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  • CPSC 100: Principles of Computer Science
    basement of Rosenberg Hall These classes will be labs in which students will work with computer programs that I have written to supplement the textbook Each lab is based on a worksheet which will be handed out in advance of the lab You should read through it before coming to lab The worksheet includes exercises to be handed in as homework These exercises are always due on the Wednesday following the lab Many of the exercises ask you to do more than just mechanically follow directions They ask you to think about what you have done reflect on what you have learned and express your thoughts in a short essay type answer You are expected to answer these questions with the same care that you would give to any writing assignment and your answers will be graded accordingly An answer that is correct and more or less complete but that does not fully engage the question will probably get four out of five points A grade of five out of five points is reserved for answers that show a greater depth of understanding Occasionally I might even give an unusually good answer an extra credit grade of six or even seven points out of five During labs each student will work with a partner When you turn in the homework from the lab you and your partner have two choices Either you can turn in one lab report and both get the same grade or you can turn in separate reports to be graded separately Note It might often happen that you do not have enough time to finish the entire lab during class That s the way it is supposed to be Finishing the lab is homework That and reading the text is the only homework that will be assigned in the course In addition to the Rosenberg Lab you can use the Macintosh computing lab in Lansing 312 for out of class work The Lansing computing lab is open daily from 9 00 AM 12 00 noon on weekends to 12 00 midnight You are also free to copy the programs to use on your own computer Quizzes and Tests There will be two in class tests on Friday September 29 and Friday October 27 There will also be seven weekly fifteen minute quizzes given on Wednesdays in weeks when there is no test Quizzes and tests are based on readings labs lecture and class discussion Material from the Monday immediately preceding a quiz will not be included on the quiz so you will always have a chance to ask questions on material you don t understand In addition to the quizzes and tests there will be a cumulative final exam at the regularly scheduled time Saturday November 18 at 1 30 Grading Your grade for the course will be determined as followed Quizzes 15 First Test 15 Second Test 15 Final Exam 25 Lab reports 30 If you miss a quiz or test without a good excuse

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  • CPSC 100: Principles of Computer Science
    By combining simple instructions in just the right way you can tell a computer how to perform very complex tasks Finally the course will cover some of the major application areas of computers including graphics and artificial intelligence The text for this course is The Most Complex Machine A Survey of Computers and Computing which I wrote specifically for use in this course We will cover Chapter 1 parts of Chapters 2 3 4 Chapters 5 through 8 Chapter 11 and Chapter 12 Note on fulfilling requirements This course fulfills a distribution requirement in the natural sciences It does not however fulfill the lab requirement in the natural sciences Even though the course has a lab it is not an experimental science lab in the usual sense Computer Labs For seven Fridays out of the ten in the term the class will meet in the Macintosh computing lab in the basement of Rosenberg Hall These classes will be labs in which students will work with computer programs that I have written to supplement the textbook Each lab is based on a worksheet I will distribute photocopies of these worksheets in class Each worksheet includes exercises to be handed in as homework These exercises are always due on the Wednesday following the lab Many of the exercises ask you to do more than just mechanically follow directions They ask you to think about what you have done reflect on what you have learned and express your thoughts in a short essay type answer You are expected to answer these questions with the same care that you would give to any writing assignment and your answers will be graded accordingly During labs each student will work with a partner When you turn in the homework from the lab you and your partner have two choices Either you can turn in one lab report and both get the same grade or you can turn in separate reports to be graded separately Note It might often happen that you do not have enough time to finish the entire lab during class That s the way it is supposed to be Finishing the lab is homework The Rosenberg lab will be open from 7 00 to 11 00 weeknights and from 1 00 to 5 00 on Saturday and Sunday In addition you can use the Macintosh computing lab in Lansing 312 for out of class work The Lansing computing lab is open daily from 9 00 AM 12 00 noon on weekends to 12 00 midnight You are also free to copy the programs to use on your own computer Quizzes and Tests There will be two in class tests which will be given on Friday April 19 and Friday May 17 A cumulative final exam will be given during the officially scheduled final exam period at 8 30 AM on Tuesday June 4 On weeks when there is no test starting in the second week of the term there will be a quiz

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  • CPSC 100: Principles of Computer Science
    you can tell a computer how to perform very complex tasks Finally the course will cover some of the major application areas of computers including graphics and artificial intelligence The text for this course is The Most Complex Machine A Survey of Computers and Computing which I wrote specifically for use in this course We will cover Chapter 1 parts of Chapters 2 3 Chapters 4 5 6 and 7 parts of Chapters 8 and 10 Chapter 11 and Chapter 12 Note on fulfilling requirements This course fulfills a distribution requirement in the natural sciences It does not however fulfill the lab requirement in the natural sciences Even though the course has a lab it is not an experimental science lab in the usual sense Computer Labs Every Friday except for the last day of the course the class will meet in the Macintosh computing lab in the basement of Rosenberg Hall These classes will be labs in which you will work with computer programs that I have written to supplement the textbook Each lab is based on a worksheet I will distribute photocopies of these worksheets in class Each worksheet includes exercises to be handed in as homework These exercises are always due on the Wednesday following the lab Many of the exercises ask you to do more than just mechanically follow directions They ask you to think about what you have done reflect on what you have learned and express your thoughts in a short essay type answer You are expected to answer these questions with the same care that you would give to any writing assignment and your answers will be graded accordingly During labs each student will work with a partner When you turn in the homework from the lab you and your partner have two choices Either you can turn in one lab report and both get the same grade or you can turn in separate reports to be graded separately Note It might often happen that you do not have enough time to finish the entire lab during class That s the way it is supposed to be Finishing the lab is homework The Rosenberg lab will be open from 7 00 to 11 00 weeknights and from 1 00 to 5 00 on Saturday and Sunday In addition you can use the Macintosh computing lab in Lansing 312 for out of class work The Lansing computing lab is open daily from 9 00 AM 12 00 noon on weekends to 12 00 midnight You are also free to copy the programs to use on your own computer Quizzes and Tests There will be two in class tests which will be given on Monday April 28 and on Monday May 26 There will be cumulative final exam during the regularly scheduled final exam period for this course 1 30 4 30 PM on Sunday June 9 There will also be seven 15 minute quizzes which will be given at the end of class every

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  • CPSC 100: Principles of Computer Science
    5 6 and 7 Chapter 11 and Chapter 12 We will omit Chapters 8 9 and 10 entirely Note to juniors and seniors who are thinking about fulfilling distribution requirements This course fulfills a distribution requirement in the natural sciences It does not however fulfill the lab requirement in the natural sciences Even though the course has a lab it is not an experimental science lab in the usual sense Computer Labs Every Friday the class will meet in the microcomputer classroom in Gulick Hall These Friday classes will be labs in which you will work with computer software that I have written to supplement the textbook Each lab is based on a worksheet The worksheets are available on the World Wide Web If you don t already know about the Web you ll learn about it at the first lab Each worksheet includes a set of exercises I will assign some of these exercises as homework and you will submit your answers to them as part of a weekly lab report I will encourage you to submit these reports by email I ll have more information about that at the first lab Many of the exercises ask you to do more than just mechanically follow directions They ask you to think about what you have done reflect on what you have learned and express your thoughts in a short essay type answer You are expected to answer these questions with the same care that you would give to any writing assignment and your answers will be graded accordingly In addition to your answers to specific exercises each lab report will include a short essay discussing what you did and what you learned in the lab and in the readings for that week During labs you have the option of working with a partner I encourage you to do this since I believe that people tend to work more effectively in groups When you turn in the homework from the lab you and your partner have two choices Either you can turn in one lab report and both get the same grade or you can turn in separate reports to be graded separately Note In general you should not expect to finish the entire lab during class That s the way it is supposed to be Finishing the lab is homework The Gulick lab is open for extensive hours The lab worksheets can also be accessed from any computer connected to the Internet including a computer in your room if you have connected it to the campus network Quizzes and Tests There will be two in class tests which will be given on Wednesday October 8 and on Wednesday November 5 There will be a cumulative final exam during the regularly scheduled final exam period for this course 7 00 10 00 PM Sunday November 23 There will also be seven 20 minute quizzes which will be given at the end of class every Wednesday when there is not a

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  • CPSC 120: Principles of Computer Science
    time to work Having dealt with computers the course turns next to computer programs A program is just a set of instructions to be followed by a computer Just as a computer is made from many simple parts a program is made up of a lot of simple instructions By combining simple instructions in just the right way you can tell a computer how to perform very complex tasks Finally the course will cover some of the major application areas of computers including the World Wide Web computer graphics and artificial intelligence Computer Labs Every Friday the class will meet in the computing lab in Gulick 208 These classes will be labs in which you will work with on the computer Most of the labs will use computer programs that I have written to supplement the textbook Others will be on Web page creation Each lab is based on a worksheet which will be available on line Each worksheet will include exercises to be handed in as homework These exercises are always due on the Wednesday following the lab except for the lab on the last day of class where I will ask you to had in a few short exercises at the end of the lab Many of the exercises ask you to do more than just mechanically follow directions They ask you to think about what you have done reflect on what you have learned and express your thoughts in a short essay type answer You are expected to answer these questions with the same care that you would give to any writing assignment Although it is not required you can work with a partner during lab When you turn in the homework from the lab you and your partner have two choices Either you can turn in one lab report and both get the same grade or you can turn in separate reports to be graded separately Note In general you will not have enough time to finish the entire lab during class and you certainly won t have time to write reflective essay questions That s the way it is supposed to be Finishing the lab is homework You can work on them any time in any of the computer labs or on your own computer In general lab reports will not be accepted late although I might give a one or two day extension in special circumstances Note that lab reports make up a significant part of your grade Each lab represents 2 5 of your grade for the course so missing even one lab report can lower your grade by one third of a letter grade Attendance Policy I do not take attendance at regular classes I assume that you understand the importance of being in class I do take attendance at the labs If you miss a lab without a reasonable excuse you can still do the lab work on your own but you will lose 30 off the grade for that lab

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  • CPSC 120: Principles of Computer Science
    dealt with computers the course turns next to computer programs A program is just a set of instructions to be followed by a computer Just as a computer is made from many simple parts a program is made up of a lot of simple instructions By combining simple instructions in just the right way you can tell a computer how to perform very complex tasks Finally the course will cover some of the major application areas of computers including the World Wide Web computer graphics and artificial intelligence Computer Labs Every Friday the class will meet in the computing lab in Gulick 208 These classes will be labs in which you will work with on the computer Most of the labs will use computer programs that I have written to supplement the textbook Others will be on Web page creation Each lab is based on a worksheet which will be available on line Each worksheet will include exercises to be handed in as homework These exercises are always due on the Wednesday following the lab except for the final lab where I will ask you to hand in a few short exercises at the end of the lab Many of the exercises ask you to do more than just mechanically follow directions They ask you to think about what you have done reflect on what you have learned and express your thoughts in a short essay type answer You are expected to answer these questions with the same care that you would give to any writing assignment Although it is not required you can work with a partner during lab When you turn in the homework from the lab you and your partner have two choices Either you can turn in one lab report and both get the same grade or you can turn in separate reports to be graded separately Note In general you will not have enough time to finish the entire lab during class and you certainly won t have time to write reflective essay questions That s the way it is supposed to be Finishing the lab is homework You can work on them any time in any of the computer labs or on your own computer In general lab reports will not be accepted late although I might give a one or two day extension in special circumstances Note that lab reports make up a significant part of your grade Each lab represents about 2 5 of your grade for the course so missing even one lab report can lower your grade by one third of a letter grade Attendance Policy It is important for you to be in class I will be taking attendance in most classes Excessive unexcused absences more than three will result in points being deducted from your final grade for the course Tests and Grading There will be three in class tests which will be given on February 13 March 20 and April 17 There will be a cumulative final

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  • CPSC 120: Principles of Computer Science
    the basics of how computers work and how they are programmed we will head back to Chapter 4 to ask what exactly they are capable of doing This is the central question in theoretical computer science which studies the fundamental limits on what computers can do It turns out that there are surprising limitations even if you assume that the computer has unlimited memory and unlimited time to work As a final inquiry into what might be the ultimate question about the capabilities of computers Chapter 12 will introduce the field of artificial intelligence and some of the controversy that has surrounded it Computer Labs Every Friday with one exception the class will meet in the computing lab in Gulick 208 These classes will be labs in which you will work on the computer Most of the labs will use computer programs that I have written to supplement the textbook Others will be on Web page creation Each lab is based on a worksheet which will be available on line Each worksheet will include exercises to be handed in as homework These exercises are always due on the Wednesday following the lab except for the final lab where I will ask you to hand in a few short exercises at the end of the lab Many of the exercises ask you to do more than just mechanically follow directions They ask you to think about what you have done reflect on what you have learned and express your thoughts in a short essay type answer You are expected to answer these questions with the same care that you would give to any writing assignment Although it is not required you can work with a partner during lab When you turn in the homework from the lab you and your partner have two choices Either you can turn in one lab report and both get the same grade or you can turn in separate reports to be graded separately Note In general you will not have enough time to finish the entire lab during class and you certainly won t have time to write reflective essay questions That s the way it is supposed to be Finishing the lab is homework You can work on them any time in any of the computer labs or on your own computer In general lab reports will not be accepted late although I might give a one or two day extension in special circumstances Note that lab reports make up more than one third of your grade Each lab represents about 2 5 of your grade for the course so missing even one lab report can lower your grade by one third of a letter grade Attendance Policy I will take attendance every Friday at lab If you miss the lab without a good excuse you will lose one third of the grade for that lab I do not take attendance at other classes I assume that you understand the importance of attending class

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  • CPSC120: Introduction to Computer Science, Fall 2011
    you will build up a collection of web pages You will want to assemble at least the more interesting of those pages as a portfolio that shows off your work You should organize your portfolio with a main page that links to all the work that you want to include But you don t just want a page of links you should the techniques that you learn in the course to make a nice presentation of your work At the end of the semester you will recieve an overall grade for your portfolio As you prepare your web portfolio you have a chance to improve your work and correct any errors and your grade will depend in part on the status of all the individual components of the portfolio The portfolio must be in final form by the time of the final exam Tests Exam and Grading There will be three in class tests in addition to a final exam The tests will be given on the following Wednesdays September 21 October 19 and November 16 The final exam will take place during the officially scheduled exam time for the course which is Tuesday December 13 at 1 30 PM The final exam will actually be no longer than the other tests and will count for the same number of points in your overall grade for the course All tests are cummulative to some extent since every new topic that we cover will build on previous material However each test will be directed mainly towards new material Your numerical grade for the course will be determined as follows First Test 15 Second Test 15 Third Test 15 Final Exam 15 Labs and Assignments 30 Final Web Portfolio 10 Attendance Etc I assume that you understand the importance of attending class While I do not take attendance in every class I expect you to be present unless circumstances make that impossible Participation in lab is particularly important and I do take attendance at lab If you miss a lab without a good reason you can still turn in a lab report for that lab but your grade on the lab report will be reduced If you miss a test or final exam without an extremely good excuse you will receive a grade of zero If you think you have an excuse for missing a test please discuss it with me in advance if possible If I judge that your excuse is reasonable I will depending on the circumstances either give you a make up test or I will average your other grades so that the missing grade does not count against you A missed final exam is a much bigger deal please try to avoid it Although it should not need to be said I expect you to maintain a reasonable level of decorum in class This means that there is usually no eating or drinking in class Cell phones are turned off There is no walking in late or walking

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