CSI 1011 Intro to Programming

Spring 2012

1.    Instructor Information:

a.    Name                                Mr. Charles Kwiatkowski

b.    E-mail address        


a.    Office hours                      Monday           2:45-5:00

                                          Tuesday          2:45-5:00

                                          Wednesday     2:45-5:00

                                          Thursday         By Appointment Only

                                          Friday              By Appointment Only


Note: Office hours may be held in A330, D109A, or D109B. Check my webcam to see where I am on any particular day.


b.    Contact information          Charles Kwiatkowski

                                          A Building, Room 330


                                          815 North Orlando Smith Road

                                          Oglesby, IL 61348

                                          +1 (815) 408 0876


2.    Course description

The first in a sequence of courses for majors in Computer Science. Introduces a disciplined approach to problem-solving and algorithm development, in addition to an introduction to procedural and data abstraction. Covers: selection, repetition, and sequence control structures; program design, testing, and documentation using good programming style; block-structured high-level programming; and methods, classes, and arrays. Taught using the Java programming language. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab


Credit Hours: 4


Prerequisites (from Webadvisor)

Take 1 group;


Take MTH-0907;


Take MTH-0004;

From rule ACCU.2YR;


Take MTH-0009;

From rule ACT.2YR;


3.    Course Meeting Times

Wednesdays 05:45PM - 09:15PM, A Building, Room 211


4.    Expected learning outcomes

·         Enter, compile, run a simple program and identify the major components of their programs.

·         Implement appropriate program design, testing and documentation methodology using good programming style.

·         Understand and apply appropriate debugging and testing techniques.

·         Input numeric and string values into variables, write arithmetic and string manipulation expressions to process data, and output the results with formatting.

·         Store formatted data to an ASCII text file, and read formatted data from an ASCII text file into program variables.

·         Identify the algorithmic need for selection, choose an appropriate selection structure, and successfully code a select structure that implements the algorithm.

·         Identify the algorithmic need for repetition, choose an appropriate repetition structure, including nested loops if appropriate, and successfully code a repetition structure that implements the algorithm.

·         Identify and then write method definitions within a class, including the constructor methods, identify the need for parameters and be able to code them, show the limits of the scope of variables, including instance variables and local variables.

·         Identify class definitions, objects and intrinsic data types, and declare objects and variables.

·         Code necessary features of object oriented languages, including overloaded methods, pass-by-reference, pass-by-value, intrinsic data, return values, comments, simple exception catching, and assertions.

·         Store data into arrays, including multidimensional arrays, and walk those arrays to access the data.

·         Implement a sort and search on a one dimensional array


5.    Disability statement:
If you need support or assistance because of a disability, you may be eligible for academic assistance accommodations through the Disability Services office.  Stop by office B-204 or call Tina Hardy at 815.224.0284 or Judy Mika at 815.224.0350.
Additionally, In an effort to create a classroom environment that maximizes the success of all students, I encourage you to make me aware of any barriers that may inhibit your learning.  Feel free to speak to me at any time about concerns or questions you may have about assignments, activities, or exams.  The college provides several support services for students who have barriers to learning.  They include, but are not limited to:  Disability Services Office, Writing Center/Peer Tutoring, Counseling Center, and Project Success.  Please see me if you want to learn more about any of these offices.


6.    Attendance Policy

Illinois Valley Community College (IVCC) mandates students attend all class meetings. This includes both lecture and lab. Attendance *may* be taken in the form of a pop quiz, so bring a pencil (or pen) and paper with you to every class. These pop quizzes exist primarily to provide me an assessment of how well you are grasping the course material. Quizzes may be given at the start or end of lecture so be punctual.

IVCC grants the number of credit hours for a class are based on how long you are you are actually in the class. Accordingly, you are expected to attend for the full class meeting time. I have been known to give a quiz at the end of class without a prior announcement. You may be marked as absent if you leave with being excused.

If you come in late and miss roll call, remind me that you were late BEFORE we leave class that day, preferably before I leave the lectern. Failure to do so will result in you being marked absent for that day. As much as I care about you and your education, I cannot remember whether or not you arrived late after class has ended (ie the next class meeting).

We may do assignments during class. If you miss that class, you will NOT be able to make it up. 

Timely completion of assignments is considered part of attendance. You may be dropped if you miss multiple class meetings or assignments.

Note: You will be called upon in class. Be prepared to answer questions on the current topic and the current reading material. This is part of your obligation.


7.    Assessment of student learning.

Students are assessed by homework, a midterm exam, and a final exam. Both exams will include a short answers section, and several hands on questions.


8.    Grading:  The grading of the course will fall into 3 categories:



This is where you will develop and apply your knowledge relevant to the topic. There shall be about 1 homework per chapter. Homework will consist of hands-on work  and short answer questions. Each chapter's combined work shall be worth approximately 100 points.


Midterm exam

Based on the Homework. It shall be worth 250 points.


Final Exam

Based on the Homework. It shall be worth 250 points.


Final grade by percentage of possible points

90-100% A

80-89% B

70-79% C

60-69% D

< 60%   F

Note: Grades are not rounded up or down. Example: if you end up with an overall course grade of 89.99%, you have earned a B.


9.    Withdrawal policy

According to IVCC, you may withdraw from this course with instructor permission.

You may withdraw from this course for any reason you like. I shall not shame you nor chide you for dropping the course, but I may inquire why.

Beginning in Fall 2011, students are able to drop without instructor permission. Contact the records office for more details.

Note: Just because you stop showing up for class does not grant you a grade of I (incomplete) or W (withdrawn). You must promptly contact me in order to receive a grade of I or W.

For 16 week classes in Spring 2012:

·         Tuesday, January 24 is the last day for refund.

·         Monday, April 9 is the Last Day for Student Withdrawal

Personal advice: Education is not a race. There is no shame in strategic retreat. Drop the class in which you are performing the worst in, not the one you like the least. Always aim to keep your grade point average high as it will take you farther than how long it took you to complete your degree/certificate/program.


10.  Cell phone and text messaging policy.

Calculators, PDA's, Cell Phones, laptops, iPods, and other electronic devices are not allowed during exams and quizzes unless otherwise specified. Failure to comply with these rules will result in ejection from the exam and a grade of F for the exam.


11.  Financial aid statement
Withdrawal from a course can affect financial aid.  Students who receive financial aid should see an advisor in the financial Aid Office before withdrawing from a course.


12.  Plagiarism statement/academic honesty

Policies regarding cheating may be found under the heading of “Academic Integrity” in the IVCC Student Handbook.  Students should become familiar with these policies and abide by them. 

Furthermore, don't even think about cheating. Cheating is not tolerated at all.  Although I encourage you to collaborate and discuss ideas and concepts from this class with others, you are responsible for your own work. A (all too) common example of cheating is to work together collectively in a group and each member turns in his/her copy of the same document. This is completely unacceptable.

When you cheat, you insult my intelligence.


13.  Any classroom rules


Lecture shall begin promptly at the assigned time. Although I do sincerely care, I ask that you refrain from asking me questions while I am at the podium setting up before lecture starts. This is so I can start class on time and also ensures that everyone in class has a chance to hear the question and answer.

You are REQUIRED to read the current chapter BEFORE we discuss it in class. I have been known to give quizzes to ensure compliance.

Questions about HW assignments should be deferred to lab (if possible) . You can expect lecture to last until the assigned end time. Do not immediately begin packing up your belongings before the end of lecture. 

PC Usage

If you have a PC in front of you during lecture, it should be used ONLY for one of two things:

1. Following along with the lecture's slides, code, etc.

2. Working on an in-class assignment.

Do not work on homework while I am lecturing, even for my own class. This is considered rude.

Do NOT "surf", check email, or play games during class. You may be asked to leave if caught doing so. If this continues to be a problem, further action may be taken.

Lab (if applicable)

This is where you are expected to work on your homework and labs. Also, this is where I answer questions about your HW. You may expect to need extra time outside of lab to complete your assignments.

Lab is also where I try to get grading done. Often, I like to call you over during grading so you can better understand why your grade is what it is.

You are expected to bring your textbook(s) to all class meetings and lab.

You may opt to also work on your homework assignments at home. This is fine, but know that:

1. If you have a question or a problem with the assignment, we may not have time to meet to solve your problem before the assignment is due.

2. You are responsible for the operation of your equipment. This means that you will not be given any special treatment if it your hard drive crashes, printer malfunctions, etc.

3. You are still expected to attend lab.

4. People who work on their assignments in lab tend to achieve higher grades than those that work at home.


Three strikes

If you have 3 unexcused absences of any combination class activity, (HW, quiz, lecture, etc.) your may be dropped from the class. Just because you stop showing up for class does not grant you a grade of I (incomplete) or W (withdrawn). You must promptly contact me in order to receive a grade of I or W.



14.  Outline of assignments for the semester

            There shall be approximately10 assignments, 1 per chapter.

            Each chapter's assignment shall normally contain:

·         Short Answer Questions

·         Hands-on programming exercise


15.  Hints on how to be successful in the course

·         Read the book before lecture.

·         After reading the book, pay attention during lecture. If you still don't understand, ask questions. Everyone in class can read. I am paid to answer questions when you don't understand, so please don't hesistate.

·         Do as much work as possible in the lab as possible, because if you have a problem, I am right there to help.

·         Start homework early and keep working until 100% complete. It is IMPOSSIBLE to accurately predict how much debugging is necessary. Waiting until shortly before the assignment is due is a recipe for failure.


16.  Required text and materials



Java Programming, 5th edition


ISBN 1-1115-3053-X


17.  Additional Resources


·         1GB (min) Flash Drive. This can be used for other classes too.


18. Topic Schedule

This schedule is tentative and subject to change.




Wednesday, January 11

Class Intro,
Syllabus Review,
Blackboard Login

Wednesday, January 18

Chapter 1 An Overview of Computers and Programming Languages

Wednesday, January 25

Chapter 2 Basic Elements of Java

Wednesday, February 01

Chapter 3 Introduction to Objects and Input/output

Wednesday, February 08

Chapter 4 Control Structures I: Selection

Wednesday, February 15

Chapter 5 Control Structures II: Repetition

Wednesday, February 22

Chapter 7 User-Defined Methods

Wednesday, February 29

Chapter 7 User-Defined Methods

Wednesday, March 07

Midterm Exam

Wednesday, March 14

Chapter 8 User-Defined Classes and ADTs

Wednesday, March 21

Chapter 8 User-Defined Classes and ADTs

Wednesday, March 28

Spring Break
College Closed

Wednesday, April 04

Chapter 9 Arrays

Wednesday, April 11

Chapter 9 Arrays

Wednesday, April 18

Chapter 14
Searching and Sorting

Wednesday, April 25

Chapter 14
Searching and Sorting

Wednesday, May 02

Catchup & Review

Wednesday, May 09

Final Exam


19. Important Dates for Spring 2012 Semester

January 3 (T) Staff return

January 9 (M) In-service for Faculty

January 10 (T) CLASSES BEGIN

January 16 (M) Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (College closed)

January 24 (T) Last day for refund for 16-week classes

February 1 (W) Deadline to Apply for Spring Graduation

February 20 (M) Presidents’ Day (College closed)

March 5 (M) Project Success Registration begins for Summer and Fall

March 6 (T) Grading Day—no classes

March 23 (F) Development Day (no classes)

March 26-March 29 Spring Break for faculty and students (no classes)

March 30 (F) Spring Break for faculty, students & staff (College closed)

April 3 (T) Online registration begins for Summer

April 4 (W) In-person registration begins for Summer

April 5 (R) Phone/fax/mail registration begins for Summer

April 9 (M) Last day for student withdrawal for 16-week classes

April 11 (W) Online registration begins for Fall

April 12 (R) In-person registration begins for Fall

April 13 (F) Phone/fax/mail registration begins for Fall

May 2, 3, 8, 14 (WRTM) Evening Semester Exams

May 7, 8, 9,10 (M-R) Day Semester Exams

May 16 (W) Final Grades due in Records Office at 10 am

May 19 (S) Semester Ends/Commencement