Role of English
How to Solve It
|Aim(s) of the Course
This course is focused on developing critical thinking and questioning skills, using only English in the context of computer science while creating a student centered and led learning environment.
Critical thinking and artful questioning skills allow you to be free to think for yourself. They give you the ability to distinguish "good" from "bad" arguments and acquire, understand, evaluate and think effectively about the information you encounter every day so that you can reliably and responsibly make decisions that affect your life.
The English language is the main language of the Internet and computer science, it is essential you learn to use it well to develop your technology skills.
Student centered learning and leadership develops an essential awareness of "servant leadership" and enables a growing sense of taking responsibility for your work or your actions.
Using critical thinking and questioning skills, we will also investigate issues of global changes brought about by computer and network technologies.
Each lesson will be structured around questions, answers and learner self-expression
On the successful completion of the course you should be able to;
This course is comprised of a series of classroom discussions, group presentations and lessons. The discussion series will be 4 hours each week and is where we will discover and practice critical thinking exercises, questioning, group interactions and presentations and the history and affects of computer and network technologies.
There is no textbook, lesson notes, research and reading materials or handouts will be available on the course web pages, some materials may occasionally be available at the photocopy center.
Throughout each semester you will evaluate and assess (grade) yourself on your progress in the following: writing, class participation, questioning, group interactions, presentations and attendance. Assessment guides (rubrics) and worksheets will be handed out as needed. You will be asked to write several TRUTHFUL, formal, self evaluations. Your performance outcomes (grades) will be the cumulative result of these frequent assessments and your formal self evaluations.
This is a student centered learning environment, it is expected that you will provide leadership, be self starting and will truthfully and fairly evaluate yourselves and your peers with guidance from your classroom instructor or guide.
Assessment values are:
Students are expected to come to classes and discussions on time; punctuality is always appreciated and will be part of your self evaluation grade.
Recommended readings: include but are not limited to the following:
Morality and machines : Perspectives on Computer Ethics by Stacey L. Edgar
How to Solve It by George Polya: ISBN: 0-14-012499-3
The Hacker Ethic, and the spirit of the Information Age by Pekka Himanen
Being Digital by Nicholas Negroponte: ISBN: 0-340-64930-5
Cheating and Plagiarism: Cheating and plagiarism are strictly forbidden; students attempting these may fail the course and/or face administrative or classroom disciplinary action.
Plagiarism means "to use and pass off (the ideas or writings of another) as one's own; to appropriate for use as one's own passages or ideas from (another); or to put forth as original to oneself the ideas or words of another" Dictionary.com.
Beyond that, "plagiarism, a form of intellectual dishonesty, involves unintentionally using someone else's work without properly acknowledging where the ideas came from (the most common form of plagiarism) or intentionally copying someone else's work and passing it off as your own (the most serious form of plagiarism) (Palmquist, 2003, www.bedfordresearcher.com, pp. 173-174)".
Cheating is defined as the act of;
* depriving of something valuable by the use of deceit or fraud,
* influencing or lead by deceit, trick, or artifice
* practicing fraud or trickery
* violating rules dishonestly (as at cards or on an examination)
(Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary online version).
Undergraduate Handbook - Istanbul Bilgi University
Cheating and plagiarism are acts that call for both failure in the relevant component of the course and disciplinary action. Cheating, attempting to cheat, and plagiarism of any kind will be officially recorded by the academic staff present in an examination and reported to the Student Affairs Office. The following penalties may be imposed:
Failure: The student receives a failing grade for the examination or assignment in which he/she has cheated, attempted to cheat, or plagiarised.
Disciplinary Action: The student is referred to the Disciplinary Committee, which operates under University disciplinary policies. The penalty decided upon by the Committee may lead to the dismissal of the student from the University.
This CS COMP 149 web site will be the main communication medium, where class information will be posted. Please check these pages regularly for announcements and course material: http://cs.bilgi.edu.tr/~hobbittr/
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