NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY
700 PARK AVENUE * NORFOLK, VIRGINIA * 23504
Robinson Technology Center (RTC)
Office:: (757) 823-9454     Fax: (757) 823-9229
Email: CompSci@nsu.edu

Computer Science Courses

DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE SYLLABUS

COURSE NUMBER & TITLE:
CSC-200H   ADVANCED COMPUTER CONCEPTS (HONORS)
COURSE CREDITS:
3
PREREQUISITES:
CSC-150 or the equivalent
CO-REQUISITES:
See Instructor.
COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This is an advance computer course that prepares students to develop critical thinking, information literacy and problem solving skills. Primary emphasis will be on working with email, wireless networking, search engines, creating web pages, and presentation tools. These extensive computer hands-on exercises are mandatory and developed to allow learning by doing. A presentation project is required.

COURSE MATERIALS / REQUIRED TEXT(s) / SUPPLEMENTARY READINGS:
  • eBook New Perspectives On the Internet with PowerPoint 2010 8th Edition Gary Schneider, Jessica Evans, and D'Nita Andrews Graham
  • USB Flash Drive

Purchase books/supplies Online at NSU Barnes & Nobles Bookstore (http://norfolkstate.bncollege.com)

COMPUTER SCIENCE OFFICE LOCATION:

The Department of Computer Science is located in Suite 320 Robinson Technology Center. The individual faculty offices are located within the suite.

COURSE RATIONALE:

As a part of the general core, this course satisfies components of the required technology competencies.

COURSE GOALS & INTENDED OUTCOMES

    Measureable Objectives:
  • compare web browsers software
  • evaluate an email program and a web-based email service
  • explain search engines and directories effectively
  • apply, identify and evaluate online information resources
  • create compress and decompress files
  • evaluate wireless networks and devices
  • create HTML documents and understand browser extensions
  • create presentations suitable for coursework, professional purposes and personal use
  • apply elements of new paradigm theory and practice

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Internet Research and Email
  • Search Engines and Directories
  • Information Resources on the Web
  • Downloading and Storing Data
  • Wireless Network
  • Web Pages
  • PowerPoint 2010

PRIMARY METHOD(S) OF INSTRUCTION / METHODS TO ENGAGE STUDENTS

Instructional methods employed in the course that are designed to engage students in achieving learning outcomes are lecture, demonstration, class discussion, group discussion, drill, lab, simulation, and community service.

GRADING STANDARDS

A
1000-900 Points
B+
899-870 Points
B
869-800 Points
C+
799-770 Points
C
769-700 Points
D+
699-670 Points
D
669-600 Points
F
599-0 Points
Grading Evaluation
Laboratory Assignments
40%
10 @ 40pts
400 Points
 
Tests
30%
3 @ 100pts
300 Points
 
Quizzes
15%
5 @ 30pts
150 Points
 
Project/CE
15%
1 @ 150 pts
150 Points
 
TOTAL

100%

1000 Points
 

    Viewing Your Grades
  • Your grades are posted under the Tools button on the Blackboard site for your course. It is your responsibility to notify your instructor of any errors within 72 hours of new grades being posted.

The instructor reserves the right to revise the grading criteria as appropriate and will make reasonable attempts to notify students

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY STANDARDS

The Department of Computer Science employs a NO tolerance policy on cheating. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, copying others work, misrepresenting the work of others as your own (includes online sites), plagiarism, sharing when unauthorized, and the use of cell phones and/or electronic media when unauthorized. The following outlines the departmental procedure if a student is suspected of cheating during their academic tenure with the Computer Science Department at Norfolk State University.

Offense 1: The student will receive a grade of ZERO on the assignment AND a note will be placed in the student’s permanent departmental file. Non- CS Majors will receive a ZERO and be reported to the chair of their respective department.

Offense 2: The student will receive a letter grade of ‘F’ for the course AND the student will be reported to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities for adjudication.

Students are expected to uphold the school's standard of conduct relating to academic honesty. Students assume full responsibility for the content and integrity of the academic work they submit. The guiding principle of academic integrity shall be that a student's submitted work, examinations, reports, and projects must be that of the student's own work. Students shall be guilty of violating the honor code if they:

  • Represent the work of others as their effort.
  • Use or obtain unauthorized assistance in any academic work.
  • Give unauthorized assistance to other students.
  • Modify without instructor approval, an examination, paper, record, or report for the purpose of obtaining additional credit.
  • Misrepresent the content of submitted work.

The penalty for violating the honor code is severe. Any student violating the honor code is subject to receive a failing grade for the course and will be reported to the Office of Student Affairs.

For this class, it is permissible to assist classmates in general discussions of computing techniques. General advice and interaction are encouraged. Each person, however, must develop his or her own solutions to the assigned projects, assignments, and tasks. A student may not use or copy (by any means) another's work (or portions of it) and represent it as his/her own.

Only course activities that require you to discuss by posting and replying should be reviewed by other students. If you are required to post an activity in the discussion board for grading you should NOT view another student work.

Class Attendance
Be familiar with rules in the Student Handbook and the University catalog in regards to Class Attendance Policy: The University expects students to attend all classes. Student participation in an online course is synonymous to F2F (face-to-face) attendance. While unnecessary absences are discouraged, the University recognizes that, on occasion, students may have legitimate reasons for being absent from class. Students MUST demonstrate participation weekly. The instructor may require an official university excuse, this does not mean that the instructor has to approve the excused absent. Not more than 20 percent of class meetings (excused and/or unexcused) may be missed by a student during a given semester. At the discretion of the instructor, a student whose absences exceed 20 percent of scheduled class meetings for the semester may receive a grade of "F" for each such course. Attendance is attached to the completion of assigned course activities. For any assigned activity NOT completed, you will be marked absence. For each (3) tardiness that you received is considered as an absent for a F2F class. Students have the responsibility to confer with the instructors regarding all absences or intended absences.

COURSE POLICIES

The requirements for this course change from semester to semester. Please adhere to the requirements posted in the course syllabus and NOT from the comments of students previously enrolled in the course. It is imperative that you know what is going on in class at all times and meet with your team members on a continuous basis if required.

Assignments may be turned in before the due date. If you know you cannot turn in your work on the due date, please plan accordingly. All work must be turned in on the due date and in accordance with the specified time identified. Please read very carefully because the time will vary from assignment to assignment. Any work submitted after that due date and time is considered LATE and will NOT be graded unless prior approval is given.

Please submit individual assignments via the Instructor direction. Assignments submitted via other delivery modalities (unless permission is granted) will NOT be graded. Make sure you check Messages daily for any updates.

If you have questions/problems, please send me an email via MESSAGES in Blackboard. Do NOT send an e-mail to the instructor NSU email account. I will attempt to respond to you within a 48-hour period.

The professor will follow these class policies as closely as possible. However, the professor reserves the right to make changes with sufficient notice to the students.

If the assignments are team based, you will be working as a team to complete your course work. Each team member will have a specific role. The role could rotate per the assignment. Attendance is attached to the completion of assigned course activities. Therefore, for any assigned activity NOT completed, attendance will NOT be counted. If a student is caught cheating or plagiarizing, the grade of zero will be awarded for that specific assignment; and the student will be awarded the grade of "F" for the semester.

Netiquette Guidelines
In order to maintain a positive environment for our class, we all need to follow netiquette guidelines. All students are expected to:

  • Show respect for the instructor and for other students
  • Respect the privacy of other students and your professor
  • Express differences of opinion in a polite and rational way
  • Maintain an environment of constructive criticism when commenting on the work of others
  • Avoid bringing up inappropriate topics when involved in group discussions

Assessments
Four announced assessment will be given. Make-up assessments will be at the discretion of the instructor. If you miss any assessment the instructor reserves the right to give the student a zero. Only ONE attempt per semester will be allowed to retake an assessment and a quiz for browser freezing unless circumstances are due to University issues. It is the student's responsibility for Internet access. If a problem exists, the student MUST notify the instructor within 30 minutes of the problem.

Students, who choose not to come on campus to take their exams, must have exams in online courses proctored. A proctored exam is one that is administered by an impartial individual (called a proctor) who monitors and supervises a student while that student is taking an exam. The proctor ensures the security and integrity of the exam process. Students will be required to submit an Online Course Proctor Identification Approval Form to each instructor. Once the proctor has been approved by the instructor, the students will be required to present their Spartan Identification Card and photo identification to the proctor prior to student taking the exam. Students are responsible for arranging a proctor for their exam(s) and all costs incurred for this service.

Embedded are links for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the proctoring of examinations in an off-campus classroom setting (online course), and the required form that must be completed for each proctored examination (Proctor Approval Application).


Appeals
'To appeal a grade, send an e-mail from the Messages tool to me within 72 hours of the grade having been received. Overdue appeals will not be considered.

Incompletes
Students will not be given an incomplete grade in the course without sound reason and documented evidence as described in the Student Handbook. In any case, for a student to receive an incomplete, he or she must be passing and must have completed a significant portion of the course.

Student Orientation
The tool will advise you of your readiness to take an online class. It is located among the START HERE tabs – Welcome and Orientation on the course screen. Learn how to effectively navigate through Blackboard management system the first week of class.

Enrollment Verification
It is your responsibility as a student to take the administrative action required to be removed from this course if you do not plan to complete it. Otherwise, it may result in you receiving a failing grade at the end of the summer session. This is an online course and you should be checking your email at least twice a day and completing your work and test as scheduled. Personal computer problems and other issues will not be accepted as excuses for not completing work and checking email. There are computers everywhere that you can access and do your work. Welcome aboard.

Technical Requirements

    Information Technology Literacy
  • Learning foundation skills (internet, email, and web navigation)
    Critical Thinking
  • Problem based learning utilizing application software
  • Collaborative Projects using discussion threads and email, real time communication on the Internet, PowerPoint presentations and creating a basic web page
  • Reflective Journals
  • Exploring navigational, browser and searching techniques
  • Knowing the appropriate software application to apply to a specific task
    Laboratory
  • Hands on demonstration of critical thinking skills
  • Proficiency in utilizing software applications

SCHOOL-WIDE TUTORING SERVICES STATEMENT

The college of Science, Engineering, and Technology provides tutoring services through the STARS Tutoring Center for those NSU student who may be experiencing difficulties in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Nursing, Technology and Physics courses. The STARS office is located in Suite 100, RTC. This service is free of charge and provided to NSU students only. You can access information about this service by going to http://stars.nsu.edu.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) STATEMENT

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, we ask if you have a disability or think you have a disability, please contact O.A.S.I.S., the Office of Accessibility Services, upon registration at Norfolk State University to confidentially discuss any accommodation needs.

    Audrey M. Wells, Coordinator, O.A.S.I.S.
    Office of Accessibility Services and International Student Services
    Norfolk State University, 700 Park Ave., Student Services Center, Suite 110, Norfolk, VA. 23504
    Phone: 757-823-8325, Fax: 757-823-2640, Email: amwells@nsu.edu

UNIVERSITY ASSESSMENT STATEMENT

As part of NSU's commitment to provide the environment and resources needed for success, students may be required to participate in a number of university-wide assessment activities. The activities may include tests, surveys, focus groups and interviews, and portfolio reviews. The primary purpose of the assessment activities is to determine the extent to which the university's programs and services maintain a high level of quality and meet the needs of students. Students will not be identified in the analysis of results. Unless indicated otherwise by the instructor, results from University assessment activities will not be computed in student grades.

WRITING COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT

All first-time freshmen and readmitted students entering Fall 2001 and thereafter and transfer students entering Fall 2002 and thereafter are required to take an exit examination to assess writing competency. After completing ENG 102, students must register for ENG 299 (no credit, no charge) until successfully passing the Examination of Writing Competency. Degree-seeking students at the baccalaureate level are required to take the writing examination before completing 90 semester hours. Associate degree-seeking students must take the exam no later than one semester prior to the anticipated date of graduation. For more information, refer tot he NSU Undergraduate catalog.

UNIVERSITY WIDE & COURSE-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

    Information Technology Literacy
  • Learning foundation skills (hardware, software, and operating systems).

    Critical Thinking
  • Solving problems utilizing application software from a narrative description.
  • Knowing the appropriate software application to apply to a specific task.

    Laboratory
  • Demonstrating proficiency in utilizing software applications.
CLASS ATTENDANCE POLICY

A student is expected to attend all classes. The student assumes all responsibility for work missed due to an absence. Make-up work may be permitted at the discretion of the instructor. Refer to the NSU Student Handbook (https://www.nsu.edu/Assets/websites/student-affairs/student-handbook/NSU-Student-Handbook.pdf)

NSU EMAIL ACCOUNT

In an effort to keep student informed about Norfolk State University updates and account information, students must check their official NSU email account frequently. You may access your official NSU email account through the MyNSU portal at https://www.nsu.edu/mynsu/index. Once there, follow instructions provided to login to the MyNSU portal (NOTE: you access your NSU email from within the MyNSU portal).

DISCLAIMER: The instructor reserves the right to revise the syllabus as appropriate and will make reasonable attempts to notify students.