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Dec. 14

Final Grade Cutoffs for Fall 2009.

Out of 222 points. There will be no changes to the
cutoffs. We already have too many A+ grades!

219 A+
204 A
199 A-
193 B+
182 B
177 B-
155 C
133 D
0 F

Nov. 2

Two workshops just for CS students on how to improve your interviewing skills.
Put on by Engineering Career Services.

Learn how to make yourself the best possible job candidate.

Monday, Nov. 9 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Siebel 1103
Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm in Siebel 1103

Oct. 12

The rest of the text book is at the publisher's!! It will be on the shelves by Friday.

September 12

Grainger Library now has copies of the text on reserve.

September 12

Common answers to questions about your presentations:

--Although we do not have a dress code, do try to avoid offensive tee shirts and to look somewhat presentable (comb your hair).

--You are going to answer questions after your talk, so be ready to do that, and have the 3 questions at the end ready.

--Try to present both sides of an issue. It's OK to give your own opinion, too, as long as you back it up.

--Put your name on your first slide so the students can write it on their peer review forms.

August 23

On Monday, Aug. 24, the first half of the textbook will be at the Illini Bookstore.
Look for it in the CS210 section: "Computer and Information Ethics" Volume I (chapters 1-4)
by Marsha Cook Woodbury, Ph.D.
The text will also be on reserve at Grainger Library

August 23

Compass is ready, the first 3 assignments are up.
First assignment due Sept. 3, Thursday, 11:30 pm.

August 19.

Volunteers needed Tuesday, September 1st. See cs.announce.

August 17

The Newsgroup is Active
Current events, conversations continued, relevant links, breaking news, flashes of insight--please post these to the newsgroup: class.fa09.cs210  See Newsgroups info.


 I have a few questions about the "Introductions" presentation

 1. We give the presentation with another student. Will we both  receive the same grade? Do you expect us to work closely together on this? Or should we be more separate? (like one person introduce the  topic, and one do the game)


You usually get the same grade. On rare occasions, when one person obviously is working to be lively and engaging and the other is not, the unanimated person could get a lower grade.

Please work closely together--the more the better, so it comes off smoothly as a team effort. One person can announce the game and one write the scores on the board, but both should do the slides.


 2. How long should the Introduction presentation be? If there are two  introductions scheduled, does that mean ours should be  shorter?


Up to a half hour in length or less. No limit on that day.

I've a question about my introduction topic (netiquette). I just checked the class site and under topics it said "Netiquette (for both these introductions be guided by our readings)". What exactly does that mean? By "readings" are you referring to the netiquette sections in the 210 textbook?


Yes, the book breaks up Netiquette into several categories. Other forms of communication may have been overlooked or under-represented. One thing that works well is having people list the things that irritate them the most and having a vote or discussion.

What do you mean by licensing?


Should we license programmers? We license doctors and teachers, why not programmers? Should we certify that software meets a minimum standard?

Games for Introductions
*You can create a Jeopardy game Try to use multiple choice or thought-provoking questions, please.
*Other instructional tools to try.
*Reveal the picture game: Rules and Game

Taking Back Compass Submissions

  • As long as the due date has not passed, you can take back a submission, revise it, and resubmit it.
  • Click on "Assignments"
  • From the "Submitted" tab, locate the submission you want to take back and, under "Actions", click "Take Submission Back to Inbox" icon. The submission is moved to your the Inbox tab.


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