La Cañada High School
Teacher: Mr. Clausen Phone: (818) 952-4258
email: Dave Clausen
General Course Description (from pre-registration handbook)
This course assumes some
prior knowledge of computers. It
develops a working knowledge of the computer itself, and the MS-DOS and Windows
operating systems. The emphasis of
the course content is devoted to programming in the Standard C++ language.
There will be a focus on the Structured Programming style of programming
and problem solving. Problem solving will be focused on problems and ideas from
previous math courses. We will
include in our study of the C++ language: the
Turbo C++ environment, statements, commands, input, output, variables,
constants, standard types, branching, indefinite loops, definite loops,
functions, debugging, recursion, arrays, user defined types, structs, searching,
sorting, programming style, graphics, classes, a case study, and files.
This course will prepare the student for AP Computer Science Java.
Preparation: Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry with grades of C+ or better (B or better for Algebra II), Computer Science with a grade of B- or better (or instructor approval) typing 25 wpm or better (or a grade of C or better in keyboarding), satisfactory score on math diagnostic tests, good writing and communication skills (especially essay writing skills), knowledge of IBM compatible computers, including MS-DOS and Windows, instructor recommendation, and previous programming experience. If a student does not have any previous programming experience, it is strongly recommended that they take Computer Science as preparation.
INDIVIDUALLY, A STUDENT WILL:
1. Not prevent the teacher from teaching nor disrupt the teaching process.
2. Not prevent a student from learning nor disrupt the learning process.
3. Not communicate with other students during a test or quiz until everyone has finished, and the last test or quiz is turned in.
4. Be respectful of others.
5. Arrive to class on time (3 unexcused tardies per quarter will result in a citizenship grade of “N”, 4 or more unexcused tardies per quarter will result in a citizenship grade of “U”-see student handbook).
6. Remain in his/her seat until the bell rings.
7. Not eat food, gum, candy, nor anything to drink are allowed in the room – see student handbook. Water in a container with a closed lid is okay.
8. Not copy anyone else’s work, or have their work in your possession.
Citizenship grade policy (Math Department)
Students needing correction will be given detentions as
needed, parent phone calls, and/or referrals as necessary.
Letter Grade Policy
Grades are not weighted in this class.
A student’s grade is calculated as the number of points they have
earned in the class divided by the total number of points possible.
In this class, graded activities will include tests, computer programs,
and homework. Homework is used to
reinforce important concepts from class. A
list of all homework assignments for the school year can be found on my school
web site listed above. Homework is
due 2 days before the test on the same chapter.
Late homework will be accepted for half credit within one week of normal
due date. Test dates will be posted
on the board in the front of the class and on my school web site.
Materials to be brought to class
1. Pencils, eraser, pen, notebook paper, graph paper.
2. Three ring notebook in which you will keep all work and handouts
3. Scientific calculator, (very helpful, but not required for this course)
Rules concerning late work
In the case of illness, the school handbook rule of “one day for every day absent plus one” will apply to turning in homework and making up tests and quizzes. However, for absences due to sporting events, field trips, court dates, college visitations, Wrightwood trips, etc, the work, tests, quizzes are due when the student returns to school. The definition of “day” above for this class will mean a calendar school day using only Mondays – Fridays (not including school holidays).
Work turned in late for reasons other than illness will be
accepted ONLY at the discretion of the teacher, and will receive less credit
than work turned in on time.
Teacher is available for extra help (when and how arranged)
· During lunch, after school from 2:30 PM until 3:00 PM in room 304, and by appointment (teachers are required to attend several meetings throughout the year, so it always best to schedule time for help.)
Keep a list of daily assignments.
If absent, be sure to pick up the handout and get the assignments.
Do all assignments as soon as possible, finishing them the day assigned for homework.
Spend at least 45 minutes daily on homework.
If absent, get the make up work done in a timely manner. This is your responsibility.
Get help when difficulty first arises—don’t wait until it is too late.