Computer Science I

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2017
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

MWF 9:00-9:50

Dr. Tina Johnson PhD (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

Introduction to methods of problem solving and algorithm development.  A high level programming language is taught with an emphasis on program design, coding, debugging, testing, and documentation.  Discussion of ethical, social, and legal issues related to computing.

Course Expectations

Credit or Concurrent enrollment in MATH 1233, 1534, or 1203 (Business majors)

Software:  Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 (installed in labs and available for free to students enrolled in this course)

Students are required to attend a 1-hour lab each week.  Schedule will be provided.

Grading Standards

            Semester Exams (3)                        45%  (15% each)

            Final Exam                                       20% 

            Programs (4-6)                                 15%

            Quizzes/Homework                          10%

            Lab                                                   10%

A grade of C or better is required to advance to the next course CMPS 1063.

Students are required to attend a 1-hour lab each week.  Schedule will be provided.

Final Exam

05/08/2017 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Submission Format Policy

Programs will be submitted in hardcopy (printout) form and source code (.cpp file) uploaded to D2L.  Both source code and output should be printed.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Assignments and programs will be accepted late up to two weeks after the due date with a penalty of 5 points per weekday. Late work will not be accepted for credit after two weeks from the due date.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

ATTENDANCE:Attending class is one of the primary keys to doing well in this class. Students with excessive absences will be reported to the dean of students and may receive a grade of F in the class. There is no distinction made between excused and unexcused. Make-up exams will be given only if the student has a reasonable excuse and if the instructor is contacted within 24 hours of the exam and arrangements are made for the make-up prior to the next class meeting. Students are expected to be in the classroom when class begins and to stay the entire period.

LAB ATTENDANCE: A one-hour weekly lab will be held in Bolin 103. Each student is required to attend one of the scheduled sessions each week. The lab will consist of hands-on exercises to reinforce the material being covered in the lecture portion of the class. Attendance and completion of the assignment is required and will be part of the course grade. Students need to attend ONLY ONE of the scheduled sessions each week, though you are allowed to attend more than once. Labs begin week 2 of classes.


Other Policies

Counseling Center:  MSU offers personal, group, career, and academic counseling.  Students are encouraged to take advantage of these free services by contacting the Counseling Center:  Room 108 Clark Student Center, 397-4618,

Disability Policy:  In accordance with the law, MSU provides academic accommodations to students with documented disabilities.  Students with disabilities must be registered with Disability Support Services before classroom accommodations can be provided.  The DSS office is located in Clark Student Center, Room 168, phone 397-4140.

Research and Creative Activity Opportunities at MSU:  Enhancing Undergraduate Research Endeavors and Creative Activities (EURECA) is a program that provides opportunities for undergraduates to engage in high-quality research and creative activities with faculty. EURECA provides incentives and funding through a system that supports faculty and students in a cooperative research process. For more information contact the Office of Undergraduate Research, (940) 397-6275 or by sending a message to or better yet, stop by the UGR office located in the atrium of the Clark Student Center, room 161. Information and resources are available at

Undergraduate Research Opportunities and Summer Workshop (UGROW):  Like EURECA, UGROW provides opportunities for students to conduct research with faculty.  However, the research occurs in the summer. For five weeks UGROW students experience the authenticity of scientific research in faculty’s laboratories, in a highly interdisciplinary environment. Students work on projects of their choice and present their findings at the end of program and the MSU Undergraduate Research Forum.  Faculty members publicize research projects in the spring.  The application deadline for UGROW 2016 is has not been established yet; however, it will be in the spring.  Information and resources are available at

Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR):  To support undergraduate research and creative activities, Midwestern State University holds an enhanced institutional membership with the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).  This institutional membership includes unlimited memberships for any interested faculty, staff, and students. Students may find information on benefits and resources at and may sign up at   The CUR Undergraduate Resources Webpage contains:

  • Research Opportunities;
  • Presentation Opportunities;
  • Undergraduate Research Journals;
  • CUR-Sponsored Student Events;
  • The Registry of Undergraduate Researchers;
  • And more!

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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