CIS251 Computers in Management

Book cover Microsoft Visual Basic 2008

Advanced Visual Basic
Spring 2009 Syllabus

CIS357-01 Monday 6:00p-9:00p in Alger 101

Instructor: Richard W Evans
Home Office 401-946-6900 (9:00a - 6:00p)
Campus Office: Alger 229, phone 401-456-9592

Messages can be left at the voice number. If you get my voice mail, please leave your message or question. I will be available before class in the classroom to answer questions or lend assistance. In case of bad weather call 456-9500 for a recorded message.

Visual Basic 2008 for Windows, Mobile, Web, Office, and Database Applications: Comprehensive

Gary B. Shelly, Corinne Hoisington
ISBN 13: 978-1-4239-2716-7 2009
ISBN 10: 1-4239-2716-8
Publish date: July 7, 2008

Course Overview:

This course is an advanced Visual Basic programming language and environment. It picks up where the introduction course left off. (See CIS257) The emphasis in this course is developing applications for use in business in a Windows environment. You will learn
the correct ways to design and write programs using Visual Basic 2008. The goal of the text is to provide an comprehensive-level course in computer programming for students with little or no previous programming experience. During the course you will use controls and assign properties to them, code selection and repetition structures, use control and variable arrays, and write programs that use sequential and random files. GUI design skills will be emphasized to create the typical application interfaces encountered in the MS Windows applications.


Students will be able to analyze, design and develop solutions to business problems using Microsoft Visual Basic 2008.
Students will have a basic understanding of computer hardware and software and their interrelationship.
Students will have a basic level of competency in logic skills.


Course Format:
Expect a lecture on new material each session following the textbook as outlined in the calendar below. Since assignments and quizzes must be completed outside of the regular weekly class, students should expect to spend from four to eight hours per week using the computer labs or their own equipment at home. This includes the time needed for study, reading and review of the text and review of notes taken during class.

All class material will be available through WebCT (a learning management system) at Rhode Island College. The focus will be on current technology to deliver this material. WebCT will be extensively used to deliver course materials, distribute and collect assignments, and administer exams. 

It is my intention to familiarize you with the software products used during the course. This process will follow a brief orientation on the use of WebCT. It is assumed you are familiar with the Windows operating system and the management of files including the creation of folders and methods to backup your data. You are expected to have (and bring to class) removable media that will allow you backup course materials such as a USB flash drive. You must be able to keep a copy of everything turned in to me in case something is wrong with what you have submitted.

Assignments will be found on WebCT. You are expected to copy these to your disk (your campus home directory or a USB flash drive) or to print them out. This will be explained in an initial class.

All classes are held in Alger. Computer Labs in other buildings are available to you outside of class to complete homework assignments. You are expected to procure a copy of Visual Studio 2008 from the College Bookstore for use at home. At last check the multi-disk package is $24. Check with the bookstore for the latest price.

When using labs outside of class time, you will find that Lab Monitors are employed in the labs to control usage of the equipment. In general, they do not know how to run the software with which you will be working. In that regard, they will not be in a position to answer technical questions. If I am not available to answer questions, there are consultants available during the day in Horace Mann, User Services. There are no open labs in Alger; use Horace Mann and Whipple 102 labs.

Although the text is quite thorough, attendance in the classroom will be critical for you to learn about these applications. Some of the learning experience however will entail your concentrated effort with the computer -- learning by trying, and by making mistakes. Class meetings will involve presentation of new material and discussion of prior work. For each of the applications, there will be assignments to be completed by you. Most of these assignments are to be completed outside of the regular class times. In addition, in class lab assignments will be given where you will do the work with the instructor in attendance to provide assistance.

I encourage the tendency for "group study"; and to make sure that each of you does in fact get familiar with the materials, I plan to give two hands on exams. The exams will be on the computers and open book. The results will be turned in through WebCT and/or on removable media.

Writing Requirement
The School of Management is committed to the enhancement of writing skills as a means to equip its business graduates. Therefore, all assignments will be graded on spelling and grammar. I will take up to 10 points off for spelling errors and poor grammar on all assignments. If you have difficulty in this area, I suggest having someone else proofread your work before handing it in. OASIS can help in this area --

WebCT by Blackboard
You will be expected to access the WebCT Learning Management System at RIC. PowerPoint's will be posted on the WebCT site after each lecture is given. Exams, quizzes, and assignments will be found on WebCT. An FAQ page and a number of White Papers will answer many of your questions about the course and using WebCT. You are expected to check into WebCT daily to retrieve emails and access the information I will make available to you. The following links may be useful to get to know WebCT:

Technical Requirements 
Logging in Issues 

The Student Toolbox is another great source of WebCT material and other information about technology and other RIC information.

The URL to access WebCT directly is  OR you can open  > Online Services > WebCT. I suggest you bookmark the link for easy access on your computer.

To use WebCT, be sure to have pop-up blockers turned off. The browser you use is important and IE6 or better works well. There is an option on WebCT to check your browser for compatibility and I suggest you do the check before using it. We will be using IE7 in class.

Grading Policy:
I plan to assign a number of homework and in class lab assignments which will be considered in your grade. Each carries a weight of 100 points. Additional homework and extra credit work may be assigned and will be averaged in to the overall homework grade. The homework grade average cannot exceed 100 points.

I take points off for spelling errors and poor grammar on all assignments. If you have difficulty in this area, I suggest having someone else proofread your work before handing it in.

All assignments are due before class on the due date. Turing in an assignment during class may result in an automatic zero. If a late submission date is assigned to an assignment, it is due at 11:00 pm on that date. In general, any assignment will either be done correctly or not (100 or 0 points). However, the following might occur for the reasons given.

I may elect to return an assignment to you with a RESUBMIT or FIX request. I expect you to correct the problems and return the assignment as an email attachment by 11:00 pm on the requested date for an increased grade, otherwise your grade on the assignment will be as given. If I have not requested for you to fix the assignment you will not be re-graded even if you do so on your own. A grade of 90 or better (will not result in a fix request. Late submissions will not be eligible for fixing. Fixes must be done by the date listed in the grade comments--no exceptions. Failure to show up at class because you are working on your assignment in the Lab or working on and submitting during class will result in a 0 for the assignment -- easily determined by the time you submit your work.

All grades are posted weekly on WebCT. This will be explained in class.  

I plan to give no less than two exams that will count for 40% of your grade. All will be hands on problems to solve with Visual Basic 2008 using what you have learned. Relative to exams, my make-up policy is that you may make-up only one missed exam; and the arrangements for that make-up must be made no later than the next class meeting. The last exam cannot be made up.

Lab assignments will be given for the lab session each week. These are done in class and are worth 100 points each. Lab work completed at home will receive up to the 100 points. Lab work done at home instead of coming to class will receive no more than 70 points.

A hands on quiz will be given in class on material covered in the textbook and lectures weekly. This will be taken in class using WebCT and used to assess your progress in the class. Quizzes count for 20% of your overall grade.
Practice quizzes will be available for study.

Participation is expected in each class, therefore your attendance in each class is also expected. If you do not make a particular class, you are expected to email me and let me know your plans for acquiring the notes, handouts, and assignments for the next week. Each absence that is not excused by receipt of an email note from you may affect your final grade. No more than 2 excused absences will be accepted during the course. Other items included in the participation grade are 1 credit assignments and practice quizzes. Late 1 credit assignments will receive .7 points.

The Participation grade is made up of attendance at both sessions each week, the practice quizzes, completing the work in the textbook, case studies assigned from the book, and any other 1 credit assignment.


Portion of Final Grade
  Participation 10%
Assignments 20%
WebCT Quizzes 10%
  Exam 1 15%
Project 45%
Total 100%

Additional points may be taken away at my discretion, perhaps to react to issues of attitude and tardiness. The sum total of all homework plus extra credit work will not exceed 100 points. Grading is:























The grade of A is awarded to those individuals who have demonstrated excellence in all regular assignments and have participated in class and in any extra credit assignments that may be handed out.

Late Registrations:
New students will be accepted into the class up to the final add date if there is room in the class. However, all work assigned since the first class period is due when due. Exceptions will not be made for late arrivals. Any quizzes or exams given during the missed classes may not be made up. The responsibility is on the student to find out what was missed and catch up by getting the lecture material from another student or from files that might be posted on WebCT.

Requests to withdraw from this class after the drop period has ended will not be granted.

Anticipated Topics to be Covered:

This list consists of the chapters in the textbook. The plan is to bring the class up to speed from the introductory course and move on with the remainder of the textbook.

Week Of Topic Chpt
26-Jan Introduction, Windows Review, Overview of Visual Basic Overview of VB
2-Feb Review Introduction to VB Skills from CIS257 8-Jan
9-Feb Review Introduction to VB Skills from CIS257 8-Jan
16-Feb Using Arrays and File Handling 9
23-Feb Using Arrays and File Handling 9
2-Mar Exam 1  
9-Mar Spring Break  
16-Mar Incorporating Databases with ADO.NET 2.0 10
23-Mar Incorporating Databases with ADO.NET 2.0 10
30-Mar Multiple Classes and Inheritance 11
6-Apr Cell Phone Applications and Web Services 12
13-Apr Building an Application  
20-Apr Building an Application  
27-Apr Review  
4-May Project Presentation  

Typically, one class each week will consist of a hands on lecture. The other class will be a graded lab session to practice the material. Participation is required in both the lecture and lab portions of each class. Scheduled quizzes will occur at the beginning of a scheduled lab class. On exam days, the entire time will be devoted to the exam.

The semester begins Tuesday, January 20th and ends Monday, May 4th.

March 9-13 Spring Break