Course Syllabus: Advanced Placement Computer Science A

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Course Syllabus: Advanced Placement Computer Science A

Mr. Hiser Phone: 540.433.2651

Email: Room: 435

Website: access through HCPS web page School Year: 2015-16

Hours of availability: 2:35-3:00 room 418 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)
AP Computer Science is the equivalent of a one-semester college level course. This is an intense introduction to topics in computer science. The programming language we are focusing on is Java, which is object oriented programming. It is very important that you do the readings/homework before you come to class. The readings will be how you prepare for class and we will go further in depth and practice your new knowledge in class. In addition, the multiple-choice sections of your tests will be based on the readings outside of class. Again, you MUST do the reading in order to be successful!
Book: Java: Software Solutions for AP Computer Science 3rd Edition
Required Materials

  • Pencil

  • Notebook

  • USB drive

Course Grading

Scale:   A 90 – 100 Distribution: Tests: 30%

B 80 – 89 Quizzes: 30%

C 70 – 79 Classwork 30%

D 60 – 69 Homework: 10%

F 0 – 59 100%

Classroom Expectations:

  1. Be On Time: Being on time is a good life-skill to begin developing. Often, we will begin class with a Quiz or Warm-Up activity. There will be no extension of time for those who are late without a pass. 3 Unexcused Tardies = 1 hour ASD

  2. Be Prepared: It is expected that you will have all materials out, and be ready to begin working, before the bell rings.

  3. Respect: Respect the teacher. Respect each of your classmates, including their personal space and belongings.

  • Cheating or copying on Quizzes/Tests/Classwork will result in a zero for all parties involved, with no opportunity for retaking. Do your own work - you don’t learn when someone else does it for you. *HHS Honor Code applies.

  • No food, drink, or ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Honor Code

Students at Harrisonburg High School are to assume the responsibility to ensure that all assignments completed and submitted are the original work of the student. Cheating, plagiarism, and fraud in any form are considered ethical violations and will not be tolerated. Students suspected of violating the honor code may be subject to consequences and disciplinary action.

Course Outline

Unit 1 Programming, Using objects, String literals, Variables and Data types (Ch. 1 – Ch 2.5)

Unit 2 Creating objects, Libraries and packages, Class methods (2.7 – 2.10)

Unit 3 Conditionals (3.0 – 3.4)

Unit 4 Loops (3.5 – 3.7)

Unit 5 Magpie Lab

Unit 6 Writing Classes (4.0 – 4.5)

Unit 7 References, Introduction to interfaces (5.0 – 5.3)

Unit 8 Arrays and ArrayLists (6.0 – 6.7)

Unit 9 Elevens Lab

Unit 10 Inheritance (7.0 – 7.5)

Unit 11 Recursion (8.0 – 8.3)

Review for AP Exam

Unit 1 – Programming, Using objects, String literals, Variables and Data types
Part Topic Assignment

1 Introduction; Programming Read 1.3

Self-Review 1.14-1.16

MC 1.6-1.8

T/F 1.1, 1.5, 1.7-1.9

Short Answer 1.7-1.8

2 Intro to objects, Using objects Read 2.0, 2.1

Self-Review 2.1, 2.2, 2.6

MC 2.1

T/F 2.1

Short Answer 2.1-2.3
3 String Literals, Variables and Assignment Read 2.2-2.3

Self-Review 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8

MC 2.2-2.4

T/F 2.2-2.3

Short Answer 2.4-2.5
4 Primitive data types, Arithmetic expressions Read 2.4-2.5

Self-Review 2.3, 2.9-2.14

MC 2.5, 2.6

T/F 2.4-2.6

Short Answer 2.5-2.7

Unit 2 –Creating objects, Libraries and packages, Class methods
Part Topic Assignment

1 Creating Objects Read 2.7

Self-Review 2.15

MC 2.9, 2.10

T/F 2.7

Short Answer 2.8

2 Class Libraries and Packages Read 2.8

Self-Review 2.16-2.17

MC 2.7

T/F 2.8

Short Answer 2.11
3 Class Methods and Formatting output Read 2.9, 2.10

Self-Review 2.18

MC None

T/F None

Short Answer 2.9-2.10
Unit 3 - Conditionals
Part Topic Assignment

1 Control flow, Conditionals Read 3.0–3.2

Self-Review 3.1–3.7

MC None

T/F 3.1, 3.8, 3.9

Short Answer 3.1–3.5

2 boolean expressions, increment and decrement Read 3.3, 3.4

Self-Review 3.8–3.11

MC 3.1–3.3, 3.9–3.10

T/F 3.2-3.6

Short Answer 3.6

Unit 4 - Loops
Part Topic Assignment

1 while loops Read 3.5

Self-Review 3.12

MC 3.7-3.8

T/F 3.7

Short Answer 3.7, 3.10, 3.11

2 for loops Read 3.6-3.7

Self-Review 3.13

MC 3.4-3.6

T/F None

Short Answer 3.8, 3.9

Unit 5 – Magpie Lab
Part Topic Assignment

1 Chatbots, Introduction to the Magpie Class Magpie lab activities 1, 2

2 Better keyword detection Magpie lab activity 3
3 Responses that Transform Statements Magpie lab activity 4

Unit 6 – Writing Classes
Part Topic Assignment

1 Anatomy of a Classes and Methods Read 4.0-4.2

Self-Review 4.1-4.8

MC 4.1-4.5, 4.7-4.10

T/F 4.1-4.4, 4.8-4.10

Short Answer 4.1-4.3

2 Method overloading, method decomposition, Read 4.3-4.5

object relationships Self-Review 4.9-4.12

MC 4.6

T/F 4.5-4.7

Short Answer
Unit 7 – References, Introduction to interfaces
Part Topic Assignment

1 Aliases, null, this, and static Read 5.0-5.1

Self-Review 5.1-5.5

MC 5.1-5.3, 5.5-5.6, 5.8, 5.10

T/F 5.1-5.9

Short Answer 5.1-5.2, 5.6

2 Interfaces Read 5.3

Self-Review 5.6

MC 5.4, 5.7, 5.9

T/F 5.10

Short Answer 5.3-5.5

Unit 8 – Arrays and ArrayLists
Part Topic Assignment

1 Declaring and using arrays Read 6.0

Self-Review 6.1-6.5

MC 6.1-6.4, 6.8

T/F 6.1-6.5

Short Answer 6.1, 6.3-6.6

2 Arrays of objects Read 6.1

Self-Review 6.6-6.8

T/F 6.6
3 Search Arrays Read 6.2

Self-Review 6.9

MC 6.5

T/F 6.7, 6.8

4 Sort Arrays Read 6.3-6.4

Self-Review 6.10

5 ArrayList Read 6.7

Self-Review 6.12

MC 6.7, 6.9

Short Answer 6.7

Unit 9 – Elevens Lab
Part Topic Assignment

1 Design and Create a Card Class Elevens lab activity 1

2 Initial Design of a Deck Class Elevens lab activity 2
3 Shuffling the Cards in a Deck Elevens lab activity 3
4 Adding a Shuffle Method to the Deck Class Elevens lab activity 4
5 Playing Elevens Elevens lab activity 6

Unit 10 – Inheritance
Part Topic Assignment

1 Creating subclasses Read 7.0-7.1

Self-Review 7.0-7.5

MC 7.1-7.10

T/F 7.1-7.6
2 Class hierarchies, abstract classes, indirect Read 7.2-7.3

use of class members Self-Review 7.6-7.8

T/F 7.7, 7.8
3 Polymorphism Read 7.4

Self-Review 7.9-7.11

T/F 7.9

Short Answer 7.3, 7.4

4 Interfaces Read 7.5

Self-Review 7.12

T/F 7.10

Unit 11 – Recursion
Part Topic Assignment

1 Using recursion Read 8.0-8.2

Self-Review 8.1-8.7

MC 8.1-8.10

T/F 8.1-8.8
2 Mergesort Read 8.3

Self-Review 8.8

T/F 8.9

August 18, 2015

Parents & Guardians,
I am excited to be working with you and your child during the 2015-16 school year. I am here to help your child learn and to succeed in AP Computer Science A. Please do not hesitate to contact me by email, phone, or appointment. I will make every effort to respond to you in a timely manner. I have included a space at the bottom of this form for you to provide me with your contact information.
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