For specific details of the current offering of the course, see the Course Schedule.

Evaluation of student learning% of final grade
5 Short Assignments will give you practice using the technologies we cover in class and test your basic technical knowledge.10
3 Reading Analysis Assignments will have you use a framework for analyzing the content and reinforce the social concepts from class.15
3 Short In-Class Presentations is a form of interactive learning that will help us cover a lot of new material.15
Final Project will have you applying your knowledge from all aspects of the course in a group case study. The final project has an in-class presentation component and a final hand-in component.30
Peer Evaluations will help your classmates improve their final projects!5
Final Exam short answer questions will focus on concepts rather than facts. If you paid attention in class, came to class regularly, did all the assignments and readings, and participated fully in your group assignments, you should do just fine.30

Note that the total adds to 105 and does mean that you can earn more than 100% in the course. The purpose for this is to allow for occassional mess-ups (forgetting about an assignment, a minor conflict with something not academically related, sleeping in, minor illness). For this reason, please only speak with us for special consideration in the case of extended illness or other extenuating circumstances.

Grade cut-offs are as follows:
A 95+, A- 90+, B+ 87+, B 83+, B- 80+, C+ 77+, C 73+, C- 70+, D+ 67+, D 63+, D- 60+, F 59-

Participation and Community

An environment of mutual learning is essental to the success of CS175. Here are some ways you can help: (1) actively contribute your opinions and knowledge to class discussions; (2) create space for others to contribute their opinions and knowledge; (3) share your knowledge and skills constructively with others in a spirit of mutual aid. This is especially important in a course where some will have far greater technical expertise and computer experience than others, and likewise far greater familiarity with social movements and their academic definitions and analyses.

So please, let others with less experience in a given topic area the opportunity to answer questions first, and be mindful to explain technical terms for the benefit of non-specialists. Also, if you're helping out a less technically experienced classmate, try to resist the temptation to just do it quickly for them, since that can prevent them from learning effectively. A good rule when helping out a friend is to avoid touching their computer!

To help create space for your classmates' contributions, it can help to ask WAIT ("Why Am I Talking?") to keep your comments and opinions as concise and information-rich as possible. Finally, keep in mind that your background (economic, gender, ethnicity, education, etc.) might make it feel more or less natural for you to voice your opinions. If you feel more comfortable being heard in class, try taking a step back and listen more carefully to others. And if you feel less comfortable, try taking a step forward and speak up more.

How to Submit an Assignment in TEACH

Unless otherwise indicated, assignments will be submitted using TEACH. If you have never used TEACH before or are not an Engineering student, then you must first enable your TEACH account by cliking on "Create a new account (Enable your Engineering resources)" at the bottom of the TEACH page. You can submit assignments through this portal multiple times: only the last submitted version will be graded. (Note that this allows you to submit a partially completed assignment early for which you can receive partial credit, in case something comes up later.)

Course Communication

Announcements will occur verbally during class and in writing via the course website, email list, and wire group (to be explained in class). It is your responsibility to keep up with class news, as occasionally schedules of reading assignments and due dates may change; if you miss class, please ask a classmate to fill you in on any important notifications you may have missed, and be sure to check your OSU e-mail account regularly.

Important Course Information

Accommodations for students with disabilities are determined and approved by Disability Access Services (DAS). If you, as a student, believe you are eligible for accommodations but have not obtained approval please contact DAS immediately at 541-737-4098 or at DAS notifies students and faculty members of approved academic accommodations and coordinates implementation of those accommodations. While not required, students and faculty members are encouraged to discuss details of the implementation of individual accommodations.

Please make yourself familiar with the Student Conduct Code, which can be accessed at Please pay particular attention to the section on Academic Dishonesty, which OSU defines as ďan intentional act of deception in which a student seeks to claim credit for the work or effort of another person or uses unauthorized materials or fabricated information in any academic work." For some guidelines on plagiarism, see, and donít hesitate to talk to me if you are uncertain about how to properly utilize or cite material.