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.
If you haven't already done so, please claim your WVU Login account so that you can use CS101 computers and the course website.
Focus on Registering for MyLab
By now, you should have purchased MyLab 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 powell21269.
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.
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.
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!
- MyLab required and bonus assignments are all available from the first day of class. Due dates are available on the assignments page as well as our Section Schedule.
- Homework assignments will be made available about two weeks before they are due. Due dates will be available on the assignments page as well as our Section Schedule.
- Participation assignments are usually pretty quick assignments and will be available for only a few days. See the assignments page for these.
- Each of our three exams will be available only on the day they are shown on our Section Schedule.
You can expect to look for your grades according to these guidelines:
- I generally grade HW assignments and Exams within two days after the due date. You should see your grades and feedback posted by then.
- I will update Participation grades usually after two or three have been due. I don't give feedback on these, you will just see your grade adjusted if you did the assignment(s).
- MyLab grades are computed automatically. The course coordinator will import these into the CS101 gradebook periodically throughout the semester, usually after each assignment is due, if we have data available from the MyLab team.
- Grades and detailed feedback are posted to the CS101 View Grades page. You should review grades as soon as they are posted. Grades may be appealed within 7 calendar days of when they are posted, except for any assignments at the very end of the semester. After this time, grades are final. All grades for MyLab Bonus Projects are final and may not be appealed.
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.
What should you be up to on the first day of class? Here's what I suggest:
- Explore the CS101 website and your instructor's section. All of your assignments will be located here.
- Pick up the course textbook and MyLab access code. Information is on the Course Materials and Technology Requirements page.
- Check out the Start Here page to get an overview of what you need to know to be a successful student.
- We want to learn about you and what you hope to gain from taking CS101.
That should be a good start! For now - start to explore. Let me know if you have any questions.
Our 3rd homework assignment is now posted, for those who would like to work ahead.
Homework #1 is now available under the Assignments link. Note that each homework assignment also has an associated Help Video. Watching a similar assignment get completed in that video should greatly help with completing our assignment.
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 file when you begin the assignment. In the case of HW #1, you start by importing data from the "registrations.csv" 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 files that are inside of that zip file you downloaded (registrations.csv and vulnerablebreeds.csv). 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 Text" and browse to the csv file you need. This will communicate with that csv file and will import all of the data into the spreadsheet.