Summer Honors - Video Game Programming
Syllabus and Information

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
General Information
Contact Your Instructor
Lecture, Exam, Office Hours
Supplemental Instructor
Tutors
Prerequisites
Standard text
Course Announcements
Classroom conduct
Course Description
Course Outline
Grading and Assignments
Late Homework
Start Homework Early
Expected Amount of Work
Grade Cutoffs
Blackboard
CS Course Policies
Academic Integrity
Special Needs / Disability Services
Disclosures Regarding Sexual Misconduct

General Information

Contact Your Instructor

Name: Steven Baker
Email: Steve.Baker@indstate.edu
Phone: 812-237-3147
Office: Root A-140B

Lecture, Exam, Office Hours

Lecture: M-Th 1:00pm - 2:30pm in Root A-015
Final Exam: Thursday July 5th @ 1:00pm in Root TBD
Instructor Office Hours: 2:30pm - 3:00pm MW in Root A-015

Tutors

There is to my knowledge no tutoring available during the summer. Students wishing to have tutoring during the summer will have to seek any outside tutoring that might be available.

Prerequisites

None.

Standard text

There is no required text for this course.

Additional sources that can be used for the course include the following:

Course Announcements

Announcements regarding the course will be made both during class and via email to your @sycamores.indstate.edu email address. You should regularly check this email account or have it forwarded to an account that you check regularly. You can set the account to forward by logging into your indstate.edu email from Internet Explorer (the "light" version of the webmail client that opens up from Firefox or Chrome does not give the option to forward email).

Classroom conduct

You may not use cell phones, iPods/music players, etc. during class. You should be civil and respectful to both the instructor and your classmates, and you should arrive to class a few minutes before the scheduled lecture so you are ready for lecture to begin on time. You may use your computer during class if you are using it to follow along with the examples that are being discussed. You may not check email, Facebook, work on other courses, etc. during class.

Course Description

The catalog description for this course is:

"An introduction to structured programming and top--down design; applications to a wide variety of practical programming problems. "

In terms of depth, the course is mostly C and Unix programming with some Unix command line use and discussion of some Computer Science concepts.

Course Outline

Day 1 The Unix environment, web-browsers and text editors, the HTML5 canvas and basic drawing operations. Introduction to animating elements.
Day 2 TBD
Day 3 TBD
Day 4 TBD
Day 5 TBD

Grading and Assignments

The students of this course have the following responsibilities: read assigned readings before lecture, attend lecture, complete homework assignments, take in class quizzes, take exams, and possibly complete a project. The final grade consists of:

Late Homework

All homework assignments will be given a preferred due date. Assignments can be turned in past the preferred due date, but any assignments turned in late may have their value multiplied by 80% (so the highest grade you can get on a late assignment is 80%). Any assignment discussed in depth in class are effectively closed and no credit will be given.

Start Homework Early

I suggest attempting a homework assignment the day it is given, or the day after, so that if you have a problem you can ask early. If you continue to have problems in trying to complete the assignment, you will have time to ask again. Many of the homework assignments require thought and problem solving, which takes "time on the calendar" not just "time on the clock". By that I mean that spending an hour on 3 consecutive days is likely to be more productive than trying to spend 3 hours at once on the assignment.

Expected Amount of Work

My expectation is that an average student will spend about 4-6 hours OUTSIDE of class each week (that is in addition to class time) WORKING PRODUCTIVELY/ EFFICIENTLY (not just staring at the computer) to complete their coursework for this class. Some students may spend less time than this, and some students will spend more.

Grade Cutoffs

Homework assignments and exams are designed so that a standard cutoff for grades will be close to what you deserve. After the first exam I will create a grade in Blackboard called "Letter Grade" that is what your letter grade would be if the semester ended today. Initially, I will assign the following grades: 93-100 A, 90-93 A-, 87-90 B+, 83-87 B, 80-83 B-, 77-80 C+, 73-77 C, 70-73 C-, 67-70 D+, 63-67 D, 60-63 D-, 0-60 F

My goal is that the different grades have the following rough meaning.

A+/A
You understand everything and probably could teach the course yourself.

B+/A-
You understand nearly everything, and should be all set to use this knowledge in other courses or in a job.

C/C+/B-/B
Some things you understand very well and others you don't (more towards the former for a B and more towards the latter for a C).

D-/D+/C-
You did put some effort in, and understand many things at a high level, but you haven't mastered the details well enough to be able to use this knowledge in the future.

F
Normally, students that get an F simply stopped doing the required work at some point.

Blackboard

The course has a blackboard site. Click https://blackboard.indstate.edu/ to go to blackboard. You should see this course listed under your courses for the current term. The blackboard site is only used for giving you your grades. All course content, schedule, etc. is kept in this web site (which you are currently viewing).

CS Course Policies

Note that this course follows all standard CS course policies. In particular, (a) cheating/plagiarism by graduate students results in an F in the course, (b) missing 20% of the classes results in an F for any student, and (c) there will be no makeup exams. See http://cs.indstate.edu/info/policies.html for details. My attendance policy is further amended such that each unexcused absence beyond 2 will reduce your final grade by 10%.

Academic Integrity

Please follow these guidelines to avoid problems with academic misconduct in this course:

If cheating is observed, you will at the least receive a 0 for the assignment (and may receive an F for the course), and I will file a Notification of Academic Integrity Violation Report with Student Judicial Programs, as required by the university's policy on Academic Integrity. A student who is caught cheating twice (whether in a single course or different courses) is likely to be brought before the All University Court hearing panel, which can impose sanctions up to and including suspension/expulsion. See the http://www.indstate.edu/sjp/docs/code.pdf and http://www.indstate.edu/academicintegrity/ for more information.

Please ask the instructor if you have doubts about what is considered cheating in this course.

Special Needs / Disability Services

Indiana State University recognizes that students with disabilities may have special needs that must be met to give them equal access to college programs and facilities. If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, please contact us as soon as possible in a confidential setting either after class or in my office. All conversations regarding your disability will be kept in strict confidence. Indiana State University's Student Support Services (SSS) office coordinates services for students with disabilities: documentation of a disability needs to be on file in that office before any accommodations can be provided. Student Support Services is located on the lower level of Normal Hall in the Center for Student Success and can be contacted at 812-237-2700, or you can visit the ISU website under A-Z, Disability Student Services and submit a Contact Form. Appointments to discuss accommodations with SSS staff members are encouraged. Once a faculty member is notified by Student Support Services that a student is qualified to receive academic accommodations, a faculty member is obligated to provide or allow a reasonable classroom accommodation under ADA. Faculty should contact Rita Worrall at 237-2301 or Debbie Huckabee at 237-7920 for questions about or assistance with accommodations for students with disabilities.

Disclosures Regarding Sexual Misconduct

Indiana State University fosters a campus free of sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and stalking and/or any form of sex or gender discrimination. If you disclose a potential violation of the sexual misconduct policy I will need to notify the Title IX Coordinator. Students who have experienced sexual misconduct are encouraged to contact confidential resources listed below. To make a report or the Title IX Coordinator, visit the Equal Opportunity and Title IX website: http://www.indstate.edu/equalopportunitytitleix/titleix.

The ISU Student Counseling Center

HMSU 7 th Floor
812-237-3939
www.indstate.edu/cns

The ISU Victim Advocate

Trista Gibbons, trista.gibbons@indstate.edu
HMSU 7 th Floor
812-237-3939 (office)
812-230-3803 (cell)

Campus Ministries United

Campus Ministries
812-232-0186
http://www2.indstate.edu/sao/campusinistries.htm
www.unitedcampusministries.org
ucmminister2@gmail.com
321 N 7 th St., Terre Haute, IN 47807

For more information on your rights and available resources http://www.indstate.edu/equalopportunitytitleix/titleix