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					Alpharetta High School 2009-2010

AP COMPUTER SCIENCE A
Room #2216 E-mail contact information: hatcher@fultonschools.org

Mr. Tom Hatcher, CPA

Purpose of Course: Welcome! AP® Computer Science A is both a college-prep course for potential computer science majors and a foundation course for students planning to study in other technical fields such as engineering, physics, chemistry, and geology. The course emphasizes programming methodology, procedural abstraction, and in-depth study of algorithms, data structures, and data abstractions, as well as a detailed examination of a large case study program. Instruction includes preparation for the AP Computer Science A Exam. In teaching this course, my reward comes when students can apply the programming tools they have learned to real-life examples on their own. Computer science is more than just programming. Students should leave my class with a clear understanding of Java and the ability to adapt to any new programming language that they are taught in college. I want them to have the confidence to tackle any problem-solving obstacles they encounter.
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Prerequisite(s): A grade of B or higher in Algebra II Materials: 1) Textbook: JAVA Software Solutions for AP Computer Science A, 2nd Edition – by Lewis, Loftus, and Cocking, published by Addison Wesley, $64.47 Lost/damaged book policy Students are financially responsible for all books issued by AHS. Textbooks may not be left in classrooms and teachers are not responsible for the whereabouts of your book. The copy which was issued to the student must be turned in at the end of the course. Students will not receive credit for turning in another student’s book and may not turn in replacement books. The cost of replacement will be assessed to any student that fails to turn in the book they were issued or turns in a damaged book. If the student is issued a damaged book such as a broken binding, torn pages, water damage, writing, etc., then the book should be brought to Mr. Barnett in 1220 for a replacement or document the damage. There is a two week grace period for students to document damage before they will be held accountable. When a student turns in a book they may do so in person at any time to Mr. Barnett or on exam day at the end of the course to their teacher. Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course students will be able to understand: Fall Semester Spring Semester Ch 0 Computer Ethics Ch 6 Searching and Sorting History of Computing Ch 8 Recursion Colleges and Careers Ch 7 Inheritance/Polymorphism Ch 1 Computer Systems Ch 5 Enhancing Classes Ch 2 Objects and Primitive Data GridWorld Case Study (Ch 2-4) Ch 3 Program Statements AP Test Preparation Ch 4 Writing Classes Capstone Project Ch 6 Arrays and ArrayLists GridWorld Case Study (Ch 1) Career Technology Related Careers: Programmer Network Engineer System Administrator

Chief Information Officer Consultant Software Engineer

Game Designer Computer System Analyst

The mission of Alpharetta High School’s Business and Computer Science Department is to provide a rigorous, career-focused education integrating academic and technical standards while preparing students for the global economy.

AP Exam: Any student failing the AP class one month prior to testing (and thereafter) must pay for their AP exam ($84). The state will not pay for a student’s AP exam if they are failing the course. All failing students that decide NOT to take their AP exam must pay the returned/unused exam fee of $13. Any student that is passing an AP class (even if it’s with a 70) must take their AP exam. The Computer Science A exam is given in May. In 2009, the test was made up of two sections. 50% is made up of 40 multiple choice questions (75 minutes). 50% is four free response questions (105 minutes) .Student Organization: The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is the student organization associated with the Business and Computer Science Department. Our chapter is affiliated with the state and national organizations and helps students develop leadership skills. Evaluation/Assessment:
Daily Work, Homework & Quizzes Projects Tests Work Ethics Final Exam 25% 20% 30% 10% 15% Fulton County Grading Scale: Letter Grade Numeric Scale A 90-100 B 80-89

C F

70-79 Below 70

Work ethics points are earned each grading period. Points will be deducted for violations of the class rules, poor attendance, tardies or behavior problems. There are no extra credit assignments.

Parent Communication:
Please monitor your student’s progress (both attendance and grades) with ParentConnect. The most efficient way to communicate with me is by e-mail to the address – (hatcher@fultonschools.org)

Attendance & Make Up/Late Work:
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Make-up work and tests are the student's responsibility. Schedule an appointment to makeup a test or quiz within the required time period as outlined in the Handbook. Students with excused absences may make up work at 100% credit within the same amount of time as the duration of the absence. Students with unexcused absences may make up work at 90% credit within the same amount of time as the duration of the absence. Students absent only the day before an announced test will be expected to take the test with the class. Make up work must be completed outside of class time—either before or after school—within a week of the absence. Late work and projects will be given 50% and will not be accepted after the following unit or after the next progress report. If you are in school on the day a project is due, you must turn in the project or receive a reduced grade. Attendance is important. ―I did not know‖ is not an acceptable excuse.

Provision for Improving Grades:
1. Opportunities designed to allow students to recover from a low or failing cumulative grade will be allowed after all work required to date has been completed, and the student has demonstrated a legitimate effort to meet all course requirements including attendance. Students should contact the teacher concerning recovery opportunities. Teachers are expected to establish a reasonable time period for recovery work to be completed during the semester. All recovery work must be directly related to course objectives and must be completed ten school days prior to the end of the semester.

2. Teachers will determine when and how students with extenuating circumstances may improve their grades .

The mission of Alpharetta High School’s Business and Computer Science Department is to provide a rigorous, career-focused education integrating academic and technical standards while preparing students for the global economy.

Class Rules:
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Students will be considered tardy if not in their assigned seats when the bell rings. Food and drinks are not permitted in the computer lab. Water bottles should stay in your book bags, and should never be near the computers. Stay in your assigned seat all class period. Listen and do not talk during announcements. Handle the computers and textbooks carefully. Removing parts of the computer (such as keys, mouseballs, Dell icons and property tags) is considered vandalism of school property. Remain in your seat until the bell rings and make certain your area is clean at the end of class. Lining up at the door is not allowed. Please do not roll or horse play in the computer chairs.

RISE: Reteaching Instructional Support Experience
RISE is an opportunity for students to relearn concepts from their teachers with individualized instruction. Sessions are held before or after school in the teacher’s classroom. My sessions are Tuesday and Wednesday morning from 8:00 to 8:30. All teachers are available for extra help, should a student want or need it. However, once a student’s average drops below a 75 in a course RISE become mandatory at least one hour a week for that course until the next grading period. Once a student’s average rises above a 75 at the conclusion of a grading period, RISE is no longer mandatory. RISE lunch sessions are available for students unable to attend either morning or afternoon sessions. RISE lunch sessions are held during 4th period lunch in room 5104.

Internet and Network Usage:
1. 2. 3. 4. Alpharetta High School and Fulton County School System rules apply. Internet use is a privilege and must support academic projects (it must pertain to a class assignment). Logging in as someone else and/or sharing login and password information will be grounds for a discipline referral. Misuse of the server, visits to inappropriate web sites, sending personal e-mails, instant messaging, or other unauthorized use of the Internet will be grounds for a discipline referral.

Academic Honesty Expectations:
It is the sincere hope of the AHS administration and faculty that all students will demonstrate the highest level of academic honesty. The following information is designed to encourage this desire. Violations of the AHS Academic Honesty Expectations include but are not limited to the following: 1. 2. 3. 4. Using Using Using Using words or ideas from a published source without proper documentation;* the work of another student (e.g. copying another student’s homework, composition, or project); excessive editing suggestions of another student, teacher, parent, or paid editor; any electronic device for sharing information prior to, during, or after a graded experience.

*Plagiarism-the use of another’s words or ideas and the presentation of them as though they are entirely one’s own. Failure to meet these expectations on any graded experience, project, or paper will result in a zero on the assignment, an honor code violation, and two days of Saturday School. Parent/Student notification and administering of the consequences will be done by the teacher and grade-level administrator. Unless stipulated by the teacher, collaboration on graded experiences is not acceptable. Students who willingly provide other students with access to their work are in violation of the Alpharetta High School Honor Code.

The mission of Alpharetta High School’s Business and Computer Science Department is to provide a rigorous, career-focused education integrating academic and technical standards while preparing students for the global economy.

Philosophy of the Alpharetta High School Business & Computer Science Department
We believe all students should have access to quality education that prepares them for a rewarding career. Students should be provided educational experiences to help them become effective problem-solvers with an emphasis on life-long learning in an increasingly interdependent world. We believe that students should be provided with programs of study for viable careers currently in demand using advanced technology to learn the technical expertise needed to become part of a skilled workforce. As educators, we must continue to be diligent in providing opportunities for all students to adapt to technological and social changes in order to meet the expanding needs of industry and business.

The mission of Alpharetta High School’s Business and Computer Science Department is to provide a rigorous, career-focused education integrating academic and technical standards while preparing students for the global economy.

By signing below, the student and parent acknowledge that they have read this syllabus and agree to follow the policies herein.

AP Computer Science A Mr. Hatcher 2009/10

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* Please print your email address, if you have one, as this is oftentimes the easiest way to contact you regarding your student’s progress in class.

The mission of Alpharetta High School’s Business and Computer Science Department is to provide a rigorous, career-focused education integrating academic and technical standards while preparing students for the global economy.


				
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