|Schedule by week or unit||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. Play computer means to figure out the results yourself by evaluating the data rather than running the query.
Remember that I record all my classes and capture notes on the Smartboard in the spring and fall when I teach online. The recordings (audio) and the Smartboard are available for all students to use under Audio and Smartboard. This semester you should use the information from 2019 and some from Spring 2020.
I will set up some optional class Zoom meetings that you can attend. Check the week of information to see the times and dates.
For now I will continue with Tues and Thurs at 10AM and Mon and Wed at 1PM if you tell me you would like me to be there. I hold my office hours in Zoom. If it turns out other hours work better for students these may change, so check back. I am also available by request (give me a few time options) especially while we get other support in place. I have been meeting with a lot of students that request it, maybe something you should consider doing. You can email me with a couple of times you can meet and usually one of those will work.
I will send out the information to contact me on Zoom. I will post availability but you can also set something up with me.
Here are some videos you may find useful to connect to resources. Some of these apply to Mac users.
Downloading WinSCP on your PC by SI Joe Fletcher
Connecting to the CIS Pool
How to log into Bristol vlabs using a web broswer
Filezilla on the Mac
There is access to WiFi from your car under the solar canopies on the Fall River Campus.
|Week #6 Flex Start
Week of October 25th
Thursday, October 28th at 12:00 noon a group of CIS alum will talk about career paths in technology and their experience. Every semester when alum speak the feedback is that people are glad they attended, so please try to attend that too.
And as more of an incentive, you will be asked to write a paper about careers this semester. This is a valuable resource. I will record it, but being there with the opportunity to ask questions is more valuable.
This is an introduction that starts by going through if statements and loops. I may add to this topic so please check back.
Decision where one thing has to be true and either of two others
ASSIGNMENTS TO DO:Check back!
|Week #5 Flex Start
Week of October 18th
INFORMATION:On Thursday, October 28th alum will speak on Zoom at 12:00 (address coming). You need to write a paper based partially on what they have to say, so try to come. It will be recorded.
I will be on my Zoom Monday, October 4th at 9:00 to discuss Access. For a while we are going to try the 9:00PM review/introduction to the weeks topics.
Let me know if you want Zoom during my office hours and suggest other times if my office hours do not work and you need some Zoom time.
Recording from Monday, Feb 22nd going over examples (from last year)
We are going to start looking at logic this week. Logic is truly the key to successful computing, it is at the root of instructing computers.
The optional book is a reference book so,if you got it use it to help you understand logic.
The first thing to do is the Practice exercise. I would listen to the video for the first one and make sure you understand and then I would try the second one alone before listening to the video. Finally you also want to go through the logic concepts and the file processing video.
Before you do the 30 questions I would listen to that video.
As always I suggest listing to the audio along with the Smartboard from the previous classes.
EXAMPLES TO LOOK AT:This week, we will go over some of the principles from the readings above and start looking at logic. We will work on the practice exercise below. Note that there are Smartboard and audio about these examples as well as Topic Videos.
TOPIC VIDEOS:Topic Video to go with example 1 in practice exercise
Topic Video to go with example 1 in practice exercise (youtube version)
Topic Video to go with example 2 in practice exercise
Topic Video to go with example 2 in practice exercise (youtube version)
Topic Video introducing some logic concepts
Topic Video introducing some logic concepts (youtube version)
Topic Video to go with file processing in practice continued
Topic Video to go with file processing in practice continued (youtube version)
Video introducing the 30 question assignment below. (youtube version)
Explanation of the Logic Powerpoint assignment
Explanation of the IF statement Powerpoint presentation
Explanation of the loop Powerpoint presentation
PRESENTATION:Presentation on using pseudocode to play computer (This will be helpful for the Logic Assignment.)
Separate speaker notes to accompany presentation on using pseudocode to play computer
For help on if statements, look at this presentation: (There is a video that explains this as well)
Presentation on logical if structures
Separate speaker notes to accompany presentation on logical if structures
Please look at this PowerPoint on loops and repetition: (There is a video that explains this as well)
Presentation on structure (focus on loops)
Separate speaker notes to accompany presentation structure (focus on loops)
SMARTBOARD AND AUDIO NOTES FROM Fall 2019:Intro logic (9/24/19 11:00) Accompanying audio
Intro logic (9/24/19 11:00) Accompanying Smartboard presentation
Intro logic (9/24/19 12:30) Accompanying audio
Intro logic (9/24/19 12:30) Accompanying Smartboard presentation
Logic ifs and loops (9/26/19 11:00) Accompanying audio
Logic ifs and loops (9/26/19 11:00) Accompanying Smartboard presentation
Logic ifs and loops (9/26/19 12:30) Accompanying audio
Logic ifs and loops (9/26/19 12:30) Accompanying Smartboard presentation
Inclass ifs (10/1/19 11:00) Accompanying audio
Inclass ifs (10/1/19 11:00) Accompanying Smartboard presentation
Inclass ifs (10/1/19 12:30) Accompanying audio
Inclass ifs (10/1/19 12:30) Accompanying Smartboard presentation
ASSIGNMENTS TO DO:First:Logic Assignment
Second: 30 question logic exercise Follow the logic flowchart and process the input, then tell me the output. You can just show the messages to cut down on the writing.
Third: Logic PowerPoint assignment Play computer and determine the output.
Check back as always!
|Week #4 Flex Start
Week of October 11th
INFORMATION:During my office hours, I am available to go to Zoom if you contact me and arrange a time. If my office hours do not work let me know and we can arrange another meeting.
Please pass in one assignment (all parts of the assignment) in one email so if there are two assignments/quizzes for a week I want separate emails. Make correcting easier.
If you have a question make that clear in the subject.
Please get in touch if you have questions - I really do not want to see anyone fall behind.
I want to look at SQL (Structured Query Language) this week. I am including some references that will help and I suggest you do some research on your own.
Introduction to SQL
W3Schools on SQL
Inventory database and explanation:
Some SQL examples Let me know if you find a typo.
Reading - there is not a required text but there is reading that will add to your knowledge base and that is required.
The readings below should be done sometime in the next few weeks.
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 and chapter #1 is a key chapter for some of the basic knowledge I want you to acquire.
Compiler vs interpreter
Types of software
Memory and RAM
Examples: Pseudocode and Flowcharts
Pseudocode and Flowcharts
I also want to include some information on skills, so please listen to this video and read this handout about note taking.
Note taking plus other techniques for being successful -I suggest checking out the other links on this page .
Cornell method of note taking
EXAMPLES TO LOOK AT:Inventory database and explanation:
Examples of SQL with logic flowcharts using Inventory database
Examples of Access queries done in class:
Query examples from 11:00 class (not sure which semester)
Query examples from 12:30 class (not sure which semester)
Review of Access put up October 3rd 2020 - corrected version Oct 5th Accompanying video
TOPIC VIDEOS:SQL queries
SQL queries (youtube version)
Access review put up October 3rd 2020
Access review (youtube version)
SMARTBOARD AND AUDIO NOTES FROM Fall 2019:The Smartboard and audio that introduced SQL is part of the listing from week #2.
Queries using SQL (9/19/19 11:00) Accompanying audio
Queries using SQL (9/19/19 11:00) Accompanying Smartboard presentation
Queries using SQL (9/19/19 12:30) Accompanying audio
Queries using SQL (9/19/19 12:30) Accompanying Smartboard presentation
ASSIGNMENTS TO DO:Database assignment to query with SQL: You need to send me the database and a list of the SQL queries you wrote so that if the queries get "Microsoft fixed" I can see what you wrote. Remember, the queries have to all be done in SQL. This is not a group project. It needs to be done individually.
Softskills database to query with SQL
Please try to get caught up. I decided to save the logic work for next week, but it is going to be a lot!
|Week #3 Flex Start
Week of October 4th
INFORMATION:I will do a Zoom at 9PM Monday at my Zoom site to go over Access. It is optional but I believe helpful. I will continue with this 9PM meeting for CIS120 for a while and see if it works.
During my office hours, I am available on Zoom. If my office hours do not work let me know and we can arrange another meeting.
Last week I asked you to look at using Access to develop databases. This week we will continue exploring Access. Be sure that you have looked carefully at the notes I put up for you to look at last week.
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)
Here is another sample database I created:
EXAMPLES TO LOOK AT: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)
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
TOPIC VIDEOS:Quick example of using CIS pool to get Access
Quick example of using CIS pool to get Access (youtube version)
Access review (youtube version)
ASSIGNMENTS TO DO:Be sure to look at the Access videos under Week #2.
Access Database Assignment on BCC College Resources This assignment must be done with the user interface covered in the notes and examples last week. it should not be done with SQL - next weeks assignment will deal with SQL. It is acceptable to leave some data blank but you should find some data on your own as well.
There have been questions about the plan to use code. The plan to use code is simply you saying whether you plan to use that resource. You can have a Y, N, M for yes, no, maybe or you can decide on your own codes.
This is a group assignment. You will get an email for your group designating a group leader. You can work with email or set up a Zoom account where you can work. The goal is to talk it over and figure out the answers. I am running late on the groups because I need to drop students that are not involved in the course for enrollment verification and I want to make sure they are not part of the groups. So, I will extend the due date until the following week (Thursday). Student that are way behind were not put in a group - they can contact me and if you think I made a mistake and did not include you that is another reason to contact me.
This assignment involves the user interface and logic - it does not get into SQL. This is NOT an assignment that can be resubmitted.
Note: On the flowcharts in the assignment, sometimes the word Technology is cut off and you see Course instead of Course Technology.
DB assignment (html version)
Answer sheet for project
Book Database to use in answering questions
|Week #2 Flex Start
Week of September 27th
INFORMATION:I will go over HTML on Zoom on Tues at 11:00AM if you let me know you will attend.
I will go to my Zoom area during office hours this week.
This week I will have you load your page up to the server and then we will start looking at the concepts of a database and how to create one in Access. The notes and examples for getting started with Access are shown.
Access is part of Office 365 and can be accessed there or it can be accessed through the CIS pool.
There is a lot happening this week so do not hesitate to contact Kevin or me if you have questions or need help.
EXAMPLES TO LOOK AT:Example I used in video
TOPIC VIDEOS:Downloading WinSCP on your PC by SI Joe Fletcher
Using WinSCP to upload to cisweb
Using WinSCP to upload to cisweb (youtube version)
Quick example of using CIS pool to get Access
Quick example of using CIS pool to get Access (youtube version)
Introduction to using Access
Introduction to using Access (youtube version)
Access from Smartboard with flowcharts
Access from Smartboard with flowcharts (youtube version)
More Access Queries
More Access Queries (youtube version)
SMARTBOARD AND AUDIO NOTES FROM Spring 2020 and Fall 2019:There were two sections of the CIS120 last Fall (11:00 and 12:30)and each had two days of Smartboard and audio. I am showing them all so you can choose what to watch. Note also that you should look at the introSQL part next week.
WinSCP and intro Access (9/10/19 11:00) Accompanying audio
WinSCP and intro Access (9/10/19 11:00) Accompanying Smartboard presentation
WinSCP and intro Access (9/10/19 12:30) Accompanying audio
WinSCP and intro Access (9/10/19 12:30) Accompanying Smartboard presentation
Access queries and intro SQL (9/12/19 11:00) Accompanying audio
Access queries and intro SQL (9/12/19 11:00) Accompanying Smartboard presentation
Access queries and intro SQL (9/12/19 12:30) Accompanying audio
Access queries and intro SQL (9/12/19 12:30) Accompanying Smartboard presentation
OLDER NOTES ON WINSCP AND CISWEB:
In my notes I talk about cisweb.bristol.mass.edu. Things have changed and you should now use cisweb.bristolcc.edu and the port number should be 220.
You can also check the notes on the Smartboard and the accompanying audio as well as the notes below.
Note from the IT Help Desk in response to a student loosing files using a Virtual machine: "It sounds like this student is saving their files to the virtual machine local hard drive on the CIS or student pool. You cannot save anything to the desktop, documents or download folder. These virtual machines reset when you log off, so anything saved to the hard drive will erased. Not only that, but the odds of reconnecting to the same virtual machine the next time you log in are next to none. When using this system, students must save their files to their OneDrive to avoid losing their work."
Again: 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 and 22 as the port, we are now using cisweb.bristolcc.edu as the host and 220 as the port.
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.
Remember the host is cisweb.bristolcc.edu and the port is 220.
ASSIGNMENTS TO DO:Assignment #1: You need to go into Zoom and talk to Kevin or me and ask any questions you might have. Then let me know you went! Note that if you go to the HELP Schedule it tells how to contact him. I have asked Kevin for a Zoom link.
Assignment #2: Upload your web page introducing yourself to the cisweb server and send me the address.
Quiz #1: Quick Quiz that is due next Thursday. I DO NOT accept late quizzes.
|Week #1 Flex Start
Week of September 20th
INFORMATION:Lots of information this week!
Introduction to CIS120 - Fall 2021
Introduction to CIS120 - Summer 2021
Introduction to CIS120 (5/27/20)
Introduction to CIS120
Each week, I will post information at the start of the week. Please check back several times during the week because I may add information and/or assignments as the week progresses.
Check the help session for support!
If you are just starting as a CIS major, I recommend that you double check your fall schedule with me if you have questions.
You should have gotten login information in at your Bristol email acount. Please be sure to check for them. We will use them at various points in the course.
Please check the examples, the topic videos and the other resources posted at my site that I list and that relate to what we are covering.
There are lots of resources at my site, some that we will never use. Please use the resources I tell you to use about the current topic beinging covered.When this course runs in class, I record my lectures (under Audio) and capture my notes and examples using Smartboard. These are available some from the Spring of 2020 but mostly from the Fall of 2019. I strongly recomment you look at them as well.
We will look at HTML/HTML5 and CSS this week to develop a web page. Please look at the samples under Examples and reproduced here.
So, to summarize. This week look at the examples under EXAMPLES TO LOOK AT and the explanation of these examples under TOPIC VIDEOS. You should also try out the SMARTBOARD AND AUDIO NOTES so you can hear the lecture and see the notes from the class.
EXAMPLES TO LOOK AT:HTML5intro.html
TOPIC VIDEOS:This is an intro from a previous semester in case you want to here a slightly different version (this is also out on youtube)
Starting a NEW HTML page
Starting a NEW HTML page (youtube version)
Introduction to HTML
Introduction to HTML (youtube version)
Continuing HTML and introducing CSS
Continuing HTML and introducing CSS (youtube version)
Adding images and tables to your page
Adding images and tables to your page (you tube version)
linking between pages
linkingbetween pages (youtube version)
SMARTBOARD AND AUDIO NOTES FROM Spring 2020 and Fall 2019:First day and intro to HTML (1/23/20 11:00) Accompanying audio
First day and intro to HTML (1/23/20 11:00) Accompanying Smartboard presentation
Second day and more HTML/CSS (1/28/20 11:00) Accompanying audio
Second day and more HTML/CSS (1/28/20 11:00) Accompanying Smartboard presentation
ASSIGNMENTS TO DO:All assignments must be turned in using email@example.com.
Assignments are due the Thursday of the week after they are assigned. So assignments for this week are due next Thursday, SEPTEMBER 30th.
I would try to get it in sooner because their will be a couple of assignments next week. We will be looking at soft skills later in the semester and as a foundation for that, I want you to take this survey:
Send me an email letting me know you have taken it.
Your assignment for this week:
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.
Note: You do not need to put your web page(s) on line this week. We will do that next week.