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Course : Business Programming Language

Course Number
MIS 3113
Section Number
Fall 2019
Dillard College of Business Administration, 335
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time

Course Materials:

1. Starting Out with Python, 4/E. Gaddis. ISBN-10: 0134444329, ISBN-13: 9780134444321
2. Lecture notes and other additional materials will be provided in class and on D2L.
3. Codecademy access to “Learn Python” and “Learn Java” units. You need to provide the instructor with your username for tracking your progress.
4. D2L access to course related activities. We will use D2L as the major communication channel for the class.

Course Description:         
An introduction to a programming language which has relevance to business applications. Includes language theory and programming logic as well as implementation.

Course Prerequisite:
MIS 3003 or concurrent enrollment in MIS 3003

Learning Goals
I. General Learning Goals:   
• Problem Solving and Decision Making. Various programming exercises from the textbook and Codecademy learning units will be the primary means by which the students learn the essence of programming. These graded assignments are an important portion of the overall course grade.
• Technology Utilization. Extensive use is made of business application technology throughout the course. Python will be demonstrated to and used by the students. Students will also demonstrate their ability to use common business computer applications by utilizing Microsoft Office applications.

These general learning goals are among those established by the Dillard College of Business Administration. General learning goals represent the skills that graduates will carry with them into their careers. While assessing student performance in obtaining these general learning goals, the Dillard College is assessing its programs. The assessments will assist us as we improve our curriculum and curriculum delivery. 

II. Course Specific Learning Goals: After completing this course, students should be able to:
• Demonstrate programming techniques for problem solving using Python
• Introduce the programming design using Python
• Comprehend programming concepts as the followings:
o Input, Processing, and Output
o Decision Structure and Boolean Logic
o Repetition Structure
o Functions
o Files and Exceptions
o Lists and Tuples
o More about Strings
o Dictionaries and Sets
o Classes and OO Programming
o Inheritance
o GUI Programming


Course Policies

Regular attendance is expected and roll will be taken. Upon a student’s fifth unauthorized absence, that student will be dropped for nonattendance and receive a grade of WF for the course. Participation in class discussion is mandatory and a significant part of the overall class grade. Students must read the assigned material and complete assignments and be prepared to discuss and ask questions relating to assigned material. See the MSU Student Handbook for University Class Attendance Policy.

Missed Examination, Quiz, and In-class Exercises Policy: Only students with authorized absences (see University Class Attendance Policy) may make up missed examinations, quizzes (announced and unannounced), and in-class exercises. Arrangements must be made in advance if at all possible. In all cases, the instructor must be contacted no later than the day of the scheduled exam or no makeup will be allowed. At the instructor’s discretion, a deduction may be assessed for a late exam.

Grading and Evaluation: Student's performance will be assessed using the following elements.
1. Exams (3): Each exam will consist of multiple-choice and true/false questions, some short answers, and/or essay questions.  Exams will cover assigned chapters, in-class lectures, and any other assigned readings. Students are responsible for all assigned textbook material, even if it is not directly discussed in class.
2. Codecademy Units: Codecademy Units of Learn Python and Learn Java are assigned throughout the semester. Please sign up or log in with an account on and email the instructor your account name for tracking and grading.
3. Programming Exercises: programming exercises are required to apply the programming concepts in chapters. Students are required to finish these exercises on time and submit via D2L Dropbox. Appropriate class time might be allocated for working on these exercises.
4. Attendance and Participation: Absences will be excused only for approved school trips and serious health issues. Class participation in all kinds of the formats
(questions, answers, comments, and feedback) is highly encouraged to achieve reasonable participation grade. Further, ad hoc quizzes might be administrated.

Grades will be allocated using the following scheme. 
Element Percentage  Grades will be assigned using the following scheme. 
Exams 60%  
Codecademy Units  10% 
Programming Exercises 20%  
Attendance & Participation 10%  
Total  100%  

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