Welcome to Computer Science 101! Here is some important information you'll need to know to get started and be successful this semester.
Claim your WVU Login account
You will use your WVU Login account to access your MIX e-mail, use computers on campus, and to submit assignments and view grades for CS101. If you haven't already, claim your WVU Login account so it's ready for use.
Purchase your textbooks and software
CS101 uses the Exploring Office 2016 textbooks and MyLab IT software from Pearson. We have two bundles available depending on if you want an eText or print version of the book. Both bundles include the MyLab IT software we use in the course. Please make sure that you buy from Pearson, Barnes & Noble, Book Exchange, or Bookholders. If you purchase elsewhere, like from Amazon, you will not be able to register for MyLab IT.
Get your computer ready
CS101 is based on the Windows version of Microsoft Office 2016. WVU provides students with free access to Office 365, which you can use with CS101.
The Mac version of Office does not include Microsoft Access, which we use in CS101. Don't fear, Mac users - we have a solution for you. Our free virtual machine will let you run Windows and the Windows version of Office 365 on your Mac. We will hold a workshop during the first week of class to help you set up your system if you need assistance.
If you don't have a computer of your own, you can use computers in CS101 Open Lab, WVU Libraries, or the ITS labs. We strongly recommend you don't share computers with other students as this frequently leads to cheating.
Register for MyLab IT
You'll need to register for MyLab IT before you can start completing the MyLab Lessons and MyLab Bonus Projects. Instructions are available on the MyLab IT Registration Instructions page. It's very important you carefully follow them so you register properly and can receive credit for your work.
If you have problems using MyLab IT, you can visit our MyLab IT Help page for information and how to contact Technical Support.
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Course learning objectives
After completing Computer Science 101, students will be able to:
|#||Course Learning Objective||Learning Activities
& Informal Assessments
|C01||Build spreadsheets to perform calculations, display data, conduct analysis, and explore what-if scenarios.||
|C02||Design and construct databases to store, extract, and analyze scientific and real world data.||
|C03||Create scientific and technical documents incorporating equations, images, tables, and bibliographies.||
|C04||Develop technical and scientific presentations which use charts and visual aids to share data.||
|C05||Identify, access, and evaluate information to solve real world problems.||
Get help on your assignments
Can't make it to Open Lab? Our Homework Help videos provide step-by-step instructions on how to complete projects similar to the Homeworks. You can get ready for exams by viewing an Exam Review Project video, too.
Attendance is strongly recommended
If you're in an on-campus section, attendance isn't mandatory but is strongly recommended. 10% of your grade comes from Participation Projects, which are given unannounced and can only be completed in class.
Online students can do their work whenever it is convenient for them, as long as you heed the due dates. We suggest following along with the content listed in the Section Schedule so that you stay on track.
CS101 takes time
CS101 is a 4-credit hour course. While we don't meet for 4 hours each week like MATH 155: Calculus (another 4-credit course), we do have a similar workload. Expect to spend several hours each week outside of class reading, completing MyLab IT work, and finishing your Homeworks. We suggest initially setting aside 5 hours per week for CS101 until you find how long CS101 takes you. Treat the time as a regular scheduled part of your week. If you get behind, it can be difficult to catch up.
CS101 does not use eCampus
Computer Science 101 does not use eCampus. All of the tools you will need to complete the course are available here on the CS101 website and in MyLab IT.
Navigating the CS101 website
The syllabus for your section is on your instructor's Syllabus page. As a student, you are responsible for being familiar with its contents and our course policies.
In the Learning Units section, you can find Computer Science 101's course and unit learning objectives. A listing of demonstrable skills, notes, and resources are also provided for each chapter of the textbook.
CS101 is not a self-paced course. Your section's schedule shows the due dates for your assignments this semester. It also lists the content being covered throughout the semester so that you can stay on track with your work. CS101 assignments build on previous projects, so it's important to stay on top of your coursework.
Assignments and grades
The currently available assignments are posted on your instructor's Assignments page. Homeworks, Exams, and Participation Projects will be submitted through the CS101 Submit Assignments page. MyLab Lessons and MyLab Bonus Projects are completed on MyITLab.com.
Grades are posted on the View Grades page. Be sure to read the feedback for your grades to understand how each score was calculated.
Academic integrity policy
CS101 takes academic integrity very seriously. Simply put, we expect everyone to do their own independent work and not share files. If you cheat, you won't develop the skills you need for the Exams or to succeed when you get out of the course. For much more detailed information, please see the Academic Integrity Policy in your syllabus.
Are you having problems using the CS101 website, MyLab IT, Microsoft Office, or any of the other software used in Computer Science 101? Please visit the Technical Support page to learn about the support resources available to you.
Go to class
Get to class! On the first day of class, your instructor will review these course policies and explain the way forward this semester.
- B. M. Powell, CS101 Website Tour. West Virginia University, 2017. Available: https://youtu.be/cd37MCqvWoE.