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CSC 111-01 Intro to Computers and Visual Basic

  Spring 2008

Professor: Marek A. Suchenek, Ph.D.

Office hours for this course:

T, Th 11:15 - 11:45 AM in the classroom


Class meets: T, Th 10 - 11:15 AM in SCC 800

Obligatory texts:

Bell, D., and Parr, M.: Visual BASIC .NET for Students, Addison-Wesley 2003 (companion website: http://www.mikeparr.info/vb1st/indexvb.htm; more info at:  http://www.amazon.com/Visual-Basic-Net-Students-Douglas-Bell/dp/0201742055).

Course outline

This course is an introduction to computers and programming with particular emphasis on small systems through programming in the Visual Basic.

Goals and Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will have a general understanding of a contemporary computer and working knowledge of programming language Visual BASIC. Other particular objectives are listed in the textbook at the begining of each covered chapter (see Syllabus).


Class attendance is obligatory even if roll is not called. Those absent or late may lose credit and miss assignments. It is student's sole responsibility to find out what was covered and assigned during the classes he/she missed.

Academic honesty

Students are reminded of the university policy with regard to academic honesty. Submission of any assignment, program, or examination that is not the student's original work or contains portions of someone else's work without being clearly and specifically identified as such will automatically receive zero credit and may also result in an F grade in the course or in university disciplinary action, or both.

Quizzes, tests, and final

There will be a number of surprise quizzes, two tests, and final examination. Quizzes will consist of up to three simple questions each. Tests and final will require more elaborate solutions, like (for instance, but not limited to) problem solving, explanation of programming constructs, writing a program or a fragment of a program, analysis of a code, an essay on computer and programming concepts.

No make ups for missing tests and quizzes. The tests will cover the foregoing material. The final exam will be comprehensive.


Homework and programs: 15%

Quizzes: 10%

Tests: 40% (20% each)

Final: 35%

Grading The following are the minimal requirements for any given letter grade.

A : 90%

A- : 85%

B+ : 80%

B : 75%

B- : 70%

C+ : 65%

C : 60%

C- : 55%

D+ : 50%

D : 45%

F : 0%

Please, contact me right away if you have any questions.

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