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Lecture03 - COSC 1046 08F J Rajnovich Lecture#3 Wednesday...

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Lecture #03 Page 1 of 9 Sep 10, 2008 COSC 1046 --- 08F --- J. Rajnovich Lecture #3: Wednesday, September 10, 2008 Topic: Computer, File & Programming Concepts Assigned Readings: Gaddis, Chapter 2.1 through 2.3 Lab Work and Assessments - we take time right now to identify the three-person lab work teams. - I am asking the TAs to keep a lab journal, tracking for me the progress of each team in correctly solving the current Programming Challenge problems and identifying that each team member is in fact helping team mates. - students who do this work outside the campus lab are expected to report regularly to the TA for journal purposes, reporting on their progress and verifying that there is real team communication and work going on. As described in Lecture #2 there will be five lab assessment “events” for each student during the term, each providing 3% of the course mark. Laboratory work in this course is intended to ensure that the student develops the practical skills needed to be proficient at Java program development. - one cannot acquire these skills just by attending lectures and studying books. Students enter the course from diverse backgrounds, varying from novice computer user to proficient programmer. - our objective is to bring all students to a common level of proficiency both in practical and problem solving aspects of the course. - to assess this, the tests are very problem and program oriented, whereas the quizzes are concepts oriented. Lab assessments are needed to help the student achieve skills in problem analysis and in Java programming. - the lab assessments are not meant to be competitive. - novice programmers who develop the required skills will not be penalized if there happen to be students in the class who are superior programmers. It should be clear that a student will be best prepared for a given classroom test if they have already completed the programming challenges of the current chapter readings and have completed the lab assessment for that chapter’s work.
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Lecture #03 Page 2 of 9 Sep 10, 2008 - students who have not completed the Chapter 2 assessment by the date of Test #1, for example, should expect to hear from me. Lab Assessment #1 Objectives The objectives of the first lab assessment, based on Chapter 2 lab work, are to evaluate the student’s progress in acquiring the following skills: - ability to work with the operating system and the Java programming development tools available for this course. - ability to manage files and directories on the personal computers in our networked lab environment. - skill at keyboarding and entering Java programs. - ability to successfully create, compile, test and debug Java programs. In addition, for full marks on this assessment the student has to satisfy the lab TA that they can construct and understand a correct Java solution to any of the 14 Programming Challenges in Chapter 2.
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