Computing in the Modern World
Course Code:  11.41300
Cedar Grove High School


Teacher: Mrs. Gwendolyn Hobbs
Room Number: 356
Phone Number: 678-874-4002
1st Semester 2010
Tutorial Days:  Mondays and Tuesdays – afternoons
Tutorial Hours:  Afternoons 3:20 – 4:20
Textbook:  Various resources
All mornings – 7:30  am– 8:05 am
Textbook Price: $ Current Value
Tutorial Location: Room# 356
Department Philosophy: The Career Technology Education Department believes that education’s most important function is to provide all students with the skills needed for post-secondary and careers.  This is accomplished by providing interest-based programs that meet industry standards.  

Course Description:  The goal of this course is to provide all students with an introduction to the principles of computer science and its place in the modern world. This course should also help students to use computers effectively in their lives, thus providing a foundation for successfully integrating their own interests and careers with the resources of a technological society.

In this course, high school students can acquire a fundamental understanding of the operation of computers and computer networks and create useful programs implementing simple algorithms. By developing Web pages that include images, sound, and text, they can acquire a working understanding of the Internet, common formats for data transmission, and some insights into the design of the human-computer interface. Exposure to career possibilities and discussion of ethical issues relating to computers should also be important threads in this course.

Course Prerequisites: N/A

Articulation: Articulation is the process by which academic or technical credits earned through high school programs may be acceptable in transfer by various community colleges and some four-year institutions. Credits earned appear on a college transcript. This course is currently not articulated.

Career Pathways:  Courses  must be completed in the order listed below.

Interactive Media
Computing
Level 1
Computing in the Modern World
Computing in the Modern World
Level 2
Fundamentals of Web Design
Beginning Programming
Level 3
Advance Web Design
Intermediate Programming
Level 4
Intro to Animation and 3D Design
AP Computer Science A
Level 5
(Work-Based Learning)
AP Computer Science AB
*Required for Pathway Completion  

Certifications:  
The Interactive Media and Computing pathways prepare students with the skills needed for the following industry recognized credentials:  Certified Internet Web Professional (CIW), Brainbench Web Administration Assessment, Adobe Certification Expert (ACE), Certified Internet Web Professional (CIW), Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), and Internet and Computing Core Certification(IC3).

                                                                                  Careers:  
                                                                                    Occupation                                        Level of Education                                  Salary
Help Desk Support                               Technical College                               $37, 799
Web Designer                                    Technical College                               $39,775
Animator/Cartoonist                             Technical/Specialty College                     $50, 100
Computer Programmers                    Bachelor’s Degree                                $65,510
Software Publisher                              Bachelor’s Degree +                             $79, 270

Internet Acceptable Use:  Use of the Internet must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of the DeKalb County School System.  The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in cancellation of those privileges. Any student user not complying with the DeKalb County School System Internet Acceptable Use Agreement shall lose Internet privileges for a period of not less than one week.

FBLA:  The development of positive personal qualities and leadership is a vital component in career success. In this course that development is achieved through a variety of methods, which include Future Business Leaders of America(FBLA). FBLA is a student organization that is designed to enhance this class.  FBLA provides career and leadership development through peer interactions, adult mentoring, and competitions based on knowledge and skills learned in the classroom.

Course Schedule:

Week 1
History of Computing
Week 10
Web Design
Week 2
Careers in Computing
Week 11
Problem Solving
Week 3
Ethics
Week 12
Problem Solving
Week 4
Hardware Components
Week 13
Programming
Week 5
Software Components
Week 14
Programming
Week 6
Networking
Week 15
Programming
Week 7
Networking
Week 16
Data Structures
Week 8
Web Design
Week 17
Limits of Computers
Week 9
Web Design
Week 18
Final Project, Final Review, & Final exam


*NOTE:  THE TEACHER RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES/ADJUSTMENTS AS NECESSARY TO BETTER MEET THE NEEDS OF THE STUDENT.
        
Georgia Performance Standards:  Performance standards provide clear expectations for assessment, instruction, and student work. They define the level of work that demonstrates achievement of the standards.  The performance standards isolate and identify the skills needed to use the knowledge and skills to problem-solve, reason, communicate, and make connections with other information.

Standards Covered in this Course:  

CAREERS, ETHICS, AND HISTORY OF COMPUTING

BCS-CMW-1. Students will explore the different careers available in the field of computing.
BCS-CMW-2. Students will identify key developments and individuals relating to the history of computing and explore emerging technologies.
BCS-CMW-3. Students will examine the professional and ethical issues involved in the use of computer technology

HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE COMPONENTS

BCS-CMW-4. Students will describe the major hardware and software components of a computer and their interactions.
BCS-CMW-5. Students will compare and contrast computer features.
BCS-CMW-6. Students will demonstrate an understanding of how numbers and characters are represented in a computer.
BCS-CMW-7. Students will demonstrate an understanding of how pictures, sounds, and video are represented in a computer.



NETWORKING BASICS

BCS-CMW-8. Students will demonstrate knowledge of basic components of computer networks.
BCS-CMW-9. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the issues involved in connecting a computer to a network.
BCS-CMW-10. Students will demonstrate an understanding of key issues in data transmission.
BCS-CMW-11. Students will demonstrate knowledge of networking trends and issues.

WEB DESIGN/INTERNET ESSENTIALS STANDARDS

BCS-CMW-12. Students will demonstrate the ability to search for information and evaluate search results.
BCS-CMW-13. Students will examine Internet security issues and recognize the importance of working in a secure environment.
BCS-CMW-14. Students will evaluate, compare, and contrast Web sites.
BCS-CMW-15. Students will design and create a basic Web site.

PROBLEM SOLVING

BCS-CMW-16. Students will discuss examples that identify the broad interdisciplinary utility of computers and algorithmic problem solving in the modern world.
BCS-CMW-17. Students will apply strategies to solve various problems.
BCS-CMW-18. Students will apply algorithmic thinking to solve problems.
BCS-CMW-19. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the basic steps in algorithmic problem solving.

PROGRAMMING

BCS-CMW-20. Students will demonstrate an understanding of basic programming concepts.

LIMITS OF COMPUTING

BCS-CMW-21. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the limitations of algorithms.  
BCS-CMW-22. Students will identify limits on computing imposed by the laws of physics.

DATA STRUCTURES

BCS-CMW-23. Students will show the ability to use an ordered data structure.

Grading Scale*


Area
Percentage
Area
Percentage
Class Work/Daily Work
30%
Reading/writing (sponge activities)
10%
Classroom/Lab Techniques
10%
Participation/Homework
10%
Projects/Notebook
10%
Final exam
10%
Tests/Quizzes
20%
Total
100%


Required Materials:  Provided by school:  Computers, printers, textbooks, supplementary books, and technology resources.

Provided by student: A flash or jump drive (smallest USB ), pen/pencil, and 1 ½ or 2 inch notebook with two-pocket folder, loose leaf notebook paper, 5-tab dividers, 10 or more sheet protectors, portfolio items, markers, color pencils, and other art supplies as needed.


* Lab Techniques:   This grade is based on the following classroom techniques: no gum, food or drinks; cleaning up around work area; logging out on computer; turning off computer/printer (when needed); having flash drives (disks), pen pencils, etc.; no sharing data disks; no playing around on computer or with any of its components; no card-playing or using cell phones and electronic devices; no sleeping or putting head down on desk; listening and following all instructions as given; and staying in assigned seat all period.  No improper use of internet, e-mails,  music sites, games, or any other inappropriate  sites are allowed! NO CHEATING OR IMPROPER USE OF E-MAILS OR INTERNET.  This will be monitored and enforced!!


NOTE: STUDENTS MUST HAVE THEIR OWN FLASH DRIVES TO SAVE THEIR WORK.  THEY CAN NOT SAVE ON THE SCHOOL’S COMPUTERS BECAUSE THEIR FILES ARE SUBJECTED TO GET DELETED.

Classroom Expectations and Requirements:

All students are expected to be on time daily and not standing in the doorway or on the wall when the bell rings.  Students will complete a sponge activity as soon as they enter the room, which will be 10% of their grades.  Tardy students will not be permitted to complete the sponge activities. If you  are absent, you can make up your sponge  activity only with an official excused admit, and NOT a note from a teacher.

Students are to return all worksheets and learning materials the last few minutes of the class, but are to return to their seats until the bell rings! No standing near the door, lining up and waiting for the bell to ring.

It is essential that students listen to all instructions and follow them as given in this class. Feel free to ask questions about what you don’t understand, but first be sure to pay attention to what you have been instructed to do.

Students are not to do other class assignments—written or on the computer—or do other activities, especially use of the internet, during class time. If students are observed doing this, they may receive a warning to put away or stop doing other things. If they continue or try to finish anyway, they will receive a “f” on their daily work assignment and will not be allowed to make it up.  Class time in this course is very valuable because of the nature of the work, which has to be done in class on the computers!!  

Note:  Completing work for other subjects or proper use of internet can be done  in class only after all  the work in this course  is completed and passed in!! This must first be verified by the teacher!!

Cheating and plagiarizing, as well as academic dishonesty, are serious offenses that will not be tolerated. Each student is to do all of his/her own work!! Students are not to share or copy work!! No cheating of any kind!!  Each student is responsible for his/her own flash drives and must bring them to class each day. No sharing flash disks!! If this occurs, all students involved may be given a zero on the assignments!  

Students are not allowed to tamper, remove, or mess with any computers, printers, keyboard, cords, plugs, or any of their components or parts in any “improper” way. All equipment is to be used only as instructed during class time or after school. These computers are sensitive to mishandlings and tampering which could result in damage to them. Any violations to any of these serious rules will definitely result in class to parents and referral to the principal for disciplinary action!!

No use of cell phones, CD’s, CD players, palm pilots, MP3 players, or any other electronic devices in class. PUT THEM ALL OUT OF SIGHT. They can be confiscated and turned in to the administration. No grooming, hair combing or braiding; no hats, head gear-rags, combs, picks, etc.

Students will have only 3 passes per semester to go to the bathroom, water, lockers, telephones, etc. Use them wisely!!  Be certain to take care of your personal needs before coming to class.

No profanity, foul, or inappropriate language. Rude and disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated!! Constantly interfering with instruction will not be tolerated! Students exhibiting these behaviors or any other discipline problem will be immediately removed and sent to the principal! Parents will be notified.

Late Assignments:    After the due date has passed, if any work is accepted by the teacher, it will receive only partial credit. This will be determined only by the teacher.

Make-up Policy: Students must have an excused absence to make up work!!  Students will have up to three school days to make up work. They can come for tutorial each morning before school between 7:30 a.m. – 8:05 a.m. or after school from 3:30 – 4:30 on Mondays and Tuesdays. Students are not to make up computer work at home!!  If there are ever any exceptions, they will first have to be approved -in advance -by the teacher. All make-up work is to be completed in morning or afternoon tutorials.

Re-do Policy: Students may have the opportunity to re-do selected tests and assignments as determined by the teacher based on the circumstances, such as student comprehension, attentiveness in class, sufficient time on task, and the nature of the assignment. After each reporting period, students may check with teacher to determine which assignments they might be able to re-do, as determined by the teacher.  All work that is to be re-done must be completed during morning or afternoon tutorials.

Teacher absence:  Whenever the teacher is absent, students are expected to follow all instructions and complete all assignments provided IN CLASS, and pass them in to the substitute teacher.  If students cut class when the teacher is absent, which includes going to another teacher’s class, they will NOT be able to makeup work their work and WILL receive a zero.  If students are absent, they can makeup the work only with an official excused admit, and NOT with a note from another teacher.  Also, students CAN NOT take the assignments home to complete them, but must complete them in class.

SIGNATURE PAGE (ATTACHED)

Acknowledgment of Receipt:  By signing the attached page, the student and parent/guardian acknowledge that they have read and understood the contents in the 2008-09 Computing in the Modern World syllabus.

NOTE:  STUDENTS AND PARENTS ARE TO SIGN AND COMPLETE THE ATTACHED DOCUMENT AND RETURN TO THE TEACHER WITHIN 3 DAYS!