Syllabus for COS-116

C PROGRAMMING


COURSE DESCRIPTION

C Programming offers an introduction to programming using structured techniques that cover the C language. The course includes discussions of algorithms, data types, arithmetic, activities, relation, and repetition. Functions, arrays, pointers, character strings, structures, and files are used. After successfully completing this course, you will understand how to write computer programs using ANSI C language.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing C Programming, you should be able to:

  1. Perform arithmetic and character operations.
  2. Include selection.
  3. Include repetition.
  4. Include functions.
  5. Manipulate arrays using pointers.
  6. Handle a variety of structures.
  7. Manipulate files.

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the college's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

  1. A First Book of ANSI C, 4th ed., by Gary J. Bronson (Boston: Thomson Course Technology, 2007).

Hardware/Software Requirements

  1. Regular access to a computer with C compiler software--either on a Windows or MS-DOS computer or on a Macintosh with PC emulation or with SoftPC installed. See "Minimum System Requirements" below for more information about the compiler.

Minimum System Requirements

To participate fully in course activities, you need to have daily access to a personal computer and command of certain basic computer skills, including the ability to send and receive e-mail with attachments.

In addition, your computer system must meet the following minimum specifications:

  1. Windows 98 or higher or equivalent operating system.
  2. Personal Internet access.
  3. A full-featured Internet browser like Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or Firefox 1.X or higher.

You must also have regular access to a computer with C compiler software--either on a Windows or MS-DOS computer or on a Macintosh with PC emulation or with SoftPC installed. A C compiler is not supplied by the College and must be acquired by the student prior to or at the start of the course. It is not possible to proceed through the course without a C compiler. The compiler should be a full implementation of the ANSI standard for C. An ANSI C++ compiler may be used because C is a supported subset in a C++ compiler. Complete documentation is required to handle compiler variants and operational problems.

If you still have questions about the compiler you are planning to use, please check with your mentor. Regardless of the compiler you use, you must take responsibility for compiler support.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

C Programming is a three-credit online course.  It consists of six (6) modules.  Modules include study materials and activities.  

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in five (5) graded online discussion forums and complete six (6) written assignments.  Additionally, in lieu of a midterm and final examination, you will be required to complete a midterm and final programming assignment.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.


Discussion Forums

In addition to posting an ungraded introduction to the class, you are required to participate in five (5) graded online class discussions, each focusing on an issue related to C programming. Participation in these five class discussions counts 10 percent toward your final grade in the course.

Communication with the mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a posted question (discussion thread) and at least two subsequent comments on classmates' responses. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement. You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.

Deadlines for posting discussion threads on the class Discussion Board are given in the course Calendar.

Written Assignments

You are required to submit six (6) written assignments to your mentor for grading. They are built around associated textbook chapters. Each activity has an A and a B section. You should select one problem from the A section and one problem from the B section for each assignment. Each assignment will therefore consist of two problems that you should submit to your mentor. Be sure to identify clearly which items you have decided to answer. Include your name and assignment number at the top of every program in comments, as well as the course name and code and the semester and year in which you are enrolled.

Take the time to familiarize yourself with the assignment questions before you begin each lesson. Your answers to the assignment questions should be well developed and convey your understanding of the course materials. You need to show that you have a fundamental grasp of the material by sending in the most complete answers possible.

Before submitting your first assignment, check with your mentor to determine whether your word processing software is compatible with your mentor's software. If so, you can submit your work as you prepared it. If not, save your assignment as a rich-text (.rtf) file, using the Save As command of your software program. Rich text retains basic formatting and can be read by any other word processing program.


Midterm and Final Programming Assignments

Instead of proctored online examinations, in this course you will complete two extended programming assignments at the approximate midpoint and and the end of the course. The midterm programming assignment covers the material covered  through Module 3; the final programming assignment focuses on the material from Modules 4 onward.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

  1. Written assignments (6)—30 percent
  2. Online discussions (5)10 percent
  3. Midterm programming assignment (modules 1-3)—30 percent
  4. Final programming assignment (modules 4-7)—30 percent

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:

A

=

93–100

C+

=

78–79

A–

=

90–92

C

=

73–77

B+

=

88–89

C–

=

70–72

B

=

83–87

D

=

60–69

B–

=

80–82

F

=

Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a nonarea of study course), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

  1. Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and that you have all the materials required for the course.
  2. Take the time to read the entire Online Student Handbook. The Handbook answers many questions about how to proceed through the course and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State College.
  3. Familiarize yourself with the learning management systems environment—how to navigate it and what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course, you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.
  4. If you are not familiar with Web-based learning be sure to review the processes for posting responses online and submitting activities before class begins.

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

  1. To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the course Calendar. The Calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting activities, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.
  2. Check Announcements regularly for new course information.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:

  1. Cheating
  2. Plagiarizing (including copying and pasting from the Internet without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources)
  3. Fabricating information or citations
  4. Facilitating acts of dishonesty by others
  5. Unauthorized access to examinations or the use of unauthorized materials during exam administration
  6. Submitting the work of another person or work previously used without informing the mentor
  7. Tampering with the academic work of other students

Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized activity, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.

A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.

If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.

Plagiarism

Using someone else's work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > "Citing Sources.")

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else's. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

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