CS 1530 - S-STEM Seminar III
Section 101 Course Syllabus - Fall 2009
Professors: Dr. Rahman
Tashakkori, e-mail: rt AT cs DOT appstate DOT edu
Web Page: http://www.cs.appstate.edu/~rt/
CAP, Office Phone:
Hours: MWF: 10:00-12:00 and T 9:00-11:00
Class Time/Location: Fridays 3:00-3:50/Room 112 CAP
December 8, 2009, from 1:00-3:00
Dr. Mark Ginn & Dr. Eric Marland
(Mathematical Sciences), Dr. Cindy Norris & Dr. James
Wilkes (CS), Dr. Chris Thaxton (Physics & Astronomy), Dr. Nicole Bennett (Chemistry),
and Dr. Nathan Mowa (Biology).
This course is designed primarily to support SSTEM scholarship
recipients in their pursuit of knowledge and success in mathematics
and/or computer Science. This support will be in the form of
presentations from relevant campus units, like the library and career
counseling center, talks by faculty and graduate students on current
research work or topics of interest, and whatever else we can think of
to help students be successful. Communication skills are important to
your success, so the seminar will provide opportunities to develop
communication skills, both written and oral. Finally, the seminar
will be a place for encouraging friendships and mentoring relationships
both among the SSTEM participants and between SSTEM faculty and
We will discuss a wide variety of topics in computer science and
mathematics. This Year's theme will be Computational Thinking and Computational
science. We wish to look into interdisciplinary applications of these two
and apply them to solve problems in different disciplines.
Acceptance into the SSTEM scholarship program or permission of one of
the program directors.
Handouts and research papers will be distributed in class.
The following grading scale is used in this course:
Mentoring and Services (A list will be provided in class) 15%
Semester Project 20% (10% team effort + 10% individual effort)
Class attendance and participation 30%
Group Meetings 15% (Note that absences in group meetings affect
the project grade as well)
Individual Assignments(internship applications, resume, short article,..) 20%
Students with Disabilities
All S-STEM Scholars are required to attend this Seminar in order to
receive the scholarship.
Except in extreme circumstance (you are required to
provide evidence), you will lose 5% of
your semester grade for each unexcused absence. Please note that
the project you will work on as a team is extremely important and you
are equally responsible to participate and contribute to the success of
the project. As such, attending the team's weekly meetings will
be significantly important and will receive grades.
Students who wish to receive accommodations are encouraged to refer
to This page.