CS101 Computers and Society

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Brandon Marken
Chapman 210B
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Greuning 306
Course Website
Required Texts

Course Description

Computer literacy for everyone. Overview of computing machines and automatic data processing. Interaction between social institutions and automated decision-making. Introduction to business applications software and electronic mail. Some programming for understanding, not for skill development. Also available via e-Learning and Distance Education.

Course Outcomes

  • Understand what computers are
  • Understand why computers are useful
  • Understand why computers can be dangerous
  • Understand how to select and use computers
  • Learn to use the Internet, email, and selected applications software
  • Learn to read and write simple programs using HTML and Javascript
  • Learn basic website design
  • Understand selected emerging computer technologies and related issues

Tentative Schedule

    • First day of instruction; late registration begins
    • Alaska Civil Rights Day (no classes, most offices closed)
    • Deadline for adding classes, late registration and fee payment; 5 p.m. in person, midnight at UAOnline
    • Deadline for 100 percent refund of tuition and fees
    • Deadline for student- and faculty-initiated drops (course does not appear on academic record)
    • Summer 2015 course list available at UAOnline
    • Freshman progress reports due
    • Deadline for UA Foundation and privately funded scholarship applications
    • Deadline to apply for spring 2015 graduation
    • Registration and fee payment for Summer Sessions begins
    • Deadline for student- and faculty-initiated withdrawals (W grade appears on academic transcript)
    • Spring break (no classes)
    • University holiday (most offices closed for spring break)
    • Fall 2015 course list available at UAOnline
    • Begin registration and fee payment for degree students for fall 2015 semester
    • Begin registration and fee payment for non-degree students for fall 2015 semester
    • SpringFest (no classes)
    • Deadline to apply for admission for summer semester (undergraduate and graduate)
    • Deadline to apply for admission for fall semester (UA Scholars)
    • Last day of instruction
    • Final examinations
    • Commencement
    • Residence halls close (noon)
    • MAYmester courses begin. Deadline to register, attendance required and 100 percent refund of tuition and fees for MAYmester.
    • Late payment fees begin for MAYmester

Grading Policies

Weight Description
20% Participation and Discussion
20% Web Project
20% Computer Specs Project
20% Project 2
20% Project 3

Grades will be assigned based on the following percentage intervals:

[90%, 100%)

[80%, 90%)
[70%, 80%)
[60%, 70%)

[0%, 60%)


Students are expected to be at every class meeting on time, and are responsible for all class content, whether present or not. If absence from class is necessary, in-class work (other than quizzes) and homework may be made up only if the instructor is notified as soon as possible; in particular, absences due to scheduled events must be arranged ahead of time. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated, and will be dealt with according to UAF procedures. Students in this class must pay the CS lab fee.

UAF academic policies http://www.uaf.edu/catalog/current/academics

CS Department policies http://www.cs.uaf.edu/departmental-policies/

Disabilities Services:

The UAF Office of Disability Services implements the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and ensures that UAF students have equal access to the campus and course materials. I will work with the UAF Office of Disability Services (208 WHITAKER BLDG, 474-5655) to provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities.