8th Grade Computers - Syllabus

Title of Course

8th Grade Computers

Instructor

Dave Stutz
e-mail: mrstutz@stutzfamily.com
Class webpage: http://stutzfamily.com/mrstutz/

Prerequisite

None

Course Description

Computers is a yearlong class designed as an overview of contemporary themes in computer sciences. Following the FutureKids curriculum, students will develop an advanced working knowledge in 10 primary areas of technology: Applied Technology, Operating Environments, Databases, Desktop Publishing, Graphics, Multimedia, Programming, Spreadsheets, Telecommunications, and Word-Processing.

Course Outline/Calendar

Semester 1

Bimester 1
Computer History and Basics
Word Processing

Semester 2

Bimester 3
Spreadsheets
Multimedia
Bimester 2
Databases
Desktop Publishing
Bimester 4
Advanced topics and Programming
HTML

Materials

A three ring binder, loose-leaf paper, and pen/pencil daily
Floppy discs (PC formatted) and a plastic disc protector if the student wishes to take assignments home.
Additional resources and readings as supplied in class

General Information about homework and other assignments

Classroom participation - 25%
  • Students receive daily participation points
  • These points will be forfeited in the case of behavioral 'issues' during the class period
  • Class Assignments - 35%
    • Daily assignments, small projects, and quizzes
    Bimester Exam - 40%
    • The exam will include both a written test and a project component completed during the Bimester
    Extra credit is generally not given out, although some (unannounced) assignments may be graded as extra credit. It is the studentís responsibility to ensure that all work is turned in - it is of great benefit to your grade to do so!

    Make up procedures and extra help opportunities

    *Mr. Stutz is always in the lab after school. This is the single best time to meet with him and get extra help. Make arrangements and stick around for a bit - during the school day it is virtually impossible to meet for extra help*
    If the work is graded on the basis of being completed during a class period, no late work will be accepted.
    It is the student's responsibility to approach Mr. Stutz to determine what work is missing and make arrangements to redo such assignments.

    Grading scale

    99 -100%
    A+
    77 - 79%
    C+
    93 - 98%
    A
    73 - 76%
    C
    90 - 92%
    A-
    70 - 72%
    C-
    87 - 89%
    B+
    67 - 69%
    D+
    83 - 86%
    B
    64 - 66%
    D
    80 - 82%
    B-
    60 - 63%
    D-
     
     
    Below 60%
    F

    Classroom Procedures and Rules

    In addition to the computer use policies, there are 4 general rules Mr. Stutz expects to be followed:
    Arrive in class on time with paper, binder, writing utensil, and any previously designated materials
    Students are to remain in their seats until Mr. Stutz has dismissed the class
    Swearing and derogatory remarks have no place in the classroom and will not be tolerated
    Accord those who are speaking (including teachers and students) the respect, courtesy, and quiet they deserve