"The focus of this class is on understanding how to apply Computer Science principles in the context of a specific modern platform (iOS). "
Professor Don Patterson
Lecture: M T W Th F : 10:15 - 12:15
Classroom: Officially Winter Hall 110, but actually the instructional lab in Voskuyl Library
Discussion Section: N/A
Telephone: 7028 (on campus) 805-565-7028 (off campus)
Office Hours: TBD
|Class Attendance / Participation / (1 dropped)||~30%|
As the class progresses I may find it necessary to alter the percentages.
This class is a lot of work. You will have to develop iOS Applications. You should expect to spend 2 hours outside of class each day following-up on material from class, finishing daily work and reading background material.
This class is a lab/workshop style class. We will be working together on computers. Here are some things that I hope to be able to cover. You will be able to:
I prefer to give many small assignments which build up a picture of overall student learning success rather than to rely on one or two large exams which students may bomb based on non-learning related complications.
At the end of the day, learning requires the active initiative of the student. I consider myself someone who points students in the right direction and can/will explain the fundamentals of a subject matter. I can't actually do the work of learning for a student. That takes effort and self-motivation. I will help to provide structure and incentives for that learning, but you also need to learn how to expand on this subject yourself. In a technical field like this, you will be left behind the field in about six months, regardless of how well I present the subject matter, if you can't keep learning on your own.
I like to stop talking periodically and let students ask questions. Although I expect the small size of this class and the hands-on approach will make stopping and clarifying a pretty normal thing to do.
This class is going to be a small and intimate community. We are going to move fast. Participation is essential for it to be successful.
Participation will be assessed by attendance on days in which nothing tangible is due. On days in which responses are due, participation will be evaluated based on the response and the communication of it to the rest of the group.
Writing lots of mini apps is a major part of this class. Most of these will be lab style and students will follow along in their development during the course.
The goal of the apps is to give the students lots of tools and examples that they can draw on at other points in their career and to create artifacts that you can use in job interviews or post-graduate assessments or possibly just for your own sense of enjoyment and accomplishment.
I encourage collaboration but each student will turn in their own work
Some of these lab assignments will require additional research outside of class preparation.
The goal of the labs will be to give you a chance to familiarize yourself with basic software technologies for modern user interfaces. Rather than producing extensive deliverables the focus is on learning to teach yourself from on-line resources how to build user-interfaces in different technologies. This will hopefully form the basis of being able to create more extensive projects in the future.
This class will have a few written assignments/quizzes. They will be announced.
I strive to pick the best-of-class tools to use to administer this class and with which to teach. That requires using multiple websites. They are carefully chosen. Unfortunately, like most of the rest of online activities they are also highly fragmented (not one super-tool). We utilize several online tools in this class. Please familiarize yourself with their use and location. I expect you to check in and use all of them:
This is a small class, so our tools will consist of the following:
Periodically at the beginning of class I will take the opportunity to address issues of Christian Faith and it's relationship to our course material, current events or personal reflections. This may include times of prayer, listening to music or speech, or direction discussion.
These moments are typically not planned far in advance or recorded, but are noted post-facto on the class calendar.
We have many goals for students taking courses in the Computer Science Program. Some of them are specific to particular courses, but almost all are examples of our Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs).
This are the overarching Computer Science Program Learning Objectives