Howard High School / Information Technology 2014-2015 course syllabus program concentration

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Howard High School / Information Technology

PROGRAM CONCENTRATION: Business Education & Computer Science

CAREER PATHWAY: Interactive Media/Computer Programming

COURSE TITLE: Beginning Programming (CS Principles)


Teacher: Edward Bujak


Room Number: 410

Phone Number: 215-690-1158

Semester: 2014-2015 year long

Tutorial Days: by appointment

Textbook: n/a

Tutorial Hours: by appointment

Textbook Price: n/a

Tutorial Location: 410

Department Philosophy: The Career Technology Education Department believes that education’s most important function is to provide all students with the skills needed for post-secondary and careers. This is accomplished by providing interest-based programs that meet industry standards.
Course Description:

How can computing change the world? What is computer science? Engage your creativity, demonstrate and build your problem solving ability all while connecting the relevance of computer science to the society! Computer Science (CS) Principles is an intellectually rich and engaging course that is focused on building a solid understanding and foundation in computer science. This course emphasizes the content, practices, thinking and skills central to the discipline of computer science. Through both its content and pedagogy, this course aims to appeal to a broad audience. The focus of this course will fall into these computational thinking practices: connecting computing, developing computational artifacts, abstracting, analyzing problems and artifacts, communicating, and collaborating. Various forms of technologies will be used to expose students to resources and application of computer science. Professional communication skills and practices, problem-solving, ethical and legal issues, and the impact of effective presentation skills are enhanced in this course to prepare students to be college and career ready. Employability skills are integrated into activities, tasks, and projects throughout the course standards to demonstrate the skills required by business and industry.

Computer Science Principles is the second course in the pathways Programming and Computer Science in the Information Technology Cluster. Students enrolled in this course should have successfully completed Introduction to Digital Technology.

This course is Bibb County approved and articulates with Central Georgia Technical College’s program.

Course Prerequisites:

Introduction to Digital Technology is a course that is appropriate for all high school students. The pre-requisite for this course is advisor approval.

Career Pathways: Course must be completed in the order listed below.

Web and Digital Communications


Advanced Programming

Level 1

*Introduction to Digital Technology

*Introduction to Digital Technology

*Introduction to Digital Technology

Level 2

*Fundamentals Web Design

*C.S. Principles

*C.S. Principles

Level 3

*Advanced Web Design

*Programming, Games and Apps

*A.P. Computer Science

Level 4

(Work-Based Learning)

(Work-Based Learning)

(Work-Based Learning)

Level 5

(Work-Based Learning)

(Work-Based Learning)

*Required for Pathway Completion

The Interactive Media and Programming pathways prepare students with the skills needed for the following industry recognized credentials: Adobe Certified Associates (Interactive Media), Skills USA Programming Certification (Programming), or A.P. Computer Science (Advanced Programming)

Career Choices:

 Occupation Specialties

 Level of Education Needed

 Average Salary

Computer and Information Systems Managers

Bachelor’s Degree plus work experience


Computer Programmers

Bachelor’s Degree


Computer Software Engineers

Bachelor’s Degree


Computer Specialist

Associate’s Degree


Computer System Analysts

Bachelor’s Degree


Desktop Publisher

Postsecondary Vocational Training


Graphic Designer

Bachelor’s Degree


Graphic Designer

Bachelor’s Degree


Multi-Media Artist and Animator

Bachelor’s Degree


Course Schedule

Week 1


Week 10

Data Structures

Week 2

Careers in Computing

Week 11

Data Structures

Week 3


Week 12

Data Structures

Week 4


Week 13

Limits of Computing

Week 5


Week 14

Limits of Computing

Week 6

Problem Solving

Week 15

Limits of Computing

Week 7


Week 16

Mercer Programming Contest

Week 8


Week 17

Review and Enrichment

Week 9


Week 18


Internet Acceptable Use: Use of the Internet must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of the Bibb County School System. The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in cancellation of those privileges. Any student user not complying with the Bibb County School System Internet Acceptable Use Agreement shall lose Internet privileges for a period of not less than one week. Mr. Bujak’s websites that will be used as an integral part of this course are available at
FBLA: Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is a co-curricular national student organization designed to offer students the opportunity to participate in leadership activities both in and out of the classroom. Members have the opportunity to go on field trips, participate in competitive events, perform community service, interact with the business community, and attend state and national conferences.
Grading Scale*







Class Grade




Final Exam




Total for Class Grade


Final Grade


Required Materials: Pencil, paper, folder/notebook/binder
Classroom Expectations: Give Respect, Get Respect

  1. When I am talking, you are listening.

  2. We will be respectful of each other and the environment at all times.

  3. Come to class on time and prepared to work.

  4. Complete your OWN work!

  5. Do not enter my office without my permission.

  6. Use computers and technology appropriately (no social media sites, hacking, games, etc.)

  7. No ear buds/headphones, cell phones, etc.

  8. NOTE: All rules in the Bibb County Code of Conduct will be enforced.

Classroom Procedures:

  1. Print only with permission. When I want you to print, I will instruct you to do so. Upload ALL of your work to Edmodo. No excuses for “I forgot to save/upload…”

  2. At the beginning of each class, please check your computer, mouse, book, and desk. If anything is misplaced, broken, or dirty, you must tell me so that you will not get in trouble for something someone else has done.

  3. Internet games and Internet use is on an as-needed basis with permission only. Non-negotiable!

  4. Clean up your trash and push your chair under the table as you leave each day.

Make-up Policy: It is the responsibility of the student to retrieve make-up assignments for missed school days from the teacher. Students have five (5) school days to make up missed work. After-school work can be done via appointment or Monday – Thursdays by appointment from 2:30 – 3:30. Most work will be posted in Edmodo.
Re-Work Policy: Students who make a 69 or below on a project or text can re-do the assignment within five (5) school days. Students will receive a 70 if they pass the assignment on the second attempt. Students will not receive a grade higher than a 70 for a re-work. After-school work can be done via appointment or Monday – Thursdays by appointment from 2:30 – 3:30. It is the responsibility of the student to ask to rework the assignment or assessment.
* This course does not have an End of Course Test (EOCT) *

* All rules included in the Bibb County Code of Conduct book will be enforced *

The course syllabus is a general plan for the course; all information contained in the course syllabus/calendar is subject to change. Any changes will be announced in class and a revised syllabus distributed to students to be shared with their parents/guardians.

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