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Course Overview

The goal of Exploring Computer Science is to help the student develop the computer science skills of algorithm development, problem solving, and programming. The following are the major topics:

Exploring Computer Science is not an introductory course. Students are expected to know computer basics as well as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel prior to taking this course. In addition, students should have completed Algebra 1 with a passing grade.

Computer Access

It is highly recommended that students have access to a computer and the Internet at home. Students will need to download software and install it on their home computers. If students have no Internet access at home, software can be provided to the student on a USB flash drive. The student must provide the USB flash drive.

Late Work

Late work will be accepted, but a reason must be provided for why it is late. Failure to provide a reason will result in zero Work Habits points and a possible reduction in the grade itself.

Cheating

If a student is caught plagiarizing from the Internet or turning in work from other students, the student will receive a zero on the assignment and will not be allowed to make it up.

Subject Grade

The subject grade in this course is calculated as follows:

The grading scale for all assignments is as follows:

Late Work

Late work will be accepted, but a reason must be provided for why it is late. Failure to provide a reason will result in zero Work Habits points and a possible reduction in the grade itself.

Cheating

If a student is caught plagiarizing from the Internet or turning in work from other students, the student will receive a zero on the assignment and will not be allowed to make it up.

Work Habits Grade

Each student receives Work Habits points on each assignment. The number of points is determined by how large the assignment is, and whether or not assignment is turned in on time. Assignments that are turned in on time receive full credit. Late assignments may receive full credit if a student has a legitimate reason for turning it in late. All Work Habits assignment points are accumulated for the student’s Work Habits grade in the course. The grading scale for Work Habits grade is as follows:

Cooperation Grade

Cooperation grades are also earned by accumulating points. 5 points are awarded daily for classroom cooperation. In addition, points are awarded for returning student grade sheets signed by a parent.

Students receive either all 5 points or 0 points for the daily cooperation grade. A student will receive 0 points for the day for any of the following reasons:

Detention will be assigned for disruptive behavior and playing computer games. The student will continue to receive a 0 in daily cooperation until the detention is completed.

The grading scale for Cooperation grades is the same as for Work Habits grades:

Classroom Expectations

Students must provide a USB flash drive for this course.