Syllabus for COS-213
This course explores C++ programming in the context of procedure and object-oriented software development. It combines theoretical and practical considerations. Overall, this course should give you a platform and direction to enhance your C++ knowledge, experience, and skills.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
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.
You will need a C++ compiler for this course. You cannot complete this course without a C++ compiler. (The CD that comes with the textbook contains example programs and Web resources, as well as a list of links of C++ compilers. These links list C++ compilers that are for sale and some links for scaled-down free versions of C++ compilers.) In every case, though, you must check with your mentor to get his or her views about the compiler you are planning to use. Regardless of the compiler you use, you must take responsibility for compiler support.
General Web Resources
The Web resources below are offered as a supplement to your reading assignments. Feel free to explore these Web sites as your time permits. If you get stuck on an assignment or need further clarification, check out the Web to see if these pages answer your question.
As you use any of these sites, please post to the Discussion Board any questions or comments you have on your visits. You are also encouraged to list additional Web sites that you have found helpful.
The textbook Web site has files you can download in a zip format as well as some discussion about each chapter.
C++ Programming is a three-credit online course, consisting of six (6) modules. Modules include an overview, study materials and activities.
Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in six (6) graded online discussion forums, complete six (6) written assignments, take a proctored online midterm examination, and complete a final project. See below for more details.
Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.
In addition to posting an introduction to the class in module 1, you are required to participate in six (6) graded online class discussions, each focusing on an issue related to C++. Participation in these four 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 assignments: 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.
Your initial responses to the discussion questions and subsequent comments on classmates' responses are due on the days specified by the course Calendar.
You are required to submit six (6) written assignments to your mentor for grading. They are built around associated textbook chapters. As you do your reading in preparation for each written assignment, preview the assignment questions so that you know what to expect.
Most assignments require you to write programs. All assignments have multiple sections, and some sections offer you choices. Please read the directions for each assignment carefully so that you know what you are to submit.
Note: Before you submit an assignment, you must check with your mentor for specific guidelines on how to submit your program assignments. Unless otherwise directed, for each program that you write for an activities, please submit .cpp files so that you don't lose proper indentation and perhaps have other formatting problems. (C++ program files that you enter and run in your compiler will have the .cpp extension.) For the true-false assignment, you should determine whether your word processing software is compatible with your mentor's software. If so, submit that assignment using the word processing software you used to prepare 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.
You are required to take a midterm examination consisting of two parts: a proctored, closed-book multiple choice online exam and a take-home programming assignment. See the Calendar for the dates of midterm exam week and the due date for the programming assignment.
Proctored Multiple-Choice Exam
For the multiple-choice exam you are required to use the College’s Online Proctor Service. Please refer to the "Examinations and Proctors" section of the Online Student Handbook (see the General Information area of the course Web site) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to make your scheduling arrangements for your midterm exam within the first week of the semester.
The proctored midterm is 1.5 hours long and covers the material assigned in Chapters 1 through 10 of the textbook (reading and assignments from modules 1—3). The exam consists of fifty (50) multiple choice questions. The exam is closed-book.
Online exams are administered through the course Web site.
Statement about Cheating
You are on your honor not to cheat during an exam. Cheating means:
If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in an exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.
Midterm Programming Assignment
The other portion of your midterm exam consists of three (3) programming problems. You will submit this assignment by Saturday of exam week (see the course Calendar), doing it in the same way you have for your other written assignments in this course.
You are free to use your textbook if desired when working on the midterm programming assignments.
The assignment is located in the Midterm Assignment area of the course Web site.
There is no final exam in this course. Instead, you will complete a final project. The final project contains five programming problems and will focus primarily on the material in the sections of textbook Chapters 11–18 and 24 that are listed in the "Course Calendar." However, because all computing is cumulative, you should review all the material in the course for the final project.
The five programming problems are available to you now and you can download these problems at any time.
You will submit your final project exactly as you have been submitting your assignments throughout the course. In other words, submit the .cpp source code files just as you would for an assignment that calls for a program. (If you have unique needs concerning Internet access or availability, you should have already made special arrangements with your mentor for assignment submissions and will continue those arrangements.) The problems vary in complexity and so have different weightings for your total project grade.
You may begin working on your final project at any time you are ready. Submit your final project no later than midnight Saturday (eastern time) of Week 12. If you are on a course extension, you will need to contact your mentor about the proper due date.
The project is located in the Final Project area of the course Web site.
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
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:
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.).
First Steps to Success
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
Consider the following study tips for success:
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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:
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 assignment, 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.
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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