BuCS 138 Computer Programming I

Fall 2017 Course Syllabus

Mission statement

Hesston College, a college of Mennonite Church USA, educates and nurtures each student within Christ-centered community, integrating thought, life, and faith for service to others in the church and the world.

Course Information

FACULTY:           Bob Harder

OFFICE:            K102 (Kropf Center)
OFFICE HOURS:      MWF 9/2, TTh 1/2
TELEPHONE:         620.327.8322 (X8322)
EMAIL:             bobh@hesston.edu

CLASS TIME:        3:00-3:50 MWF
CLASS ROOM:        K130 CIT Computer Lab

CREDIT HOURS:      3 credits

COURSE WEB SITE:   http://www.cs.hesston.edu/

Required Textbook/Instructional Resources

Exploring Wonderland: Java Programming Using Alice and Media Computation, Dann/Cooper/Ericson, 2010, Pearson Prentice Hall.

Catalog Description

BuCS 138 Computer Programming I focuses on structured programming techniques and introduces object-oriented programming. Topics include data types, calculations, control structures, arrays, classes, inheritance, input/output and files. This introductory programming course is taught using Alice and Java. Prerequisite: BuCS 112 or consent of instructor.

Hesston College Outcomes Addressed in this Course

  1. Persons with intellectual and practical skills
  2. Persons of individual and social responsibility

Course Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Define and explain computer programming terms.
  2. Explain and apply basic computer programming concepts and principles.
  3. Analyze, design, diagram, write and document computer algorithms and programs.
  4. Identify and resolve computer program syntax and logic errors.
  5. Demonstrate an awareness of legal and ethical issues related to computer programming.

Course Assessments

Hesston College Outcome Course Outcomes Assessment Activity
11, 2, 3, 4Assignment 1
11, 2, 3, 4Assignment 2
11, 2, 3, 4Assignment 3
11, 2, 3, 4Assignment 4
11, 2, 3, 4Midterm Exam
25Legal/Ethical Issues Paper
11, 2, 3, 4Assignment 5
11, 2, 3, 4Assignment 6
11, 2, 3, 4Assignment 7
11, 2, 3, 4Final Exam

Evaluation Policy / Grading Scale

Assignments 60%   100 - 90% A
Paper 10%   89 - 80% B
Professionalism10%   79 - 70% C
Final Exam 20%   69 - 60% D
      less than 60%NC

Late assignments will not be accepted unless approved in advance. All non-group assignments are to be completed individually.

Midterm grades will be evaluated based on the current class grade.

Professionalism is a vital trait in the business community. All Computer Science/Computer Information Technology students are assumed to be professionals and will start with 100 points (10% of the final grade). A first instance of unprofessional behavior will result in a verbal warning. A second instance will result in a written warning and the loss of the 100 professionalism points. The class instructor has the option of returning some or all of the professionalism points at the end of the course if consistent professional behavior is subsequently exhibited.

Attendance Policy

Students are excused for college-approved group activities such as scheduled games for athletic teams, scheduled music and drama programs and trips, Student Life RA retreats, and academic activities including professional conferences and field trips. Students are not excused for practice in any sport; for music or drama rehearsals; or for service activities not part of a class-organized experience for credit (e. g. participation in Mennonite Central Committee Sale or Mennonite Disaster Service projects). Doing so would count as an unexcused absence.

Students are responsible for class work regardless of the type of absence. Students are responsible to initiate contact with each instructor whose class the students will miss by the last class prior to the absence in case of absences known ahead of time. For absences due to college-approved group activities, students must complete and submit all assignments on or before the due dates for all classes that will be missed.

Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class period. After one absence week, each additional absence week not approved in advance may result in a one-letter grade reduction. Late arrivals, unless approved in advance, will be reflected in the Professionalism component of your grade. The Hesston College Vice President of Academics and the college's Student Support Team all have weekly knowledge of your class attendance records.

Students with Disabilities

Students who have qualified disabilities covered through the Americans with Disabilities Act and who desire special assistance should contact Deb Roth, Disability Coordinator, for assistance at the earliest possible time. While the coordinator will contact the instructor concerning requests for assistance, the instructor would appreciate if you would notify him/her that you have made a request for assistance, so that your needs may be accommodated.

Statement on Academic Dishonesty and Plagarism

Academic dishonesty, including plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated. Students are responsible for knowing what constitutes these offenses and must not engage in them in their work. Any student committing such offenses will be referred to the Student Success Coordinator and reported to the Vice President of Academics. Penalties for such activities include: a zero for the assignment (first offense), an NC for the course to dismissal from Hesston College for subsequent offenses. For further information regarding this policy, refer to the Hesston College Course Catalog.

Classroom Expectations

Texting, Internet browsing, messaging, emailing, or gaming during class is inappropriate and unprofessional. Your behavior becomes part of your final grade.

Other Course Requirements and Information

Before each class, students are expected to:

  1. Check the course schedule for assignment due dates.
  2. Go over the assigned reading from the text.
  3. Complete assignments and homework by the due date.
  4. Notify your instructor in advance if you can't attend or will be late. Otherwise, be on time.

The ACCESS lab (x8213) is located in the library and is available for study and learning support. Tutors are available to you at no charge. Contact your instructor if you would like to use this excellent service.

Prepare yourself to invest an average of 6 hours per week in additional study. Total study time estimate for this class: 90 hours. A table showing the approximate study time per assignment and per week is included in the print version of this syllabus.

Course Outline/Calendar

A course outline and calendar is included in the print version of this syllabus.


The dynamics of the course or a change in certification requirements may necessitate a change in the syllabus at the discretion of the instructor.