CS100/MA100: Freshman Seminar
Course Syllabus -- Fall 2000

     Prof. Janice T. Searleman
     375 Science Center, 268-2377,

Office Hours:

  • Monday                                  10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday,  Friday    1:00 -   2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday                                  2:30 -   3:30 p.m.
  • and by appointment

Course Goals:

  • Learn to use important software tools and computing environments (including unix/AFS, HTML, Maple, spreadsheets, and so on)
  • Develop your communication skills

Class Meetings:
       We will meet once per week on Monday afternoons, in the computer lab. There are three lab sections, as follows: section 11 at period 5 (1:00-1:50), section 12 at period 6 (2:00-2:50), and section 13 at period 7 (3:00-3:50) on Mondays. Please go to the section you are registered for.

There will be no class meetings at 8:00 a.m. on Monday mornings (section 01 on your schedule). The majority of the time we will meet in the unix computer lab in Rowley 142. At announced times, we will meet in a PC lab or other location. Please check the schedule before class to be sure you know the location of the weekly meeting.

Final project presentations will be scheduled during the evening in the final few weeks of the semester (times will be announced).

Grading Policy:
   This is a required course for freshmen majoring in Math or Computer Science. There will be no exams. Your grade will be based on the following:

  • Participating in each class session. You will work individually or in a small team and complete a short assignment during class (sometimes to be finished outside class).
  • Completing two projects (one oral/slide presentation and one written/poster presentation). You will work in a small team outside of class; you must contribute to both the content and presentation.
  • Evaluating the presentations given by other teams in class.

To earn a 4.0, you must give an oral presentation of one of your projects, have good attendance, and do good quality work on your assignments and projects.

Additional Course Information:
   All announcements, schedule updates, handouts, etc., will be posted on the Freshman Seminar homepage (http://www.clarkson.edu/~jets/MCS100/). Check it out before coming to class.

Last modified: 26 August 2000
Janice T. Searleman