CSC 101 Lab – Overview of Computer Science
Sections A, B, C, and E)
(For information on lab section D, see Prof Kell
(as of September, 2011)
Course Description: (4h)
Lecture and laboratory. Introduction to the organization and use of
computers. Topics include computer architecture, systems, theory,
logic, programming, the Internet, multimedia, and ethical, legal, and
social issues. Does not count toward the computer science major or
minor. Division V divisional credit.
- To reinforce the lecture material by providing
- To supplement and deepen the body of knowledge learned in
- To help students become more comfortable with computer technology
and computer software by encouraging experimentation and exploration
- To provide fundamental technology skills useful in later courses
Teaching Assistants: (tentative assignments as of September 1, 2011)
- Dr. Scott McElfresh - Manchester 234, 758-2997, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr. Daniel Cañas – Manchester 249, 758-5355, email@example.com
- Sections A and B: Fredrick Awuah-Gyasi (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Tess Stamper (email@example.com)
- Sections C and E: Percy Campos (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Natalie Zhao (email@example.com)
The website will maintain up-to-date listing of hours.
Please check the website frequently for updates concerning the
lab. This site is the primary source of pre-lab and lab materials.
Textbook: No separate textbook
required for lab. All needed documents will be made available online at
the lab website.
Because of space limitations, please do not switch between lab sessions.
Lab attendance should be considered mandatory. Please contact your lab
professor as early as possible, ideally by the day before the lab, if
you anticipate missing the lab. Students with scheduled excused
absences should submit their letters from the appropriate department
indicating as such to the faculty during the first week of class.
All work should be done independently by each student. Copying of
partial or complete work will be referred to the University Judicial
System. You should keep evidence when possible to demonstrate your own
work. Should a question of authorship arise you will be expected to
produce documents that trace the development of your work. Algorithmic
and electronic means of detecting copying may be used by the instructor
on submitted assignments.
Assignments in Computer Science courses may be
specified as “pledged work” assignments by the professor of the course.
When an assignment is specified as “pledged work”, the only aid that
the student may seek is from either the course professor or an
assistant that the professor has explicitly specified. On “pledged
work” assignments the student may not use the services of a tutor or
interact with colleagues outside of the lab.
If you have a disability that may require an
accommodation for taking this course, please contact the Learning
Assistance Center (758-5929) within the first two weeks of the semester.
About the Labs:
All labs except the first require completion of pre-lab reading and
exercises to facilitate the lab process. These materials will be
labeled as pre-lab on the website and should be downloaded and printed
out. The pre-lab materials are due at the beginning of each lab session.
You should also download and print out the in-lab materials before the
lab period. A lab manual whose intent is to guide
you through the lab and to ask you questions as you progress through
the lab period, will be posted each week. A completed lab
report is required to be submitted on paper. Occasionally, other files, such as image or sound files, meant to help
you through the lab will be posted online. Similarly, you will
occasionally be asked to upload files you have created into Sakai to be
Please discuss with the instructors or TAs your lab progress before you
leave the lab room.
There will be periodic lab quizzes, covering the key concepts from the
It is a policy of this course that, regardless of the percentage
contribution to the overall CSC 101 grade, you must earn a passing
grade (60%) in the lab to receive an overall passing grade for CSC 101.
The lab grade you receive counts for 20% of the overall CSC 101 grade. This will be broken down:
75% Labs. The lab grades will be a combination of the pre-lab work as well as the in-lab work and lab report.
You will be asked to submit pre-labs in folders at the front of the lab
room at the start of the lab. You will be asked to submit final lab
reports in a set of folders in the Computer Science main office
(Manchester 233) by 5:00pm the day after your lab. No late labs will be
accepted, and pre-labs will not be accepted outside of the lab period.
All labs will require submitting a lab report, as described above, and
many will require uploading files to be reviewed. Forgetting to upload
a file is considered the same as leaving that component of the lab
We plan to have labs graded by the start of the next lab period. Your
grade can be found on Sakai and you will receive the original paper
version of your lab back. You should verify the correctness of your lab
grades and that you have received a lab grade weekly (unfortunately, we
do make typos or enter data in the wrong spot on occasion, and you are
in charge of the hard copy document once it has been returned!)
If your Thinkpad is being repaired at Information Systems, you should
still be able to do the lab through the use of a loaner laptop. Please
contact the instructor well before the lab if you anticipate not having
your original or any Thinkpad with you.
In the event that the University closes due to a health pandemic or
other emergency, you will be provided with the lab professor’s home
address, phone number, and a CSC 101 Lab Plan document. If the Internet
is available, lab sections will continue through the use of on-line
chat, email, posted videos, the course-website, Sakai, and the campus
VPN (to access licensed (keyed) software). If the Internet is
unavailable, the labs will be modified so that they do not required
licensed (keyed) software. Correspondence and lab
materials will be sent out by postal mail weekly or bi-weekly and the
completed lab quizzes and lab reports should be returned by mailing
them to the appropriate address. Any required files should be burned on
a CD and included with the lab report document in your mail.