CS 4100 - Senior Seminar
Section 101 Course Syllabus - Spring 2002


Professor: Dr. Rahman Tashakkori, e-mail: rt@cs.appstate.edu, Web Page: http://www.cs.appstate.edu/~rt/
Office: CAP 127B, Office Phone: 262-7009
Office Hours: MWF: 8:00-9:00, MW: Noon-2:00 PM , Tuesday: 8:00-10:00 AM and Noon-2:00 PM.
Class Time/Location: Monday 10:00-10:50/CAP 243

About This Course
This course is required for all computer science senior students.   It is designed to certify that computer science students have the necessary communication skills for entering the job market or graduate school.  In this course, students will improve their understanding of computer science field and will learn about computer science opportunities.  They will learn to better prepare for the opportunities that are available to them.

Topics Covered:
    Investigating issues in the ethics of the field of computer science,
    Preparing for the next step; Writing for and speaking to a professional audience,
    Interviewing techniques,
    Workplace etiquette, and
    Diversity issues.

MAT 1020 or MAT 1025 or equivalent with a grade of C- or higher

Required Text:

Ethics and Computing, Kevin W. Bowyer, 1996, IEEE Computer Society Press.

There is a newer edition that we aren't using.

Recommended Texts:
The Craft of Scientific Writing, 3rd Edition, Michael Alley, Springer (c) 1996.

Writing for Success, A comprehensive "User Friendly" Manual for Effecting Communication, Ora L. Plummer and Diola Bagayoko, McGrawHill.

Evaluation and Grading Policy:
You will be expected to do a great deal of reading outside of this class. Much of the material will be in the textbook, but some will have to be found in the library or on the web. You will also have to turn in a writing assignment weekly. In addition, there will be assignments to do practice interviews, prepare class presentations, or other such things. Please check the web page of the course for updates and latest assignments.  Following is the tentative grading scheme I may use this semester.

       Papers:    30%
       Assignments:    15%
       Resume:    5%
       Presentations:   30%  (there will be different grades for different phases of your project)
       Class Attendance: 10% (Please see the note on class attendance)
       Final    10%

Each student will make several oral and written presentations. These presentations will be carefully evaluated on the basis of focus, content, organization, literacy, and style. Students will be given instruction on improving their presentations and will be given opportunity to show improvement. The grade in the course will be determined by the oral and written presentations. There will be class discussions, and class participation will be included in the grade.  All assignments and projects MUST be completed by students individually.  No collaboration are allowed for completing assignments and projects.  Please see the ASU Academic Integrity Policy for a description of the woes that befall a transgressor!

In order to graduate, the department must certify that you have demonstrated writing and speaking competence. A grade C or better  (A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C) in CS 4100 demonstrates competence.

Class Attendance
Since a high percentage of your grade is coming from the class participation and activities, you are expected to attend all class meetings and to participate in the activities of each session. Unexcused absences will adversely affect your grade.  Each unexcused absence results in the drop of one letter grade.  Example: A student with one unexcused absence can no longer make an A, with two absences cannot make an A or a B.  Of course, grades lower than C are considered falling grades.  Please note that an excused absence is due to an "Extreme circumstance" such as illnesses, death of a relative, or problems of this nature, you have to present documents (e.g. a letter from a doctor, a letter from a hospital, or an obituary from the funeral).  In such cases, you are responsible to complete the missed assignment or project by the next class.

Grading Scale
A = 93 to 100,  A- = 90-92.9
B+ = 87 to 89.9, B = 83-86.9, B- = 80-82.9
C+ = 77 to 79.9, C = 73-76.9
F = Below 72.9

No incomplete grade will be given in this course.

Final Exam: Wednesday May 15, 2002, Noon-2:00 PM

Click on the link to view the academic calendar : Spring 2002 Academic Calendar