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CS123 Spring 2011 Syllabus

Course Overview

This course is the third 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, differential calculus and integral calculus in this course.

Class Calendar

Week Dates Events
2 Apr 4 - 8 Lab 1.
3 Apr 11-15 Quiz 1
4 Apr 18-22 Lab 2
5 Apr 25-29 Quiz 2
6 May 2-6 Lab 3
7 May 9-13 Quiz 3
8 May 16-20 Lab 4
9 May 23-27 Quiz 4
10 May 30 - Jun 3 Proficiency Exam

Office Hours

go to Department of Computer Science Cyber Learning Center to check CS 123 office hours.

Class Meetings

The class meetings consists of 4 weekly labs and associated quizzes and a lab proficiency exam at the end of the term (week of May 30). There will be class meetings in weeks 2,4,6,8, and 10 of the Spring term. Each lab period will be 1 hour 50 minutes. Each lab section meets consistently in Korman 110 or UC 151 - check schedule below

Class Section Day Time Instructor Classroom
CS123 61 Monday 9:00am - 10:50am Bruce Char Korman 110
CS123 62 Monday 11:00am - 12:50pm Bruce Char Korman 110
CS123 63 Monday 1:0pm - 2:50pm Yusuf Osmanlioglu Korman 110
CS123 64 Monday 3:00pm - 4:50pm Yusuf Osmanlioglu Korman 110
CS123 65 Tuesday 8:00am - 9:50am Dave Augenblick Korman 110
CS123 66 Tuesday 10:00am - 11:50am Dave Augenblick Korman 110
CS123 67 Tuesday 12:0pm - 1:50pm Mark Boady Korman 110
CS123 68 Tuesday 2:00pm - 3:50pm Mark Boady Korman 110
CS123 69 Tuesday 4:00pm - 5:50pm Dave Augenblick Korman 110
CS123 70 Wednesday 9:00am - 10:50am Jeremy Johnson Korman 110
CS123 71 Wednesday 11:0am - 12:50pm Jeremy Johnson Korman 110
CS123 72 Wednesnday 1:00pm - 2:50pm Mark Boady Korman 110
CS123 73 Wednessday 3:00pm - 4:50pm Mark Boady Korman 110
CS123 74 Thursday 8:00am - 9:50am LC Meng Korman 110
CS123 75 Thursday 10:00am - 11:50am LC Meng Korman 110
CS123 76 Thursday 12:00pm - 1:50pm Dave Augenblick Korman 110
CS123 77 Thursday 2:00pm - 3:50pm Yusuf Osmanlioglu Korman 110
CS123 78 Thursday 4:00pm - 5:50pm Yusuf Osmanlioglu Korman 110
CS123 79 Friday 9:00am - 10:50am Yusuf Osmanlioglu Korman 110
CS123 80 Friday 11:00am - 12:50pm LC Meng Korman 110
CS123 81 Friday 1:00pm - 2:50pm Dave Augenblick Korman 110
CS123 82 Friday 3:00pm - 4:50pm Dave Augenblick Korman 110
CS123 83 Wednesday 9:00am - 10:50am LC Meng UC 151
CS123 84 Wednesday 11:00am - 12:50pm LC meng UC 151

If you are unable to attend your regularly scheduled meeting, you should schedule a make-up arrangement with your instructor. See "Making Up Work" section below.

Instructors

Name Office Email Address Office Hours Office Phone

Bruce Char (course coordinator)

UC100A charbw@drexel.edu None 215-895-2669
David Augenblick UC129 augenbdh@cs.drexel.edu Wed 2-4pm 215-895-4910
Jeremy Johnson UC100C jjohnson@cs.drexel.edu None  
Mark Boady UC147 mwb33@drexel.edu None  
LC Meng UC147 lm433@drexel.edu None  
Yusuf Osmanlioglu UC147 yo42@drexel.edu None  

Assistants

Name Office Email Address Office Hours Office Phone
Tausif Ahmed Korman 110 tma43@drexel.edu See CLC schedule  
Cem Sahin Korman 110 cs486@drexel.edu See CLC schedule  
Deepesh Rana Korman 110 dr425@drexel.edu See CLC schedule  
Adrian Ambrus Korman 110 ama73@drexel.edu See CLC schedule  
Diya Biswas Korman 110 diyaenator@gamil.com See CLC schedule  
Brian Dolhansky Korman 110 bwd25@drexel.edu See CLC schedule  
Arda Aridici Korman 110 aa627@drexel.edu See CLC schedule  
Anu Puri Korman 110 anukriti.puri@drexel.edu See CLC schedule  
Darshak Shah Korman 110 dss55@drexel.edu See CLC schedule  
Justine Malandra Korman 110 jnm39@drexel.edu See CLC schedule  
Vince Zaccone Korman 110 vaz24@drexel.edu See CLC schedule  
James Goodman Korman 110 james.m.goodman@drexel.edu See CLC schedule  
Akhil Kapoor Korman 110 ak876@drexel.edu See CLC schedule  
Melisa Aslan Korman 110 ma539@drexel.edu See CLC schedule  
Shaun Cruz Korman 110 smc332@drexel.edu See CLC schedule  

Office Hours

The Cyber Learning Center (CLC - room 147 UC) will be staffed during odd weeks (week of quiz) from Monday through Friday (9 AM to 5 PM).

Grading

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. They are weighted as follows

  • Lab - 36%
  • Quizzes - 20%
  • Quizlets - 8%
  • Proficiency Exam - 36%

    Each quiz is equally weighted. Some quizzes may have more questions than others.

    Unexcused missed quizzes, 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. A lab completion session is avaialble (see instructor at end of regular lab) on Mondays following lab week.

    You are expected to be present for the entire lab unless you complete it early. 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 Friday 6PM after the labs are finished. It typically must be completed by Wednesday 4:30pm of the week between labs. 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 (week of May 30th), in lab during your regularly scheduled section meeting. Given through Maple TA, it typically consists of 10-12 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 conducted.

    Gradebook

    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 an alternative plan. Makeup labs are held on the Monday evening follwing the end of lab week; however, you must receive permission from your instructor to attend.
    2. Quiz Makeup Policy: You will have five days to complete each quiz and can take the quiz from anywhere that you have access to a web browser.There will be a makeup quiz offered at a 30% penalty. 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 123 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 (week of May 30th).
    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 arrange a makeup plan. The proficiency exam cannot be skipped.
      • 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: www.cs.drexel.edu/complab/cs123/spring2011. 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 learning.drexel.edu or less directly through one.drexel.edu. It may contain

    • Class announcements
    • Student/staff discussion forums
      You may post your own questions—or post answers to another student's questions—using the discussion topic provided for that purpose on WebCT. (See Discuss Course Material on the WebCT CS 123 home page.)
    • Lab, quiz, and exam grades for the course
    • Lecture notes used in lab
    • Lab solutions, after the deadline for lab submissions
    • “Frequently asked Questions”
    • Instructor names and contact information

    Academic Dishonesty

    Drexel’s policy on academic dishonesty, which applies to this course, may be read at http://www.drexel.edu/provost/policies/academic_dishonesty.asp 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.