- Read this entire page!
- Consider watching the movie What about Bob?. CS 1112 pedagogical strategy is based on the movie.
Most important — We are UVA!
- Our University is built on the richness of our differences and recogizes that everyone is created equal and entitled to equal rights, dignity, and respect. We must all repudiate those who violate these principles through hate and violence.
- Everyone has a responsibility to do their part to maintain a safe community on Grounds. If you or someone you know has been affected by power-based personal violence, reporting options and resources available at the Office for equal opportunity and rights
We are CS 1112
- Course personnel are deeply committed to our university principles, and seek to make our class welcoming and safe to all.
- It is an exciting time to be in computing. Class personnel look forward to introducing you to it, so that you can use your new skills to make the world a better place.
Things to be done by Tuesday, August 27
- Take the course pledge. Taking the pledge is mandatory. Doing so will also get you a lovely tent card on the first day of the semester. A goal is to learn your names, the cards will assist us.
- Write a haiku about your class expectations. The haiku is Homework 1. A haiku is a three-line poem. For example, the following three lines are composed respectively of five, seven, and five syllables.
Haikus have three lines
Five, seven, five syllables
As their iambics
The poem must be "handed-in" using the class upload mechanism. If you are wondering why it must be done by Sunday – we create a web document of the haikus for discussion on the first day of class. It also ensures that you are able to use the class submission system. Submissions that are not haikus will receive minimal credit.
Things to be done before class on Wednesday, August 28
- Grab the course software. Please follow its directions to encure a correct installation of the software.
- Practice paper airplane folding. For Homework 2, you will need to bring a paper airplane to the first class. Your paper airplane should have your name on it. If you don't know what that is, or don't recall how to do it, look it up.
- Read the course syllabus — it specifies class mechanics and goals.
While you are it — you ought to be in pictures
- Please upload a photo of yourself suitable for sharing with the class. Mine is visible here. We will use the photo in conjuction with some of the software artifacts we will create this semester.
Want to improve your life overall and your studenthood in particular
- Watch Randy Pausch and learn. Randy gave this talk in full knowledge he had only a few months to live. The video is about 80-minutes long. The entire video is incredibly worthwhile. Watching it will be a great investment in your education. At a minimum watch 15 minutes starting at time index 13.30.
Do you ever think you are an impostor? Wonder whether UVA should have accepted you?
- Well we think UVA made the right decision and watch this video to be sure. The video is about 20-minutes long. Watching it will be another great investment in your education, should help your test performance, and improve your job interviewing prowess.
My hero takes baby steps
- Course pedagogy and practices result from National Science Foundation (NSF) grant 0739254. That support is appreciated.
- Wear something orange to the first class for extra credit.
- © 2019 Jim Cohoon and the University of Virginia