Computer Science Technology Department
Houston Community College System
HCC STUDENTS SERVICES POLICIES &
Standard Department Syllabus Attachment
The following items are standard for every course taught within the department. They cover a variety of policies and present information that is important for the student to be successful in their courses.
ADA SERVICES TO STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Any student with a documented disability (e.g. physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact the appropriate HCC Disability Support Service Office (DSSO) Counselor at the beginning of each semester. Instructors are authorized to provide only the HCC DSSO approved accommodations but must do so in a timely manner.
Students who are requesting special testing accommodations must first contact the appropriate (most convenient) DSSO for assistance each semester:
DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES OFFICES:
After student accommodation letters have been approved by the DSSO and submitted to to CAMPUS OR DE Counseling for processing, students will receive an email confirmation informing them of the Instructional Support Specialist (ISS) assigned to their professor.
You are expected to be familiar with the College's Policy on Academic Honesty, found in the catalog and student handbook. Students are responsible for conducting themselves with honor and integrity in fulfilling course requirements. Penalties and/or disciplinary proceedings may be initiated by College System officials against a student accused of scholastic dishonesty. “Scholastic dishonesty”: includes, but is not limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism, and collusion.
Cheating on a test
• Copying from another students’ test paper;
• Using materials not authorized by the person giving the test;
• Collaborating with another student during a test without authorization;
• Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting, or soliciting in whole or part the contents of a test that has not been administered;
• Bribing another person to obtain a test that is to be administered.
Plagiarism means the
appropriation of another’s work and the unacknowledged incorporation of that
work in one’s own written work offered for credit.
Collusion mean the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing written work offered for credit. Possible punishments for academic dishonesty may include a grade of 0 or F in the particular assignment, failure in the course, and/or recommendation for probation or dismissal from the College System. (See the Student Handbook).
Students are expected to attend all classes and labs regularly. Students are responsible for [any and all] materials covered during their absences, and it is the student’s responsibility to consult with the professors for make-up assignments. A student may be dropped from a course for excessive absences in excess of 12.5% of the hours of instruction. For example: For a three-credit hour lecture, a student may be dropped after six hours of absence. HCCS professors cannot assign a “W” for any student after the official withdrawal date. “Administrative withdrawals are the discretion of the professor. If you are doing poorly in the class, but you have not contacted your professor to ask for help, and you have not withdrawn by the official withdrawal date, it will result in you receiving a grade of “F” in the course.
COURSE WITHDRAWALS-FIRST TIME FRESHMEN STUDENTS-FALL 2007 AND LATER: Under Section 51.907 of the Texas Education Code “an institution of higher education may not permit a student to drop more than six courses, including any course a transfer student has dropped at another institution of higher education.” Beginning in fall 2007, the Texas Legislature passed a law limiting first time entering freshmen to no more than SIX total course withdrawals throughout their educational career in obtaining a certificate and/or degree.
COURSE WITHDRAWALS: Be sure you understand HCC policies about dropping a course. It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw officially from a course and prevent an “F” from appearing on the transcript. If you feel that you cannot complete this course, you will need to withdraw from the course prior to the final date of withdrawal. Before, you withdraw from your course; please take the time to meet with the instructor to discuss why you feel it is necessary to do so. The instructor may be able to provide you with suggestions that would enable you to complete the course. Your success is very important.
If you plan on withdrawing from your class, you MUST contact a HCC counselor or your professor prior to withdrawing (dropping) the class for approval and this must be done PRIOR to the withdrawal deadline to receive a “W” on your transcript. **Final withdrawal deadlines vary each semester and/or depending on class length, please visit the online registration calendars, HCC schedule of classes and catalog, any HCC Registration Office, or any HCC counselor to determine class withdrawal deadlines. Remember to allow a 24-hour response time when communicating via email and/or telephone with a professor and/or counselor. Do not submit a request to discuss withdrawal options less than a day before the deadline. If you do not withdraw before the deadline, you will receive the grade that you are making in the class as your final grade.
EARLY ALERT PROGRAM: To help students avoid having to drop/withdraw from any class, HCC has instituted an Early Alert process by which your professor may “alert” you and HCC counselors that you might fail a class because of excessive absences and/or poor academic performance. It is your responsibility to visit with your professor or a counselor to learn about what, if any, HCC interventions might be available to assist you – online tutoring, child care, financial aid, job placement, etc. – to stay in class and improve your academic performance.
REPEAT COURSE FEE: The State of Texas encourages students to complete college without having to repeat failed classes. To increase student success, students who repeat the same course more than twice, are required to pay extra tuition. The purpose of this extra tuition fee is to encourage students to pass their courses and to graduate. Effective fall 2006, HCC will charge a higher tuition rate to students registering the third or subsequent time for a course. If you are considering course withdrawal because you are not earning passing grades, confer with your instructor/counselor as early as possible about your study habits, reading and writing homework, test taking skills, attendance, course participation, and opportunities for tutoring or other assistance that might be available.
HCC DISTANCE EDUCATION (DE).
Currently Computer Science Technology Department teach several courses where the student does not meet weekly on campus. Students complete course materials on an individual basis that are available via Internet. They visit a campus at least once during the semester for testing (some courses more than once). Not all students are well suited for this method of instruction delivery. See the department web site for more details. The following information is necessary for all Computer Science students taking online courses:
ACCEPTANCE GUIDELINES: Not all people are well suited for independent study. A general set of guidelines is used to determine if you should be accepted into the Distance Education sections. These guidelines will require you to:
1. Be self motivated or a self starter: This usually means having completed at least 6 credit hours of college and having a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better. Exceptions must be approved by the instructor.
2. Meet the course prerequisites: This means being ready for ENGL1301 and MATH1314 (i.e. no remediation needed) and high school computer literacy or equivalent.
3. Already be familiar with computers by having used:
4. Have access to computer resources:
5. Understand the following:
a. Students should check e-mail and web pages for updates regularly, not less than two times each week. If you are unable to monitor the class website on a weekly basis then you should not enroll in an online course.
b. It is recommended that students read their e-mails from the OLDEST to the NEWEST. If students have sent the instructor a question, make sure and read your email frequently in case the instructor requires more information from you.
c. During exams and project submissions it is the students’ responsibility to verify that assignments have been submitted properly.
d. Make sure that your address/phone is correct on your student ID card.
DISTANCE EDUCATION SYLLABUS INCLUSIONS ARE:
BLACKBOARD STUDENT USER ID
Your Blackboard login user ID will be your HCC User ID (sometimes referred to as the “W”
number). All HCC students have a unique User ID. If you do not know your User ID you
can look it up by visiting the HCC home page:
· From www.hccs.edu, under the column “CONNECT”, click on the “Student System Sign In” link
· Then click on “Retrieve User ID” and follow the instructions. Or use the direct link to access the Student Sign In page:
The default student password is “distance.” Students will then be prompted to change their password after their first login. Please visit the Distance Education Technical Support website if you need additional assistance with your login.
DISTANCE EDUCATION (DE) ADVISING AND COUNSELING SERVICES
Much DE student information can be found on the DE Student Services website: de.hccs.edu. Advising or counseling can be accomplished through our online request form AskDECounseling. Counselors and Student Services Associates (SSA) can assist students with admissions, registration, entrance testing requirements, degree planning, transfer issues, and career counseling. In-person, confidential sessions can also be scheduled to provide brief counseling and community referrals to address personal concerns affecting academic success.
AskDECounseling is a student services online help form. This is the best and quickest way for students to get accurate assistance with DE registration, enrollment, advising, and counseling. The online help form is simple to fill out, convenient, and readily accessible through the internet. Students do not have to travel to campus sites, leave work, or wait in an office or lobby to receive assistance. Upon submission, student requests are answered in the order they are received.
As a DE student you have the same access to first-rate information resources that the HCC Libraries make available to all HCC students. A special website pulls together all the tools DE students will need to get their research rolling. Visit Library Resources specifically for Distance Education students.
HCCS GRADING SYSTEM: The Houston Community College grading system will be used to evaluate students’ performance in this course. Each instructor will provide detailed information about grade calculation.
SCHOLARSHIPS: The department started a scholarship fund during the fall 2002 term. All students should read the HCC Foundation website using www.hccs.edu. Some of the scholarships are based entirely on scholarship performance without regard to financial need.
CAUTION/WARNING: SOFTWARE USAGE POLICY: The software provided by HCCS in its computer labs are for your use and is licensed to the college. You are entitled to the use of this software during the scheduled class/lab time, and open lab time. It is not permitted to make copies of this licensed software. This practice of making illegal copies of software is known as pirating. Attempting to pirate the college's software will result in immediate dismissal from the course. Software that has been recommended or required by an instructor for downloading is usually shareware, and it is the responsibility of the student to obtain any required license from the publisher of the software.
CAUTION/WARNING: VIRUS PROBLEM AND CLOSED LAB ENVIRONMENT When dealing with computers, a virus is a program that does some mischief (annoyance to destructive). Attaching itself to a good program or data file that is stored on a flash drive usually transmits virus programs. Drives that come in contact with a computer that has a virus program on the hard disk drive could catch the virus. A virus may also attach to email of other files that you download via the Internet.
We are attempting to make our computer lab rooms, virus free. One of the ways to help in this effort is to prevent diskettes from outside our lab to be used at all in our labs. This is called a “Closed Lab Environment”. The Computer Science Technology Department is establishing a policy that is close to this Closed Lab Environment.
The following steps should be followed:
1. You should not bring software or data disks to the lab unless it is for a course that you are enrolled. Never, load any software without permission. You should not bring any other software or data disks to class unless approved by the instructor.
2. Various students may need to use the open lab time to catch-up on assignments or for additional practice (whether in DE or non-DE courses). They should purchase a USB flash drive. As much as possible, this flash should only be used in our classrooms and open labs.
3. Students taking Internet Delivered courses should be using a current virus-checking program on their personal machine.
All of our labs have Norton Anti Virus checking software installed. However, it is impossible to detect all viruses with a 100% guarantee. The student should recognize this risk and the college is not responsible for damage to any computer system from diskettes or downloads that become infected from a college computer.
NEW BLACKBOARD TECHNICAL HELP
Representatives will be available to provide support for the Blackboard Vista learning management system and software supported by that system via:
SCANS: The Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) from the U.S. Department of Labor was asked to examine the demands of the workplace and whether our young people are capable of meeting those demands. Specifically, the Commission was directed to advise the Secretary on the level of skills required to enter employment. In carrying out this charge, the Commission was asked to do the following:
§ Define the skills needed for employment,
§ Propose acceptable levels of proficiency,
§ Suggest effective ways to assess proficiency, and
§ Develop a dissemination strategy for the nation’s schools, businesses, and homes.
SCANS research verifies that what we call workplace know-how defines effective job performance today. This know-how has two elements: competencies and a foundation. This research identified five competencies and a three-part foundation of skills and personal qualities that lie at the heart of job performance. These eight requirements are essential preparation for all students, whether they go directly to work or plan further education. Thus, the competencies and the foundation should be taught and understood in an integrated fashion that reflects the workplace contexts in which they are applied.
The five SCANS workplace competencies identified by the Commission are the following:
1. Resources—An ability to identify, organize, and allocate time, money, materials, space, and people. Much of what you do in the classroom can help students develop competency with resources. Emphasize planning skills in relation to preparing, working, and completing assignments.
2. Interpersonal—Skills to participate as a member of a team, teach others, serve customers, exercise leadership, negotiate, and work with others possessing diverse backgrounds. Cooperative/collaborative learning activities are an effective way to teach interpersonal skills. In discussions after group activities, emphasize interpersonal lessons and challenges of the activities.
3. Information—An ability to acquire, organize, evaluate, interpret, and communicate information along with using computers to process information. Competency with information is basic to any classroom. Emphasize that efforts to master information skills prepare students for future employment.
4. Systems—An understanding of social, organizational, and technological systems; an ability to monitor and correct performance; a competence in the design and improvement of systems. Look for opportunities for students to use critical thinking skills to identify and analyze systems in their school, community, nation, and world.
5. Technology—The knowledge and skill to select equipment and tools, apply technology to specific tasks, and maintain and troubleshoot software and hardware. Although there are many forms of technology that can be used in your class, computers create real interest and opportunities for your students. Encourage your students to make computers an important part of their education, whether the computers are used in self-paced learning or in group projects.
The three SCANS foundation skills identified by the Commission are the following:
1. Basic Skills—Reading, writing, mathematics, listening, and speaking. Classroom activities can develop and reinforce all these basic skills. Teaching these skills in the classroom can provide cross-curricular opportunities.
2. Thinking Skills—Creative thinking, decision making, problem solving, seeing things in the mind’s eye, knowing how to learn, and reasoning. During their careers, students will need this foundation to adapt to a rapidly changing society. Helping students to think critically becomes very important so that they may adjust to change. Seek opportunities for students to stretch their minds, find new answers, ask hard questions, and lay foundations for lifelong learning.
3. Personal Qualities—Responsibility, self-esteem, sociability, self-management, and integrity. Throughout their lives, your students will need to get along with others: with classmates, friends and family, customers, and coworkers. Look for chances to reinforce good personal qualities. And remember the power of teaching by example.
SCANS workplace competencies and foundation skills have been integrated into all courses taught by the department.
http://csci.hccs.edu is official website for Computer Science Technology Department. Please visit the website for curriculum, faculty counseling, job postings, University transfer listing, etc.
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