COURSE YEAR 2017-2018  — 1.0 Credit in Technology Applications




OFFICE: A Building Lab 6

TUTORING HOURS: Tuesday/Thursday 8:00 a.m. AND Wednesday 3:45-4:15 p.m.

OFFICE PHONE: 512-570-1200 EXT: 41331

EMAIL ADDRESS: cheri.whalen@leanderisd.org (Preferred initial contact)

WEB PAGE: http://whalenontheweb.com/



1: AP CS 2

2: AP CS 2

3:  PreAP CS 1

4:  Conference


5:  PreAP CS 1

6:  PreAP CS 1

7:  Conference

8:  CS 3



AP Computer Science A (II):  The AP Computer Science A course is an introductory course in computer science. Because the design and implementation of computer programs to solve problems involve skills that are fundamental to the study of computer science, a large part of the course is built around the development of computer programs that correctly solve a given problem. These programs should be understandable, adaptable, and, when appropriate, reusable. At the same time, the design and implementation of computer programs is used as a context for introducing other important aspects of computer science, including the development and analysis of algorithms, the development and use of fundamental data structures, the study of standard algorithms and typical applications, and the use of logic and formal methods. In addition, the responsible use of these systems is an integral part of the course (CollegeBoard.com Computer Science Course Description Guide).


This is an interactive, student centered, discovery based, introductory programming course.  Students are expected to participate both at their workstations and in collaborative study groups. All assignments will be posted using GOOGLE CLASSROOM. Students will track their progress by setting learning goals for each unit.  A student Learning Journal is required for note-taking, journaling, collaborative writing and organizing course resource materials. Lecture is limited; therefore it is critically important for students to communicate their progress to me through daily interaction.  Interactive methods, such as conversational evaluation, are used as tools to assess students’ progress and the effectiveness of the lesson.  Concepts are NOT readily and explicitly provided to students creating the course culture of learning by discovery.  I answer questions with questions and students are expected to think and pursue their learning.  Each unit includes programming lab exercises, outside reading with journal responses,  collaborative activities, quizzes written exams and conversational exams for assessment of learning. Each student is expected to complete three practice AP exams and the AP Computer Science A exam Tuesday,  May 15, 2017.


Students should be able to:

  1. design and implement solutions to problems by writing, running, and debugging computer programs.
  2. use and implement commonly used algorithms and data structures.
  3. develop and select appropriate algorithms and data structures to solve problems.
  4. code fluently in an object-oriented paradigm using the programming language Java. Students are expected to be familiar with and be able to use standard Java library classes from the AP Java subset.
  5. read and understand a large program consisting of several classes and interacting objects. Students should be able to read and understand a description of the design and development process leading to such a program. (An example of such a program is the AP Computer Science Case Studies)
  6. recognize the ethical and social implications of computer use.



  1. Object-Oriented Program Design
  2. Program Implementation
  3. Program Analysis
  4. Standard Data Structures
  5. Standard Algorithms
  6. Computing in Context



    • Barron AP CS A 7th Edition Study Guide
    • Purchase Deadline:  January 5, 2018
  1. 1 – Flash Drive Minimum 1 gigabyte (larger is optional)
  2. Red Pen, Blue or Black Ink Pen, Pencil
  3. 1 box of dark multi-colored dry erase markers EXPO BRAND ONLY
  4. Two Pads of 3” X 3” POST IT BRAND PostIt Notes (light colors)
  5. BONUS! Box of Kleenex Tissues – Thank you!


LISD Grading Guidelines:

“Maximum final grade or replacement grade a student can earn for a retake or redo assignment will be a 70 at the high school level.”

  1. Course Grading Policy:


    • Retake Exam will be formatted differently than the original exam
    • Highest grade earned by a REDO/RETAKE is a 70%
    • OR Each student may complete test corrections to earn back ½ credit for each incorrect exam answer.  Test Corrections must be completed by the end of the class day following the exam and ALL answers must be traced or explained in detail.  The explanation must include: why the response was incorrect and defense and analysis of the correct answer.  All corrections must be completed in the TEST CORRECTION FORM HAND OUT.
  1. Grade Weight:

Class Assignments, Programming Labs, Participation, Attendance, Effort 15%

Quizzes 25%

Written Exam / Journal / Oral Exam 30%

Programming Challenges / Projects / Programming Exams 30%

Green Tickets:  Bonus on any assignment 5 points

Grade Portal:  https://itccsgb.esc20.net/PALN/Login.aspx



Making Up Missed Work (LISD Student Handbook)

Students who are absent for any reason must make up the work they missed.

It is the student’s responsibility to check with each teacher the day the student returns from an absence to determine the:

  1. Make-up assignments
  2. Specific dates for completing the work, and
  3. Dates to complete any missed tests.

Assignments that were due on the day of the absence will be due on the day the student returns to school. The

student is allowed one (1) day for each day of an absence to make up the assigned work. One (1) day of make-up time is allowed for each day of absence (Example: 2 days absent – 2 days to make up work; 4 days absent – 4 days to make up work, etc.).

Obtaining Assignments:

  1. If a student is absent due to an extended illness (five (5) or more days) and wishes to get assignments before

returning to school, the student and/or family may contact the classroom teachers to request assignments. A

minimum two (2) days is needed to obtain work.

  1. There may be instances when work is needed before an absence occurs (e.g. scheduled surgery). In order to obtain

this work, a parent may submit a note to the teachers explaining the reason for the absence and the dates of the

absence. A minimum of two (2) days is needed to obtain work.

  1. If a student is absent on the day a major assignment is due (e.g. senior project), it is the student’s responsibility to

contact the teacher by phone or e-mail to make arrangements to turn in the assignment.

  1. Students who miss class due to extracurricular activities are required to obtain assignments prior to the absence. The work is due the next time the student attends the class.

“Attendance is an important part of the learning process.  You are expected to be in class and on time.  If you must be absent, it is the student’s responsibility to check with each teacher the day the student returns from an absence.  Assignments due on the day of the absence will be due on the day the student returns to school.  The student is allowed one (1) day for each day of an absence to make up the assigned work.”

  1. KEEP UP WITH THE CALENDAR AT THE COURSE WEBSITE.  Most of our work will be completed in class; therefore, if you are absent you are responsible for coming to the lab during tutorial time to ensure assignments are up to date.
  2. If you are absent 1, 2, or 3 days, your TESTS and QUIZZES must be made up within 3 days after returning , UNLESS arrangements have been made with me.  You must communicate your needs for a make-up arrangement within the three day window. Flexibility requires communication!  
  3. Absences in excess of three (3) days will follow LISD make-up policy and I will personally contact you and parents.
  4. If the three day window expires, the student will use the make-up as a REDO/RETAKE and the highest grade earned is a 70%.
  5. If you are going to be out for an extracurricular activity make arrangements for make-up work IN ADVANCE!


Bonus Projects and Programming Labs are available for continuous improvement. The points will be included in the 15% grading category. All bonus work must be completed five (5) days before the end of the six week period, NO EXCEPTIONS.



Make Good Choices; align your choices with your goals.

Possess Internal Motivation

Accept Responsibility

Collaborative Social Contract will be posted on your course homepage during course week two


  1. Cheating will not be tolerated.  Consequences for any cheating will result in a zero for the grade.
  2. NO REDO opportunities for the assignment, program or test
  3. LISD Honor Code will be followed
  4. Immediate parental contact
  5. Report to any extracurricular sponsor or coach



Please complete the  Syllabus Form  If you do not have access to the internet, please complete the information below, print and return to Ms. Whalen.

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