Dear Guardian and Student,
Welcome to Fall 2015 Computer Science Engineering at the Anderson Career and Technology Center. My name is Lisa Lennon; I am one of five PLTW instructors at the ACTC. I also teach BioTech Engineering and Introduction to Engineering and Design. You can find more information about the career center on our website at www.andersonctc.org.
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a not-for-profit organization (from the Rochester Institute of Technology), that promotes pre-engineering courses for middle and high school students. PLTW forms partnerships with public schools, higher education institutions, and the private sector to increase the quantity and quality of engineers and engineering technologists graduating from our educational system. There is a critical shortage of engineers and engineering technologists entering the field at a time when technology is constantly reinventing itself every few years. For more information and answers to frequently asked questions about PLTW, please visit their website at: http://www.pltw.org
I feel it is very important for parents and teachers to communicate. Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns. The best way to reach me is through email at firstname.lastname@example.org , or you may leave me a voicemail at (847- 4121 ext. 2258).
In an effort to use less paper I have posted my course syllabus online. It can be found at our classroom homepage: http://LennonCSEactc.weebly.com. Hard-copies are available upon request for those who cannot access it electronically. Students should be in the habit of checking the website regularly, as it contains information about deadlines, current and upcoming projects, rubrics and more.
I am excited about the new school year in which your student will have a productive and successful experience in IED. I hope that upon finishing this course your student will choose to continue on to other upper level PLTW courses being offered at the Career and Technology Center.
Project Lead the Way Instructor
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Anderson 1 & 2 Career and Technology Center
Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSE)
Lisa B Lennon
# of Credits:
11th and 12th 1
Abelson, H., Leedon , K., & et al, K. (2008). Blown to bits:your life, liberty, and happiness after the digital explosion. Boston, MA: Addison-Wesley Professional.
Student must complete Introduction to Engineering Design (IED), Principles of Engineering (POE), and Digital Electronics (DE) prior to enrolling in this course.
Project Lead the Way announces a new, full-year course to be piloted in Fall 2013. The course, falling within PLTW’s Pathway to Engineering, is project- and problem-based, with students working in teams to develop computational thinking and solve open-ended, practical problems that occur in the real world. The course aligns with the College Board’s new CS Principles framework, as well as ABET and National Education Standards. The course is not a programming language course; it aims instead to develop computational thinking, to generate excitement about the field of computing, and to introduce computational tools that foster creativity.
PLTW Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSE) engages students in projects and problems to address the fundamental question:
How do creative abstraction and computational power change our lives? From the ACTC Course Catalog: CSE-Computer Science and Software Engineering
Students work in teams to develop computational thinking and solve open-ended, practical problems that occur in the real world. The course aligns with the College Board’s new CS Principles framework. Students will engage problems requiring graphical response to user input. Fundamental computer science concepts like recursion, objects, classes, events, and efficiency are introduced using Alice and Scratch software. They will be introduced to code writing, networking, privacy, and security using tools like HTML, CSS, and PHP to create interactive Web pages. Students will use face-recognition applications andAppInventor to develop Android apps, while engaging in problems involving social networks, discrete mathematics, and eCommerce. Using languages such as Python, students will engage problems involving predictions based on computer models; concepts like probability, chaos, fractals, and artificial intelligence will be developed.
Course Goals, Standards, and Learning Objectives:
Engineering programs must demonstrate that their students have attainment of ABET, Inc. requirements at the basic educational level for entry into engineering practice:
an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
Computer Science: Principles is a pilot course under development. It is not an official Advanced Placement course currently being offered by the College Board. This document is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation, grant CNS-‐0938336. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Unit 1: Graphics
Computer Science Students will engage problems requiring graphical response to user input. This unit will introduce fundamental computer science concepts like iteration, objects, classes, events, and code efficiency. It will emphasize computing as a creative endeavor. Students will use MIT’s Scratch programming language and its extension Snap!, and be introduced to Python.
Lesson 1.1 Algorithms
Lesson 1.2 Data
Lesson 1.3 Objects, Methods, Abstractions
Unit 2: The Web
Lesson 2.1 The Internet and The Web
Lesson 2.2 Shopping and Social on the Web
Lesson 2.3 Security and Cryptography
Unit 3: Data Mining
Information Science Students will engage problems involving large sets of data and social networks. This unit will introduce concepts in discrete mathematics, probability and association, and data visualization. It will emphasize how computational thinking affects every discipline, as computational thinking can put existing code to great use. Students will use databases of genetic information and health records, will utilize a face-recognition API for Python, and will use MIT’s AppInventor to develop an
Lesson 3.1 Biology and Computation
Lesson 3.2 Visualizing Data and Discovering Knowledge
Lesson 3.3 Inventing Android Apps
Unit 4: Simulation
Software Engineering Students will engage problems involving predictions based on computer models and develop team strategies for handling large projects. This unit will further develop concepts in discrete mathematics, and introduce chaos and fractals, computability, and artificial intelligence. It will emphasize the power of computational thinking to create and answer new questions. Students will use Python in this unit.
Lesson 4.1 Classes and Agents
Lesson 4.2 Discrete and Continuous Simulations
Lesson 4.3 Simulation Design Problem
composition notebook, pencil, pen
The standard school fee is $3. The course fee is an additional $27. Students will receive their notebooks once fees have been paid. Please make checks payable to “ACTC.”
Method of Evaluating Students (80%):
Major Grades = 30%
Secondary Grades (Tests,Quizzes,etc.) = 30%
Employability = 20%
Engineering Notebooks = 20%
End of Course Exam (20%):
Students will take an end-of-course exam as well as develop a portfolio that demonstrates their skills. When the new AP Computer Science Principles exam becomes available (anticipated for 2015-2016), we anticipate that CSE will provide solid preparation for that exam. By way of clarification, AP Computer Science Principles is a distinct course framework from the existing AP CS-A exam.
Be on time and prepared for class. This includes, but is not limited to having your notebook, assignments, pen/pencil, and paper. Students should be seated in their desks when the tardy bell rings to avoid confusion.
Have a good attitude about learning. Be prepared to actively participate in class. Accept feedback with a positive attitude.
Students will follow all written and oral directions as well as safety precautions. This is for your own safety as there will be hands-on activities.
Complete all assignments in a timely fashion. You must work diligently to stay caught up. 25 points will be deducted per day for late assignments.
Be respectful of others and their property.
Take care of the learning environment. Keep your area neat and clean. Always clean your space before you leave for the day. Put materials away in their proper place.
Get the instructor’s permission before obtaining materials from any storage area.
Cheating will not be tolerated. Students found cheating will receive a zero for that assignment. The instructor and/or school will decide any further course of action.
Computer Lab Procedures:
Do not change any of the settings on the computers.
Do not download programs (including games) to the computer.
Do not access inappropriate content on the internet.
Take care of the learning environment. Keep your area neat and
clean. Always clean your space before you leave for the day.
Students are responsible for makeup work when absent. Each student will have 3 school days to make up missed work. Quizzes and handouts will be placed in a makeup folder with the students name and it is the students responsibility to check this folder when absent before consulting the instructor.
By using an activities, project, & problem based learning approach in the classroom students will be better prepared to:
Demonstrate an understanding of subject content
Investigate and engage in meaningful activities,
projects, and problems
Become independent learners
Make their own connections between posed questions and
Exhibit growth in areas often ignored: social and life skills,
self-management skills, and the ability to learn on one’s own.
All PLTW courses follow a progression within each unit: activities, projects, and problems. Students apply STEM content as they learn it, practicing with well-structured activities. They progress to open-ended projects that require students to integrate many skills with planning, documentation, and communication. Each unit is then capped by a problem in which students utilize previous knowledge and skills in addition to identifying and acquiring new knowledge and skills. Problems require teams to develop professional skills, coordinating their efforts to tame an ill-defined real-world problem. Problems offer ground-level entry and no ceiling: all bite into the problem and successfully find purchase, yet even the most talented will be challenged to work further.