Basic Course Information
Instructor: Kay Chen, professor in Computer Science Area of STEM
Office: F133 Phone: 968‑8295
The best way to reach me is through email – either at the above address or within your course in Canvas. Only expect to reach me by phone during my office hours. You can usually expect a response within 1 day.
1. App Inventor: Create Your Own Android Apps by David Wolber, Hal Abelson, Ellen Spertue and Liz Looney
2. It is also expected that you have access to a computer to run the software (which is a free download).
The intent of this course is to introduce writing applications for mobile devices. Whether you are a novice or experienced programmer there is something here for you. We will start writing apps for the Android using App Inventor which has a graphic interface so you can drag and drop instructions without worrying about syntax issues of traditional programming languages. There is a simulator so you can test out your creations without needing access to an Android phone. In order to run some of the applications such as GPS, phone etc., you will need access to an Android phone. Although most of the course will concentrate on Android app development, we will also look at other mobile devices to discuss the issues involved in the different platforms. For this, we will have access to Blackberrys and Windows phones in the classroom. The course syllabus is on file at: department office, Dean of Academic Affairs office, library and Transfer & Job Placement Office.
3 hours/week which will consists of lecture and hands on experience in a computer lab. There will be tutorials from the text and assignments branching off from there assigned as homework. Students will then be demonstrating their work each week. In addition, longer lab assignments will pull together material from several of these tutorials. One collaborative project will be assigned as well as a final project which may be collaborative or not. We will also be using Canvas to supplement lectures.
Tutorials, homework and labs will be assigned in addition to class presentations. The expectation at Bucks County Community College is that the principles of truth and honesty will be rigorously followed in all academic endeavors. This assumes that all work will be done by the person who purports to do the work without unauthorized aids. In addition, when making use of language and some idea not his or her own, whether quoting them directly or paraphrasing them into his or her own words, the student must attribute the source of the material in some standard form, such as naming the source in the text or offering a footnote. (Source: BCCC Catalog, College Policy Regarding Cheating and Plagiarism). Please consult the College Catalog for a full explanation of the policy on cheating and plagiarism. In compliance with the Bucks County Community College policy and equal access laws, appropriate academic accommodations can be made for students eligible for such support. Students are encouraged to register with the Disability Services Office (215-968-8463) to verify their eligibility for appropriate accommodations. Please speak to your instructor about any requests for academic accommodations or other concerns as early in the semester as possible.
Approximate grading breakdown:
Final project: 25%
attendance and class participation may be used for borderline cases
You may be subject to withdrawal for excessive absences, specifically 3 by midterm but it is still your responsibility to withdraw yourself if you intend to do so. For any excused prolonged absence, you should make an effort to notify me to keep up with missed work. There will be no makeups for quizzes or tests unless you see me to make arrangements for such before the next class day. After the withdrawal deadline, the policy for absences is an automatic F for 7 total missed classes or 4 consecutive classes. Withdrawal Information: For student initiated withdraw, the deadline is: November 6, 2012
Office hours: ‑ Posted on office door and Canvas. Please feel free to come in as often as necessary for any questions. If these hours are not convenient, please see me to arrange another time.
Notice of Student Responsibility:
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