IST160: Introduction to Programming
course begins on August 24, 2009 and ends on December 15, 2009.
Please see the University Academic Calendar for course withdrawal dates.
The required textbook is the same one that will be used in the traditional, classroom-based IST160 course. The book is available in the Marshall University Bookstore on the Huntington campus, or can be ordered online at http://www.marshall.bkstr.com/. You will not only need the book and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2008, which is available for free to students registered in IST courses. To obtain Visual Studio .NET 2008, you must fill out, complete, and return the MSDNAA Request Form on your course's homepage in Blackboard. The information on the required text book is below:
Approximate Cost is $103.50 for a new book.
The textbook-based exams will consist of multiple choice, short answer, and true/false questions. The Final Exam will be a hands-on Visual Basic .NET 2008 application.
1. Although the most important attribute of a program is correctness, grading will take into consideration such items as time and coding efficiency, documentation, etc.
2. Programs must have proper inline documentation and must be properly indented. 20% will be deducted for poorly documented and/or poorly indented code.
3. All submitted code must compile correctly to receive at least partial credit. Code that does not compile will receive 0 credit, NO EXCEPTIONS. This means you must debug your code before submitting.
4. When a method name and/or parameters are specified in an assignment's description, you must use that name and/or parameters.
5. When you write a function, remember that the function should work for all possible inputs. Not on just your test inputs.
6. Although interactions with other students are encouraged, you must compose your own answers, unless otherwise noted. Individuals who utilize other people's thoughts or ideas must provide appropriate references to said resources. Failure to provide such documentation will result in a failing grade for the assignment, and may result in a failing grade for the course.
Final letter grades are determined based on the following grading scale:
The instructor reserves the right to change these values depending on the overall class performance and/or extenuating circumstances.
There are THREE exams worth 50% of your overall grade. The first will come after Chapter 3, the second after Chapter 7, and a comprehensive Final exam (as scheduled).
The course includes a number of assignments/projects. All assignments should be completed by the suggested due date that is listed within the course schedule link on the course's homepage in Blackboard. By doing so, you will ensure that you will complete the course on-time without having to be rushed at the end of the semester. All projects must be submitted through the Blackboard Assignment Tool, and the description of each project/assignment is currently found within Vista's Assignments Tool, linked to the course homepage. Please do not procrastinate in working on your assignments or trying to submit through Vista as many others have done in the past. If you wait until the last night to start on the project or the last minute to submit, chances are, you will fail. As with the exams, all projects must be completed and submitted by the end of the day on December 15, 2009.
The Discussions tool within Blackboard will be used to make any general announcements, last minute changes, etc. It is mandatory that you monitor your Blackboard course messages at least once a day. You as a student can also use the discussions tool to post any questions/comments that you have about the course content, projects, specifics of what is to be done, etc.
Because this is an online course, there is absolutely no requirement that you come to campus. You can communicate with me via the course Mail tool or the Who's Online tool.
My Academic Honesty Policy: Academic Dishonesty is defined as any act of a dishonorable nature which gives the student engaged in it an unfair advantage over others engaged in the same or similar course of study and which, if known to the classroom instructor in such course of study, would be prohibited. Academic Dishonesty will not be tolerated as these actions are fundamentally opposed to "assuring the integrity of the curriculum through the maintenance of rigorous standards and high expectations for student learning and performance" as described in Marshall University's Statement of Philosophy.
If you are found cheating on projects or plagiarizing answers from the Internet or other sources (among other things), there will be no second chance. Your penalty is that you will receive a failing grade for the course. In those cases in which the offense is particularly flagrant or where there are other aggravating circumstances, additional, non-academic, sanctions may be pursued through the Office of Judicial Affairs. Notice of an act of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Department Chair, Dean of the College of Science, and to the Office of Academic Affairs. Please refer to the Marshall University Undergraduate Catalog for a full definition of academic dishonesty.
Make-up Exams and Late Penalty: No make-up exams will be given after December 16, 2008, except under unusual circumstances and satisfactory written justification. Any student who fails to complete the exams and projects by this date due to an unexcused reason will receive a grade of zero for that assessment with no opportunity for make-up or substitution. The decision whether to give a make up exam rests with the instructor.
Withdrawal Policy: The University withdrawal policy is followed in this course.
Satisfactory Progress: Students are expected to show satisfactory initial progress in the course during the first two weeks of the course. In case a student did not meet this requirement, the instructor has the option to administratively drop the student from the course. This is to ensure studentsí commitment to the course.
Course Completion Timetable: The course is available to both part-time and full-time students. Students must complete all course assignments and exams by midnight, December 15, 2009. Contained in this syllabus are a list of topics to be covered and suggested completion dates for homework assignments and exams.
Past experience shows that students, who worked and completed the labs and assignments according to the suggested timeline have shown better performance on the midterm and final exams. Therefore, students are expected and strongly encouraged to work the labs and complete the assignments following the suggested timeline.
Passing grade: All homework assignments and exams are required parts of the course and must be satisfactorily completed to pass the course. A student must have a passing performance on the aggregate of the homework assignments and the exams. A failing grade on either part may result in a fail grade in the course.
Course Evaluation: All students are required to complete the course evaluation form during the last week of the course. The form is linked on the course homepage. To remind students, Course Evaluation is listed on the Course Outline. Final grades will not be posted until the course evaluation is completed.
Student Evaluation method: Evaluation of student's performance will be based on their progress and accomplishments in the homework assignments and exams.
Communication: The Bulletin Board and Private Mail facilities of Blackboard will be used to make any general announcements, last minute changes, etc. It is mandatory that you monitor your Blackboard Vista course messages at least once a day.
A detailed schedule of topics covered in this course can be found under the schedule link on the course homepage in Blackboard, or referred to below. The following outline delineates the suggested course completion timeline with topics to be addressed during the course. Please note this is a highly suggested timeline to follow, but is not mandatory. The only mandatory date is the course completion date of December 15, 2009. All assignments and exams MUST be completed by this date. HOWEVER, if you do complete an assignment or exam by the suggested date below, you will receive 5 points extra credit on that particular assignment or exam.
For each topic discussed in the notes, specific experience of other students and the instructor will be posted to the discussions forum to enhance the characteristics involved. Projects for the course will be based on creating a real-world or fictitious solutions to gain experience.
as a Contract
Me: Don't hesitate to contact me directly with questions or concerns. You can reach me through the VISTA Mail Tool or if necessary by phone at (304) 696-6469. Please don't let your questions hang out there and simmer. If you are not sure about something the best thing to do is to ask about it right away! Something that may seem obvious to me may not be obvious to you at all! I answer e-mails every evening before going to bed, so if you do not hear from me within 24 hours of sending your message, it may not have reached me.
BRIAN M. MORGAN, BS, MS
Professor, Integrated Science and Technology
Brian Morgan is a resident of Proctorville, OH and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Marshall University and a Master of Science Degree in Technology Management from the Marshall University Graduate College
Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology Program, Marshall University, Huntington, WV. (May 2008-current).
Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology Program, Marshall University, Huntington, WV. (July 2000-May 2008).
Director, Center for Instructional Technology, Marshall University, Huntington, WV. (October 1997-June 2000). Responsible for everyday duties of the Center, as well as managing Instructional Technology and World Wide Web Development on both the Huntington and South Charleston campuses of Marshall University, and coordinating faculty and staff IT development training programs.
Part-Time Faculty, Marshall University Community and Technical College , Huntington, WV. (August 1997-Current). Have taught Computer Technology 107, 107E, and 108; Information Technology 107E, and have designed the electronic versions of Computer Technology 107E and Information Technology 107E.
Instructional Technologist, Marshall University, Huntington, WV. (November 1996-October 1997). Responsible for working with Information Technology staff and faculty from a variety of disciplines on the selection and production of CD-ROM-based and WWW-based multimedia instructional materials, assist faculty and staff, through training and consulting, in integrating computing and information resources into the curriculum, track current and emerging Internet and development technologies, and aid in the progression and completion of technology grants. I have created distributable Computer Based Training modules for both Distance Education and Faculty Training, as well as worked with several Internet course creation tools for placing classes "on-line."
Computer Programming, Marshall University College of Liberal Arts and College of Science, Huntington, WV. (April 1996-May 1997). Responsible for developing and programming multimedia tutorial programs for the University as well as programming multimedia modeling software for science laboratory courses.
Computer Programming and Research, NASA and National Science Foundation Grant through Marshall University, Huntington, WV. (Spring 1996-Fall 1996). Responsible for developing and programming lecture-room demonstration educational project programs through a NASA and NSF grant for Marshall University.