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2011-12-09:

Hi Everyone,

We hope your final exams were successful and that you will enjoy the term break!

Your final grades will be posted on bbVista and will be available for your review on Friday (3/18). The course median grade was approximately 86%. Please review your grade and contact your instructor no later than Monday, 12/13 at noon with any issues or questions. Grades will be submitted to Banner on Tuesday, and there will be no "change of grade" considerations for issues which can be identified at this time!

The grade calculation is as follows:

1. Averages for the labs, quizzes and quizlets were computed on a 100% basis. Even though individual labs, quizzes and quizlets may have different raw score values, all were equally weighted in the calculation.

2. The proficiency exam Q and C scores were translated to a 100% basis (Q exam worth 40% of grade and C exam worth 60%)

3. Agreed upon adjustments (for excused labs, quizzes and quizlets) were applied so that the averages on the the labs, quizzes and quizlets were based on those for which you had grades.

4. The final score (100% basis) was computed:

Final score = 0.36 * lab score + 0.20 * quiz score + 0.08 * quizlet score + 0.36 * proficiency exam score

5. A 2% bonus was then applied to the final score.

6. Finally, final scores ere mapped to grades as follows:

* 96.5 + A+

* 92.5 + A

* 89.5 + A-

* 86.5 + B+

* 82.5 + B

* 79.5 + B-

* 76.5 + C+

* 72.5 + C

* 69.5 + C-

* 65.5 + D+

* 49.5 + D

* less than 49.5 F

Dave Augenblick

2011-12-08:

Hi Everyone,

We hope everything is going well with your final exams. Here are some details regarding the remaining events for cs121:

1. The student evaluation feedback process for a 2% bonus is now completed. We receive responses from 81% of the class. Thanks for your interest; we will be analyzing this information over the break and will seriously consider your comments and suggestions.

2. On Friday (by noon), your final grades will be released in bbVista for your review along with an explanation of how they were computed :

a. Any issues must be reported to your instructor by Monday (12/12) at noon. We will not be processing change of grade requests for issues which could have been reported and resolved at this time!

b. On Tuesday afternoon, final grades will be recorded in Banner.

Enjoy your break, and we're looking forward to working with you again in cs122 in the Winter term.

The CS121 Instructors

2011-12-01:

Hi Everyone,

As we proceed toward the end of the proficiency exam period, here are some important pieces of information:

1. Proficiency exam - you are responsible for taking this exam. If you missed your regularly scheduled exam, please contact your instructor immediately to determine if you are eligible for a makeup. There are a limited number of open slots during finals week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. However, you must be pre-registered for the exam (you may not just show up).

2. Please remember to fill out the student course evaluation at coe.drexel.goaefis.net no later than midnight on Wednesday, 12/7 in order to receive a 2 point bonus.

3. Upcoming events

a. Friday (tomorrow) - completion of regularly scheduled proficiency exams

b. week of 12/5

- makeup and extended time exams for registered students - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

- Friday (12/9) - final grades and grade calculation explanation issued in bbVista for student review

c. week of 12/12

- Monday (noon) - all grade questions must be submitted to your instructor by 12 noon

- Tuesday (12/13) - final grades submitted to Banner

**** Note - once final grades have been entered into Banner, there will be no change of grade requests for issues that could have been resolved prior to submission. Please check all grades in bbVista and report issues to your instructor immediately.

Good luck with your final exams next week. Our next communication will be on Thursday, 12/8.

The cs121 Instructors

2011-11-28:

Hi Everyone,

It appears that the AEFIS student course evaluation system is now active for CS121 responses.

The site is coe.drexel.goaefis.net

You will have until midnight on Wednesday, 12/8 to complete the evaluation in order to receive a 2% bonus to your overall CS121 final grade score.

The CS121 Instructors

2011-11-22:

Hi Everyone,

The CS121 review session web cast (held on Monday evening at 6 PM) is now available at the following link:

http://media.irt.drexel.edu/mediasite/Viewer/?peid=21d414afdbf94290b8b8c5e3fc2e3ba91d

In addition, the Powerpoint slides and Maple work sheet used in this presentation are attached.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving break and see you in class for your proficiency exam next week. The next weekly communication will be issued on Wednesday (tomorrow).

The CS121 instructors

2011-11-17:

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for your recent responses to the Google survey (over 200 replies were received) regarding the upcoming cs121 proficiency exam review session. The information for this meeting follows:

Date : Monday, 11/21

Time : 6 to 8 PM

Location : 110 Korman (for invited students only - see below)

This meeting will also be web cast live and recorded for future viewing

Instructor : Cem Sahin

Tentative Agenda ------------------------

1. Review of important cs121 lab concepts - 40 minutes

2. How to create and debug Maple scripts - 20 minutes

3. Discussion of solution strategies for some of this term's quiz problems - 45 minutes

4. Proficiency exam format - 5 minutes

5. General questions - 10+ minutes

Attending options ------------------------

1. Tomorrow (11/18) - the 1st 40 students who responded to the Google survey will receive an email invitation to attend live. PLease be sure you will be attending!

2. For those not receiving invitations to attend live:

a. You may watch the live one way web cast (the link will be communicated as soon as we receive it) as it is presented

**** MAC computers will need the SilverLight plug-in, PCs should be OK

b. You may also view an archived version of the meeting starting on Tuesday at noon (link to be provided shortly)

Participation -----------------

Whether or not you will be attending live, if you would like a specific question addressed at the meeting, please send a brief description of the question to

augenbdh@cs.drexel.edu

no later than Saturday at noon. Your questions will be summarized and some of the most popular requests will be incorporated into the presentation.

In summary - be on the lookout for:

a. Email invitations to 40 students to attend live (by Friday at noon)

b. Link to the live web cast and archived version - as soon as known.

Thanks for your interest. We hope that you will find this session useful!

The cs121 Instructors

2011-11-17:

Hi Everyone,

As we head toward the completion of the 4th and final lab cycle, here are some items for your attention:

1. Lab 4 grades have been posted to bbVista. PLease be sure to review all scores in bbVista to date and notify your instructor immediately if there are any issues. We will not be investigating / revising grades for any of the 4 lab cycles after 12/2 (last day of proficiency exams)!

2. Quiz 4 - the deadline has been extended to Thursday at 4:30 PM due to another server overload. It is important to not wait until the last moment to attempt the quiz (it is extremely unusual to have a single - yet alone 2 consecutive - load limits). Our server performance statistics are indicating a significantly higher usage at the end of the quiz period relative to past terms. We will be addressing this situation in cs122!

*** In conjunction, the quiz 4 makeup period will run from Friday (9 AM) through Sunday (11 PM).

3. Proficiency exam prep

a. The exam period runs from 11/28 through 12/2 at your regularly scheduled lab class days, times and locations. Please review the exam preview slides from the lab 4 lecture and contact your instructor with any questions regarding the exam.

b. Exam Review session - over 200 students replied to a recent Google survey stating that they would like to attend a proficiency exam review session, scheduled for Monday (11/21) evening from 6 to 8 PM in 110 Korman. Since we do not have enough seats to accommodate all 200+ students live (the 1st 40 responders will be invited to attend via an email on Friday) , we are in the process of setting up a live web cast to observe the session from your computers. In addition, the meeting will be archived and available for viewing starting the next afternoon.

Complete information, including invitations to attend live along with logistics on how to listen from your computer, will be discussed in another email message issued later today.

4. Student course evaluations - as mentioned earlier, there will be an opportunity for obtaining a 2 point increase in your final numeric grade score by submitting a student course evaluation. The survey application has not yet been activated and information for completing the survey will be communicated as soon as it is made available to us. We do know the the submission deadline will be midnight on Wednesday, 12/7.

Enjoy the upcoming Thanksgiving break.

The cs121 Instructors

2011-11-16:

Hi Everyone,

As of 2:30 or so, we have been receiving numerous messages regarding the overload on the MapleTA server for quiz 4. Therefore, we have decided to extend the quiz 4 through Thursday at 4:30. Also, the makeup quiz will now start on Friday morning, but will keep the same (Sunday at 11PM) deadline.

Thanks for your attention on this matter.

The CS121 / Cs123 instructors

2011-11-10:

Hi Everyone,

We are heading toward the conclusion of your 4th and final cs121 lab cycle. Here are some key points for your information:

* Grades for quiz 3 and quizlet 4 have been posted to bbVista. Please be sure to report any issues to your instructor immediately. The deadline for reporting all discrepancies is Nov 27th. It is important to note that we will not be providing grade changes for such issues after final grades have been submitted.

* Remember that we are offering a 2% grade bonus to all students who submit a course evaluation. You will be notified when the course evaluation site is opened and you will have until midnight on December 7th to respond. More details, including the site name and dates of survey availability to follow.

* Please note that there are video links for some of the key topics from labs 3 and 4. Please review them as necessary.

* If you have not already submitted a Special Accommodations form to your instructor, please do so immediately so that we can plan to schedule an extended time Proficiency Exam.

Here are the upcoming events for the remainder of the term:

* Quiz 4 issued - Friday, 11/11 at 6 PM. Completion deadline is Wednesday, 11/16 at 4:30 PM. Be sure to visit the CLC (room 147 University Crossings) with any quiz or lab questions (open from 11/14 through 11/18 - 9 to 5 PM). There will be a makeup quiz (at 30% penalty) running from 11/17 through 11/20 at 11 PM.

* Practice Proficiency Exams will be published on Tuesday, 11/15. They will remain available through exam week (12/2), except for periods during the week of 11/28 when exams are being conducted.

* The Proficiency Exam is scheduled for the week of 11/28 at the same time, date and location as your regular lab.

Please contact your Instructor with any questions.

There will be another weekly message on 11/17, prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Good Luck,

The CS121 Instructors

2011-11-03:

Hi Everyone,

As we head into our 4th and final cs121 lab cycle, here are some items and information for your consideration:

1. Quiz 3 - due to a user overflow issue yesterday afternoon, the quiz 3 deadline has been extended to 4:30 today (Thursday). In addition, the makeup quiz 3 will now run from Friday at 9 AM through Sunday at 11 PM.

2. Lab 3 grades have been posted to bbVista. Please be sure to check all grades to date and contact your instructor immediately with issues.

3. Special Accommodation forms - if you are eligible for extended time for the proficiency exam, please give your instructor a copy of the form in lab next week.

4. Bonus opportunity - In a few weeks, the AEFIS student course evaluation system will be opened. We strongly encourage you to submit an evaluation, since we review all feedback and take your suggestions seriously. A 2 point bonus to your overall grade will be added if you submit an evaluation. Details, including web site, will be communicated in future emails.

5. Upcoming events

a. Materials for lab 4 have been posted to the course web site. In order to prepare for this lab, please:

1. Read Chapters 8 and 9 from the text

2. Take the pre lab quizlet. It is now available and will remain open through Monday at 8 AM.

6. Proficiency Exam prep - the proficiency exam will be conducted in class during the week of 11/28 (regular time and location). Attached are the rules and guidelines for this exam. We will be reviewing the logistics in class next week during the lecture period.

See you in lab next week!

The CS121 Instructors

2011-11-02:

Hi Everyone,

Since we have been receiving numerous calls regarding "maximum users on MapleTA server", we are extending the quiz 3 deadline to Thursday at 4:30 PM.

Also, the start time for the makeup quiz 3 will be Friday at 9 AM through Sunday at 11 PM.

The CS121 Instructors

2011-10-27:

Hi Everyone,

As we head toward the completion of the 3rd lab, please note the following information and events:

1. Lab 3

a. Notice that you can use the results of lab 3 (part 1 - shutter speed from blur angle) in your upcoming final engr101 camera lab report.

b. There is a 2 part video posted on both the course and bbVista sites explaining the Least Squares feature. Please review to better understand the process.

2. Grades for quiz 2 and the pre-lab 3 quizlet are now available in bbVista. Please review and contact your instructor immediately with any grade issues to date.

3. Upcoming events

a. Quiz 3 will become available on Friday (10/28) at 6 PM. You will have until next Wednesday at 4:30 to complete. Please visit the CLC (room 147 University Crossings) with any quiz and/or lab questions.

b. The makeup quiz 3 (with a 30% penalty) will run from Thursday, 11/3 (9 AM) through Sunday (11/6) until 11PM.

c. The pre lab 4 quizlet will be available from Thursday (11/3) through Monday (11/7) until 8 AM.

4. Special accommodations - for students who are entitled to extended time for taking exams, please give your accommodations form to your instructor at or prior to the 4th lab!

5. Proficiency Exam (week of 11/28) - detailed will be provided in lab 4 and in the upcoming weekly emails.

Good luck with quiz 3!

The CS121 Instructors

2011-10-20:

Hi Everyone,

The 3rd lab cycle will commence on Monday, 10/24. Here are some items for your attention:

1. Grades for Lab 2 have been poisted to bbVista. Please review and report any grade issues to date to your instructor immediately.

2. Quiz 2 will remain open through Friday (10/21) until 4:30 PM. Be sure to visit the CLC (room 147 UC) with any quiz or lab questions.

3. Upcoming events

a. A makeup quiz 2 will be available from Friday (10/21) at 6 PM through Sunday (10/23) at 11 PM. There is a 30% penalty for this and all remaining quizzes.

b. To prepare for next week's lab:

1. Read chapters 6 and 7 in the text. You might also want to review the materials in chapters 4 and 5.

2. Take the pre lab 3 quizlet. It is now available and will remain open through Monday at 8 AM.

3. You also might want to think about the algorithm for computing shutter speed from blur angle, as discussed in your engr101 lab. This calculation will be featured in cs121 lab 3.

4. Lab completion sessions - be sure to obtain a time slot to complete your lab if you did not finish it in class. The slot needs to be assigned by your instructor prior to leaving your lab section.

Take care, and see you in class next week.

The cs121 Instructors

2011-10-13:

Hi Everyone,

As we head toward the completion of our 2nd lab, here are some important items for your attention:

1. Monday sections 061, 062, 063 and 064 only

**** Columbus day labs are re-scheduled to Monday, 10/17 in Korman 110. If you are in 1 of these sections, please be sure to attend at your regularly scheduled time and location (110 Korman).

2. Grades for Lab 1, quiz 1 and the pre-lab 2 quizlet have been posted to bbVista. Please be sure to review and contact your instructor immediately with any issues.

3. Quizlets - only about 70% of the class took the pre-lab 2 quizlet. Please note that the quizlets account for 8% of your overall grade, and there are no makeup opportunities!

4. Quiz logistics

a. If you took the original quiz, there is no need to take the makeup version.

b. If you take a quiz multiple times, only your highest score will be entered into bbVista.

c. If you took the original quiz and then accidentally opened the makeup version, just grade the makeup. Your grade will be a zero, but will be overridden by your original quiz score.

5. Upcoming events

a. Quiz 2 - will be released on Friday at 6 PM and will remain open through Friday, 10/21 until 4:30 PM. Be sure to visit the CLC (room 147 University Crossings) for quiz assistance or lab questions.

b. A makeup quiz (with a 20% penalty) will run from Friday (10/21) at 6 PM through Sunday (10/23) until 11 PM.

c. The pre-Lab 3 quizlet will be available from Thursday, 10/20 at noon through Monday (10/24) until 8 AM.

That's it for now. Good luck with the quiz.

The cs121 Instructors

2011-10-06:

Hi Everyone,

As we complete the Lab 1 cycle and head into the Lab 2 portion of the course, here are some key reminders and notes:

1. If you missed lab 1, please contact your instructor immediately!

Makeup lab policy - if you missed your original lab, please contact your instructor immediately. If you have valid reason, your instructor can either place you into a class later in the week (preferred) or, under special conditions, grant you permission to attend the following Monday's (6 PM - 110 Korman) makeup lab session. However, since room is very limited, it is not guaranteed that you will automatically be given a slot in that lab (emergency or other valid reasons only)!

2. Upcoming events

a. Quiz 1 will remain open through Friday (10/7) until 4:30 PM. Be sure to visit the CLC (bring your laptop) if you have any questions regarding this quiz.

b. The Quiz 1 makeup (containing a 10% penalty) will become available on Saturday (10/8) at 9 AM and will open through Monday at 11 PM.

c. Materials for Lab 2 have been posted to the course web site (www.cs.drexel.edu/complab/cs121/fall2011. Please:

1. Read over the text materials in Chapters 3, 4 and 5.

2. Then take the pre Lab 2 quizlet (available on Friday (10/7) at noon through Tuesday (10/11) morning until 7 AM.

3. Columbus Day re-schedule of classes (sections 061, 062, 063 and 064 only)

Due to the Columbus Day university holiday on Monday (10/10), classes for these 4 sections have been re-scheduled to the following Monday (10/17) at the same time and location as your original class.

4. Maple15 computer installation issues - if you are still having problems installing Maple15 on your laptop, please visit the front desk at Korman Center. They can assist you in the installation.

Take care, and see you in lab next week.

The cs121 Instructors

2011-09-29:

Hi Everyone,

As we head toward the completion of the Lab 1 sessions, here are some items and reminders for your consideration:

1. Tuesday sections 066, 067, 084 and 085 only - since your lab classes were postponed due to the Convocation, please plan on attending this coming Tuesday (10/4) - same time and location as your original class.

2. Upcoming events

a. The Lab 1 quiz will be released in MaplaTA on Friday (9/30) at 6 PM. Due to the extension of classes into next week (Convocation re-scheduling), this quiz will remain open through Friday, 10/7 until 4:30 PM.

- Be sure to visit the Cyber Learning Center (CLC) in room 147 University Crossings between Monday and Friday (9 to 5 PM daily) for quiz or lab assistance!

- A makeup quiz (containing a 10% penalty) will be available from Saturday, 10/8 at 9 AM through Monday, 10/10 at 11 PM.

- Please be sure to report any MapleTA access issues to your instructor immediately. You will not be excused from the quiz because you were unable to log into MapleTA!

- Be sure to "grade" your quiz upon completion. If you want to return to a quiz at a later point, select "quit and save" instead of "grade"; this will save your quiz results when you re-enter the test.

**** Also, you may take and grade any quiz multiple times. Only your highest score will be recorded. However, a new quiz could contain different versions of questions encountered on a previous quiz.

b. Lab Completion sessions - if your team did not complete this week'd lab and signed up for a completion session at the end of that lab, the completion sessions will be held on Monday, 10/3 (3 slots - 3-4, 4-5 and 5-6 in Korman 110). A reminder will be sent to all scheduled teams over the weekend.

c. Materials and the pre-lab quizlet for Lab 2 will be released next Thursday (10/6). Timing and details will be discussed in next week's message.

That's about it for now. Please remember to conact your specific instructor with any and all questions.

The CS121 Instructors

2011-09-26:

Hi Everyone,

If you are in one of the Tuesday sections 066, 067, 084 and 085, your class has been postponed tomorrow due to the Drexel Convocation. It has been re-scheduled for Tuesday, 10/4 at the same time and location as your original class.

The cs121 Instructors

2011-09-23:

Hi Everyone,

As of 2:30 on Friday, materials needed for Lab 1 prep are now available on the course web site:

www.cs.drexel.edu/complab/cs121/fall2011

See you in lab next week.

Don't forget that Tuesday sections 066, 067, 084 and 085 have been postponed until Tuesday, 10/4 due to Convocation activities!

The cs121 Instructors

2011-09-22:

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the CS121 Computation Lab. This course is a requirement for most freshman Engineering students in the Fall term. The overall sequence includes CS122 and CS123, given in the Winter and Spring terms respectively.

This is the 1st in a series of weekly email messages to be send to all cs121 students each Thursday. It is important to review these messages carefully as they are the main form of communication with you.

The course web site for cs121 is www.cs.drexel.edu/complab/cs121/fall2011. It contains all materials necessary for the course, along with the course syllabus. In addition, these weekly student messages are also posted on the front page of this site.

**** Please review the course site information prior to the initial lab

***** Official materials for Lab 1 will be posted on Friday by noon. When they are make available, please read over Chapter readings 1 and 2 along with the lab description. This will properly prepare you for Lab 1.

***** bbVista will also contain lab materials and will serve as our backup site. It is also the primary site for grades.

Lab 1 for all sections begins in week 2, starting on Monday, 9/26. Please consult your schedules for the time and location (courses are divided into Korman 110 and UC 151 rooms) for you section. Since almost every section is filled, it is critical that you attend your specific section!

- for Tuesday students in sections 066, 067, 084 and 085 omly : due to the convocation event on Tuesday, 9/27 from 10 to 1 PM, your initial labs will be conducted on Tuesday, 10/4 at the same times and locations as your normal lab.

Finally, please do NOT "reply to all" for this email, since it will go to over 1000 students. We will provide many options and opportunities for communication as we proceed. In general, your primary point of contact for questions and issue resolution is you section instructor

The CS121 staff is looking forward to meeting and working with each of you this Fall as you embark upon your Drexel college experience.

Good luck, and see you in week 2.

The CS121 staff

2011-09-15:

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to Drexel and to CS121 (Computation Lab I). We hope that you're enjoying your initial week of college.

This is the first in a series of weekly (Thursday) email messages to the entire freshman Engineering class for this course.

Lab classes begin on Monday, 9/26. Please check your schedule for the date, time and location. At this time, the course web site is now available and can be accessed as follows:

www.cs.drexel.edu/complab/cs121/fall2011

The site contains all materials and information needed for this term's lab. We will be covering some of the major points of interest in lab next week and you should take a moment to become familiar with the site on your own. In addition, bbVista also contains most of the materials along with your grade book.

details.

  • How to prepare for the initial lab cycle. Please note at this time:
    1. LABS BEGIN IN WEEK 2 (WEEK OF 9/26). PLEASE DO NOT GO TO LAB IN WEEK 1 (WEEK OF 9/19) !!
    2. Instructions for preparing for the initial lab will be in next Thursday's message. For this lab, you will need to read materials (which will be posted on the course web site) prior to your lab meeting.
    Please note that you must attend the section you are assigned (there are 33 sections overall). Your Fall term schedule should contain your assigned section day and time.

    Finally, please do NOT "reply to all" for this email, since it will go to over 1000 students. We will provide many options and opportunities for communication as we proceed.

    The CS121 staff is looking forward to meeting and working with each of you this Fall as you embark upon your Drexel college experience.

    Good luck, and see you in week 2.

    The CS121 staff