Visual Basic (CIS156)
Professor: Priscilla Grocer
Email: Priscilla.Grocer@bristolcc.edu Check with me about
other email address to use for homework.
Course Description (from catalog):
This course will cover procedural and object oriented Visual Basic. The student is taught to analyze a programming
problem, design a logical solution, and write and execute the program using Visual Basic. The course will
emphasize the strengths of Visual basic and its wide variety of uses as well as covering a wide range of
This course will use Visual Basic 2015 (students who are working with 2010/2012 should not encounter problems).
Objectives: Students who successfully complete Visual Basic will be able to:
- Work within a basic object oriented programming environment as implemented in the latest version of Visual Basic
- Work effectively in the Visual Studio environment
- Implement logic and design concepts to develop a computerized solution to a posed problem
- Design, write, execute and debug programs using Visual Basic
- Write Visual Basic programs that access and maintain data in a relational database
We will be working with Visual Basic 2015 and the book consistent with that is:
Starting Out with Visual Basic (7th edition)
Tody Gaddis, Kip Irvine
However the 2012 edition is acceptable and considerably cheaper:
Starting Out With Visual Basic 2012 sixth edition
Tody Gaddis, Kip Irvine
While I strongly recommend this text, I understand it is expensive. I think it is important to have a text book as a resource so if you find another
text that covers the material listed below that is more affordable, check with me to see if it is an acceptable alternative.
Material to be Covered: Not necessarily in the order listed!
First Topic: Introduction to programming and VB 2012
Second Topic: VB Environment
Third Topic: Creating applications with VB (this includes problem solving, controls and events)
Fourth Topic: Basics of programming (this includes input, variables, exceptions, calculations and data)
Fifth Topic: Decisions and strings (this includes decision structure, logical operators, strings, program design and problem solving and data)
Sixth Topic: Lists, loops, validation etc. (this includes, lists, loops and their structure, debugging, program design and problem solving, validation and data)
Seventh Topic: Sub procedures and functions (this includes sub procedures, passing arguments to procedures, function procedures, debugging, program design and problem solving)
Eighth Topic: Forms, modules and menus (this includes multiple forms, standard modules, menus, program design and problem solving)
Ninth Topic: Arrays (this includes understanding arrays, array processing, using arrays with sub procedures, GUI, debugging, program design and problem solving)
Tenth Topic: Data Files (this includes files, printing, structures, debugging, program design and problem solving)
Eleventh Topic: Databases (this includes understanding databases, databases connected to VB, using databases, SQL, debugging, program design and problem solving)
Twelfth Topic: Other topics as time permits (this includes introduction to web applications, classes, collections)
Requirements and Grading: The student will be expected to complete all assigned work. Homework
assignments will be due in a week unless otherwise specified. Quizzes, when given, will count as a homework
assignment unless otherwise specified. In addition there will be a final exam. A schedule of assignments,
projects, exams, quizzes etc. will be posted on the Web site in a weekly chart. Students should check on a
regular basis. During a week, additions and changes to the week of chart should be anticipated.
- 80% Homework, programs, code and quizzes
- 10% Class participation, responsibility about work, keeping up to date, quality of work, adding extras
that are above and beyond, showing initiative, figuring out problems etc.
- 10% Final
Your commitment: For each hour in class, you should plan to put in 2 to 3 hours outside of class so you
need to recognize that commitment and include it in your planning.
Below there is a TENATIVE schedule of homework based on previous semesters that will give you an idea of what you need to
accomplish to be successful in the class. You are also required to read the chapters in the book and do outside
research as assigned.
||VB program, quiz
||if exercise, if assignment
||VB assignment, quiz
||break assignment, function/procedure assignment
||VB assignment, code and logic for sort
||VB assignment array
||VB assignment modules and multiple forms, arrays
||VB and database, SQL, match tables
||more ADO, update
||VB on the web assignment
||VB web assignment
||Prepare for final
||Final exam and status sheet required
It is very important that you let me know if you are having problems so we can work out a plan. I set up help
sessions you can attend every week and I also am available for help via email. Please take advantage of my
availability and don't let yourself get behind! I truly want to see you succeed!
Assignments, programs and exams are graded using either number grades or letter grades based on the following
(A=90-100, B=80-89, C=70-79, D=60-69, F=below 60). The student's grade for the course will use the same scale
and will be based on the percentages explained in the grading section. Plus and minus grades will be given.
Many of the assignments in this class are open ended - the grading will be based on how well the project
demonstrates mastery of the material. Students who do a minimum of work will be graded accordingly.
Assignments are only accepted if they are credible work and meet the minimum requirements and standards for
that assignment. Assignments that are not accepted can be resubmitted. Resubmission is allowed on graded
assignments, with permission of the instructor. You cannot earn an A+ on an assignment that is resubmitted.
The instructor will only accept, without penalty, resubmissions on credible work. Resubmissions must be done
within a week to avoid additional penalties for late assignments.
Note: To achieve an A+, students must have done sufficient extra work in design or implementation that makes
the assignment standout. In doing assignments, students must do their own work. Relying too heavily on my
examples or working too closely with someone else will be penalized.
Assignments are due the week after they are assigned. Late assignments will be penalized within the class
For purposes of this class, the week will end at midnight on Thursday. The new week will start on Monday morning.
Attendance: Attendance is based on email communication. Students must report their status once a week. This
report can be combined with the submission of an assignment.
Methodology: This course is sometimes offered using Student Option and sometimes as a Hybrid.
The material is available in class and on the web: it is a combination of lectures and interactive projects
with supplementary information available on the Web site for the course. Lectures are
recorded and put online and Smartboard notes are captured and put on line for all inclass sessions.
For other classes, lectures and notes are available. All students should read the
assigned notes, study the presentations available and avail themselves of other resources at the web site in
mastering the course material. In addition, students will be working independently on projects designed to
give them additional computer skills and practical experience in Visual Basic. When
appropriate, exercises and problem solving techniques are used. This syllabus is not to be construed as a
contract in any way, shape, manner or form. This syllabus contains a suggested course outline and will be
generally followed, subject to change according to the instructor’s discretion and needs. Academic flexibility
Bristol Community College Withdrawal Policy:
Students are responsible for withdrawing officially if they stop attending any or all classes. Faculty no longer have the ability to withdraw a student from a class. A
grade of "F" will be assigned to any student who stops attending a course but does not officially withdraw. Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor before making any changes
to their schedule. Withdrawals effect Satisfactory Academic Progress and can place the student at risk for academic probation or dismissal. Students who use financial aid and who
subsequently withdraw may be required to return some or all funds received. Withdrawals are accepted until the tenth week of classes. Students may withdraw online in accessBCC,
in person at any Enrollment Center, or via their college email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Email requests must come from the student's BCC college email address and must
include the student's name, BCC student ID number, and course information (CRN, course and section number). Email from non-college accounts will not be accepted. If a student
officially withdraws after the third week of classes, there will be no tuition or college fee refunds. For more information, see the College Catalog at:
http://bristolcc.smartcatalogiq.com/en/2017-2018/Catalog/Academic-Information/Withdrawal-Policy-and-Procedure. Students with questions should contact Enrollment Services via any of
the methods mentioned above or at 774-357-2590.
Interaction Plan: This is an asynchronous course with synchronous components if you decide to attend
classes. Communication includes email, audio of lectures, Smartboard notes of inclass notes, and on line office
hours and help sessions. Other methods of on line communications may also be used. In addition open lab help
session are scheduled and students may request in person meetings. Students must communicate with the
instructor at least once a week via email and must turn in homework and participate in any on line communication
to be successful.