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Course Description

Class Meeting Time

Instructor

Textbook

Grading

Expected Week

Attendance and Participation

Lateness Policy

Accommodation

COMP 171: Principles of Computing Science I


Course Description

A disciplined introduction to problem-solving methods and program development. Topics include standard control structures, basic data structures, algorithms and abstraction mechanisms, testing, and an introduction to algorithm analysis.

Class Meeting Time

Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
11:00am-11:50pm
Williams Hall Room: 303

Tuesday:
9:25am-10:40am...11:15am
Williams Hall Room: 303
August 27, 2014-December 12, 2014

Instructor

Paul Dickson
Phone: x41599, off campus (607) 274-1599
E-Mail: pdickson-at-ithaca.edu
Office: room 401A Williams Hall

Office Hours:
Tuesday 1:00-3:00pm
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00-2:00pm
by appointment

TA: Samantha Rhodes
E-Mail: srhodes1-at-ithaca.edu
Lab Hours (for all TAs): (Williams room 303)
Monday 7:00-9:00pm
Thursday 7:00-9:00pm
Sunday 7:00-9:00pm

Textbook

Required text:
http://interactivepython.org/runestone/default/user/login
Be sure to register for the correct section: IC-Comp171-FA-14-Paul

Grading

Course evaluation will be based on the ability of students to learn material. The ability to learn the material will be judged with the following weight:

30% Labs
10% Homework (book exercises)
10% Attendance and class participation
20% Quizes
30% Final Exam

Expected Week

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Homework due Lab due Quiz
Working on lab Reading book

Attendance and Participation

Class attendance is mandatory and you are responsible for all material and announcements given in class. If you miss a class you are responsible for obtaining the missed material/announcements. Note that verifiable health issues or family emergencies, religious holidays, court appearances, and most College-authorized extracurricular activities such as athletic events, musical and theatrical performances, and professional conferences are considered excused absences. Make sure to inform me of excused absences as early as possible.

With that said, just being in class is not all that is required of you. Rather, it is important that you contribute to class as well, both to the entire group, and to smaller groups when we have in-class exercises. Your contributions, in the form of questions and answers in lecture, as well as in contribution to in-class group work will factor into this grading portion as well.

Lateness Policy

Almost all assignments will be cumulative, meaning that they build off of one another. Therefore it is crucial that work be submitted on time. To facilitate this, if an assignment is not submitted on time (at or before the specific due date and time), there will be a 10% penalty. There will be an additional 10% penalty for each day after the due date that the assignment is late. Exceptions are possible, but you should approach the professor early and clarify the acceptable reason for lateness (personal emergency, excused absence, etc.)

Accommodation

Accommodation of students with disabilities: In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodation will be provided to students with documented disabilities on a case by case basis. Students must register with the Office of Academic Support Services and provide appropriate documentation to the college before any academic adjustment will be provided.

Diminished mental health, including significant stress, mood changes, excessive worry, or problems with eating and/or sleeping can interfere with optimal academic performance. The source of symptoms might be strictly related to your course work; if so, please speak with me. However, problems with relationships, family worries, loss, or a personal struggle or crisis can also contribute to decreased academic performance. Ithaca College provides a Counseling Center to support the academic success of students. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides cost-free services to help you manage personal challenges that threaten your well-being.


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