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2010-03-23:

Hi Everyone,

The 2% bonus for filling out a course evaluation has been added to your grades in bbVista. You final grades will be entered into Banner later today.

Enjoy the Spring break, and we'll see you in lab during the week of 4/5.
The CS122 Instructors

2010-03-19:

Hi Everyone,

Hope your final exams went well!

Your final cs122 grades have just been released in bbVista for your review. You will have until Monday (3/22) at noon to report any issues to your instructor. Grades will be entered into Banner no later than Tuesday (3/23).

Please note that, as of the time of this message, the 2% bonus report has not yet been received; therefore, that extra score is not yet reflected in your final grade. As soon as we receive, we'll post and notify you.

Grade statistics

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The distribution of grades was as follows (total number of students = 740):

90 + --> 290 students (39%)

80 + --> 172 students (23%)

70 + --> 147 students (20%)

60 + --> 84 students (11%)

less that 60 --> 52 students (7%)

Please note that this curve should be slightly elevated once the 2% bonus is applied.

Grade Computation Algorithm

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  1. Lab grade (100% basis) = (raw score for each lab / total # of points for that lab * 100%) / 4
  2. Quiz grade (100% basis) - same formula as for lab grade
  3. Quizlet grade (100% basis) = same foemula as for lab and quiz grades
  4. Proficiency exam score = (raw Q score + raw C score) / 12 * 100%
  5. Adjustments - if an agreed upon adjustment was made, it is applied to the "adjustment" column for the appropriate score (lab, quiz or quizlet) so that it eliminates the "excused missed" grade from the overall score calculation
  6. Final score (100% basis - before 2% bonus) = Lab grade * 0.40 + Quiz grade * 0.20 + quizlet grade * 0.04 + proficiency exam grade * 0.36
  7. The 2% bonus will then be added to the final score computed in step 6. To determine your grade with the course evaluation 2% bonus, add 2 to your final score from step 6 and look up the associated letter grade listed in the mapping in step 8 (below).

    ** Please note that no additional "curve bonus" was applied this term.

  8. Mapping of final grade scores to letter grades: 96.5 + --> A+
    92.5 + --> A
    89.5 + --> A-
    86.5 + --> B+
    83.5 + --> B
    79.5 + --> B-
    76.5 + --> C+
    73.5 + --> C
    69.5 + --> C-
    66.5 + --> D+
    49.5 + --> D
    less than 49.5 --> F
Once again, please report any grade issues or questions to your individual instructor by Monday (3/22) at noon. And, please enjoy your Spring break!

See you in a couple of weeks Labs begin on the week of April 5th (week 2 of the Spring term).

The cs122 Instructors

2010-03-12:

Hi Everyone,

Hope you have having a successful final exam period.

Just a reminder that, in order to receive the 2% bonus to your overall grade, course evaluations must be submitted by midnight tonight.

Also, final grades (including details) will be posted on bbVista on Friday afternoon for your review. You will have until Monday at noon to report any issues to your instructor. All previously reported issues should be resolved and reflected in these grades. A message will be sent to you on Friday describing the grading algorithm.

The cs122 Instructors

2010-03-12:

Hi Everyone,

We have just been informed that the student evaluation site is now available. Please note the recommended URL is:

https://coe.goaefis.com/

All evaluations submitted by midnight, 3/17 (Wednesday night) will result in a 2% grade bonus.

Thanks,
The CS122 Instructors

2010-03-11:

Hi Everyone,

As we head toward the conclusion of the proficiency exams, here are some thoughts for your consideration:

    1. If you missed your regularly scheduled proficiency exam, it is your responsibility to contact your instructor to gain permission and arrange for a make up exam. Please do so immediately.
    2. All grades except for the proficiency exam scores have been posted on bbVista. Please carefully review and contact your instructorat once with any issues. If you have already reported an issue, it has probably been sent to the vendor for further analysis and your instructor will let you know the outcome as soon as we hear back.
    3. Evaluation submission for 2% bonus

    We were informed today that the site (aefis.coe.drexel.edu) was ready to accept evaluations. However, we have noticed that it still appears to be "Under Construction". The group that supports the system has told us that they will notify all students via a global email, so please react to that upcoming communication.

    At any rate, any evaluation submitted by midnight on Wednesday, 3/17 will receive the bonus.
    4. Plan for the remainder of the term:
      a. Week of 3/8 (this week) - completion of proficiency exams + requests for makeup exams submitted
      b. Week of 3/15 (next week)
        - Make up exams completed
        - Tuesday (3/16) - all non proficiency exam grading issues submitted to instructors
        - Friday (3/19) - preliminary grades (including agreed upon adjustments
      and 2% bonus) posted to bbVista for final student review. Please report any NEW issues to you instructor. A message containing a description of the grading algorithm will be included with the announcement.
      c. Week of 3/22 - all grades finalized, submitted to Banner (on Tuesday, 3/23)

    Good luck on the proficiency exam and with your final exams next week!

    The CS122 Instructors

    2010-03-04:

    Hi Everyone,
    As we head into the Proficiency exam week (week of 3/8 - normal lab days and times), here some items for your consideration:
    1. The Quiz 4 makeup exam is in progress. Quiz 4 grades will be posted next week following completion of the makeup exam.
    2. The course evaluation site is not yet available. I'll be sending a special message to you as soon as it is ready. You will have until Wednesday (3/17 - midnight) to submit for a 2% grade bonus.
    3. Lab 4 grades have been released. Please be sure to review and contact your instructor immediately to resolve any issues. If you have not yet heard back from us regarding a previously submitted grade issue, we are still in the process of investigating. We'll have a response back to you in the near future.
    4. Proficiency Exam notes
      1. If you have a Notice of Accommodations for extended time, please forward a copy to your instrucotr immediately. We will shortly be announcing the schedule for these versions of the exam.
      2. Practice quizzes are available for all quizzes and quizlets taken this term, along with a special quiz containing some questions not included on the quizzes. These quiizes will be shut down on Monday (3/8) at 5 AM and will re-open and shut down on a daily (re-open at 6 PM) basis during exam week.
      3. The exam will consist of 2 quizzes:
        • Q (to be taken 1st) - 25 minutes, 6 one point questions ("How did I do" off)
        • C - 70 minutes, 3 two point questions ("How did I do" on)
        Be sure to especially practice problems where script coding was required. Much of the C exam contains examples of this nature.
      4. Unless you have an instructor approved exception, you must attend your regularly scheduled section for the exam, since you are only authorized for that section! The exam must be taken on the computers in the lab (no student laptops allowed).
    Good luck next week! note that the CLC is staffed today and tomorrow (Friday) until 5 PM.
    The CS122 Instructors

    2010-03-01:

    Hi Everyone,

    We have just discovered the following issue with question 1 on quiz 4:

    The answer requires double quotes around it. However, if you successfully answer this question and later return to it, MapleTa will "erase" your original answer. There are 2 ways this can occur:
    1. returning to question #1 from another question within the same session.
    2. Returning to your partially completed quiz to finish other problems, since the quiz will open to question #1 and erase it.
    While we will report this problem to MapleSoft, it will not be resolved during the time frame of this quiz.

    We recommend that you not answer question #1 until you are otherwise ready to "grade" your quiz. At that point (before grading), solve this question and then immediately grade the quiz. This should retain the answer.

    Thanks for your consideration, and sorry about the inconvenience.

    The cs122 Instructors

    2010-03-01:

    Hi Everyone,

    Hint slides for quiz 4 has been posted here.

    Also, Practice quizzes 1 through 3 are now available. Please note that you can not work on 2 quizzes at the same time; you might want to complete quiz 4 before trying the practice quizzes.

    The CS122 Instructors

    2010-02-25:

    Hi Everyone,

    As we head toward the end of the term, here are some items and information for your consideration:
    1. Contingency Plan for Friday - in the event that the University cancels class on Friday due to snow conditions, the following lab make up process is in place:
      1. Friday lab classes will be held on Saturday (2/27) during the same scheduled times in room 111 Korman (in the same general area as 110).
      2. If the University is open, we will be conducting our regualr Friday classes and there will be no make ups on Saturday.
    2. Grades for Lab 3, Quiz 3 and the pre-lab 4 quizlet have been released to bbVista. Please be sure to check ALL of your grades and report any issues to your instructor immediately. We will not be resolving grade issues for currently posted grades after next week.
    3. Schedule for remaining activities:
      1. Quiz 4 - released on Friday at 6 PM through Wednesday (3/3) at 4:30 PM. There will be a make up quiz available (30% penalty applies) from Thursday (3/4) 9 AM through Sunday (3/7) 11 PM. Hint slides will be posted over the weekend.
      2. On Monday (3/1), practice tests for the 1st 3 quizzes will be made available. On Wednesday (3/3), an additional quiz containing some extra questions (not used in any of the 4 quizzes) will be made available.
      3. The proficiency exam will be held during normally scheduled lab hours in week 10 (week of 3/8). If you have a form approving you for extended time, please forward it to your instructor immediately.
      4. A 2% bonus will be awarded to all students who submit a course evaluation. Logistics and timing will be announced shortly.
    Good luck with quiz 4.

    The CS122 Instructors

    2010-02-17:

    Hi Everyone,

    Here's are some items for your consideration this week:

    1. If you are a student with a "Thursday" lab, please plan on attending at your regularly scheduled time tomorrow.
    2. Quiz 3 logistics
      1. Quiz 3 will be released on Thursday morning (2/18) at 9 AM and will remain open through Monday morning (2/22) at 8 AM. It will consist of 3 questions.
      2. Hint sheets for questions 2 and 3 can be found here.
      3. There will be NO makeup quiz 3 this time around.
      4. There will be extended CLC coverage this weekend to support the quiz:
        • Saturday (2/20) - 10 AM to 4 PM
        • Sunday (2/21) - 10 AM to 4 PM
    3. Also, as usual, the bbVista Discussion Board will be monitored throughout the weekend.
    4. Pre-lab 4 quizlet - there will be a pre-lab quizlet this week, opening on Thursday (2/18) at noon through Monday morning (2/22) at 8 AM. Lab 4 materials will be posted by 5 PM on Thursday.
    5. Quiz 2 and pre-lab 3 quizlet grades have been released. Please be sure to verify all grades released to date and contact your instructor immediately if you notice a discrepancy.
    See you next week in lab 4.

    The CS122 Instructors

    2010-02-16:

    Hi Everyone,

    Here's the information for quiz 3:

    1. It will be made available on Thursday morning (2/18) at 9 AM and remain open until Monday morning (2/22) 8 AM.
    2. It will consist of 3 questions. Hint sheets will also be issued on Thursday morning to assist with the more challenging problems.
    3. There will be CLC support on Friday (9 to 5) and over the weekend (Saturday and Sunday - exact hours will be communicated tomorrow).
    We are aware that students who will be taking the make up lab this Thursday will have 1/2 day less for the exam, so we hope that the extended support and hints will assist.

    Thanks for your cooperation in getting through the revised schedule.

    Please be sure to attend your Thursday lab session on the 18th!

    The cs122 Instructors

    2010-02-09:

    Hi Everyone,

    As you are probably aware by now, classes have been canceled for Wednesday. For CS122 students, this means that sections 70, 71, 72, 73 and 83 will not be held tomorrow.

    If you have already taken your lab (Monday and Tuesday classes), there is no need to read further.

    If your lab is scheduled for Thursday or Friday, please plan on attending your regularly scheduled lab (if Thursday classes also get canceled, another email will be sent).

    For those of you with Wednesday labs, we have scheduled the following 4 new lab sessions:

    A - Friday, 2/12 at 3 PM (151 University Crossings)

    B - 3 sessions on Monday, 2/15 at 6 PM (110E Korman, 117 Korman and 151 University Crossings)

    In addition, we will allow up to 3 students per class to attend any of the regularly scheduled Thursday or Friday labs (see the course web site for the times and locations for these labs along with their section numbers)

    Please reply to this email with the following information (NOTE - PLEASE DO NOT "REPLY TO ALL"; YOUR REPLY WILL BE SENT TO OVER 800 PEOPLE)!!!!

    State your name and id along with a list of all makeup classes you can attend IN YOUR ORDER OF PREFERENCE.

    Example --> John Doe (jd999) - 79, 80, B

    means that John Doe can attend either sections 79 or 80 or B (one of the 3 Monday sessions), with section 79 being his 1st choice

    Starting Wednesday morning, I will send you back a message with your official assignment on a 1st come, 1st served basis (in the order that I received your email reply).

    Please respond at your earliest possible convenience. Looking forward to getting you re-scheduled.

    Dave Augenblick

    2010-02-04:

    Hi Everyone,

    Some notes and comments for your consideration:

    1. Lab 2 grades have been posted on bbVista. Please carefully review all bbVista grades to date and work with your instructor to resolve any discrepancies.
    2. Materials for lab 3 have been posted here . In conjunction, the pre-lab 3 quizlet is available and will remain open through Monday at 8 AM.
    3. The makeup for quiz 2 is also in progress and will close on Sunday evening at 11:00 PM.
    We're looking forward to working with you in lab next week.

    The CS122 Instructors

    2010-01-28:

    Hi Everyone,

    Here are the hint slides for the 2nd quiz. Please plan on attending the upcoming chat session on Monday (2/1) at 9:30 PM to discuss the slides and quiz in general.

    Also, please vsiit the CLC (room 147 University Crossings) with any questions or problems regarding the quiz.

    Good luck!

    The cs122 Instructors

    2010-01-28:

    Hi Everyone,

    As we head toward the conclusion of the lab phase of the 2nd cs122 cycle, here are some notes for your consideration:
    1. Grades for lab 1, quiz 1 and the pre-lab 2 quizlet have been posted on bbVista. Please contact your instructor immediately if you notice any discrepancies.
    2. The 2nd quiz will be released on Friday (1/29) at 6 PM and will remain open through Wednesday (2/3) until 4:30 PM).
      1. Please visit the CLC during quiz week with any questions or problems. We've added consultation resources for Wednesday morning to help cover the observed increase in activity for that period.
      2. In conjunction with the quiz, the next chat session will be held on Monday (2/1) at 9:30 PM. The quiz hint slides will be issued over the weekend.
    3. There will be a makeup quiz running from Thursday (2/4 - 9 AM) through Sunday (2/7 - 11 PM). A 30% penalty will be applied.
    4. Finally, lab materials along with the pre-lab 3 quizlet will be released on Thursday, 2/4. The quizlet will remaoin open through Monday (2/8 - 8 AM).
    Good luck with the quiz.

    The cs122 Instructors

    2010-01-07:

    Hi Everyone,

    Just a reminder that Quiz 1 was released on Friday and will remain open through Wednesday, 1/20 at 4:30 PM. PLease be sure to visit the CLC (147 University Crossings) with any questions regarding the quiz.

    In addition, a Powerpoint slide presentation discussing questions 4 and 5 of quiz 1 has been posted here. It should aid you in solving these problems.

    Finally, please contact your individual instructor with any questions.

    The cs122 instructors

    2010-01-07:

    Hi Everyone,

    We hope you are finding our initial cs122 lab an educational experience. As we head toward the conclusion of the week, here are some items for you to consider:
    1. Quizlet 1 will remain available until Friday at 5 PM. There is no makeup for quizlets.

    2. Quiz 1 is scheduled for release on Friday, 1/15 at 6 PM and will run through Wednesday, 1/20 until 4:30 PM. The makeup quiz (with a 30% penalty) will be released on Thursday (1/21) at 9 AM and run through Sunday (1/24 - 11:30 P M). To aid you during the quiz:
      1. please visit the CLC (147 UC) with any questions or problems. It will be fully staffed during quiz week, with the exception of Monday, 1/18 (MLK holiday).
      2. Quiz 1 hint slides on 1 or 2 of the most challenging problems will be published by the end of the weekend (by Sunday evening).

    3. The 2nd lab cycle will begin on Thursday, 1/21 with the release of the lab 2 materials along with the pre lab quizlet.

    Please be sure to contact your individual instructor with any questions or issues.

    The cs122 Instructors

    2010-01-07:

    Hi Everyone,

    The pre-lab quizlet for lab 1 will be available at 1:30 PM today (Sunday). It will remain open until Friday (1/15) at 5 PM. Even though you can take the quizlet this cycle until the end of the week, please try to take it prior to your lab session; it will help you to be thoroughly prepared for the lab.

    See you this week in lab!

    The cs122 instructors

    2010-01-07:

    Hi Everyone,

    The cs122 lab 1 materials (Chapter 9 reading and lab 1 description) have been posted on the course and bbVista sites. Please be sure to review prior to your lab session this coming week.

    We are targeting release of the pre-lab 1 quizlet on Sunday (1/10) evening at 6 PM. A reminder announcement will be sent at that time. It will be available until Friday at 5 PM.

    Looking forward to seeing you in lab.

    The CS122 Instructors

    2010-01-07:

    Hi Everyone,

    Welcome back for the Winter term of CS122. We hope you enjoyed your break!

    The CS122 course and bbVista sites are now available. The course site is located at:

    www.cs.drexel.edu/complab/cs122/winter2010

    Please review the syllabus and other information in preparation for the start of classes. As noted in our initial message last week, the first lab cycle begins on 1/11. Be sure to check your schedule for the date, time and location of your lab section.

    The flow of cs122 is simialr to cs121 - we will conduct 4 cycles of labs, quizzes and pre-lab quizlets along with a proficiency exam in week 10.

    Lab 1 prep

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    Lab materials (the lab description along with the associated chapter readings) will be posted on Friday (1/8). We'll send an email as soon as they are available. Be sure to pre-read these materials prior to your session next week. In conjunction, there will be a pre-lab quizlet for lab 1, which will be announced shortly. Due to the late release, we will keep the quizlet open through the end of next week, even though you might wind up taking it after your lab. Future pre-lab quizlets will be conducted similar to the cs121 schedule.

    Please contact your individual instructor from here on with any questions or issues.

    See you in lab next week!

    The CS122 Instructors

    2010-01-03: Classes start Monday, January 11. Check the schedule to see when your lab meets.