This is an online course. There will not be a particular, required class meeting time. However, you will be expected to go over prep material, take a prep quiz, and watch a video most days Monday-Friday for the duration of the course.
The only prerequisite is one semester of computer programming, such as CSc 110, ISTA 130, or ECE 175.
There will also be some undergraduate TAs. See the class website for their contact info.
As has been stated, this will be an online course. Though there won’t be regular class meeting times, there will be many course videos that you will be expected to watch. Though the course will be online, I am going to attempt to incorporate active learning and flipped-learning techniques.
By active learning, I mean that watching the course videos won’t just be starting at a computer screen. Instead, the videso will have periodic enbedded questions, which will be worth points. Thus, you’ll need to pay close attention as you watch the videos, and attempt to get as many questions correct as you can! Thus, you can spend some time “actively” learn, rather than “passively” listen to me talk on videos.
By flipped-classroom, I mean that you will often be assigned reading or other material to complete before watching course videos. By doing this, you will (hopefully) have a basic understanding of a concept before watching the video about that concept.
The breakdown of grades in this course is as follows:
Instead of meeting at a particular place at a particular time for class, you should watch and interact with pre-recorded videos. The pre-recorded videos will generally have a number of questions and/or activities interspersed throughout the videos. These questions and/or activities will amount to 10% of your final course grade. It is important that you PAY ATTENTION while watching the videos - otherwise, you might not do so well on the questions, costing you valuable points. There will typically be 4 or more videos due per week (Mon-Fri). Each day day of the week, you’ll have one or two videos due.
There will also be an assigned material to read/watch along with each day of class. The general flow of a particular “day” of class should be like so:
Make sure you check D2L regularly to ensure that you don’t miss any of the videos! If you miss or get a zero on more than 6 videos, this will result in a 10% letter grade deduction.
There will be a number of programming assignments throughout the course, which will contribute to 35% percent of the student’s grade. The majority of these will be individual projects, but the instructor reserves the right to make some group-based.
There will be three exams throughout the course (including the final), for a total of %35. The final will be worth 15%, and the others 10%. These exams may cover material from class, the programming assignments, the final project, and the readings.
Note that you will be taking these exams online, possibly using an electronic proctoring service, such as examity. When taking an exam, it is important to ensure that you have the proper technology and internet access to complete the exam. I will not be providing make-up opportunities for technical difficulties, such as your battery dying while taking an exam, losing internet during an exam, etc. It is up to you to ensure that you have access to a good computer, a reliable internet connection, a webcam and microphone, etc.
The instructor and teaching staff will do their best to have grades back to students within 1 week. This includes, but is not limited to, grades for exams, projects, programming assignments, attendance, videos, and quizzes. Once a grade has been entered for a particular item on the digital grade-book, students have at most 4 days (including weekends) to dispute the grade. This includes disputes related to excuses such as sickness, personal matters, dean’s excuses, etc. If 4 days pass and there has not been such a request, the grade is final.
The correspondence between percentage grade and numeric grade is as follows:
In this class, you are given 2 late days. What this means is that you are allowed to submit up to 2 programming assignments within 24 hours after the due date throughout the semester, without penalty. You should not burn through all of these free late days on the first few assignments though! Consider saving some for later in the course, when you might be in dire need :).
The final exam will be on August 11, 2020. Since this an online class, there will be a window during which the final exam will be available to be taken. The window is TBD. For now, you should be prepared to take it at any time of the day, so please kepe your scheduled flexible. If you have work or other committments that you will have on that same day, please work with your supervisor, or others, to make sure you have flexibility to take the exam. There will be no make-up opportunities for the final exam.
There is not a required textbook for this class. However, there will be a number of required readings to read and other resources, such as videos, to watch. These will primarily be freely available resources, such as online videos, blog posts, articles, etc.
This class is an introduction to web programming. Due to this, you’ll have to own, or have consistent access to a computer that has a reliable internet connection. You’ll also have to have a code or text editor, though I won’t require a specific one. We will also be using mongoDB and NodeJS, so you will have to have a computer capable of running this software locally.
We will be using digital ocean for web hosting. There is a developer pack students can apply for to get free dgital ocean credits. If you have already used your credits in the past, you might need to spend between $10-$20 for this course for your web hosting.
The instructor and teaching staff provide a number of opportunities to receive help when you are stuck. The instructor and TAs will have several online office hours each week. The times of the office hours will likely happen via zoom.
If you are unable to use office hours, you can also get help online via Piazza. However, you may not publicly post any of your code or solutions to problems. If you are making a public post (visible to the entire class) make sure you do not include this. If you would like to include this, post to the instructors only. If you are ever stuck, ask for help!
Unless otherwise specified, you may not work in groups on any coursework. This includes exams, programming assignments, projects, videos, and all other coursework. You may not share code, copy/paste code, or look at each-others code. The instructor will be using software to help detect cheating (similar code). If cheating is detected on your work, penalties may include (but are not limited to):
See the schedule page on the class website for the topic and reading schedule.
The Department of Computer Science is committed to providing and maintaining a supportive educational environment for all. We strive to be welcoming and inclusive, respect privacy and confidentiality, behave respectfully and courteously, and practice intellectual honesty. Disruptive behaviors (such as physical or emotional harassment, dismissive attitudes, and abuse of department resources) will not be tolerated. The complete Code of Conduct is available on our department web site. We expect that you will adhere to this code, as well as the UA Student Code of Conduct, while you are a member of this class.
To foster a positive learning environment, students and instructors have a shared responsibility. We want a welcoming environment where we can challenge ourselves to succeed. To that end, our focus is on the tasks at hand and not on extraneous activities (e.g., texting, chatting, reading a newspaper, making phone calls, web surfing, etc.).Students are asked to refrain from disruptive conversations with people sitting around them during lecture. Students observed engaging in disruptive activity will be asked to cease this behavior. Those who continue to disrupt the class will be asked to leave lecture or discussion and may be reported to the Dean of Students.
The UA Threatening Behavior by Students Policy prohibits threats of physical harm to any member of the University community, including to oneself. See http://policy.arizona.edu/education-and-student-affairs/threatening-behavior-students.
At the University of Arizona we strive to make learning experiences as accessible as possible. If you anticipate or experience physical or academic barriers based on disability or pregnancy, you are welcome to let me know so that we can discuss options. You are also encouraged to contact Disability Resources (520-621-3268) to explore reasonable accommodation. Please be aware that the accessible table and chairs in this room should remain available for students who find that standard classroom seating is not usable.
Students are encouraged to share intellectual views and discuss freely the principles and applications of course materials. However, graded work/exercises must be the product of independent effort unless otherwise instructed. Students are expected to adhere to the UA Code of Academic Integrity as described in the UA General Catalog. See http://deanofstudents.arizona.edu/academic-integrity/students/academic-integrity.
The University Libraries have some excellent tips for avoiding plagiarism, available at http://www.library.arizona.edu/help/tutorials/plagiarism/index.html.
Selling class notes and/or other course materials to other students or to a third party for resale is not permitted without the instructor’s express written consent.
Violations to this and other course rules are subject to the Code of Academic Integrity and may result in course sanctions. Additionally, students who use D2L or UA e-mail to sell or buy these copyrighted materials are subject to Code of Conduct Violations for misuse of student e-mail addresses. This conduct may also constitute copyright infringement.
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Information contained in the course syllabus, other than the grade and absence policy, may be subject to change with advance notice, as deemed appropriate by the instructor.