George Mason University
DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
CS100 - Principles of Computing - Spring 2016
TR 12:00-1:15, IN 134
Prerequisites | Description | Readings | Syllabus | Grading | Late | Dates
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Professor Dana Richards
firstname.lastname@example.org (email should have "CS100” in the subject line)
Course office hours: Monday and Tuesday 3:00-4:00 or by appt.
Engineering Bldg 5320
This course is intended to help students learn to think in the manner necessary to fully grasp the nature and power of the digital world around us. The early era of the Internet and the personal computer led to the need for "computer literacy." Now, the changing nature of our global society requires that students learn new ways to think about problems and how to solve them, regardless of students' specific fields of endeavor. Through this course, students will explore major issues related to the "big ideas" of computational thinking (namely, (i) Creativity, (ii) Abstraction, (iii) Data, (iv) Algorithms, (v) Programming, (vi) Internet, and (vii) Societal Impact), as well as how these issues will impact their future lives.
Quizzes — 30% (including programming)
Final — 30%
Homework — 20%
Paper — 20%
Some homework will include programming; they will be given more time.
Each “quiz” is like a “mini-exam” and will be mostly based on the preceding homework and readings.
The final is cumulative, including the last homework.
We will use the language Processing.
There will be a term paper based the required texts but may include others texts.
Direct copying from any source can not be submitted as your own.
Except when indicated, there is to be NO group work on the programs.
Receiving direct contributions to the code that is submitted is considered a violation of the Honor Code.
(See cs.gmu.edu/wiki/pmwiki.php/HonorCode for the GMU and Computer Science guidelines.)
Be advised that the teaching team will be employing electronic means to detect plagiarism.
The pace is self-adjusting.
Date Topic Reading Assignment
A homework must be submitted before class.
If it is submitted more than once once the last submission is graded.
Homework will be marked down 10% each day it is late.
TA OFFICE HOURS
TA: Tallah Zafar, email@example.com, hours TBA.
NO LAPTOPS, etc. (If you NEED a laptop for note-taking then speak to me.)