|Instructor||Dr. Suzanne Rivoire|
|Meeting times||Tu 12:05–12:55 PM, Zinfandel 1000A|
|Drop-in office hours||MoWe 1–1:45 PM|
MoWe 4–5 PM
Office hours are in Darwin 116D. Please knock if the door to 116 is closed.
|Prerequisites||Grade of C- or better in CS 215, or consent of instructor.|
The major goals of this course are for you to
- Practice the major components of the technical job application process and interview:
- Researching companies
- Describing yourself and your projects
- Answering coding questions
- Create a resume that presents your accomplishments in the best light for entry-level software engineering jobs
- Find information on graduate programs in CS-related fields, and tentatively decide whether to consider this option
- Describe one or more major ethical issues in computing professions
You may download the course description and schedule in a consolidated pdf:
Coursework and Grading
Pre- and Post-class Activities
Each class will have a pre-class activity, a post-class activity, or both, to be submitted on Moodle. Most of these activities will take one of the following forms:
- Reflection on a topic
- Web research on a topic
- Working on your resume
If you're interested in pursuing a career in this field, these are almost all things you'll end up doing anyway.
Most of these activities will be graded as follows. On a 30-point scale (multiply by 2 for activities worth 60 points), you will earn up to 10 points based on whether you have completed the requirements. These 0-10 points will be multiplied by a scaling factor based on the quality of your work:
|x 1||Perfunctory: the bare minimum of content is present|
|x 2||Fair: sincere attempt to address the assignment, with serious flaws in execution and/or sloppy presentation|
|x 3||Thoughtful: content is well chosen and presented, with personal insight and reflection (where applicable)|
"Thoughtful" doesn't mean long! It just means that you've put in the time to put together a considered response to the assignment.
You'll be assigned a group of 6 students for in-class activities, with a few opportunities to shuffle groups throughout the semester. Your in-class activities will consist largely of discussions and peer critiques with your group members. You'll get full credit for these activities as long as you attend the entire class session (don't be late!) and actively participate with your group.
Your grade for each class will be split into two components:
|Pre- and post-class activities||60%|
If a class has both a pre- and post-activity, they will be equally weighted.
There are 15 required weekly assignments. The Tuesday before Thanksgiving will have an optional make-up assignment.
True story: the SSU exam schedule doesn't list an exam period for this course's time slot. So I guess we're all off the hook for that.
No late work will be accepted.
The work in this class is specific to you, so it would be completely counterproductive and bizarre to cheat. But for completeness:
The work you turn in must be your work. If you have received significant assistance from another person, you should document the extent of that assistance. Directly copying part or all of someone else's work (including publicly available work on the internet) is academic dishonesty.
Penalties for Academic Dishonesty
Academic dishonesty will be severely penalized; at a minimum, you will receive a grade of 0 on the assignment. For more information, see SSU's cheating and plagiarism policy (http://www.sonoma.edu/UAffairs/policies/cheating_plagiarism.htm) and the Dispute Resolution Board website (http://www.sonoma.edu/senate/committees/drb/drb.html).
Course and University Resources
- The course homepage is http://rivoire.cs.sonoma.edu/cs385/.
- The schedule page (http://rivoire.cs.sonoma.edu/cs385/schedule.html) will be regularly updated with links to assignments.
The course gradebook will be kept on Moodle (http://moodle.sonoma.edu) so that you can check your grades and compute your average at any time. Grades will be posted to Moodle shortly after assignments are returned.
Course announcements will be sent to your SSU email address, so you should check your email frequently.
If you are a student with a disability and you think you may require accommodations, please register with the campus office of Disability Services for Students (DSS), located in Salazar Hall - Room 1049, Phone: (707) 664-2677, TTY/TDD: (707) 664-2958. DSS will provide you with written confirmation of your verified disability and authorize recommended accommodations. This authorization must be presented to the instructor before any accommodations can be made. Visit http://www.sonoma.edu/dss for more information.
There are important University policies that you should be aware of, such as the add/drop policy, cheating and plagiarism policy, grade appeal procedures, accommodations for students with disabilities, and the diversity vision statement.
Go to this URL to find them: http://www.sonoma.edu/uaffairs/policies/studentinfo.shtml.