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2009-11-16:

Here are the slides for the quiz 4 chat sessions (Monday and Tuesday evenings at 9:30). They should assist you in solving quiz problems 5 and 6.

Also:

  1. If you have a special accommodations letter for extra exam time, please send it to your instructor immediately.
  2. Please note that the Proficiency Exam, to be given during the week of 11/30 (at your regular lab class time), is the last formal activity for the cs121 term. Even though your final exam schedule may list a date and time for cs121 during the week of 12/7 (finals week), please disregard!
Please contact your instructor with any questions and remember to take the 4th quiz.

The cs121 Instructors

2009-10-30:

Hi Everyone,

By the end of today, we'll have all completed the final lab for cs121. Here is a schedule of the remaining course activities.

  1. Quiz 4 will be made available at 6 PM today and will remain open as usual until Wednesday (11/18) at 4:30 PM. There will be a makeup quiz (with a 30% penalty), available from Thursday (11/19) 9 AM through Sunday, 11/22 11:30 PM. Please note that there will not be a quizlet since there is no future lab.
  2. On Wednesday, 11/18, practice versions for quizzes 1, 2 and 3 will be posted. A message will also be sent out that day providing more details on the Proficiency Exam along with the student evaluation process. Please be aware that the Proficiency Exam is scheduled for the week of 11/30 during what would be your regular lab date and time.
  3. Grades for lab 3, quiz 3 and the pre-lab 4 quizlet have been posted to bbVista. Please be sure to check and report any issues to your instructor immediately. We will not be reconciling issues for labs 1, 2 and 3 after 11/29.
  4. The final set of chat sessions for the term are scheduled for next Monday and Tuesday at 9:30 PM. Slides discussing 2 of the more challenging problems will be distributed over the weekend.
That's about it for now. Please remember to be on the lookout for email messages next week and enjoy your Thanksgiving break!

The CS121 Instructors

2009-10-30:

Hi Everyone,

As we head toward completion of the lab 3 cycle, here's an update and status on upcoming activities:
  1. Lab 3 grades have been posted on bbVista. Please be sure to check and report any issues to your instructor immediately.
  2. Quiz 3 has completed and the makeup quiz has been activated. It will stay open until Sunday evening at 11:30 PM. Note that there is a 30% penalty associated with the makeup quiz.
  3. The pre-lab 4 quizlet is also available, along with the associated lab and chapter readings. Please be sure to take it prior to 8:30 AM on Monday, 11/9.
  4. During lab 4 (week of 11/9), we will be introducing the logistics for taking the Proficiency Exam in class during the week of 11/30. There will be an opportunity for questions in class.
  5. In an effort to obtain a high level of responses, we will be offering a 2% increase to your overall final grade if you fill out the course evaluation at the end of the term. Details to follow.
See you in lab next week.

The CS121 Instructors

2009-10-30:

Quiz chat slides, the lab 4 direction, and the pre-lab 4 chapters have been posted here.

2009-10-30:

Hi Everyone,

As we head toward the completion of the 3rd lab, please be aware of the following items and events:

  1. Quiz 3 will become available on Friday (10/30) at 6 PM. Please give yourself enough time to take it prior to the Wednesday (11/4) 4:30 PM deadline. For quiz assistance, be sure to :
    1. Visit the CLC (room 147 University Crossings) between Monday morning and the quiz deadline
    2. Plan on attending 1 of the chat sessions (Monday and Tuesday evenings at 9:30 PM - 11/2 and 11/3). Powerpoint slides discussing 2 of the most challenging problems will be distributed shortly.
  2. The makeup quiz will be released on Thursday, 11/5 at 9 AM and will contain a 30% penalty. We encourage everyone to take the regular quiz. We've noticed that some students have been taking both the regular and makeup quizzes, even though they received the maximum score on the original quiz. The makeup is intended for students who either missed the regular quiz or feel that they can improve their score even with the penalty applied. Regardless, only your highest score will be submitted to bbVista.
  3. The pre-lab quizlet for the 4th and final lab will be issued along with the associated lab reading materials on Thursday, 11/5 at noon. Please be sure to read the materials and take the quizlet. The quizlet's contents are designed to prepare you for the upcoming lab.

FINALLY, IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING WITH THE COURSE MATERIAL TO DATE, PLEASE EITHER VISIT THE CLC DURING QUIZ WEEK OR SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR INSTRUCTOR. THE CONCEPTS ARE CUMULATIVE AND BUILD ACROSS THE ENTIRE 3 TERM SEQUENCE!

Good luck,

The cs121 instructors

2009-10-22:

Hi Everyone,

Here are the key activities associated with our upcoming (week of 10/26) Lab 3 cycle:

  1. We are finally back to our "normal" schedule (no more convocation or Columbus Day considerations). Please plan on attending your regularly scheduled class.
  2. Lab 2 grades have been posted. Please review your grade in bbVista and report any issues to your instructor immediately.
  3. Quiz 2 (regular version) has been completed (846 students took this quiz). The makeup quiz (with a 20% penalty) is now available and will remain open until Sunday evening (10/25) at 11:30 PM.
  4. Lab 3 materials (chapters 5 and 6 along with the lab description) have been posted to the course web site and bbVista. Please read over prior to your lab.
  5. The pre-lab (3) quizlet will be released at 12 noon today (10/22) and will remain open until 8:30 AM on Monday, 10/26. Please be sure to 1st read over the materials and then take this quiz; it will prepare you for an efficient in-class lab experience.
  6. There is CLC coverage (room 147 University Crossings) on Thursday and Friday. Please stop by if you have questions pertaining to the quizzes or lab materials.
We're looking forward to seeing you in lab next week. Please contact your instructor with any questions or issues.

The cs121 Instructors

2009-10-22: Lab 3 pre-lab reading chapters and lab direction have been posted at Lab Materials

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2009-10-15:

Hi Everyone,

At this point, we are approaching the completion of the lab 2 sessions. Here are some remarks and observations based on the course to date:
  1. Upcoming activities - remainder of lab 2 cycle:
    1. Friday @ 6 PM - quiz 2 to be released. It's deadline is 4:30 PM on Wednesday, 10/21. Please visit the CLC (147 UC) if you need quiz assistance during quiz week.

      a1. The initial chat sessions are being planned for Monday (10/19) and Tuesday (10/20) at 9 PM. Directions for participating will be issued on Friday. Chats will focus on the current quiz.

    2. Thursday, 10/22 - Makeup quiz will be released at 9 AM and will remain open until 11:30 PM on Sunday, 10/25. There is a 20% penalty for this version of the quiz.
    3. Thursday, 10/22 @ noon - Pre lab quizlet (along with lab materials) for lab 3 released. It will remain open until Monday, 10/26 @ 8:30 AM.

  2. Grades for lab 1, quiz 1 and the lab 2 quizlet are now on bbVista. Please be sure to check and report any issues to your instructor immediately.
  3. Please log into MapleTA only via one of the following methods:

    1. links in bbVista and course web site
    2. direct address --> mapleta.cs.drexel.edu/mapleta
    Please do not use Google or any other media to obtain the address!
  4. Please note that all global emails (such as this one) are also posted on the home page of the course web site.

  5. You are responsible for attending the lab and taking the quizzes and quizlets. Failure to do so will result in a grade of zero for that activity. Please contact your instructor to make alternative plans if you have a reasonable medical or personal excuse for missing your scheduled lab.
  6. Finally, if you feel that you are falling behind in the course, please discuss with your instructor and / or visit the CLC (147 UC) during quiz week for assistance. This course builds upon itself very rapidly.

  7. Good luck with quiz 2.

    The cs121 instructors

    2009-10-05:

    Hi Everyone,

    Now that Quiz 1 has ended , we are about to enter the Lab 2 cycle. Here are a few notes and comments as we move forward:

    1. Quiz 1
      1. Hopefully, most of you were able to successfully complete the quiz by the 4:30 Wednesday deadline. However, if you did not, a makeup quiz is being posted on Thursday at 9 AM. It will be available through Sunday at 11:30 PM. Note that there is a 10% penalty applied to the makeup quiz results for this cycle. The quiz 2 makeup will contain a 20% penalty, and all subsequent makeups will have a 30% penalty.

        Please note that there will not be any formal CLC coverage over the weekend for makeup quiz assistance. We do have staffing this week through Friday at 5 PM.

      2. If you are still having an issue logging into MapleTA, please send an email to Dave Augenblick (augenbdh@cs.drexel.edu) with the id and password you are attempting to use.
    2. The chapter readings (chapters 3 and 4) and Lab 2 description have been posted to the course and bbVista sites. In order to prepare for Lab 2, please:
      1. read these materials
      2. Take the pre-lab quizlet 1, which has been released in MapleTA. It runs from Thursday at 12 noon through Tuesday at 8:30 AM). Note that it normally will end on a Monday, but we have an extra day due to the Columbus Day holiday.
    3. Columbus Day - Monday (10/12) is a University holiday and all classes have been canceled. For those students in sections 061, 062, 063 and 064, you should have signed up for a makeup session at last Monday's 1st lab. Please plan on attending that session.
    4. Your lab 1 grades have been released in bbVista. Please be sure to resolve any discrepancies with your instructor immediately. Quiz 1 results will be posted in bbVista early next week.
    5. Finally, please contact your individual instructor with questions; do not use the cs12x_instructors@cs.drexel.edu address. Your instructor's email address is on the bbVista and course web sites.
    That's about it for now. We hoped you found the initial cycle educational and interesting. Please be sure to contact your instructor with individual questions from this point on.

    See you in lab next week!

    The CS121 Instructors

    2009-10-05:

    Hi Everyone,

    At this time, approximately 20% of the class has taken quiz 1. Please note that the deadline is Wednesday at 4:30 and that it might be a good idea to take it sometime well before this time. Be sure to take advantage of the CLC (147 UC) if you have any quiz questions.

    To support solving the "hot potato" problem, we are attaching a Powerpoint discussion of it. This is in lieu of a formal chat session for this cycle; we are still creating the directions for this event and are targeting to have it ready for the Lab 2 quiz during the week of 10/19.

    Good Luck,

    The cs121 Instructors

    2009-10-01:

    Hi Everyone,

    We hope that you are finding the initial cs121 lab cycle interesting and informative. Although we still have some (Thursday and Friday) lab sections remaining, we wanted to get the following information out to you as quickly as possible:

    1. Please be sure to review and become familiar with the contents of the course web site (www.cs.drexel.edu/complab/cs121/fall2009), including the lecture notes used in Lab 1.
    2. Quiz 1 will be released on Friday (10/2) at 6 PM. You will have until 4:30 PM on Wednesday to complete. In order to take the quiz on your home computer, remember that it is necessary to have a copy of the Maple13 software installed so that you can perform quiz question calculations required by the quiz problem. To install, please link to:

      software.drexel.edu

      and follow the instructions in the text instruction file. Note that you need Maple13 for either the Mac or Windows, depending on your computer. If you are having problems with the installation, please visit the Korman consultants at the front desk.

      For assistance with the quiz, please visit the CLC (147 University Crossings), which will be staffed with Maple savvy resources throughout the quiz week (Monday 9 AM through Friday @ 5 PM).

    3. If you do not submit quiz 1 by the 4:30 Wednesday deadline, a makeup quiz will be posted on Thursday at 9 AM. You will have until Sunday at 11 PM to complete. This makeup quiz will contain a 10% grade penalty. Subsequent makeups will carrry 20 and 30 % penalties.
    4. Columbus Day - students in Monday sections 061 through 064 have filled out a makeup sheet to attend another class for lab 2. Your choices will be sent to you towards the end of next week as a reminder.
    5. From this point on, please directly contact your instructor with any questions or issues. Their email addresses can be found on the course web site.
    6. Chat preparations are in progress. A separate note describing the participation process will be send later in the week. The initial chats are tentatively scheduled for Monday (10/5) and Tuesday (10/6) at 9 PM and will focus on 1 or more of the more challenging quiz problems.
    7. Finally, if you missed your lab this week and have a valid reason, please contact your instructor to ask for permission to attend the lab 1 makeup session (Monday at 6 PM). Please note that this session has limited seating and is NOT meant to be a fall back alternative for missing a lab: only acceptable excuses will warrant a makeup.
    Good Luck with the upcoming quiz and with your initial lab sessions.

    The cs121 Instructors

    2009-09-25: Lab 1 lecture notes, pre-lab reading chapter 1, and directions have been posted under Lab Materials. Please read them prior to your first lab.

    2009-09-25:

    Hi Everyone,

    We are about to begin our initial lab cycle for cs121 on Monday. Convocation makeup plans have been finalized and the affected students (sections 079, 080 and 086) have been notified.

    Materials for Lab 1 have just been released and may be found on the course web site www.cs.drexel.edu/complab/cs121/fall2009

    and on your bbVista home page. They include 2 chapters for review along with the Lab 1 description (plus syllabus, schedule and instructor / TA information). Our experience has been that preparing ahead of your lab (by reading the chapters and looking over the lab description) is essential for you to understand and complete the lab assignment in class. We also recommend that you browse the remainder of the course web site and be aware of the information contained within it.

    Your 1 hour, 50 minute class consists of an initial 30 minute lecture / demo by the instructor, followed by execution of the lab exercises in teams of either 2 or 3 students. In addition to the instructor, 2 TAs will also be present to assist you as questions arise. In Lab 1, we will also walk through the process for taking quizzes on-line using the MapleTA utility. There will be a brief exercise to demonstrate the process. For this, you will need to know your Drexel email user id (eg. dha33) along with your 8 digit student number (eg. 13425776).

    We're looking forward to meeting all of you next week and to you having a worthwhile experience this year in Computation Lab!

    The cs121 Instructors

    2009-09-20:

    Hi Everyone,

    The cs121 instructors want to take this moment to welcome you to the upcoming cs121 Computation Lab I class. CS121 is the 1st of a 3 term sequence (cs122 and cs123 follow in the Winter and Spring terms respectively) for learning the use of a (Maple) software tool to perform Engineering and technical computations.

    Classes for cs121 begin during the week of September 28th. At present, there are 30 2 hour lab sections (061 through 090) to be conducted throughout the week. In general, even numbered weeks are devoted to an in-class lab (4 labs total - weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8) and odd numbered weeks are used for quiz-taking, In addition, there will be an in-class, end of term Proficiency Exam conducted during week 11 (week of 11/30). Please be sure to check your schedule and attend your assigned class.

    On Wednesday, September 23rd, another message will be sent to all of you identifying the course web sites along with instructions on how to prepare for the upcoming lab. Please monitor your emails for this correspondence.

    Please do not reply to this email; we will shortly be asking you to contact your specific instructor directly with any questions (instructors and contact information will be posted to the course web site on the 23rd).

    The cs121 instructors are looking forward to meeting and working with you this term!

    Finally, for those of you in sections 079, 080 and 086:

    Due to Drexel's Convocation ceremony (scheduled for Friday, 10/2), classes from 10 AM until 1 PM have been canceled by the University. The attached document describes the details and process for re-scheduling you to take the initial lab during the week of 9/28. Please be sure to review these instructions and reply accordingly to the email address specified in this letter no later that Tuesday, 9/22. Your makeup assignment will be communicated by Friday, 9/25. Note that most assignments will be either on Monday (9/28) or Tuesday (9/29). It is critical that you take the first lab at one of these times.

    Thank you for your cooperation!

    The CS121 Instructors

    2008-09-20: Classes start Monday, September 28. Check the schedule to see when your lab meets.