CS101: Introduction to Computers and Computing
CS101: Introduction to Computers and Computing

CS101 Frequently Asked Questions

1) What is CS101?

The official course description in the SSU catalog is as follows:
Lecture, two hours; laboratory, two hours. Introduction to the concepts, techniques, uses, applications and terminology of computers, computing and networking. Emphasis is on the possibilities and limitations of computers, computing, and networks in a wide range of personal, commercial, and organizational activities. Topics include history of computing, computer types, computer organization and operation, computer languages, program development, computer applications (word processing, database, graphics, spreadsheets, etc.), basic networking, security, and computers in society. Weekly  hands-on experience with a variety of operating systems, applications, and programming.
Not applicable to the CS major.
Recommended for all students.
Satisfies GE, category B3.

The unofficial course description is as follows:

For two hours every week we will meet in a lecture hall.  During this time you will learn how computer's and network's work.  Just about everything from what happens inside the computer to the farthest reaches of the Internet will be covered.

For two hours every week we will meet in a computer lab.  During this time you will learn how to do many different things on a computer. The main topics will be using 3 different operation systems, learning Office applications, and an introduction to computer programming.

2) How do I add CS101?

Enroll using online registration.  If the class is full add yourself to the waitlist. To learn about the rules of the waitlist please read the information at Waitlist FAQ. If notified of an opening register before midnight.

3) What should I do if I miss a lecture?

iClicker's are used to monitor your participation.  8% of your grade will come from iClicker participation.  You need to be present for 70% of the times iClicker is used in lecture to get the full 8% towards your grade.  Therefore, missing lectures would eventual lower your iClicker grade.  However, coming to lecture will also help you do better on lecture exams.  Some items that appear on the exams will only be covered in lecture.  If you miss a lecture it is recommended that you read any assigned reading and/or download any information pertaining to that lecture from the Lecture Assignments and Test Dates web page.  It is also recommended that you find someone in class who takes good notes and ask if you can copy them.  Once you have studied any material assigned for that lecture and obtained the notes for that lecture then if you have any questions contact your instructor.

4) What should I do if I miss a lab?

Attendance in lab is mandatory and counts 4% toward your overall CS101 grade. Attendance will be taken during each lab. You get two excused absences that will not count against your grade.  Each absence after two will be counted as an unexcused absence.  Each unexcused absence will lower your attendance grade 2  percentage points up to a maximum of 4%. If you miss more than 5 labs you can be dropped from CS101.  If you cannot regularly attend the lab section for which you are enrolled you must drop CS 101 since attendance is mandatory.  However, if you do miss a lab you must still complete any lab assignments you missed by their due date to earn the missed assignment grade. You can learn how to makeup missed lab assignments on the Grading Policies webpage.