CSCI 110 Syllabus


Aspen Olmsted
Course website :
Tel: 843.953.6600
Email: Please use with Subject = CSCI110
Office: J. C. Long Building 226
Office hours: MWF 10:00am – 11:00am

Class place and time

J C Long 220, TR 9:25-10:40 AM

Catalog description

CSCI 110 – Computer Fluency – An introduction to computing for students in the humanities, social sciences and business. This course provides the student with the ability to understand and use emerging technologies effectively. Topics include basic computer technology (how computers work), applications (spreadsheets, databases), Internet subjects (communications, web browsers, file transfers), and social issues (copyrights, how changes in technology affect society, ethics).

Professor Assumptions

I am assuming because you are in this class you want to learn about object-oriented
programming.  Therefore, it is my job to use the 40 hour long classes and 80 hours of outside
work to get you there.

Required text

Succeeding with Technology, 4th, Baldauf/Stair, ©2010, ISBN 0538745789. List Price $142.95, Used from $9.39

Grading scale

100-90 (A); 87-89 (A-); 86-84 (B+); 83-80 (B); 79-77 (C-); 76-74 (C+); 73-70 (C); 69-67 (C-); 66-60 (D); else (F)

Evaluation schedule

20% Class preparation and participation
60% Tests (3)
20% Project Deliverables

Class preparation and participation

We have 40 hours of class time where we will be discussing material from the reading and the computer industry.  Missing these classes will minimize your exposure to the material we are covering.  Therefore, class participation will represent 20% of your grade.  If you attend class and are prepared to discuss you will do well in this class.


We will have 3 tests through out the semester.  I believe people learn better from continuous progression instead of cramming of information in at one time.  Therefore, the tests will test you on knowledge you should know if you have kept up with the reading, deliverables and classes to date.

Project Deliverables

We will have lots of small deliverables that form the class project. Each deliverable will be a small hands on activity exposing you to topic in the computer industry.  Deliverable due dates and descriptions will be posted on the class website.  No one will be penalized for working hard and needing help.  Please contact me in person before the due date if you have worked hard and need some help.  I will get you moving forward again and we will agree to a new deliverable date.


Any student who feels he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of
a disability should contact me individually to discuss your specific needs. Also, please
contact the College of Charleston, Center for Disability Services
for additional help.

Student Honor Code

I expect you to abide by the Honor Code and the Student Handbook: A Guide to Civil and
Honorable Conduct. If you have a question about how to interpret the Honor Code, ask before
acting! I encourage collaboration, but you must document it. Thus, each student will submit
their own homework and, when collaborating, provide a reference to those people and
documents consulted.


Attendance at regular classes is not mandatory, but is a great way to engage the
course material and to ask questions. Attendance for tests and the exam is expected
(rescheduling for sickness is accommodated). Please do not attend class if you are sick
or believe you are becoming ill. It is best to document your absence through an absence
report in Undergraduate Academic Services. ATTENDANCE WILL BE TAKEN AT ALL

Electronic Devices

The use of electronic devices, both stand-alone and network capable, will play an
increasingly important roll in teaching and learning at the College of Charleston, including
their use in our classrooms. Just be respectful about unnecessary distractions to you and
to others seated around you.

How to report an absence

Students should…
Come to 67 George Street (white house next to Stern Center) to discuss absences and
fill out the appropriate forms. Or get forms online at:
Forms can be faxed to the College at 953-2290.
Students will need documentation for health, personal or emergency situations.
Athletic Teams and school-sponsored trips will have documented lists of students
participating on our letterhead as early in the semester as we get the information from the
organization. We would like all information on scheduled outings to reach us at least two
full weeks in advance. We will then turn the information back to the coach or advisor.

Academic Integrity
Lying, cheating, attempted cheating, and plagiarism are violations of our Honor Code
that, when identified, are investigated. Each incident will be examined to determine the
degree of deception involved.

Incidents where the instructor determines the student’s actions are related more to a
misunderstanding will be handled by the instructor. A written intervention designed
to help prevent the student from repeating the error will be given to the student. The
intervention, submitted by form and signed both by the instructor and the student, will be

forwarded to the Dean of Students and placed in the student’s file.

Cases of suspected academic dishonesty will be reported directly by the instructor and/
or others having knowledge of the incident to the Dean of Students. A student found
responsible by the Honor Board for academic dishonesty will receive a XF in the course,
indicating failure of the course due to academic dishonesty. This grade will appear on
the student’s transcript for two years after which the student may petition for the X to
be expunged. The student may also be placed on disciplinary probation, suspended
(temporary removal) or expelled (permanent removal) from the College by the Honor

Students should be aware that unauthorized collaboration–working together without
permission– is a form of cheating. Unless the instructor specifies that students can
work together on an assignment, quiz and/or test, no collaboration during the completion
of the assignment is permitted. Other forms of cheating include possessing or using
an unauthorized study aid (which could include accessing information via a cell phone
or computer), copying from others’ exams, fabricating data, and giving unauthorized

Research conducted and/or papers written for other classes cannot be used in whole
or in part for any assignment in this class without obtaining prior permission from
the instructor.

Students can find the complete Honor Code and all related processes in the Student
Handbook at


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