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Scott Warden

Section 7D2

Welcome to the website for CS101 Section 7D2. This is an online course section.

You should plan to check your MIX e-mail account and visit this webpage daily to remain up-to-date on important information in the course.

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Announcements

Homework #3 Available

Our 3rd homework assignment is now posted, for those who would like to work ahead.

Homework #2 Available

Our 2nd homework assignment is now posted.  Note that HW #1 is the only one for the semester that will have a sample solution file posted with it.

Homework #1 Available

Homework #1 is now available under the Assignments link.

One thing unique to this assignment is that you're given a sample PDF file of what your solution should look like.  This is just to make sure you're on the right track as you get used to how these assignments are designed.  Always be sure to right-click and save each HW file provided, instead of just opening them.

As you'll find, all HW assignments and exams are just like this - you're given a file with a set of instructions to follow, usually some data to import to start out with and you follow these instructions to end up with a completed project file (or files, later on).  Once you're done, submit your file via the Assignment Submission Tool on our site.

Some assignments have a lot of individual but easy directions.. "format this like this", "set this size equal to that", etc..  I always advise printing it out and just checking off what you've done to be sure you don't miss any minor details that may cost you points.  Also, always work top to bottom.  You'll find that one step may be dependent on a previous step done properly.

As I said, every HW assignment and exam in our course will require you to import some data from an XML file when you begin the assignment.  In the case of HW #1, you start by importing data from the "registrations.XML" file you download (inside the ZIP file you download).  Just to be clear on how to properly import this data, here are instructions on how to do so:

1.  Right-click the "Data" link on the HW1 webpage and save it to your hard-drive.
2.  Using something like Winzip, extract the XML file that is inside of that zip file you downloaded ("registrations.xml").  Familiarizing yourself with a file extraction tool like WinZip is a skill needed to be successful in this class.  It can be found as a free download and is easy to use, just do a quick Google search if you need to.  Hopefully most people are familiar with ZIP files already.  Newer versions of Windows have the ability to extract zip files already built in.
3.  This step may vary depending on your Excel version:  Within a blank Excel workbook, you should then be able to go to "Data" (at the top), "From Other Sources" and choose XML.. browse to the registrations.xml file.

This will communicate with that XML file and will import all of the data into the spreadsheet.

We do not use eCampus or the attendance system

CS101 does not use eCampus. Please be sure to check your MIX e-mail and visit the CS101 website on a daily basis.

Our online section also does not use the attendance system.

Getting ready for class

What should you be up to on the first day of class? Here's what I suggest:

That should be a good start!  For now - start to explore. Let me know if you have any questions.

Focus on Registering for MyITLab

Focus on Registering for MyITLab

By now, you should have purchased MyITLab and the book (either the paper copy or the electronic copy). If you haven't, please do.  The materials you need are listed here: http://cs101.wvu.edu/materials/requirements/

Registration instructions are located here and our Course ID is powell97103.

Please take a look at the schedule to see what I think you should be reading and working on today. Refer to the schedule each day and try to keep up with the suggested readings.

Mac Virtual Machine

If you own a Mac, we have a virtual machine available so you can run Windows and Office to do your assignments in this class. Please see the Help Page for more details.

Assignment Availability

Assignments in this class will be configured well ahead of time to give you plenty of time to work on them.  I encourage working ahead!

Grade Availability

You can expect to look for your grades according to these guidelines:

Claim your WVU Login account

If you haven't already done so, please claim your WVU Login account so that you can use CS101 computers and the course website.