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CS122 Winter 2009 Syllabus

Course Overview

This course is the second in a sequence introducing technical computation and programming through use of Maple. Topics to be covered include: symbolic and numeric computation as used in the standard applied mathematics used in engineering; scripting and procedure writing; testing and software engineering for ease of reuse. Students will be expected to use mathematical problem-solving skills from pre-calculus and differential calculus in this course.

Class Calendar

Week Dates Events
1 Jan 4-8, 2010 No class meeting. Pre-lab preparation reading and exercises for Lab 1.
2 January 11-15 Lab 1.

Quizlet 1 for Lab 1 due Friday January 15 5pm.
3 January 18-22 Lab 1 make up (by permission only) Tuesday January 19, 6pm in Korman 110.

Quiz 1 due Friday January 23 4:30pm. Pre-lab preparation and exercises for Lab 2.

Quizlet 2 for Lab 2 due Monday Jan 25 8am.
4 January 25-29 Lab 2.
February 1-5
Lab 2 make up (by permission only) Monday February 2, 6pm in Korman 110.

Quiz 2 due Friday February 6 4:30pm. Pre-lab preparation and exercises for Lab 3.

Quizlet 3 for Lab 3 due Monday Feb 8 8am.
6 February 8-12 Lab 3.
7 February 15-19  Lab 3 make up (by permission only) Monday February 16, 6pm in Korman 110.

Quiz 3 due Friday February 20 4:30pm. Pre-lab preparation and exercises for Lab 4.

Quizlet 4 for Lab 4 due Monday Feb 22 8am.
8 February 22-26 Lab 4.
9 March 1-5 Lab 4 make up (by permission only) Monday March 2, 6pm in Korman 110.

Quiz 4 due Friday March 6 4:30pm. Proficiency exam practice all week.

10 March 8-12 Lab proficiency exam in regularly scheduled times and locations.
11 March 16-19 No class meetings. Make up proficiency exam by permission only.

Office Hours

go to Department of Computer Science Cyber Learning Center to check CS 122 office hours.

Class Meetings

The class meetings consist of a bi-weekly lab, and a lab proficiency exam at the end of the term. There will be class meetings in weeks 2,4,6,8, and 10 of the Winter term. There will be no class meetings in weeks 1,3,5,7, and 9. Each lab period will be 1 hour 50 minutes. Each lab section meets consistently in Korman 110 or UC 151.

Class Section Day Time Instructor Classroom
CS122 61 Monday 9:00am - 10:50am Bruce Char Korman 110
CS122 62 Monday 11:00am - 12:50pm Bruce Char Korman 110
CS122 63 Monday 1:00pm - 2:50pm Dan De Sousa Korman 110
CS122 64 Monday 3:00pm - 4:50pm David Augenblick Korman 110
CS122 65 Tuesday 8:00am - 9:50am Dan De Sousa Korman 110
CS122 66 Tuesday 10:00am - 11:50am David Augenblick Korman 110
CS122 67 Tuesday 12:00pm - 1:50pm David Augenblick Korman 110
CS122 68 Tuesday 2:00pm - 3:50pm David Augenblick Korman 110
CS122 69 Tuesday 4:00pm - 5:50pm Dan De Sousa Korman 110
CS122 70 Wednesday 9:00am - 10:50am Tim Cheeseman Korman 110
CS122 71 Wednesday 11:00am - 12:50pm Tim Cheeseman Korman 110
CS122 72 Wednesday 1:00pm - 2:50pm Tim Cheeseman Korman 110
CS122 73 Wednesday 3:00pm - 4:50pm Tim Cheeseman Korman 110
CS122 74 Thursday 8:00am - 9:50am Pat Smith Korman 110
CS121 75 Thursday 10:00am - 11:50am LC Meng Korman 110
CS122 76 Thursday 12:00pm - 1:50pm LC Meng Korman 110
CS122 77 Thursday 2:00pm - 3:50pm LC Meng Korman 110
CS122 78 Thursday 4:00pm - 5:50pm LC Meng Korman 110
CS122 79 Friday 9:00am - 10:50am Yuan Duan Korman 110
CS122 80 Friday 11:00am - 12:50pm Yuan Duan Korman 110
CS122 81 Friday 1:00pm - 2:50pm Yuan Duan Korman 110
CS122 82 Friday 3:00pm - 4:50pm Yuan Duan Korman 110
CS122 83 Wednesday 1:00pm - 2:50am David Augenblick UC 151
CS122 88 Thursday 2:00pm - 3:50pm Dan De Sousa UC 151


Monday(odd weeks) 6:00pm - 7:50pm Dave Augenblick Korman 110

If you are unable to attend your regularly scheduled meeting, you should schedule a make-up lab with your instructor. See "Making Up Work" section below. There is a regularly scheduled make-up session on Monday evenings (except the week of the MLK holiday, when it will be scheduled Tuesday evening) the week after the regular labs are held. Most of the schedule labs are at or near capacity. Don't try to arrange make ups without the knowledge of and approval by your instructor.


Name Office Email Address Office Hours Office Phone

Bruce Char (course coordinator)

UC100A Wed 4-5pm in UC 110A 215-895-2669
David Augenblick UC111 Wed 3-5pm in UC 111  
Mark Boady UC147 N/A  
Yusuf Osmanlioglu UC147 Wed 9:00am-1:00pm  
Jeremy Johnson UC147 Thur 10-11am in UC 100C  
Pete Bogunovich UC147 Tue 1-5pm  
Yuan Duan UC147 Mon 2-3pm; Tue 4-5pm; Wed 3-5pm  
LC Meng UC147 Mon 4-6pm; Tue 2-4pm  


Name Office Email Address Office Hours Office Phone
Tausif Ahmed UC147 N/A  
Patrick Lockner UC147 Mon 3-4pm; Wed 1-3pm  
Bethany Shumaker UC147 Mon 3-5pm  
Adrian Ambrus UC147 Tue 11am-12pm; Wed 4-5pm; Thur 12-1pm  
Cem Sahin UC147 Wed 1-3pm; Fri 3-4pm  
Chirag Patel UC147 Tue 12-2pm  
Arda Aridici UC147 Tue 12-1pm; Friday 10-11am, 12-1pm  
Diya Biswas UC147 Mon 9-10am; Wed 9-10am; Thur 9-10am  
Julie Lin UC147 Mon 1-2pm; Fri 11am-12pm, 3-4pm  
Jacob Steinberg UC147 Wed 10-11am, 12-2pm  
Anukriti Puri UC147 Mon 5-6pm; Wed 3-5pm  
Brian Dolhansky UC147 Wed 2-4pm; Fri 9-10am  
Darshak Shah UC147 Mon 11am-1pm; Thur 2-3pm  
Jordan Sved UC147 Mon 10-11am; Tue 10-11am; Thur 10-11am  
Shenglan Zhang UC147 Tue 11am-12pm; Wed 11-12pm; Fri 1-2pm  
Justine Malandra UC147 Tue 9-10am; Thur 11am-12pm, 1-2pm  
Daksh Kapoor UC147 Thur 3-5pm; Fri 4-5pm  

Office Hours

Office hours will take place in UC 147, the Computer Science Department Cyber Learning Center, during odd-numbered weeks, starting with the third week of class, and no Monday in even weeks. Other office hours in other times and weeks will be held if there is sufficient demand in other weeks. These will be posted on the class web sites.


Your course grade depends on 4 labs, 4 quizzes, 4 pre-lab quizlets and a lab proficiency exam given in week 10 of the term (week Mar 8). They are weighted as follows

  • Labs-38%
  • Quizzes - 22%
  • Quizlets - 4%
  • Proficiency Exam - 36%
  • Each quiz and quizlet is equally weighted. Some quizzes may have more questions than others.

    Unexcused missed quizzes, quizlets, labs, or exams will be given a grade of 0.

    The exam will consist of questions intended to take (for the proficient) approximately 75 minutes. Some questions will be selected from past quizzes, and some will be new but similar to quiz questions.

    Course grades will be based on the number you receive from the sum of your lab, quiz, and proficiency exam grades. Exam grades may be curved as appropriate.

    Lab grading

    How to get credit for a lab

    Attend your regularly scheduled lab. Fill out the lab verification sheet with the help of your lab partner(s). When you are finished, get the instructor to sign it and collect it. You need to have a lab verification sheet filled out and noted by the instructor before you leave lab in order to receive credit for the lab. An unexcused departure from the lab before it is finished will result in your getting zero credit for the lab.

    You are expected to be present for the entire lab unless you complete it early, including the extra credit problems. The proof you have that you are getting lab credit is the signed verification sheet.

    Quiz grading

    After each lab, an on-line quiz must be taken through Maple TA. The quizzes are typically posted at 4:30pm on Friday after the labs are finished, but sometimes they are delayed by a day or two due to technical difficulties in their production. It is typically must be completed by 5pm of the Friday of the week after lab week. Maple TA will award your score immediately upon completion of your quiz. Make note of it. Quiz scores are transferred between Maple TA and the gradebook in Blackboard a few days after the quiz deadline has passed. If you do not see your quiz score show up in the Blackboard gradebook, make inquiries of your instructor. In some versions of Maple TA, quiz-takers must hit separate “grade” and “save and quit” buttons in order to record their quiz score. If you forget to hit the “grade” button means, it means that there will be no record of your score. This is not a catastrophe, but it does mean that you need to get your instructor to intervene manually to get the grading done.

    Exam grading

    The lab proficiency exam is given in Week 10, in lab during your regularly scheduled section meeting. Given through Maple TA, it typically consists of 15-25 questions similar to those given in the quizzes. Scoring will be similar to those quizzes. Quizzes 1-4 will be made available as practice quizzes in the period before the exam is given.


    The class web site on Blackboard/Vista contains a list of all recorded grades for you -- labs, quizzes, and the exam after it is graded. Scores may appear a few days after the event since they have to be transferred by course staff from Maple TA or from attendence records. If you do not see a score from a quiz or lab appear in Blackboard within seven days, you should contact your instructor to clear a discrepancy.

    Making up work

    1. Lab Makeup Policy: If you cannot attend your regularly scheduled lab for a recognized reason (you have a medical problem, a personal emergency, or are traveling to an athletic competition), please contact your section instructor in advance to arrange to attend an alternative lab time.
    2. Quiz Makeup Policy: Since you will have five days to a week to complete each quiz and can take the quiz from anywhere that you have access to a web browser, there will be no makeup quizzes. You must complete each quiz before the deadline. It is your responsibility to complete the quiz on time taking into account the likelihood of last minute problems such as temporary system congestion or failure. Deadline extensions will be granted to system problems only if they are lengthy (several hours) and due to institutional causes from within Drexel. It is your responsibility to check that Maple TA has a record of your quiz work before the quiz is due. (Use the "View my results in this class" link on the Maple TA CS 122 home page.) If there is a problem with Maple TA, you must bring it to the attention of your instructor before the quiz is due, not after the due date has passed.
    3. Exam Makeup Policy: All students are expected to take the proficiency exam when it is scheduled for their section. With permission of your section instructor, you may reschedule the exam for another time during the week when the exam is given.
    4. Excused absence policies:
      • If you miss a quiz/lab deadline or the exam due to illness, you will need a written note from (and signed by) your physician to document the nature of your illness and how long you were/are unable to work. Contact your instructor about your medical situation as soon as possible.
      • If you have a disruptive personal or family emergency, contact your instructor as promptly as circumstances permit. 
      • For either an excuse due to personal emergency or illness, after contacting your instructor your instructor will ask you to talk to Prof. Adelaida Alban, the director of the Computer Science Department Cyber Learning Center, who will gather and verify the required documentation. After verification, she will inform your instructor that the absence is excused so that they may give you credit for the work. With an excused absence for a quiz, the average of your other quizzes will be used to compensate for the one(s) that you missed. For labs, your instructor will sign you up to attend the Monday make-lab where you will have the opportunity to do the lab for full credit. The proficiency exam cannot be skipped, but it will be rescheduled.
      • Without a valid excuse, you may get a score of zero for the lab/quiz/exam. “I forgot” or “The dog ate my alarm clock” are not going to be taken seriously as reasons for relieving you of your responsibility for completing things on time.

    Taking Quizzes

    All quizzes will be given on-line, via Maple TA. 

    Maple TA will provide you with feedback on your work immediately after the quiz is due. As before, you will need the following information to login to Maple TA in order to take a quiz or view your results in the class:

    Maple TA Login: Your Maple TA username is the same as your DrexelOne username (e.g., xyz23).

    Maple TA Password: Your initial Maple TA password is your Drexel student ID number (e.g., 12345678 not your DrexelOne password). After you login to Maple TA for the first time, you can change your Maple TA password to whatever you like. Note that the passwords to all accounts have been reset from last term.

    Study Groups

    We encourage you to work together on the labs and even form your own study group. We encourage your groups to meet with the course staff while they are on duty for office hours.

    Course Websites

    As in past terms, there are two web sites for the course:

    Departmental web site: This site includes links to Maple TA, links to the files needed to do the labs for the term, instructor contact information, and copies of class announcements. It is available during the proficiency exam.

    Vista/Blackboard web site: This is the site you access through or less directly through It contains

    Academic Dishonesty

    Drexel’s policy on academic dishonesty, which applies to this course, may be read at All incidents of academic dishonesty will be reported to Kevin Scoles, Associate Dean of the College of Engineering . Violations of the policy include: copying answers from other students to answer a Maple TA quiz, giving answers to other students to allow them to answer questions on the proficiency exam, or using unauthorized reference materials during the proficiency exam. The web page on dishonesty linked to above mentions a number of other actions besides these obvious ones that are considered violations of the policy.

    The penalty for academic dishonesty in the course is at the discretion of the instructor. Penalties that may be levied include one or more of the following: losing points on the lab, quiz, or assignment (including loss of all points, or even a negative score); a lowered or failing final grade for the course with no opportunity to withdraw; and expulsion from the university.