Students are expected to maintain routine contact with the instructor throughout the course. While the number of contacts may vary according to the specific course and individual student need, the University requires periodic weekly contacts during the semester. Contact will consist of professor notes, forum interaction, and email feedback. The method of discussion will be on-line related to issues concerning forum assignments, lesson assignments, and the final project.
The main book for the course, Beginning Programming for Dummies, will be used for textbook readings. Review the table at the end of the syllabus to see assigned readings for each week.
The Forum assignments for this course are designed to promote interactivity among students and enhance the online learning process. The Forum provides maximum flexibility because you do not have to be online at the same time as another person and you can read what other students have written.
Forum Timing: For the forum, you must post your work by midnight on Thursday (except for week one ‘on Sunday’), continue to follow your classmates' posts for the remainder of the week, and post the follow-up peer responses prior to midnight on Sunday. Your follow-up posts can add additional insight to a classmate's opinions or can challenge their opinions. Use examples from the readings, or from your own research, to support your views, as appropriate. Be sure to read the follow-up posts to your own posts and reply to any questions or requests for clarification. You are encouraged to conduct research and use other sources to support your answers.
Required Participation: Please keep in mind that the forum assignments require you to make at least 1 post to the forum with at least 250 words about the topic and also respond to at least 2 peers’ posts with at least 150 words. Please be advised that there will be point deductions if you do not comply with these requirements of the assignment. Each one of you will have a different and unique experience that we can all learn from. Your participation in the Forums unleashes the power of synergy in our classroom. To facilitate this interaction, please be prompt when posting your forum work for each week; this provides time for the others to actively engage in the dialogue. For practical reasons, when you respond to other learners’ posts, please start your response by referencing their name. I will read and grade your participation by reading the forum. There is no need to also post your forum work in the assignments area of the classroom. Refer to the forum and the syllabus for more details on grading.
There will be weekly assignments for this course to reinforce your reading and learning. Students will use Python 3.x to practice programming concepts. Complete the weekly exercises required as stated in the Assignments area; then submit your work in the assignments area of the classroom as required.
FINAL GRADE IS BASED UPON: All work will be graded on a 100-point raw score basis. There are a total of 100 weighted points for this course broken down as follows: