Principles of Programming I

HAWKINS                                               CMPS 1301                                   FALL 2013


INSTRUCTOR:          Tim Hawkins

OFFICE:                     Sequoya 141H

PHONE:                     706-272-2514

OFFICE HOURS:      See office door for posted hours, or by appointment



TEXT:                         Java Programming, 6th edition           Joyce Farrell 

                                    Course Technology, ISBN 10: 1-111-52944-2




College Algebra (MATH1111)




This course introduces the principles of computer programming and will cover the first 9 chapters of the textbook.  Emphasis is on the design and teaching of correct well-structured algorithms using appropriate control structures with simple data types and data structures.




Student Learning Outcomes:          Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:



Tests:  Two chapter tests will be given over the term.  The average of the two tests will represent 60% of the class grade.

Mid-Term              Chapter 1 to Chapter 5      (Thursday, October 10, 2013)

Final                       Chapter 6 to Chapter 9      (Tuesday, December 10, 2013)



Homework / Labs:  Homework will be assigned daily and discussed the following class period.  Assignments will allow students to apply the material covered in lecture to programming problems.  Labs will be self-paced exercises in assorted computer-related topics.  Specified problems will turned in for a grade.  The homework average represents 30% of the class grade.  (Late assignments will be penalized 5 points for each additional class day they are late)



Quizzes:  Quizzes will be given weekly.  The lowest quiz score will be dropped.  The quiz average represents 10% of the class grade.



Final Grades:  The course grade will be based on the class test average (60%), quiz average (10%), and lab average (30%).   


                                                Grade Average                   Course Grade

                                                      90 - 100                                       A

                                                      80 - 89                                         B

                                                      70 - 79                                         C

                                                      60 - 69                                         D

                                                      Below 60                                     F





Attendance:    If you are absent from a class, you are responsible for all material covered and all announcements made.  No make-up tests will be given for any reason.  If you know that you will be out on a test date due to prior obligations, then you may make an appointment to take the test early.  If you are absent from a test, the final exam will replace your missed test score (final exam replaces lowest test score).  Only one missed test can be replaced; a second or third missed test will be given a grade of zero.


Honesty:         Every student is expected and required to do his or her own work in this course and all other courses at Dalton State College.  Any instances of cheating will result in a minimum penalty of zero on the assignment up to a possible dismissal from the course with a grade of “F”.  Cheating and plagiarism are a part of the Dalton State Code of Student Conduct, which can be found in its most updated form at


Etiquette:        Talking in class should be restricted solely to questions and comments pertaining to the material at hand and intended for me and the whole class to hear.  Using cellular phones, pagers, CD players, radios, and/or similar devices is prohibited in the classroom.  Dalton State is committed to respect via the Roadrunner Respect pledge


“I pledge to show my fellow Roadrunner students, faculty, staff, and administration respect by treating others the way they want to be treated and by thinking about others first before making decisions that might affect them.”




The last day to drop this class without penalty is Thursday, October 24, 2013.  You will be assigned a grade of W.  After this date, withdrawal without penalty is permitted only in cases of extreme hardship as determined by the Vice President for Academic Affairs; otherwise a grade of WF will be issued.  Students who fail to complete the official drop/withdrawal procedure will receive the grade of F.  Withdrawal from class is a student responsibility.  Before dropping any class, the college strongly advises that students meet with their academic advisor and their instructor to discuss the impact of a withdrawal on their graduation plans.  The college also strongly advises students who are receiving any type of financial aid to visit the Financial Aid Office in Pope Student Center to discuss the impact a withdrawal may have on their financial aid status.  The grade of W counts as hours attempted for the purposes of financial aid.




If a student receiving aid administered by the DSC Workforce Development Department drops this class or completely withdraws from the College, the Schedule Adjustment Form must be taken to the Workforce Development Office located in Room 214 of the Technical Education Building. The Office is open on the following schedule:

Monday/Tuesday/Thursday:  9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday:  8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.  The office phone number is 272-2635.




Students with disabilities or special needs are encouraged to contact Disability Support Services in Academic Resources.  In order to make an appointment to obtain information on the process of qualifying for accommodations, the student student should visit the Disability Support Services Library Guide or contact the Coordinator of Disability Support Services.


Contact information:                         Andrea Roberson, Pope Student Center, Lower Level





If the college is closed for inclement weather or other conditions, please consult the course calendar and complete the assigned sections.  If possible, check GeorgiaView or your email for additional assignments, activities, and due dates.  I will load a PowerPoint of the missed lecture in GeorgiaView, and I will be able to answer questions through email.  Compensatory make-up days may be required if the total number of days lost exceeds the equivalent of one week of class time.