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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "CS 160-2"
COURSE NAME: "Programming Concepts and Applications"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Spring 2021
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Patrizio Angelini
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MW 10:00-11:15 AM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES:
OFFICE HOURS: Regular: Tuesday, 11,30AM-12,30AM. Available by appointment in other time slots.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course introduces fundamental computer programming concepts using a high-level language and a modern development environment. Programming skills include sequential, selection, and repetition control structures, functions, input and output, primitive data types, basic data structures including arrays and pointers, objects, and classes. Software engineering skills include problem solving, program design, and debugging practices. The goal of this course is to advance students’ computational thinking, educate them to use programs as tools in their own field of study, and to provide them with fundamental knowledge of programming strategies.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
This course will introduce students to programming and will provide them with basic software design concepts.

Main topics covered in the course:

1 - Fundamentals of programming: languages, source code, compiler.

2 - Programming syntax: variables, data types, operations, conditional and looping constructs, functions.

3 - Object-oriented programming: objects, classes, encapsulation, inheritance.

4 - Basics of software design principles: modularity, packages, design patterns.

5 - Design and implementation of a small project.

The discussion of all topics will be continuously supported by hands-on coding sessions, using Python as reference language.
LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1 - First experience with the main concepts of programming.

2 - Ability of writing, compiling, and executing code in a programming language (Python).

3 - Enhancement of problem solving skills.

4 - Predisposition to designing a solution before implementing it.

5 - Identification of possible applications of computer programming in different areas.
TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Python Crash Course, 2nd Edition A Hands-On, Project-Based Introduction to ProgrammingEric MatthesNo Starch Press9781593279288  
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Assignments2 home-assignments, which will be evaluated on the quality of the submitted solutions and on a subsequent discussion in the class. 1 mid-term evaluation.25
ProjectDesign and implementation of a programming project30
Final examVerification of the knowledge acquired by the student in the course35
Attendance and participationAttendance and participation are fundamental, as students will be involved in practical work during lessons.10

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the task or problem raised and provides a coherent application of the concepts, displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course.
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the task or problem raised. There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluate theory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture and reference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers and solutions that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material. Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included. In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS AND EXAMINATION POLICY
You cannot make-up a major exam (midterm or final) without the permission of the Dean’s Office. The Dean’s Office will grant such permission only when the absence was caused by a serious impediment, such as a documented illness, hospitalization or death in the immediate family (in which you must attend the funeral) or other situations of similar gravity. Absences due to other meaningful conflicts, such as job interviews, family celebrations, travel difficulties, student misunderstandings or personal convenience, will not be excused. Students who will be absent from a major exam must notify the Dean’s Office prior to that exam. Absences from class due to the observance of a religious holiday will normally be excused. Individual students who will have to miss class to observe a religious holiday should notify the instructor by the end of the Add/Drop period to make prior arrangements for making up any work that will be missed.

Attendance is mandatory and is graded. Students will be granted 2 absences without penalty. Any other absences will only be excused with medical certificates or permission from the Dean's Office.
ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE

Week 1 Introduction to programming
Week 2 Variables and data types
Week 3 Lists and strings Assignment 1
Week 4 Conditional and loop control
Week 5 Dictionaries
Week 6 While loop and user input Assignment 2
Week 7 Functions Mid-term
Week 8 Break
Week 9 Objects and Classes
Week 10 Class project Project
Week 11 Files and exception handling
Debugging and principles of software design
Week 12 Inheritance and Polymorphism
Week 13 Refinement of class project Project
Week 14 Recap and exercises
Week 15 Final considerations and applications of programming