Letter grades will be assigned based on your numeric final average:
Final grades will be based on the following weights:
|-10%||Penalty for lecture absences/lateness|
|-15%||Penalty for lab absences/lateness|
|25%||Cumulative Final Exam|
A student is expected to attend every lecture, arrive on time and stay for the full period. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of this policy.
Students can lose up to 10% on their final average for lack of participation, lateness, absence or disruption during lecture.
Students will be given two warnings if they are late to lecture. After the two warnings, any subsequent lateness will be considered an absence and the penalties below will be incurred.
Students can have two unexcused lecture absence without any penalty. But after two absences, students will be penalized as follows:
|3 unexcused lecture absences||1% penalty on final average|
|4 unexcused lecture absences||3% penalty on final average|
|5 unexcused lecture absences||6% penalty on final average|
|6 unexcused lecture absences||10% penalty on final average|
A student is expected to attend every lab session, arrive on time and stay for the full period. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of this policy.
Students can lose up to 15% on their final average or fail the course entirely for lack of participation, lateness, absence or disruption during lab.
Students will be given two warnings if they are late to lab. After the two warnings, any subsequent lateness will be considered an absence and the penalties below will be incurred.
Students can have one unexcused lab absence without any penalty. But after one absence, students will be penalized as follows:
|2 unexcused lab absences||3% penalty on final average|
|3 unexcused lab absences||7% penalty on final average|
|4 unexcused lab absences||15% penalty on final average|
|5 unexcused lab absences||Automatic failure of course|
If a student misses lab unexcused, they must do their best to makeup the lab work on their own and submit deliverable before the next lab period. Otherwise, students will receive a zero on the lab in addition to the attendance penalty. If a student's lab absence is officially excused, the instructor will establish a due date to makeup the missed lab.
There will be up to five web programming projects due during the semester. These projects typically take 10-20 hours of work outside of lecture and lab. Project descriptions will be posted at least two weeks before the due dates. Due dates will be announced and put on the course schedule.
Late projects will not be accepted and will be given a grade of zero. Thus, it is important that you submit work prior to the deadline to get credit. Projects will be submitted though Blackboard and/or published to a private web server. See each project description for the submission details.
Before lectures and labs, students will have to read select chapters in the zyBook and complete the online questions and activities that are integrated into the chapters. See the course schedule for the due dates on assigned reading/activities. Students are required to purchase the zyBook. If you cannot purchase the zyBook, you should contact your instructor immediately to resolve the situation. Students can lose up to 1% each week (10% total for the semester) for failing to complete the assigned reading and online questions/activities.
There will be at least 10 lab sessions during the semester where students will work with different lab partners to complete tutorials, activities and mini-projects. Each lab is worth approximately 2% towards your final average.
Students must prepare for lab by reading assigned zyBook chapters and completing the questions/activities for the assigned chapters, otherwise students will be asked to leave lab and absence penalties will be incurred. Note that this is a terrible way to lose points, so please keep up with the zyBook reading/activities.
Lab time allows the instructor to verify that students are completing the lab work themselves and collaborating with their partner appropriately. Thus, students are not allowed to complete in-lab work before the lab period. Students must fully participate by either finishing the lab activity entire in lab or by useing the full lab session to make significant progress. Students who do not participate in lab will incur absence penalties.
Most labs will include specific deliverables completed files and/or answered questions that must be submitted to get full credit. Lab deliverables will be submitted though Blackboard and/or published to a private web server. For labs that do not have deliverables, 100% of the lab grade is based on attendance/participation. Otherwise, the lab grade is weighted 50% on attendance/participation and 50% on the submitted deliverables.
Lab deliverables must be submitted by midnight on the day before the start of the next lab period, otherwise students will receive a zero on the lab deliverable portion.
Lab partners are allowed to work together in lab and outside of lab but only on lab work. Lab partner pairs should not share lab work with any other individuals. Whenever working collaboratively on deliverables, students should indicate their lab partner in a top comment of all files. A lab partner pair can submit one deliverable. Lab partners can choose to work individually after lab and submit deliverables separately. If a students submits a deliverable and does not indicate their partner's name in the top comment, it is assumed that the submission is individual and the partner will also submit an individual deliverable. Please be sure to coordinate with your partner and appropriately submit deliverables collaboratively or individually. Do not put your lab partner's name at the top of your files if they did not contribute to the completion of the activity.
The midterm exam is scheduled during lab (see the course schedule for the exact dates). Students must make every effort possible to attend lab on the date of midterm. If you will be absent, you must inform the instructor immediately. Make-ups will only be given for serious, documented excuses. If your absence is not excused, you will receive a zero.
The final exam will be given during the designated final exam week, which is the week after the last day of class. If you cannot attend the scheduled final exam and do not provide a serious documented excuse, you will receive a zero. The final exam is cumulative but will focus on the material covered after the midterm exam.
The instructor makes the final decision to excuse or not to excuse an absence. If you are concerned that an absence will not be excused, you should contact the instructor as soon as possible. The following guidelines will be used to make decisions.
Students can be excused (and not penalized) from lecture for illnesses, job interviews, and serious commitments such as athletic or academic trips/competitions. However, students must inform the instructor as soon as possible, provide proof/documentation, and take responsibility to acquire notes and information from other students.
Labs are important and difficult to makeup so only serious, documented issues will be considered. Students can be excused (not penalized) from lab and allowed to submit late deliverables but the following rules will be strictly enforced:
Students caught cheating on an exam, will receive a zero on the exam, will be penalized a full letter-grade in the course, and a letter describing the student's actions will be sent to Siena's Vice President of Academic Affairs. During an exam period, students cannot share information, look at each other's tests, or use unauthorized materials.
Unless explicit permission is given, assume that exams are closed-book/closed-notes and that cheat sheets and electronic devices are prohibited.
Carefully read the following academic integrity guidelines. It is your responsibility to follow the following guidelines:
In this course, integrating code from open sources is considered an acceptable practice as long as the integration is non-trivial and leads to a web page, site or application that is significantly different when compared to the original open/public sources. Students will not be penalized for using other authors' code as long as the source is cited and as long as the code comes from an open source or public domain. In lecture, the instructor will teach students strategies for identifying open and public domain sources vs. protected, commercial and copyrighted sources.
While it is natural for students to help each other, students retain more knowledge if they attempt to write and debug code on their own. It is acceptable for students to help each other understand general concepts, but students are prohibited from sharing their code. And, students should never writing code for other students. The only exception is when student are working with lab partners on lab work and project partners on group project work.
It is appropriate to ask for or provide help solving a coding problem as long as it is done in a general or abstract way. Appropriate examples include: helping a peer understand an error message, sharing debugging strategies, or explaining a concept related to a specific problem. But, it is inappropriate to have any other students (including tutors) solve your problems directly. Seeking excessive help is a form of cheating. Inappropriate help includes: Asking a peer or tutor to write code for you, looking at another student's working solution, or receiving excessive (step-by-step) help in directly completing individual work.
Integrating code from multiple sources into a new, unique web page, site or application often requires great effort to get all the part to work together properly. However, it is important that you can point to the parts of your code that you wrote yourself and the parts taken from other sources. If a student cannot explain the purpose, function, and details of the code that they claim to have written themselves, the code will be considered plagiarized.
An important goal in this course is for students to learn strategies for becoming more independent with respect to problem solving, coding, and debugging. Towards end of the course, students should not need excessive help from classmates, tutors, or even the instructor. Requiring excessive help toward the end of this course is an indication of poor performance and students will be penalized if they cannot complete labs independently.
Students get a letter grade reduction if they submit any work that mentions or depicts Ash Ketchum.