Instructor: E.R. Gelber-Beechler
Office Hours: Thursday 2:30-3:30 and by appointment
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
1. Analyze a problem
2. Plan a strategy to solve the problem
3. Develop the appropriate code in Visual Basic.Net to carry out that strategy
4. Test and correct the code
5. Evaluate the solutions and strategies used
I. Overview of Computer Programming: Computing history and computer languages
II. Program Logic: Solving problems using algorithms
III. Using Visual Basic
A. Program Basics
1. Creating a Design
2. Using Forms
3. Adding Objects
4. Using Variables to Store Data
B. Decision Making
1. Using IF statements
2. Using Select Case Statements
1. While Loops
2. FOR loops
F. Intro to Object-Oriented Programming (OOP)
IV. Computer Ethics
V. Innovations in Technology
This is the general grading structure. The midterm exam is 20% of the midterm grade. The final
exam is 25% of the year grade.
Lab work 40%
Rewards and Extra Credit: You can get 5 points on a quiz by doing the following: Find an
article about a technology innovation involving computers. Summarize it in your own words.
Type the summary, and hand it in stapled to the original article. You may do this multiple times,
although there is a limit of 5 extra points per quiz.
We will have contests in which you can win prizes and extra points!
Texts and Resources Needed
You will need a 1-inch binder; number 2 pencils; pen; loose leaf paper. Recommended: flash
drive, folders (letter size).
Our textbook is An Introduction to Programming Using Microsoft Visual Basic.Net.
Your notes will be an invaluable resource for you. I will give you pointers on taking helpful notes,
but it will be up to you to keep track of them and to study from them at home!
Expectations of Students
1. You must be seated and ready to work when the bell rings.
2. Work must be completed and handed in on time. A graded assignment loses a full letter
grade for every school day that it is late.
3. Bring your materials to class.
4. NO food or drink is permitted in the lab.
5. All stated school policies will be enforced.
You are expected to do the assigned work and behave well in class. Should a student violate
the rules, he or she will be given a warning. After two warnings, the student will be referred to the
*Note: No warnings will be given should a student tamper with the equipment in any way.
(This includes loading unauthorized software, deleting files, tampering with the hardware, etc.) In
such cases, the student will be immediately referred to the office, and will not be allowed to use
the equipment for two weeks. He or she will have to do comparable, written classwork based
on textbook assignments.
6. You will be graded on classwork (oral, written, and lab), tests, quizzes, papers, and general
7. Homework may include reading assignments; writing programs; correcting and redrafting
programs for entry in the lab. You are not required to have a computer at home. However, if you
do, you may borrow the Visual Basic.Net software and install it at home. (We have a license
Students absent more than 10 days from any class must attend recovery for all absences beyond
the 10 absence. Students absent 11 or more times from a class will receive a grade of “F” if
they do not complete recovery. Students have 5 days to make up work after an absence.