This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts of computer programming using the Visual BASIC programming environment. The student will write programs to implement a variety of typical applications. There will be an emphasis on structured programming techniques, writing readable code and developing user-friendly programs. Concepts introduced will include: data types, constants and variables, flow of control, decisions and loops, forms and simple Visual BASIC controls as elements of the user interface, arrays, scope of variables, functions, string manipulation, rudimentary file operations, simple drag and drop and graphics operations, and error handling.
Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Use appropriate logic design tools to develop program logic prior to
2. Demonstrate competency in using micro computers and proper editing
techniques when writing computer programs.
3. Demonstrate ability to design screen forms and program output.
4. Write, test, and debug simple to reasonably complex computer programs
in Visual BASIC, using structured programming techniques to solve a
variety of typical problems.
5. Produce complete documentation for any given program.
a. review of basic computer skills and the Windows graphical user
b. the Visual BASIC programming environment
c. elements of the user interface; forms and simple Visual BASIC
controls and their properties and methods (controls including
command buttons, labels, and text boxes)
d. editing techniques, program format, and documentation
2. Language rules and structure
a. obtaining user input (working with additional controls including
message and input boxes, check boxes, option buttons, common
dialog controls, and menus)
b. data types; use of constants and variables; calculations and
c. simple data validation and error handling
d. string manipulation and formatting data for output
e. syntax and logic errors; introduction to using debugging tools
3. Flow of control and programming logic design
a. decision structures and logical comparisons
b. loop structures
4. Program decompositions and structured programming techniques
a. modules, subprograms, and subfunctions
b. working with multiple forms and standard code modules
c. scope of variables and constants
d. arguments and parameter passing
5. Lists and Arrays
a. introduction to the concepts of lists and simple arrays and their
b. working with list and combo boxes
6. Introduction to disk file processing
a. elementary storage concepts
b. rudimentary file operations using sequential access disk files
7. Introduction to graphics
a. simple images
b. basic Drag and Drop operations
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.
0 - 0%
|This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments are more appropriate for this course.
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.
50 - 80%
|Homework problems, Programming assignments
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.
0 - 0%
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.
20 - 50%
|Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Design and code fragments
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.
0 - 0%
"Programming in Visual BASIC, version 6.0, with CD," by Bradley &
Millspaugh - McGraw-Hill October 2001