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Information on taking CS1132


Course Deadlines

  • Module 1
    • Feb 15 Wednesday: last day to (re-)submit Assignment 1a
    • Mar 8 Wednesday: last day to (re-)submit Assignment 1b
    • Mar 10 Friday: last day to take Test 1
  • Module 2
    • Apr 19 Wednesday: last day to (re-)submit Assignment 2
    • Apr 21 Friday last day to take Test 2

Don't procrastinate! The earlier you start, the more attempts you can have to fix any problems and raise your scores! You need an average score--Assignment 1 (a and b together), Test 1, Assignment 2, and Test 2--of 85 or higher (B level) to pass the course.

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CMS for assignment submission and communication

Pre-enrolled students are registered in CMS (Course Management System) automatically. CMS is separate from the Student Center and Registrar, so check your CMS registration.

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Course materials

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About the blectures

The blectures (web-based lectures) are a new addition to our collection of instructional materials. A blecture captures of part of a computer screen—usually a powerpoint window, a MATLAB desktop window, or both— and audio. Each blecture is 3-10 minutes long and focuses on one topic.

  1. When you click on a blecture link, you may be asked for your Cornell netid and password. You may see a page that says This tool uses Kerberos Authentication to identify you. Click the link "Click here if you wish to continue as your-name." A window will then appear with the blecture on it. Click the "play" button to start viewing. Be patient. It may take some seconds for the blecture to start, depending on your connection to the internet.
  2. The current CIT setup for online viewing of blectures should work correctly on Windows (IE, Firefox) and on most Macs, with a recent enough version of Flash. They might not be displayed correctly or at all in other system/browser combinations.
  3. After watching a blecture, please complete the short survey that appears on the right of the window and then click button submit. We need input from you on the value of the blectures and your comments on how they can be improved.

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Approaches to learning the material

Here is the golden rule: don't procrastinate! It is better to finish this short course early, before your 3- or 4-credit courses become very demanding. Use all the material that we provide in order to learn:

  1. Refer often to the text book, as a reference for certain topics as well as material to study. Use the index and table of contents in the text to find what you need.
  2. The course is presented to you in two modules, each of which has a webpage that gives you a list of topics covered in the module: module 1 and module 2. Various ways are used to present the material to you:
    1. Sections of the text book.
    2. Blectures: online web lectures, each lasting 3–10 minutes. These are the quickest way to begin grasping new material. You may watch them as often as you like, and you can use a scroll bar to skip or repeat material.
    3. Powerpoint slides used in the online lectures. The material is covered in more detail in the text book, so you don't have to look at these. But they are there for your use if you want them.
    4. Source code in the form of M-files (Matlab programming language files) containing examples of the concepts covered in the the blectures and the book.
    5. Self-check exercises--submission not required--for you to practice coding and check your understanding
    6. Additional reading, examples (including source code), and reference material.

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