ET-502: Introduction to Computer Programming

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: ET-502 Introduction to Computer Programming

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 laboratory hours

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): TECH 100 or Departmental Permission

Course Description in college catalog:

This course introduces to Visual Basic, which is designed for students with no prior computer programming experience. The course follows a problem-solving strategy from the beginning, allowing students to fully develop their logic and reasoning. A broad range of real-world examples, exercises, case studies and programming projects gives students real hands-on experience.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A.S. Computer Engineering Technology

A.A.S. Internet and Information Technology

A.A.S. Electronic Engineering Technology

A.A.S. Telecommunications Technology

Certificate Program - New Media Technology

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

Course objectives/expected student learning outcomes
Course Objectives Learning Outcomes
Students will identify the fundamental concepts in programmingStudents will identify the fundamental concepts in programming Students should: Describe fundamental computer hardware and software concepts Differentiate among various data elements, structures, and their associated data types Correlate program requirements with event-driven programming constructs
Write programs in a high level programing language Students should be able to: Write programs employing the required sequence structure Select appropriate data types and structures to represent the real world context of a programming concept Develop formulas and algorithms that are well structured and reliable to implement a computer program
Apply problem solving in programming Students will be able to: Use program design tools in problem solving Identify and resolve syntax, logic, and run-time errors
Work effectively with other programmers Students should be able to: Work as part of a team to analyze a given problem, propose and compare potential software solutions to the problem, and implement the chosen solution

Program-specific outcomes

ABET Criterion 3 Student Outcomes addressed by ET-502:

Student Outcome (1) - an ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve well-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline.

  • Performance Indicator ETCT1-2 Solve applied problems by employing computer programming skills and associated software including circuit simulation software.

Student Outcome (3) -an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in well-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;

  • Performance Indicator ETCT3-1- Produce effective written documents including lab reports and term papers.

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

Supplemental Information

ET 502 Lecture Course Topics- Table of Week Numbers and Lecture Course Topics:

Week Lecture Topic
1 Introduction to the course & using Blackboard; Overview of computers and computer languages.
2 Introduction to the Visual Basic Environment: Objects, TextBox, Button, Label, Properties.
3 Visual Basic Events: Using code to change properties of objects.
4 Variables & Output: Integer Operators, Decimal data type, Parentheses, Multiple Declarations, Order of Precedence, Three Kinds of Errors.
5 Using Strings & Input/Output: String Variables, Initial Value of a String Variable Using Text Boxes for input, Using the Format Function.
6 Using Strings & Arithmetic Operations: ^, *, /, \, mod, +, -,Empty String, String Concatenation Operator - &, Using Label for Output.
7 In_class Midterm & String Related Functions: toUpper, Trim, LTrim, RTrim, Length, Concatenation, Format, ASC, Substring, Index of.
8 Decisions Structures I: Relational and Logical Operators, Boolean Data Type, If Block, Nested If Block, ElseIf Clauses
9 Decision Structures II: Using Radio Buttons for Input, Short-Circuit Evaluation, General Form of a Select Case Block.
10 General Procedures I: Functions, Parameter; Passing by Value, Restriction on Data Types.
11 General Procedures II: Sub Procedures, Passing by Reference, Using ListBoxes for displaying.
12 Loops & Procedures & Decisions: Input in TextBoxes, Validation for Input Values, Display Certain Amount of Data in ListBoxes.
13 Graphics: Collect and Store Images, Stretch Images; Navigate Images Using Previous/Next Bottoms.
14 Review Final Exam
15 Final Exam

ET 502 Lab Course Topics- Tables of Week Numbers and Lab Course Topics:

Week Lecture Topic
1 Lab 1: Creating Window Forms in Visual Studio
2 Lab 2: Using Various Controls in the Form
3 Lab 3: Defining Proper Properties of Controls
4 Lab 4: Creating Variables, Constants
5 Lab 5: Using Textboxes for Input
6 Lab 6: Using Operations
7 Lab 7: Using String Functions
8 Lab 8: Using Input Validation with If Blocks
9 Lab 9: Creating Radio Buttons with Case Block
10 Lab 10: Using Functions with Call by Value
11 Lab 11: Using Subs with Call by Reference
12 Lab 12: Using Loops to Display Data in Listboxes
13 Lab 13: Defining Various Logics of Buttons to Navigate Images
14 Project Presentation

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

  • One final cumulative examination
  • Quizzes
  • Labs
  • Homework assignments

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

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