Pre AP Computer Science

01 COMPSCI 1 PREAP (8450)


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: (Preferred initial contact)




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


PreAP Computer Science I:  Pre-AP Computer Science 1 is a survey course that explores problem solving from a logical perspective. Students will learn how to dissect complex problems into manageable parts and implement solutions using a variety of tools. Students will also gain a broad knowledge of Computer Science by being introduced to a variety of concepts such as programming, gaming, cryptology, and more.


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.


Through the study of technology applications foundations, including technology-related terms, concepts, and data input strategies, students learn to:

  1. Make informed decisions about technologies and their applications
  2. Gain efficient acquisition of information including the identification of task requirements
  3. Plan for using search strategies; and the use of technology to access, analyze, and evaluate the acquired information.
  4. Use technology as a tool that supports the work of individuals and groups in solving problems
  5. Select the technology appropriate for the task, synthesize knowledge, create a solution, and evaluate the results
  6. Students communicate information in different formats and to diverse audiences.



  • Computer Science Overview – Lab Orientation
  • Intro to Computer Science using Scratch
    • Scratch website –
    • Getting Started with Scratch
    • Basic Programming Constructs
    • Ifs, Loops, and Variables
    • Lists and Animation
    • Group Programming Project
  • Transition from Scratch to Python
    • Getting Started with Python
    • If statements and decision making
    • Writing methods and passing parameters
    • Classes
    • Loops
    • Lists
  • Semester Exam


Semester 2 Java   

  • Java Basics / Output  ( console / GUI )  ( lab a – ASCII Art )
  • Variables && Data Types    ( lab b – Variables )
  • Java Basics / Input  ( console / GUI ) ( lab c – input )
  • OOP/Methods/Parameters  with Graphics  ( lab 1  )
  • OOP/Instance Vars/ with basic math    ( lab 2 )
  • OOP/Constructors/ with basic math   ( lab 3 )
  • OOP/Strings ( lab 4 )
  • Basic Decisions —  ( Ifs / If else)  ( lab 5 )
  • More Objects – More String Info If Needed ( lab 6)
  • Large Semester Project and Six week projects
  • Semester Exam


  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:



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.



  1. Make Good Choices; align your choices with your goals.
  2. Possess Internal Motivation
  3. Accept Responsibility


Collaborative Social Contract will be posted on your course homepage during course week two AND a copy will be sent home to be signed by parents and students.



  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