Overview

CMSC100 is a one credit, 10-12 week course designed to accomplish several objectives:

Expectations:

Additional Information and Resources

Grading

The final grade for this course will be earned on the basis of the following:

Attendance/participation:

Because this is a discussion-based course, your attendance and participation in class is essential. Attendance will be recorded at every session. If a situation arises that requires your absence please notify the instructors by email before class. Emergency cases should be handled within 48 hours. Each unexcused absence will drop your final grade by a letter.

Journal:

You are required to submit a weekly journal entry, due by midnight the day after class. This will be done by email and you will send copies to the instructor and the TA. The specific format will be discussed in another section of the syllabus.

Campus Scrapbook:

You are required to construct a scrapbook of events on campus and make a presentation to the class. This will be explained later in the syllabus.

Faculty Interview:

You are required to select a faculty member from one of your classes other than CMSC100 and make an appointment to meet with him/her during office hours. Please choose faculty, not TA's. This will be detailed later in the syllabus.

Grading Breakdown:

If you have a documented disability and require special accommodations, please see me as soon as possible.

All students are expected to adhere to the Code of Academic Integrity. All violations of the Code will be referred to the Student Honor Council.

Journal Guidelines

The journal is a place for you to reflect on the things/people/places during this time of major change. For instance, your adjustment to college life, the new people you're meeting, the people you're leaving behind, and the world of traffic, chaos, and confusion you've entered. Use the journal as a means to communicate with me about the many issues you're confronting, something I discussed in class, or you would like to see covered in class. **Anything you submit as a journal entry is considered confidential and will only be read by myself.

Although you are welcome to correspond with me as often as you like, you must submit one journal entry per week (unless otherwise noted on the class schedule of the syllabus). They are due via email by midnight the day after class. Although it may not be possible, I will make every attempt to get them back to you before the next class. The journal format may be a continuous dialog, or it may be a separate discussion each time, this is up to you. I may also give you a particular topic/assignment with which to reflect in your journals from time to time, but this need not supplant any other thoughts you may wish to share.

Journal entries should be a free-flowing reflection of your thoughts. Our plan is not to assign points to such a qualitative assignment, however I know the difference between a thoughtful entry and a hastily submitted paragraph of the things you did since the previous entry. I will let you know if you are not completing this exercise satisfactorily. In addition, your last journal will be longer than the others because I will ask you to reflect upon the semester as a whole.

Faculty Interview

Set up an appointment with a faculty member and visit them during their office hours to discuss anything you wish. However, please include some or all of the following:

The visit should be at least 15 minutes and you may inform the professor that this is an assignment. You will describe/discuss this meeting in a journal entry in October.

Campus Scrapbook

This project will allow you to sample a handful of the many experiences that Maryland has to offer. Your task will be to attend or participate in at least one activity from each of the following four areas and provide some evidence. You'll need to put together a scrapbook using whatever methods/materials you wish to express your experience in these activities. The following information must be included for each event: the date, location, and a short paragraph of reflection. At the last class meeting, you'll give a 2-3 minute presentation to the group sharing your experience. Be prepared to leave your scrapbook with the instructor. If there is an event that is not listed above but which you would like to attend, please get prior approval from the instructors before going.

The categories and activities are:

  1. Recreation/Entertainment
    • Football Game
    • Football Game
    • Basketball Game
    • Soccer Game
    • Field Hockey Game
    • Cross-Country Match
    • Volleyball Match
    • Homecoming event
    • Family Weekend Activity
    • Greek Activity
    • Residence Hall Activity
    • Campus Recreation Center Activity
    • Movie at the Hoff
    • Stamp Student Union Activity
    • All-Nighter
  2. Educational/Personal
    • Alcohol Awareness Program
    • Art/Archeology Exhibit
    • Health Center Program
    • Music Recital/Performance
    • Theater Performance
    • Residence Hall Program
    • Career Center Program
    • Counseling Center Program
    • Writing Center or other Campus Tutoring service
    • Study Abroad Fair
    • First Look Fair
  3. Leadership
    • Greek Organization
    • Leadership/Governance Organization
    • Honors Advisory Council
    • Religious Organization
    • Special Interest Club/Organization
    • Performing Group Tryout
    • Athletic Team Tryout
    • Community Civic Organization
    • University Governance Meeting (Board of Regents, Faculty Senate)
    • SGA Meeting
    • Hall Council Meeting
  4. Citizenship
    • Participate in a Blood Drive
    • Write for the Diamondback
    • Register to Vote
    • Community Service for non-academic credit
    • Tutor someone else
  5. Department Engagement
    • FAR Series Event - Fridays @ 3pm in CSIC 3117
    • 411 Information Event - Fridays @ 3:30pm in CSIC3117
    • CS Career and Internship Fair - September 18th
    • Tech Talk
    • Coding Challenge
    • CS club meeting - can include AWC, ACM, Daemons, Robotics, Game Development, Mobile App Development, CS Latinos, or Cyber Security
    • CS Cupcake Social, Halloween Social, or Low-Fi Game Night
  6. About this Syllabus

    I reserve the right to alter this outline with minimal notice based on our assessment of the course and the needs of the class.

    Class Schedule

    Date

    Topics

    September 9

    Welcome!

    Review syllabus and department calendar

    Who am I and why am I here?

    Assignment:

    September 10 - Journal #1 due by midnight. Topic: First week, first impression. Fears?

    Recommended Activities:

    Study Abroad Fair - 9/10 10am-5pm @ SSU

    CS Resume Workshop - 9/12 5-7pm @ CSIC1115

    September 16

    Intro to the Department of Computer Science

    Academics

    Time Management

    Learning Styles

    Faculty Expectations

    Assignment:

    September 17 - Journal #2 due by midnight.

    Recommended Activities

    How to ACE the Technical Interview - 9/16 5-7pm @ CSIC1115

    Rocking the Career Fair - 9/17 5-7pm @ CSIC1115

    CS Career and Internship Fair - 9/18 5-8pm @ Riggs Alumni Center

    First Look Fair - 9/18 & 9/19 @ McKeldin mall

    September 23

    The Social Scene and Responsible Choices

    Clubs on Campus - Open discuss about experiences from First Look Fair

    Ways to Get Involved

    Assignment:

    September 24 - Journal #3 due by midnight.

    Recommended Activities:

    FAR Series @ CSIC

    411 Information Series @ CSIC

    Information session or tech talk

    September 30

    Office of Student Conduct - guest presentation

    Assignment:

    October 1 - Journal #4 due by midnight.

    Recommended Activities:

    Tech Talk @ CSIC

    FAR Series @ CSIC

    411 Information Series @ CSIC

    Terp Service Day - 10/5 8am-4:30pm @ SSU

    Science Data Bowl - 10/5 @ CSIC

    October 7

    Writing Center - guest presentation

    Learning Assistance Service - guest presentation

    Assignment:

    October 8 - Journal #5 due by midnight.

    October 8 - Take Jung Typology Test and bring test results for next class- www.humanmetrics.com

    Recommended Activities:

    Tech Talk or Information Session @ CSIC

    FAR Series @ CSIC

    411 Information Series @ CSIC

    October 14

    Stress Management

    Assignment:

    October 22 - Journal #6 due by midnight. Topic: Are you stressed? How do you manage it?

    Recommended Activities:

    CS Department's 40th Anniversary Events

    October 21

    Jung Typology Test Interpretation - guest presentation

    Assignment:

    October 15 - Journal #7 due by midnight.

    Recommended Activities:

    Tech Talk or Information Session @ CSIC

    FAR Series @ CSIC

    411 Information Series @ CSIC

    October 28

    Professional Etiquette and Career Information

    Assignment:

    October 29 - Journal #8 due by midnight.

    Recommended Activities:

    Tech Talk or Information Session @ CSIC

    Halloween Social @ CSIC

    FAR Series @ CSIC

    411 Information Series @ CSIC

    November 4

    Working with others - how to collaborate in a team-oriented environment?

    Assignment:

    November 5 - Faculty Interview Due!

    Recommended Activities:

    FAR Series @ CSIC

    411 Information Series @ CSIC

    November 11

    College Bucket List - Setting and meeting personal, professional, and academic goals

    Assignment:

    November 12 - Journal #9 due by midnight.

    Recommened Activities

    FAR Series @ CSIC

    411 Information Series @ CSIC

    November 18

    Diversity

    Assignment:

    November 19 - Journal #10 due by midnight. Topic: Challenges of keeping an open mind.

    November 25 - SCRAPBOOKS DUE!!

    Recommended Activities:

    Low-Tech Game Night

    FAR Series @ CSIC

    411 Information Series @ CSIC

    November 25

    Open discussion

    Assignment:

    None.

    Recommended Activities:

    Have a fantastic break!

    December 2

    Scrapbook Presentations Group 1

    Assignment:

    None.

    Recommended Activities:

    Study for finals!

    December 9

    Scrapbook Presentations Group 2

    Course wrap up

    Assignment:

    December 10 - Final Journal due by midnight. Topic: First Semester Look Back

    Recommended Activities:

    CS Last Day Breakfast @ CSIC

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