|Schedule by week||Information to cover
Please note that the first assignment is at the bottom of the list posted here. You should do the work in order! I may add to the weekly schedule during the course of the week, so please check back multiple times. Please keep copies of all work you submit until you receive your final grade at the end of the semester.
Remember that I tape all my classes and capture notes on the Smartboard. These are available to you under Audio and Smartboard.
Note that the audio and Smartboard presentations for each class are available from previous semesters.
Week of April 23rd
|We will continue with Visual Basic this week.|
Week of April 16th
|Lindsey will be available Tues and Thurs at 2 and I will be available for advisement and help. I am also available Thursday at 10 in my office.
We will continue to look at Visual Basic. The programs we looked at are FirstMath, basicMath, work areas, userInput and loopswhile120; We will look at the other examples next week.
The index or first page should have basic information. The second page should link to at least four things that you have done. You can put the work in the root of cisweb or you can put it in a folder.
The address should be cisweb.bristolcc.edu/~yourusername/folder if any/name of the page. If it is html page then it has a .html extension. The database has a .accdb extension. Check with me if you have problems.
Week of April 9th
|Lindsey will be available Tues and Thurs at 2 and I will be available as well. I am also available Monday at 10 in my office.
Be sure to check the mentor assignment posted under week #10. I have sent a letter about your mentor. If you did not get one, please let me know.
On the 12th, a group of alumni and others working it IT will speak to the class. Please try to be there!
Download Visual Studio (they are highlighting the 2017 version) from Microsoft Use Community addition
Week of April 2nd
|This week is a hybrid week. If you are behind I strongly suggest you go to the help labs that are Tuesday, April 3rd from
9:30 until 3:00 and Thursday, April 5th from 9:30 until 3:00. Lindsey will be there to help and hopefully there will be
classmates you can talk to as well.
I will be sending out mentor information this week so please check back!
Career and mentor paper: The mentors are professionals who went through the CIS program at BCC and are now working in the field or continuing their studies. They have generously volunteered to be an email mentor to discuss career and skills with current students. This assignment will need you to interview your mentor. I want you to write a paper about careers in the computer field. There should be two parts to the paper: The first part should be an interview with your mentor about the work he or she does in the computing field or if your mentor is continuing studies in computing, ask about the degree program he or she is in and what they would like to do when they complete their studies. Your paper should contain information about your mentor's job or degree program with several quotes from your mentor. The second part should be researching a career in computing that interests you and writing about what the job involves and the skills that are needed. The paper should include notes citing your sources (I would estimate that you need at least a couple of pages to cover the goals well). In addition, send me a list of the questions you asked your mentor. The paper is due on Thursday, April 26th by midnight. If you have trouble contacting your mentor, let me know and pass in the mentor part late (the research part must be on time). If you are too far behind on work and you need to send me a lot of work, I am not sending you a mentor until you are more caught up and proved you are participating in this course. If you do not get a mentor this weekend/week and you do not think you are that far behind, be sure to contact me.
Week of March 26th
|Lindsey will be available in K101 at 2 on Tuesday and Thursday and I will join her part of the time.
Readings that will cover the information on if and loops.
Decision making in JavaScipt
IF at W3Schools
Guess Game Logic
This week we are going to take a break from programming and look at numbering systems.
Numbering systems and code
This handout covers binary and hex well, but it was written over 20 years ago and the code information is historical and not current. We will look at 8-bit ASCII code in class and look at the link below.
Reference for ASCII
Consider looking at Smartboard (and even audio) from other semesters for more examples.
Week of March 19th
|Lindsey will be available in K101 at 2 on Tuesday and Thursday and I will join her part of the time.
Practice exercise we already looked at
Solution to practice exercises:
While solution to problem #1
Do...while solution to problem #1
While solution to problem #2
Do...while solution to problem #2
Be sure you look at the guess game examples, they will help with taking in user input in a loop and with establishing a random number.
Debug tool in Firefox
Assignment #1:Flowchart and Pseudocode assignment This is a quiz - however it is not due until next Thursday (March 29th) when homework is due - you need to work on it individually because it is a quiz (that also means no resubmit). This quiz also counts more than the quick quizzes - guess I should have called it a test. It counts like a high-end homework.
Week of March 5th
|Lindsey will be available in K101 at 2 on Tuesday and Thursday and I will join her part of the time.
Here is some information on flowcharting and pseudocode:
If you have the book I suggest reading chapters 2 and 3.
Assignment #1: Logic PowerPoint assignment
Week of February 26th
|Lindsey will be available at 2:00 on Tuesday and Thursday in K101 and I will be around Tuesday and later Thursday.
We will continue looking at logic and will work on the practice exercise below.
Presentation on using pseudocode to play computer
Separate speaker notes to accompany presentation on using pseudocode to play computer
Please look at this PowerPoint on loops and repetition:
Presentation on structure (focus on loops)
Separate speaker notes to accompany presentation structure (focus on loops)
Assignment #1: Logic Assignment
Assignment #2: Quick quiz #2 if and loop Due on Tuesday, March 6th and remember I do not take late quizzes - Some one just pointed out I made a mistake in question #6 so everyone will get credit for that one... Sorry! Also because of the electricity problem, you can extend the quiz to Thursday, March 8th Check back!
Week of February 19th
|Lindsey will be available Tues and Thurs at 2 in K101 even though Tuesday is Monday classes. So if you need help stop by.
Message Lindsey asked me to post: "As a reminder I hold CIS 120 group study sessions in K101 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 Ė 3:00 pm. No need to sign up in advance, just stop by! Additionally, the Fall River Learning Commons (B110) has a tutor (Jayson) available for CIS 120 one-on-one appointments and many other tutors who can help with your other courses and all types of writing assignments. To schedule an appointment, please stop by B110 or give them a call at 774-357-2295. And, if you canít physically come to campus remember that the college also offers online tutoring through Smarthinking. To access online tutors log into accessBCC and then click the link to launch eLearning. Once you get to the eLearning homepage youíll see a button to launchSmarthinkg eTutoring. Online tutors are available for a variety of programming languages and operating systems. To learn more about what topics and subjects are available visit: https://www.pearson.com/us/higher-education/products-services-institutions/smarthinking-online-tutoring/subjects/computers-and-technology.html".
This week we will look at SQL and look at some of the concepts from chapter #1 and/or the handouts and then if time permits we will start to look at logic.
I changed my mind and we will look at some basic logic after the SQL and leave the chapter #1 concepts if there is not time for everything.
For help on if statements, look at this presentation:
Presentation on logical if structures
Separate speaker notes to accompany presentation on logical if structures
Assignment #1: Logic exercise This assignment must be passed in by the start of class (11AM) on Thursday the first of March so we can go over it in class.
Check back and see how we did!
Week of February 12th
|Lindsey will be available in K101 on Tues and Thurs at 2. Lindsey will be there to run a lab
and answer questions.
This week we will look at the SQL we were going to look at on last Thursday (the 8th). Since I am still sick, I need you to to over the presentation, and look at the database and the examples.
Here is a presentation and the database I modified to go with it.
An explanation of basic SQL
Accompany database with SQL queries
Some SQL examples Let me know if you find a typo.
Here is the Smartboard and audio from last semester when I covered SQL.
Smartboard on SQL from Sept 21, 2017
Audio on SQL from Sept 21, 2017
This is Enrollment Verification week and I have to verify you are in the class. If you have not passed in work or the email a week verifying you are in the class, then you need to contact me now to make sure you are not withdrawn from the class.
Reading - there is not a required text but there is reading that will add to your knowledge base and that is required:
If you bought the optional text, read chapter 1 (you might note that at Amazon much of the first chapter is available for Just Enough Programming Logic and Design in the Look inside feature). Might help you decide about the book.
Compiler vs interpreter
Types of software
Memory and RAM
Examples: Pseudocode and Flowcharts
Pseudocode and Flowcharts
Syntax and logic errors
I also want to include some information on skills, so please listen to this video and read this handout about note taking.
Note taking video
Cornell method of note taking is the specific one to read. I also suggest checking out the other links on this page.
Assignment #1: Queries for softskills database This has information about the queries I want you to create to go with the softskills database I assigned last week. the database and teh queries assignment is not due until next week on Thursday, Feb 22nd. Since I have been out and Tuesday is Monday classes we will extend the due date to Saturday, Feb 25th. If you dig this out on your own and get it in on the 22nd I will give you extra credit.
Week of February 5th
|I will be available Monday at 10 in my office K112 and Tuesday and Thursday at 2 in K101 (hopefully).
Lindsey will be available at 2 on Tues and Thurs in K101.
If you need help with something, now would be the time to ask your questions!
Apparently a lot of site address and book marks have changed with the new website. So do the best you can and make up some things if you need to. The Site Map is probably the best source.
Directions for downloading Access are located under Notes and Handouts. Using Office 365 to download the suite is probably the easiest approach.
Here are some articles you can read if you want support in working with Access. Many go beyond what we are doing in class. They are a resource you can choose to use.
Create a table
Create a query
Create a table from Microsoft
Create a table (uses older version of Access)
Create a query (uses older version of Access)
Introduction to SQL
W3Schools on SQL
On Thursday we will look at SQL in Access.
Assignment #1:For students in class on Tuesday, you will break up in groups of 3 and choose a leader who will be responsible for mailing me your answers with a cc to you so you know that it came through. Note, there is no makeup/resubmit on group projects.
Note students taking the class online can choose to come and participate in the group project in class even if we can't find you a seat.
For students who are not in class (online or absent students), I will email you with your group and group leader (probably Wednesday(. You can then communicate via email (I am waiting to see who is in class before assigning the web groups). I am sending out group assignments (students who have not passed in work are not assigned to a group until I have started receiving assignments). Please note that in the groups everyone should work on all the problems! You are working together as a group!
Note: On the flowcharts in the assignment, sometimes the word Technology is cut off and you see Course instead of Course Technology.
Group DB assignment
Group DB assignment (html version)
Answer sheet for group project
Book Database to use in answering questions (Access2016, 2013)
Assignment #2: Create a new table that we will use next week. Since I am out today and I want the queries written in SQL, we will leave the queries until next week. So for now your assignment is simply to create the database and table. Create a table of softskills in a new database
Week of January 29th
|I will be available Monday at 10 in my office K112. Lindsey will be available at 2 on Tues and Thurs and she can stay later if someone lets her know they
would like to meet with her.
I need to reschedule my Tuesday office hours - I will be available later Tuesday afternoon and Thursday at 2.
This week we will look at uploading a web page to our cisweb. Please bring your user name and password for working with cisweb to class on Tuesday. The information was sent to you at your bcc email.
More about soft skills - please read
We will also start looking at Microsoft Access 2016 this week. If you would like a copy for your computer you could choose to download Microsoft Access 2016 from Office 365.
Access 2016 using Office 365
Please do not change any of the passwords we have given you. I need to be able to get to your site as does the IT staff if there is a problem. Several of you have asked about words for different colors. Here is a link:
Uploading to the Web: In my notes I talk about cisweb.bristol.mass.edu. Things have changed and you should now use cisweb.bristolcc.edu.
We will look at login to cisweb this week so check the notes on the Smartboard and the accompanying audio as well as the notes below.
To load things up on the Internet, we use WINSCP. Please read the WINSCP and cisweb information: (note that in my examples I use cisweb.bristol.mass.edu as the host, we are now using cisweb.bristolcc.edu as the host although the old one is still supported).
Here is information about using cisweb and WINSCP at BCC
Talks more specifically about portfolio We will be looking at making a portfolio later in the semester.
If you want to download WINSCP at home, you can find it at this address.
Access2013 example and explanation:
Sample Access 2013 database Note there is an accompanying Smartboard explaining this database under presentations
Access 2013 example explanation - database is under examples
Other examples are at my site under Examples and under presentations.
The databases we created in class a previous semester are shown below so you can take a look:
Created in 11:00 previous year (student.accdb)
Created in 12:30 previous year (studb.accdb)
If you did not create the database and table during class on Tuesday, I suggest you look at the notes in this presentation and try to create the table following the steps. Presentation on creating an Access 2016 database and table
Presentation going over first few HTML examples I created it to send to some students who were having trouble with HTML
Note: Assignments are not due until the week after they are assigned. You are welcome to pass them in early.
Assignment #1: Upload your web page introducing yourself to the cisweb server and send me the address. Extra credit if you experiment with linking and try links that involve subfolders going back and forth and a link to an outside page.
Assignment #2: Quick Quiz #1 (Quizzes are usually three day quizzes that are due three days after they are posted.) This quiz will not have that close a deadline - you need to pass it in by February 8th. Note that I do not accept late quizzes
Assignment #3: Access Database Assignment on BCC College ResourcesThis assignment must be done with the user interface we have looked at in class, it should not be done with SQL - next weeks assignment will deal with SQL.
Resources for database data: I am attaching a list of the resources that I found that you can use in preparing your database.
Notes on College Resources - some things to help as you put data in the database Note that I did not find something for all fields - it is acceptable to leave some data blank but you should find some data on your own as well.
Week of January 22nd
|Lots of information this week!|
Each week, I will post information prior to the start of the Tuesday class. Please check back several times during the week because I may add information and/or assignments as the week progresses. I am setting up extra labs where students can come for questions and help - the schedule is not available yet but I will be available in my office (K-112) around 2:00 on Tuesday and Thursday this week. Each week I will post my availability at the beginning of the Week of posting.
If you are just starting as a CIS major, I recommend that you double check your fall schedule with me.
You will be getting invitations and login information in the next few weeks at your BCC email acount. Please be sure to check for them.
After each class (usually that night or the next day), I post the Smartboard notes and the audio of the class. If you were not in class or have questions, please look at the Smartboard notes and listen to the accompanying audio.
I leave up the Smartboard Notes and audio lectures from previous semesters since much of the material is the similar. You should look up Smartboard presentations on topics that you want to go over.
I record most of the classes where I deliver a lecture so you should always assume that the class is being recorded. If you want to know, just ask! I then post the audio and the Smartboard notes so you can follow and/or review what happened in class.
We will start looking at HTML/HTML5 to develop a web page this week. Please look at the samples under Examples. We will start to look at them on Thursday and will look at the remaining ones next Tuesday.
We will start looking at HTML/HTML5 to develop a web page this week. Please look at the samples under Examples. We will start to look at them .
These are the pages you need to go over and understand:
There is an HTML presentation that also looks at writing code with HTML. It is under presentations and it is zipped.
Note that it does not use examples with the optional DOCTYPE on the first line.
Zipped version of Introduction to HTML
A great reference for writing HTML is W3Schools
Note that I will not always repeat the address here in the week of - I will just point you to where it can be found.
Please note that this class used to be CIS17 and some of the handouts will say CIS17, that is why I refer to the class as CIS120/CIS17.
Remember that the CSS (College Success Strategies) skills are embedded in this course. For example time management and learning style readings will help you to write the web page introducing yourself and telling me how you are going to handle your time and use your knowledge about learning styles to be successful in this course. If you complete this course, you do not have to take the College Success Strategies course.
For us there are two definitions of CSS - one is the College Success Strategies and one is Cascading Style Sheets.
Here are some links where you can find information on HTML and CSS:
I frequently search with the word "tutorial" and the subject when I want basic information.
Cascading Style Sheets:
Remember that to see the code you wrote, right click and view source. I used Firefox to make my examples.
A member of the last class found this article interesting:
Improve your time management
All assignments must be turned in using the email addresses that I sent you.
Assignments are due the Thursday of the week after they are assigned. So assignments for this week are due next Thursday, February 1st.
The subject line on the email should say the week and which assignment it is. Only one assignment per email.
Suggested home work tracker
There is also an Assignment Summary (look under Weekly Schedule in the menu on the left).
We will be looking at soft skills later in the semester and as a foundation for that, I want you to take this survey:
Week #1 Assignment #1 is a check off for doing the survey.
Send me an email letting me know you have taken it.
Week #1 Assignment #2 is to create the HTML page described below.
HTML page to introduce yourself (needs to include CSS)
I should clarify that you should use a lot of the HTML in the examples so you should use things like lists, tables, images, CSS etc to get the best grade. If you use extra HTML that you research and use to create the page you need to explain the commands for extra credit.
Also extra credit for having more than one page and linking them.
Email me if you have questions!
The SI for this class is Lindsey Turner. She would like you to fill out the survey below and send it to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SI Schedule Survey