CS 101 Introduction to Computers Fall 2014 Syllabus - Test Information

Lecture Tests Details

There are 2 content exams during the semester and a non-comprehensive final exam during Finals week. These exams will cover material discussed in lecture and material in chapters of the textbook. Each of the exams is 20% of the final grade. These are closed book, closed note tests.

The location for the two lecture tests and the final exam will be the Whitehall Classroom Building 106.

These are also listed on the Class Schedule page. You need to bring a Picture ID and a number 2 lead pencil to these tests. Pencils are NOT supplied.

What happens if you don't have your picture ID? You will have your picture taken. Your test score will not be recorded (meaning you will have a ZERO) UNTIL you bring your test question paper AND your picture ID to Dr. Keen at her office, FPAT 733A.

Individual sections will be assigned to specific rooms. These will be posted ahead of time. We do this so that there will be enough seats in each room for the students. The lecture tests are "common hour". Here is what that means.

The tests are a combination of multiple choice questions answered on a Scantron (bubble sheet) form (form provided by the department) and some "handwork" questions, which require some calculations. These tests are closed note, closed book.

Lab Tests Details

There will be three lab tests given during the semester. These are marked on the Class Schedule page in bold, as REQUIRED. They are given at the student's regularly scheduled lab period. The first Lab Test is 7% of the final grade, the others are 10% each. From the start of the semester, a list of the skills that are required on the lab tests, as well as several practice tests, will be posted on the class web page. If the student feels that they do not possess those skills, it is HIGHLY recommended that they work through some or all of the practice tests and exercises in the accompanying lab manual. These will not be collected, but they will prepare the student for the test.

During a lab test, each student will be given a file and a list of tasks to accomplish on the file. This must be accomplished by the end of the lab period and submitted electronically. There will also be at least one task that the student must demonstrate to the Teaching Assistant during the lab test. No assistance will be given by the Teaching Assistant during the test. Any manuals or reference materials desired may be used during the lab test.

The tasks on the lab tests should not take a prepared student more than 40 minutes to perform. Each lab period is 50 minutes long. Each lab test is scheduled to finish at 10 minutes before the hour. Every minute after this time limit that a test submission is late incurs a penalty of 10% of the possible score. So don't be late to the tests! You will not be given extra time if you are!

Return of Test Results (Lecture and Lab)

Test results will be made available to students within one week of the date the test was taken, if the test was taken at the scheduled time. This will be done either by papers returned at the next scheduled lab meeting or by anonymous web page as described in class. Students are responsible for checking these results as soon as they are made available. ANY questions about test results must be raised within one week of their availability. Check your grade web page or get your grade sheet; don't assume you know how you performed! Some people wait 2-3 weeks, until they go to the next lab test, to find out how they did on the previous lab test. At this point it is too late to do anything about a problem with the test. Keep all papers you receive as proof of the score that you got, at least until the final semester grades are recorded.

What to do if you miss an exam

If you miss any exam, it is your responsibility to contact Dr. Keen within one week of the date of the test. If you do not, your absence will be considered "unexcused". See the Attendance Policy for more details. NOTE: do NOT contact your Teaching Assistant about makeup exams. They do not have the authority to permit one.

Common-Hour Exam Procedures

Common-hour exams are exams given to the entire class enrollment (except sometimes Night sections) at the same time, at night. Two hours are alloted for this test. If you have a night class or other conflict, you need to get in touch with Dr. Keen at least two weeks ahead of the test date to make other arrangements.

The following is a direct quote from the Registrar's Page on common hour exams.

"Common-hour exams are not listed as part of the course meeting pattern. When you register for a course with a common-hour exam, your printed schedule will list "TBA EXAM" after the course.

It is your responsibility to know exam dates and times and to resolve time conflicts with a) other common-hour exams, or b) other classes.

The University does permit students to register into classes which will conflict with a common exam. However, it is your responsibility to notify the instructor giving the exam that you are enrolled in a course which conflicts with the exam. This notification must be in writing and must be presented to the exam instructor at least two weeks prior to each exam. Under the University Senate Rules, the instructor giving the exam must provide an alternate exam time.

Keep in mind that it is possible for courses with large enrollments that there may be many students with such a conflict. Our instructors do their best to accommodate students with conflicts but it would be impossible to offer as many make-up exams as there may be conflicts.

Therefore, the alternate exam time may or may not create another conflict for you. If you feel that you are going to experience problems with conflicting courses and exams, it's in your best interest to try to adjust your schedule to avoid the conflicts.

webUK alerts you when you register in a course with a common-hour exam, but does not list the specific exam times. "