Syllabus for ITS-150



Computer Programming I focuses on fundamental concepts, terminology, and developing simple computer programs. Topics include programming nomenclature, program specification, algorithm development, analysis, problem solving, and implementation of computer programming. The course also explores application of best practices to develop secure programing.



After completing this course, you should be able to:

CO1        Develop program specifications using software design concepts.

CO2        Use software modeling methodologies to develop solutions for problems using program design methodologies.

CO3        Create software programs using standard coding structures and processes such as variables, constants, operators, decision logic, arrays, iteration constructs, and functions.

CO4        Develop reliable code using error and exception handling techniques.

CO5        Develop a basic competency in Java programming.

CO6        Explain how program coding relates to cybersecurity.



The following uCertify course will serve as your virtual textbook for the course:

uCertify provides interactive online courses that help students prepare for various certification exams. In completing your coursework, you will be using parts of the uCertify course as an interactive textbook with chapters and lessons, practice tests, quizzes, exercises, and more, to aid in learning about topics in cybersecurity.

Access to the uCertify course is provided through the uCertify: 1Z0-803 - Java SE 7 Programmer I link located in the uCertify Assignments section of the course website. When you click the link (LTI connector) for the first time, you will be redirected to a paywall that will ask you to buy an access code (click the Buy it now button). This is a one-time payment. Once you have made your payment, you will have access to the uCertify course and can navigate to specific chapters and lessons (uCertify uses these designations interchangeably) and all associated activities (quizzes, exercises, etc.) through the student dashboard.

Additional Materials


Computer Programming I (ITS-150) is a three-credit, online course consisting of 10 modules and a final project. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete uCertify activities (exercises and quizzes), complete written assignments, and submit a final project. See below for details.

Consult the Course Calendar section of the course website for due dates.

Discussion Forums

Computer Programming I has 11 graded online discussions. There is also an ungraded but required Introductions Forum in Module 1. Participation in class discussions is required and counts 30% toward your final grade in the course.

Communication with the mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a discussion question and at least two subsequent comments on a classmate's response. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement.

You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation, including your use of relevant course information and your awareness of and responses to the postings of your classmates. Remember, these are discussions. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete two written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

uCertify Assignments

In completing your coursework, you will be using parts of the uCertify course: 1Z0-803 - Java SE 7 Programmer I as an interactive textbook. Access to the uCertify course is through the uCertify: 1Z0-803 - Java SE 7 Programmer I link located in the uCertify Assignments section of the course website

Lesson Quizzes

In addition to studying one or more lessons each week and for each moduleanswering review questions and completing lesson exercisesyou are required to submit the results of 11 lesson quizzes to your mentor for grading.

To receive credit for the quiz, you must score 100% on the quiz when taken in Test mode. You may initially take the quiz in Learn or Review mode, but to receive credit for this activity, you must ultimately score 100% on the quiz when taken in Test mode.

Lesson quizzes are formative activities. You may take them as many times as necessary. At the end of the test, once you have achieved a score of 100%, share your results by downloading the PDF file and submitting it to the mentor using the appropriate assignment link in the uCertify Assignments section in Moodle.

Final Project

Course objectives covered in this paper/project include CO1, CO2, CO3, CO4, and CO5.

Overview and purpose:

Students will develop a Java program to solve a given scenario/problem. The Java program, which the student will begin by creating programming specifications, will serve to illustrate the student’s comprehension of the major course topics.

General plan:

Students will develop the Java program in six steps and submit each step. The six steps, each of which builds on the output from the previous step, are listed below and explained in detail in the Final Project section of the course website.

  1. Develop programming specifications for the project.
  2. Create a Java project in IDE and begin the Project Program by developing a Java Method to print the name of the step.
  3. Expand the Project Program and create Java code to accept and print input from the console (keyboard).
  4. Expand the Project Program and create Java code to accept and print all student grade data from the console.
  5. Expand the Project Program and create Java code to create and populate an array, and calculate grades.
  6. Expand the Project Program and create Java code to produce two required reports.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., final project, assignments, discussion postings).


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


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Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > Citing Sources.)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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