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CSIT 168: Introduction to Python Programming


Syllabus


Course Title

CSIT 168: Introduction to Python Programming

Course Description

This course introduces the student to the fundamental techniques used in the development of software applications. The course teaches students with prior programming experience how to apply basic programming concepts and principles using Python. Students will learn the Python programming language in an integrated and interactive software development environment. The topics covered include classes, objects, algorithms, data types, control structures, arrays, attributes, and methods. Working knowledge of Windows required. Open lab time required.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites: Grade of C or higher in CSIT163 or CSIT165.

Corequisites: None

Required Text and Other Materials

Programming in Python 3 with zyLabs.

Materials: this is covered in the student’s course tuition and fees

Learning Outcomes

    1. Identify the steps required in problem solving.
    2. Identify the properties of an algorithm.
    3. Differentiate between an algorithm and a computer program.
    4. Identify the basic data types available.
    5. Design, code, test and debug simple programs written in an object-oriented language.
    6. Apply conditional control structures and methods.
    7. Utilize repetition structures and methods in programs.
    8. Apply the technique of decomposition in program construction.
    9. Differentiate between a void method and one that returns a value.
    10. Construct and manipulate arrays.


General Education Goals

    • Technological Competency
    • Information Literacy
    • Independent/Critical Thinking

Course Outline

    • Module 1: Introduction to Python 3
    • Module 2: Variables and Expressions
    • Module 3: Types
    • Module 4: Branching
    • Module 5: Loops
    • Module 6: Functions
    • Module 7: Strings
    • Module 8: Lists and Dictionaries
    • Module 9: Classes
    • Module 10: Exceptions
    • Module 11: Modules
    • Module 12: Files
    • Module 13: Inheritance
    • Module 14: Searching and Sorting Algorithms
    • Module 15: Final Project and Exam

Evaluation and Grading

Evaluation of Student

Activities

Points

Weight

15 Discussions

1500 points

15%

14 Assignments

1400 points

35%

13 Lab Activities

1400 points

34%

Final Project

100 points

15%

Readiness Activities

100 points

1%


Grading Scale

Grade

Quality Points

Point Range

Interpretation

A

4.0

90-100

Excellent

B+

3.5

87-89

Very Good

B

3.0

80-86

Good

C+

2.5

77-79

Above Average

C

2.0

70-76

Average

D

1.0

60-69

Below Average

F

0.0

59 & below

Failure

I

0.0

Incomplete

Statement of Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the use of another writer’s words or ideas without disclosure of the source. All essays and papers submitted by students for credit in all courses at Ocean County College must make honest and full disclosure of any sources used, including but not limited to books, print articles, films, and other media, the Internet, and professional or non-professional co- writers. Failure to make full disclosure of sources will subject students to penalties prescribed by Plagiarism Policy #5180

Plagiarism means taking words or ideas from a source without documenting them.
Word

Any words (even one or two) taken from a source and included in your own work need to be in quotation marks and documented. There may exceptions to this (common knowledge), but when in doubt, use quotation marks and document or check with your instructor

Ideas

When you get an idea from source, be it from an article, lecture, person, etc., it must be documented – even if you put it in your own words (and if you use the same words, they must be in quotation marks)

Source

The person, book, article from which you obtained information Documenting

Following a particular documentation/citation style such as MLA or APA to let the reader know where you acquired your information

At Ocean County College, academic dishonesty is not only considered unethical, but additionally, it is a detriment to student success both in college and afterwards. Each course offered at Ocean County College is outlined in a course description and an important part of this document is the “Course Objectives.” Course objectives are the benefits that are earned by the student for having taken the course. Academic dishonesty is behavior that impedes mastery of these objectives and leaves the student without the benefit of the course.

Plagiarism may be accidental or blatant and there is even self-plagiarism. Students are held to the same standards whether or not they knew they were plagiarizing or whether or not they were plagiarizing themselves or someone else.

Unintended Plagiarism

It is the student's obligation to be certain that he or she comprehend the difference between quoting and paraphrasing, The student must also be sure to properly cite any and all material he or she is using from another source.

Deliberate

Deliberate plagiarism is knowingly presenting material in the course as your own. This type of academic dishonesty is not limited only to papers, but can be in discussion boards, exams, quizzes, e-mails, presentations, or any other work created for the course. This includes turning in borrowed or bought research papers as one's own.

Self

Submitting a whole or portions of a paper that was previously used in any other capacity is plagiarism even if the student is the author of the original paper. Be certain that your work is not only original for each assignment, but also created specifically for the course you are submitting it to. “Recycling” your old papers is plagiarism.

Statement of Civility

The Statement of Civility can also be found on our Campus Civility page.

Ocean County College defines civility primarily as the demonstration of respect for others, basic courtesy, reciprocity (treating others as we wish to be treated), and behaviors that create a positive environment in which to learn and to work.

The Trustees of the College and the College Administration set the tone for civil behavior through their professional conduct and through their leadership of the institution. All members of the college community create a positive environment characterized by considerate and principled conduct.

While no civility statement can guarantee considerate and principled conduct, the values set forth herewith represent institutional ideals and should serve as guide post:

    1. Respect for the work of all persons.
    2. Courteous discourse (oral, verbal, non-verbal, and electronic).
    3. Honest interactions and utterances.
    4. Fair and just treatment.
    5. Integrity and keeping promises.
    6. Commitment to the community college philosophy: Access, transfer, career preparation, workforce development, partnering, and community outreach. See our Mission/Vision
    7. Open professional communications.
    8. Diversity, professionalism, and collegiality.
    9. Free expression of views without meanness or a desire to do harm.
    10. Tolerance of differing points of view.
    11. Zero tolerance for all forms of cyber stalking, cyber bullying, or cyber sexual harassment (see the Attorney General’s letter).
    12. A culture of honor that enhances our student’s ethical and moral development and clearly communicates and consistently adheres to the definitions of and sanctions for academic dishonesty.

These ideals are consistently modeled by those in leadership positions-in the administration, staff, faculty, and student body-and should provide direction for all members of the college community.

Campus Resources and Services

Tutoring is available online accessible from your course menu. You will have an initial two-hour block of time in which you can always add more. Additional resources available to you are the OCC Counseling Center, and Library.

Statement of Accommodation

If there is any student in this class who has special needs because of learning disabilities or other kinds of disabilities, please feel free to discuss this with your professor or a staff member in the Center for Student Success at 732-255-0456.

Reasonable academic adjustments (also known as classroom and testing accommodations) are those changes that will minimize or eliminate the impact of a disability and allow equal access to information presented. In a collaborative process, the DS staff and the student will develop an ADA/504 Accommodation Plan for reasonable and appropriate accommodations that are supported by the documentation of disability provided by the student.

Examples of some academic accommodations are:

    • Extended testing time
    • Recording of class lectures
    • Sign language interpreters for the deaf
    • Note takers and/or readers
    • Adaptive software

For more information and how to apply for an Accommodation, please visit the Accomodations page.

Process Note: Instructors who receive an Accommodation Plan from their student must notify Elearning via email to elearninginfo@ocean.edu.

Disclaimer

Ocean County College reserves the right to alter syllabi without prior notification. Please contact your instructor if you have any questions regarding syllabi content.

All individuals should not assume that anything received, sent, or stored in this course or in any course is private. Students' written work, assignments, and test results may be used anonymously for college assessment purposes. Course content, support materials, and communications (including chats, discussions, emails, and any other forms of communication) may be used for quality assurance purposes by authorized college administrators.

Important Notes

Office 365 is the official email communication for students at OCC (firstname_lastname@students.ocean.edu).

Failure to pay for this course may result in being dropped for non-payment.

Rules for Online Netiquette

In all course communications, treat others how you would like to be treated. Keep in mind that people have different senses of humor, come from various backgrounds, cultures, experiences, and upbringings. By always following the points below, you are communicating respectfully and you’re more likely to receive a positive response:

DO

    • Greet your reader at the start of the message by using his or her name, e.g. Hello Jeff
    • Let your recipient know who you are
    • Inform your reader what course number and section you’re referring to
    • Use appropriate grammar and punctuation
    • Always say please and thank you
    • Be polite and professional
    • Apologize. Sometimes our messages can come out unclear and convey the wrong message, or even cause a misunderstanding. Once you apologize, try to clarify and put it past you.
    • Conclude your message with your name.
    • Be positive! You can make a big difference in someone’s life by just bringing your recipient a simple smile. 😀
    • Typos


AVOID

    • Sarcasm or cynicism
    • Satires
    • ALL CAPITAL letters
    • !!!, ???, ?!?!?!?! - Excessive use of exclamation points and/or question marks.
    • Bold
    • Use vulgar or obscene language
    • Use racially, religiously, or sexually offensive language
    • Write like you text (with acronyms like LOL, ROFL, OMG)
    • General questions: use discussion forums
    • Personal questions: use e-mail
    • Having strong feelings?
    • Draft, sleep on it, and then revise. And sleep on it one more time…
    • If you’re looking to be heard and taken seriously, do not use confrontation. You are more likely to be heard and helped if your recipient empathizes with your request.
    • Anything you write online whether in an assignment, discussion, or email can be forwarded to others, be made publicly available online, or printed out. Therefore:
    • Be careful with what you include in your message such as sharing things that are too personal.
    • Avoid forwarding messages you have received, unless the sender has given you written permission to do so.
    • Do not include usernames, passwords, or any other sensitive information.

Privacy Policy

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, which became effective November 19, 1974 sets out requirements designed to protect the privacy of students.

Specifically, the stature governs (1) access to records, and (2) the release of such records. OCC’s Student Privacy Policy

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