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CS 123 - Computation Lab III - Spring 2007

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Course Overview

  1. Classroom:  Every section of the course will meet in University Crossings (UC) Room 145.  All of the labs, the exam, and all of the office hours will be held in this room.
  2. Labs:  Every section of the course (both even- and odd-numbered sections) will meet 4 times this term for a 1 hour 50 minute lab during even-numbered weeks, starting with the second week of class.  Thus, all of the labs will take place during Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8.  The labs will consist of tutorials, required problems, and optional problems to be solved using the Maple 10 computer algebra system.  Solutions to each lab will be posted on WebCT soon after the lab is due.  (See Get Lab Solutions on the WebCT CS 123 home page.)
  3. Quizzes:  Every section of the course will have a quiz on each lab during odd-numbered weeks, starting with the third week of class.  Thus, quizzes will take place during Weeks 3, 5, 7, 9.  The quizzes will be administered online using Maple TA.  You do not need to come to UC 145 in order to take the quiz—you can take the quiz from anywhere that you have access to a web browser.  You may attempt each quiz up to 5 times before the due date.  Your grade for each quiz will be the best score out of all your attempts.  If you do not take a quiz, you will receive a grade of zero for that quiz.  Maple TA will automatically reveal the answers to each quiz and provide you with detailed feedback on your work immediately after the quiz is due.  You will need the following information to login to Maple TA in order to take a quiz or view your results in the class:
    1. Maple TA Login:  Your Maple TA username is the same as your DrexelOne username (e.g., xyz23).
    2. 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.
  4. Exam:  We will administer a lab proficiency exam in UC 145 during Week 10.  You must take the exam during your assigned lab day and time.  The exam will be proctored and given using Maple TA.  The exam is comprehensive and will cover material from all four labs.  If you do not take the exam, you will receive a grade of zero for the exam.
  5. Course Grades:  Your full attendance and conscientious participation in the four labs will constitute 40% of your course grade.  The four quizzes will contribute another 40% of your grade, and the lab proficiency exam will contribute the remaining 20% of your grade.  Your letter grade in the course will be either A, B, C, D, or F.  In special circumstances, you may receive a grade of INC (incomplete) or NGR (no grade recorded).  You can check your grades for each component of the course using WebCT.  (See the My Grades icon in the upper right corner of every WebCT screen.)  The course schedule and grading scheme are summarized in the following table:

    Week(s)ComponentQuantityIndividual WeightTotal Weight
    2, 4, 6, 8Labs410%40%
    3, 5, 7, 9Quizzes410%40%
    10Exam120%20%

  6. Office Hours:  We will have extensive office hours throughout the term—28 hours every other week!  This will give you ample opportunity to get extra help from course staff outside of regular class hours.  Office hours will take place in UC 145 during odd-numbered weeks, starting with the third week of class.  Thus, we will hold office hours during Weeks 3, 5, 7, 9.  (See the schedule of office hours posted below to find out the days and times.)
  7. Study Groups:  We encourage you to work together on the labs and even form your own study groups.  Feel free to meet with your fellow students to work on the labs in UC 145 during Weeks 3, 5, 7, 9 whenever course staff are on duty for office hours.
  8. Course Website:  Detailed information about the course has been posted on the course website which you are reading right now.  This website can be reached from WebCT.  (See Visit Other Websites on the WebCT CS 123 home page.)  You can also reach this website directly via this web address:

    www.cs.drexel.edu/complab/cs123/spring2007

  9. Course Announcements:  Course instructors will post additional announcements of interest to the entire class on WebCT.  (See Read Class Announcements on the WebCT CS 123 home page.)
  10. Course Discussions:  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.)
  11. Contacting Your Instructor:  You may contact your instructor directly via email.  (See the course staff directory posted below.)


Course Policies

  1. *Academic Integrity Policy:  You are expected to conduct yourself with the highest level of academic integrity at all times.  All incidents of academic dishonesty will be reported.  Such incidents will be brought to the attention of Associate Dean Anthony Lowman and will become a permanent part of your academic record in the College of Engineering.  Reportable offenses include, but are not limited to, the following:
    1. lying to course staff (e.g., claiming that Maple TA lost your quiz scores when the Maple TA system logs show that you never logged in to the quiz or answered any questions)
    2. *cheating on a quiz (e.g., getting answers from other students and typing them in to Maple TA instead of doing your own work on the quiz)
    3. cheating on the exam (e.g. consulting unauthorized reference materials during the exam, copying the work of another student, or providing help to another student during the exam).
  2. Lab Grading Policy:  Your grade for each lab will range from full credit to no credit, or possibly something in between.  The lab grades which will be given are described in the following table:

    Lab GradeDescription
    1.00
    full credit
    0.75partial credit
    0.50
    partial credit
    0.25
    partial credit
    0.00no credit

  3. Lab Attendance Policy:  You are expected to attend all four labs throughout the term.  In order to receive full credit (1.00) for attending and participating in a lab during class time, you must fulfill all four of the following requirements:
    1. Roll Call:  You must be present during roll call at the beginning of the class.  If you arrive late to the lab, you will not receive full credit.  Your instructor will enter the day's attendance data directly into WebCT while calling roll.  You will be able to verify that your attendance has been properly recorded by logging into WebCT.  (See the My Grades icon in the upper right corner of every WebCT screen.)  Please bring any errors or omissions in your WebCT attendance records to the attention of your instructor before your leave the classroom.  If your attendance is not recorded in WebCT before you leave the classroom, you will not receive credit for the lab—unless you can prove that you attended (e.g., via the sign-in sheet).
    2. Sign-In Sheet:  As a backup procedure in case of problems with WebCT, we will ask you to physically sign in on a printed form which will be passed around the classroom.  Please record your DrexelOne username (e.g., xyz23) and then print and sign your name on the form.
    3. Lab Time:  You are expected to spend the entire class period working on the lab.  If you complete all of the required problems (i.e., the problems which will be covered on the quiz) before the class is over, begin working on the optional problems.  If you leave the lab early without permission from your instructor, you will not receive full credit.   (To get permission to leave a lab early without penalty, you must complete all of the required and optional problems and have a course staff member verify that you have completed these problems correctly.  The staff member will then formally sign you out by making a note next to your name on the sign-in sheet.)
    4. Lab Submission:  Before you leave the classroom, save your Maple worksheet to the desktop and submit a record of your work on WebCT.  (See Get & Submit Labs on the WebCT CS 123 home page.)  Be sure to follow the online instructions carefully!  Although the lab work which you submit from class will not be formally graded (because you will take a quiz on the lab material instead), it is important that we have a record of what you accomplished during class.  After you submit your lab on WebCT, you can  download your Maple worksheet from WebCT later to continue working on the lab outside of class, and you can resubmit your revised lab any time before the lab is due.  (In order to resubmit your lab, you must first take back your original submission.  To do this, use the Assignments icon in the upper right corner of any WebCT screen to get into the Assignments screen.  Find your original lab submission under the Submitted tab, and then use the Take Back icon in the Options column to take back your original lab.  After doing this, you can submit your revised lab on WebCT.)
  4. Lab Makeup Policy:  If you cannot attend your regularly scheduled lab for a legitimate reason (e.g., you are ill or traveling to an athletic competition), please contact your instructor in advance to arrange to attend the lab at an alternate time during the same week.  If this is not possible, you must make up the missed work outside of class (e.g., during office hours).  If you make up the lab outside of class, you must ask a course staff member to formally grade your lab and enter your lab grade into WebCT.  In order to receive full credit (1.00) for making up a lab outside of class, you must complete all of the required problems correctly—otherwise, you will receive partial credit in proportion to the amount of required work which you have completed correctly.  You must submit your makeup lab before the due date.  Makeup labs will not be accepted after the solutions have been posted on WebCT.
  5. Quiz Makeup Policy:  Since you will have an entire 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 due date.  We will not accept any excuses for missing a quiz.  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.
  6. *Excused Absence Policy:  If you miss a lab or quiz for a legitimate reason (e.g., you were in the hospital or there was a death in your immediate family), we can give you an excused absence—but only if you can provide documentation of your special circumstances (e.g., a hospital bill naming you as the patient and listing the dates of your hospitalization or an obituary proving the death and your relation to the deceased).  An excused absence means that we will compensate for the missing work by weighting your other labs or quizzes more heavily when computing your lab or quiz average.
  7. Exam Makeup Policy:  If you do not take the exam during Week 10 because you were unaware of the exam date or because you simply forgot to attend, you will not be allowed to take a makeup exam after Week 10 is over.  If you do not take the exam during Week 10 because of serious extenuating circumstances (e.g., you were very ill or had a death in the immediate family), you will be allowed to take a makeup exam after Week 10 is over—but only if you can provide official documentation of your circumstances (e.g., a doctor's note or a death certificate).


Weekly Events

The table below presents a weekly overview of all the events in this course—the four labs, the four quizzes, office hours, and the exam.  These events begin the second week of classes and continue through the last week of classes.  The table gives the start and end dates for these events as well as the due date for the work associated with these events.


WeekEventStartsEndsDueDescription
1None   There will be no labs during the first week of classes.
2Lab 1Mon-4/9Fri-4/13Fri-4/20@5PMLab 1 on Definite Integrals and the Area Under a Curve is to be started in class and submitted on WebCT.
3Quiz 1Fri-4/13Fri-4/20Fri-4/20@5PMQuiz 1 is taken online using Maple TA and covers Problems 1–3 from Lab 1.
Office HoursMon-4/16Fri-4/20  Course staff will be available during office hours to help you complete Lab 1 in preparation for Quiz 1.
4Lab 2Mon-4/23Fri-4/27Fri-5/4@5PMLab 2 on Symbolic Techniques for Computing Indefinite Integrals is to be started in class and submitted on WebCT.
5Quiz 2 Fri-4/27Fri-5/4Fri-5/4@5PMQuiz 2 is taken online using Maple TA and covers Problems 1–4 from Lab 2.
Office HoursMon-4/30Fri-5/4  Course staff will be available during office hours to help you complete Lab 2 in preparation for Quiz 2.
6Lab 3 Mon-5/7Fri-5/11Fri-5/18@5PM
Lab 3 on Numerical Methods for Computing π and e is to be started in class and submitted on WebCT.
**7**Quiz 3Fri-5/11Sat-5/19Sat-5/19@5PMThe deadline for Quiz 3 has been extended by 24 hours due to a power outage in University Crossings.

Quiz 3 is taken online using Maple TA and covers Problems 1–4 from Lab 3.
*Office HoursMon-5/14Fri-5/18 Office hours will be held in UC 144 rather than UC 145 during Week 7.

Course staff will be available during office hours to help you complete Lab 3 in preparation for Quiz 3.
8Lab 4Mon-5/21Fri-5/25Fri-6/1@5PMLab 4 on Computer Simulation of Projectile Motion is to be started in class and submitted on WebCT.
9Quiz 4Fri-5/25Fri-6/1Fri-6/1@5PMQuiz 4 is taken online using Maple TA and covers Problems 1–4 from Lab 4.
Memorial DayMon-5/28Mon-5/28 Memorial Day is a university holiday.  There will be no office hours that day.
Office HoursTue-5/29Fri-6/1 Course staff will be available during office hours to help you complete Lab 4 in preparation for Quiz 4.
10ExamMon-6/4Fri-6/8Due in ClassThe lab proficiency exam will be proctored.  You must take the exam in your assigned lab room (UC 145) during Week 10 on your assigned class day and time.  The exam will cover the required problems from Labs 1–4 and will be taken using Maple TA.  You will have 1.5 hours to complete the exam.  You may use Maple, the Maple online help, and the original Maple worksheets for Labs 1–4 as reference material during the exam.  No other reference material will be allowed.  In particular, you may not consult the solutions to the labs during the exam (either the posted solutions or your own solutions), and you may not consult the solutions to the quizzes during the exam.  Maple TA will inform you of your exam grade as soon as you have completed the exam.



Course Staff

Please Respect the Chain of Command
If you need to reach the course staff to discuss a problem, please contact the primary instructor for your assigned section (see table below).  Your instructor will either resolve your problem or will discuss your problem with the course coordinator on your behalf.  Do not contact the course coordinator.  Please respect the chain of command, which is necessary to keep this large course of over 400 students and 11 staff running smoothly.

You are welcome to contact the primary instructor for your section by email with any questions or concerns you have about the course.  Please follow these guidelines when contacting your instructor:
  1. Before you contact your instructor, (re)read the course website carefully to see if your question has already been answered here.
  2. Check the course announcements and course discussions on WebCT to see if your concerns have already been addressed there.
  3. Whenever you contact your instructor, always include the following information in your email:
    1. your full name
    2. your section number
    3. your student ID number
    4. your DrexelOne username (if you are not writing from your Drexel email address).
  4. Understand that your instructor has many responsibilities and may not be able to send you an immediate reply.  Please be patient.  If your instructor is busy with other duties, sending repeated emails on the same topic will not help matters.  If you do not receive a speedy reply to your email, try to see your instructor during office hours or talk with your instructor during class.
To determine the right person to contact with your questions or concerns, simply find your section number in the left-most column of the table below.  The name and email address of the primary instructor for your section are listed in the same row as your section number.  If you do not know your section number, you can determine it from the class schedule.

Sections InitialsName Position StatusAffiliationEmail
61, 62, 64 FWCDr. Frederick W. Chapman Course Coordinator FacultyCS
66, 68KSMr. Kurt SchmidtCourse InstructorFacultyCS
63, 67, 73, 75
PBMr. Pete Bogunovich Course Instructor Graduate StudentCS
76, 77, 80, 82
MAMr. Michael Andrews Course Instructor Graduate StudentCS
69TCMr. Tim CheesemanTeaching AssistantUndergraduateCS
78NPMr. Nam PhamTeaching AssistantUndergraduateCS
 DDSMr. Dan De SousaTeaching AssistantUndergraduateCS
  Ms. Stephanie PoleshuckLab AssistantCo-Op StudentCoE 
  Mr. Sean DevlinLab AssistantCo-Op StudentCoE 
  Ms. Caroline McCormackLab AssistantCo-Op StudentCoE 
  Mr. Corbin DrescherLab AssistantCo-Op StudentCoE 



Class Schedule

All sections of the course meet for 1 hour and 50 minutes in University Crossings (UC) Room 145 during even-numbered weeks throughout the term.  Class days and times are listed in the table below by section number.

The initials of the course staff member(s) assigned to each section appear below in parentheses.  The initials of the primary instructor appear first, followed by the initials of the teaching assistant (if one has been assigned to the section).  You should direct all email about the course to the primary instructor for your section.


Mon/Wed/Fri
Time Slots
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Tue/Thu
Time Slots
UC 145 UC 145 UC 145 UC 145  UC 145
              8 AM – 10 AM
  9 AM – 11 AM Sec. 61
(FWC)
           
    Sec. 66
(KS)
   Sec. 75
(PB/DDS)
  10 AM – 12 PM
11 AM –   1 PM Sec. 62
(FWC/NP)
    Sec. 80
(MA)
 
    Sec. 67
(PB/TC)
   Sec. 76
(MA)
  12 PM –   2 PM
  1 PM –   3 PM Sec. 63
(PB)
        
    Sec. 68
(KS/DDS)
   Sec. 77
(MA/DDS)
     2 PM –   4 PM
  3 PM –   5 PM Sec. 64
(FWC)
  Sec. 73
(PB)
   Sec. 82
(MA)
 
    Sec. 69
(TC/NP)
   Sec. 78
(NP/TC)
    4 PM –   6 PM



Office Hours

Office hours will be held in University Crossings (UC) Room 145 during odd-numbered weeks throughout the term starting with the third week of classes.  The days and times of office hours are listed in the table below, along with the initials of the course staff member on duty.

Please note that you are welcome to consult with any staff member during any of the scheduled office hourseven if it is not your regular instructor or your regular class time!

*Office hours will be held in UC 144 instead of UC 145 during Week 7 (May 14
18).


Mon/Wed/Fri
Time Slots
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Tue/Thu
Time Slots
UC 145* UC 145* UC 145* UC 145*  UC 145*
             8 AM – 10 AM
  9 AM – 11 AM NP           
    DDS  DDS  10 AM – 12 PM
11 AM –   1 PM NP     MA  
    TC   TC   12 PM –   2 PM
  1 PM –   3 PM PB        
       DDS    2 PM –   4 PM
  3 PM –   5 PM KS  PB   MA  
    TC  NP    4 PM –   6 PM



Useful Links

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