing, or distributing copyrighted works may infringe the copyright owner’s rights and such
infringement is subject to appropriate disciplinary action as well as criminal penalties provided by federal
law. Usage of such material is only appropriate when that usage constitutes “fair use” under the Copyright
Act. As a UT Dallas student, you are required to follow the institution’s copyright policy (Policy
Memorandum 84-I.3-46). For more information about the fair use exemption, see
http://www.utsystem.edu/ogc/intellectualproperty/copypol2.htm

Email Use

The University of Texas at Dallas recognizes the value and efficiency of communication between
faculty/staff and students through electronic mail. At the same time, email raises some issues concerning
security and the identity of each individual in an email exchange. The university encourages all official
student email correspondence be sent only to a student’s U.T. Dallas email address and that faculty and
staff consider email from students official only if it originates from a UTD student account. This allows the
university to maintain a high degree of confidence in the identity of all individual corresponding and the
security of the transmitted information. UTD furnishes each student with a free email account that is to be
used in all communication with university personnel. The Department of Information Resources at U.T.
Dallas provides a method for students to have their U.T. Dallas mail forwarded to other accounts.

Withdrawal from Class

The administration of this institution has set deadlines for withdrawal of any college-level courses. These
dates and times are published in that semester's course catalog. Administration procedures must be

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followed. It is the student's responsibility to handle withdrawal requirements from any class. In other
words, I cannot drop or withdraw any student. You must do the proper paperwork to ensure that you will
not receive a final grade of "F" in a course if you choose not to attend the class once you are enrolled.

Student Grievance Procedures

Procedures for student grievances are found in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities, of the
university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures.

In attempting to resolve any student grievance regarding grades, evaluations, or other fulfillments of
academic responsibility, it is the obligation of the student first to make a serious effort to resolve the matter
with the instructor, supervisor, administrator, or committee with whom the grievance originates (hereafter
called “the respondent”). Individual faculty members retain primary responsibility for assigning grades and
evaluations. If the matter cannot be resolved at that level, the grievance must be submitted in writing to the
respondent with a copy of the respondent’s School Dean. If the matter is not resolved by the written
response provided by the respondent, the student may submit a written appeal to the School Dean. If the
grievance is not resolved by the School Dean’s decision, the student may make a written appeal to the Dean
of Graduate or Undergraduate Education, and the deal will appoint and convene an Academic Appeals
Panel. The decision of the Academic Appeals Panel is final. The results of the academic appeals process
will be distributed to all involved parties.

Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of Students, where
staff members are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and regulations.

Incomplete Grade Policy

As per university policy, incomplete grades will be granted only for work unavoidably missed at the
semester’s end and only if 70% of the course work has been completed. An incomplete grade must be
resolved within eight (8) weeks from the first day of the subsequent long semester. If the required work to
complete the course and to remove the incomplete grade is not submitted by the specified deadline, the
incomplete grade is changed automatically to a grade of F.

Disability Services

The goal of Disability Services is to provide students with disabilities educational opportunities equal to
those of their non-disabled peers. Disability Services is located in room 1.610 in the Student Union. Office
hours are Monday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.;
and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The contact information for the Office of Disability Services is:


The University of Texas at Dallas, SU 22
PO Box 830688
Richardson, Texas 75083-0688
(972) 883-2098 (voice or TTY)
disabilityservice@utdallas.edu

If you anticipate issues related to the format or requirements of this course, please meet with the
Coordinator of Disability Services. The Coordinator is available to discuss ways to ensure your full
participation in the course. If you determine that formal, disability-related accommodations are necessary,
it is very important that you be registered with Disability Services to notify them of your eligibility for
reasonable accommodations. Disability Services can then plan how best to coordinate your
accommodations.

It is the student’s responsibility to notify his or her professors of the need for such an accommodation.
Disability Services provides students with letters to present to faculty members to verify that the student

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has a disability and needs accommodations. Individuals requiring special accommodation should contact
the professor after class or during office hours.

Religious Holy Days

The University of Texas at Dallas will excuse a student from class or other required activities for the travel
to and observance of a religious holy day for a religion whose places of worship are exempt from property
tax under Section 11.20, Tax Code, Texas Code Annotated.

The student is encouraged to notify the instructor or activity sponsor as soon as possible regarding the
absence, preferably in advance of the assignment. The student, so excused, will be allowed to take the
exam or complete the assignment within a reasonable time after the absence: a period equal to the length of
the absence, up to a maximum of one week. A student who notifies the instructor and completes any missed
exam or assignment may not be penalized for the absence. A student who fails to complete the exam or
assignment within the prescribed period may receive a failing grade for that exam or assignment.

If a student or an instructor disagrees about the nature of the absence [i.e., for the purpose of observing a
religious holy day] or if there is similar disagreement about whether the student has been given a
reasonable time to complete any missed assignments or examinations, either the student or the instructor
may request a ruling from the chief executive officer of the institution, or his or her designee. The chief
executive officer or designee must take into account the legislative intent of TEC 51.911(b), and the student
and instructor will abide by the decision of the chief executive officer or designee.

These descriptions and timelines are subject to change at the discretion of the Professor.

Instructor’s policy regarding Religious Holy Days:

You must notify this instructor in writing of any religious holy days that will prevent you
from attending class as scheduled by census day (January 27, 2010). If the holy day
coincides with a scheduled examination, you must request a makeup examination in
writing, this exam will be scheduled before the original exam date. If the holy day coincides
with an unannounced quiz, you will be given an opportunity to make up the quiz provided
that you have previously notified the instructor as required above. Students will be
informed on elearning of the due date of all assignments at least one week in advance. If a
religious holy day will prevent you from submitting an assignment on the due date, you
must submit the assignment early via elearning.

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