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CS490 Syllabus

Fall 2018 Semester

Course Information

Section Information


Section Number CRN Meeting Time Location
CS490-1 CRN 81124 Meet as scheduled for CS101 section or Open Lab Meets in CS101 section or Open Lab location
CS490-2 CRN 81937 Meet as scheduled for CS101 section or Open Lab Meets in CS101 section or Open Lab location

Course Websites

Main Websites

Contact Information

Course Coordinator Contact Information

If you are unsatisfied with the response from your instructor, you may contact the Course Coordinator for assistance.

Name:  Brian M. Powell, PhD
Phone: (304) 288-1549
E-mail Address: 
Office:  205 Armstrong Hall (Morgantown, Downtown Campus) 
Office Hours: Please e-mail to arrange an appointment.

Course Description and Learning Objectives

Course Description

Computer Science 490 is designed to teach students how they can assist others in learning Computer Science-related course material by assisting in course lectures and Open Lab environments. The course also serves to reinforce the skills taught in Computer Science 101.

Prerequisites and Expected Skills

Proctors must have completed Computer Science 101 or have equivalent skills as determined by the Course Coordinator. Enrollment is by permission of the Course Coordinator.

Proctors are expected to be familiar with the material taught in Computer Science 101.

General Education Curriculum and General Education Foundations

This course does not meet any GEC Objectives or GEF Foundations.

Course Learning Objectives

After completing Computer Science 490, students will be able to:

Number Course Learning Objective Learning Activities
& Informal Assessments
Formal Assessments
C01 Demonstrate how to use spreadsheet, database, word processing, and presentation applications to display data, conduct analysis, and explore what-if sceanrios.
  • Lecture Section Student Assistance
  • Open Lab Student Assistance
  • Exam Review Session Student Assistance
  • Mac VM Workshop Student Assistsance

No formal assessments

Course Organization

Computer Science 490 is organized into a single semester-long unit. There are no formal structured learning activities, informal assessments, or formal assessments.

Course Materials and Technology Requirements

Computer Requirements

All of the required software is available on computers in CS101 Open Lab, on WVU Libraries public computers, and in the ITS computer labs.

To use your own computer, you will need the following:

If you have a Mac, please be aware:

The CS101/CS490 website and Pearson eText are supported on Windows and Mac computers as well as iOS and Android mobile devices.

WVU Login Account

Your WVU Login account will be used to login to CS101 computers and websites. You must claim your WVU Login account before use. If you encounter problems with WVU Login, call ITS Help Desk at (304) 293-4444.

It is your responsibility to have a working WVU Login account. Failure to do so may keep you from completing required work and can impact your grade.

Materials Purpose and Usage

No course materials are required specifically for Computer Science 490.

Course Grades and Assignments

Credit Hours

The number of CS490 credit hours proctors receive depends upon how many hours they work each week.

Hours per Week

CS490 Credit Hours Earned

1 course section (two 50-minute class sessions per week)

1 credit

2 course sections (four 50-minute class sessions per week)

3 credits

1 course section (two 50-minute class sessions per week) and 2 hours per week in Open Lab

3 credits

2 hours per week in Open Lab

1 credit

4 hours per week in Open Lab

3 credits

Grading Options

There are two grading options available for proctors. Proctors must choose their option when registering. The option cannot be changed after the Add/Drop Deadline, which is generally the end of the first week of class.

Pass/Fail Grading Option

Proctors who select the Pass/Fail Grading Option do not have any significant commitments beyond attending their scheduled class sections or Open Lab shifts.

Letter Grade Grading Option

In exchange for performing additional duties beyond their scheduled class sections and Open Lab shifts, proctors can receive a letter grade for CS490. There are four options for letter grades:

Letter Grade Option

Time Commitment for 1 Credit

Time Commitment
for 3 Credits

Work additional hours in Open Lab during weeks when Homeworks are due

4 hours during semester

12 hours during semester

Lead Exam Review Sessions

1 session during semester

3 sessions during semester

Help students install Mac Virtual Machine during beginning of semester workshops

3 hours during first 2 weeks of class

9 hours during first 2 weeks of class


While the Course Coordinator is the instructor of record for CS490, the CS101 instructors teaching the sections proctors are assigned to or working in Open Lab with the proctors are responsible for providing day-to-day supervision of proctors.

Proctors are expected to assist the CS101 instructors as requested.  Feedback from the CS101 instructors will be used in determining grades for each proctor.


In-class proctors are expected to assist the instructor as requested.  Common duties include providing students with one-on-one assistance, running the instructor computer, monitoring student computers using Smart Sync, and monitoring exams.  Instructors and proctors should work together to determine how the proctor’s skills can best be utilized.

Open Lab proctors assist students who have questions with CS101 assignments or other course material.  Since there are slow periods in Open Lab, proctors are encouraged to bring their own work when they are not needed to help students.  Proctors should remain attentive in case their assistance is required.

All proctors will be expected to provide feedback and suggestions for improvement of the course. Special projects may also be assigned.

Attendance and Time Records

All proctors must record all hours spent in Open Lab, in class sections, or completing requirements for the Letter Grade Option using the CS101 Proctor Hours Tracking Form. Hours should be logged contemporaneously, on the same day they are completed.

Final Grades

In general, final grades are based on regular attendance, the proctor performing their assigned duties as expected, and completing any applicable requirements for the Letter Grade Option if they chose that method of grading when registering.

Grades are determined using feedback provided by the CS101 instructors assigned to teach the course sections or Open Lab times for which the CS490 proctor is scheduled. For proctors registered for the Letter Grade Option, scheduling requests and time logs are used to determine if the additional requirements have been met.

Some proctors may have special assignments with separate grading requirements determined by mutual agreement with the Course Coordinator.

Pass/Fail Grading Option

Absences/Responsibilities Met

Final Grade

4 or Fewer Unexcused Absences
and Proctor performed duties as expected


5 or More Unexcused Absences
or Proctor did not perform duties as expected


Letter Grade Grading Option

Absences/Responsibilities Met

Final Grade

2 or Fewer Unexcused Absences
and Proctor performed duties as expected
and Proctor met all additional requirements for Letter Grade Option


3 or Fewer Unexcused Absences
and Proctor performed duties as expected
and Proctor met at least 50% of additional requirements for Letter Grade Option


4 or Fewer Unexcused Absences
and Proctor performed duties as expected
and Proctor met less than 50% of additional requirements for Letter Grade Option


5 or More Unexcused Absences
or Proctor did not perform duties as expected



There are no formal assignments in Computer Science 490.

Academic Integrity

The integrity of the classes offered by any academic institution solidifies the foundation of its mission and cannot be sacrificed to expediency, ignorance, or blatant fraud. Therefore, the instructor will enforce rigorous standards of academic integrity in all aspects and assignments of this course.


Examples of academic integrity violations include but are not limited to:


A range of penalties is possible for academic integrity violations. The standard penalties are listed below, but more severe penalties including an unforgivable F for the course can be applied.


Standard Penalties

First Occurrence or After

Failing grade (F) will be issued for the course.

This academic integrity policy continues to be in force even after you complete Computer Science 490. Post-completion penalties may be enforced through modifications to the final grade recorded on your transcript.

If an academic integrity violation is suspected, you will be notified via e-mail. You may appeal to the Course Coordinator within 10 class days of the notice being sent. Failure to appeal or reply within this time period will be considered an admission of guilt and applicable penalties will be applied.

Additional information on WVU’s academic integrity policy is available in the West Virginia University Academic CatalogIf you have any questions about this policy or if an activity is allowed, it is your responsibility to check with your supervising instructor or the Course Coordinator beforehand.

Course Policies

Attendance and Engagement

Regular attendance and participation by proctors is critical to the success of CS490. Proctors are expected to attend every scheduled class session or Open Lab shift.

In the event that a proctor cannot attend a scheduled shift, they are responsible for notifying their supervising instructor, preferably in advance.

If proctors have multiple absences, it may be necessary for them to work additional time to make-up.  Excessive unexcused absences may impact a proctor’s grade.

Course Communication

The CS101 websites and your MIX e-mail account are the primary means through which we distribute information. It is your responsibility to check them daily.

When e-mailing your supervising instructor or the Course Coordinator, please be sure to identify your name, your course section, and clearly explain your question or concern. To ensure you are easily understood, please write in standard English.

Your instructor generally will respond to e-mails within 48 hours. While you may frequently receive same-day responses, they are not guaranteed and should not be expected. Please plan accordingly so you do not miss deadlines.

Expected Conduct and Etiquette

When in class or Open Lab, please:

When using online aspects of the course or sending e-mails:


The above actions disturb other students and are disrespectful to course staff. Violations removal from the classroom, Open Lab, or course activities.

Please also be aware of and comply with the CS490 Academic Integrity Policy and the WVU Campus Student Code.

Adverse Weather and Cancellations

On rare occasions, CS101 classes or Open Lab may be cancelled. If this occurs, notice will be provided via MIX e-mail, the CS101 website, and/or social media.

In the event of inclement or threatening weather, everyone should use their best judgment regarding travel to and from campus. Safety should be the main concern. If you cannot get to class or an exam because of adverse weather conditions, you should contact your supervising instructor as soon as possible.

Similarly, if your supervising instructor is unable to reach the class location, they will notify you of any cancellation or change as soon as possible using MIX e-mail and the CS101 website to prevent you from embarking on any unnecessary travel. CS490 will make accommodations as appropriate on days where class or exams are cancelled or there are inclement weather conditions.

Time and Workload Expectation

In addition to the scheduled time spent with CS101 course sections or in CS101 Open Lab, proctors will have a small additional time commitment to read course materials and prepare for class. In general, this should not be more than 1 hour per week.

Participants in the Letter Grade Option will have additional time commitments.


Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and WVU policy, students have a right to the privacy of their academic information. A FERPA release must be on file with the course before we can release information on a student’s performance to third parties. Granting access to the Parent/Guest Portal or signing a general waiver is not sufficient to allow the release of course information.

Please be aware that usage of course computers, the course website, and other course systems may be monitored.

This course uses resources provided by third parties.  Their privacy policies are available below:


The West Virginia University community is committed to creating and fostering a positive learning and working environment based on open communication, mutual respect, and inclusion.

Student Resources

Student Services

Commonly used WVU student services include:

Technical Support

Please see our Technical Support page information on available assistance.


Accessibility Accommodations

If you are a person with a disability and anticipate needing any type of accommodation in order to participate in this class, please advise your instructor and make appropriate arrangements with the Office of Accessibility Services at (304) 293‑6700. For more information on West Virginia University's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives, please see the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion website.

Technology Accessibility

The CS101/CS490 website and course-developed materials are design to comply with the WVU Accessibility for Online Course Content guidelines and WebAIM's web content accessibility guidelines.

CS101/CS490 uses third-party tools. Their accessibility statements are available below: