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CISY 217 - Operating Systems - Fall 2014(Online)

Syllabus - Version 0.1

Section 95V (Online) - CRN 12672

Online Section

Versions

  • Version 0.1 - 9/2/2014 - First Release
  • Version 0.0 - 8/25/2014 - first draft

Book Information

Understanding Operating Systems, 7th Edition, Ann McHoes and Ida M. Flynn, Cengage, 2014, ISBN-10: 128509655X ISBN-13: 9781285096551
Picture of book: CISY 217 Book Cover

Instructor 

Name: Stephen T. Brower
Office: West Building W324
Work # (908) 526-1200 x8259
preferred email: stbrower@smail.raritanval.edu

Website

Website has information on any changes to office hours ( example: no office hours during Spring Break )

Website has a link to the class page for this course where you can get the Syllabus and Class Schedule

Website does not require you to logon to either Lion's Den or WebStudy 

See: http://www.raritanval.edu/faculty/cs/full-time/Brower/brower.html

Another way to access:  From the school's main web page hover over Current Students, click Academic Departments, Click Computer Science,
Scroll to near the bottom and under the Full-Time Faculty heading click Stephen Brower

Office Hours

Monday 1:00 - 3:00
Tuesday 3:00 - 5:00 (Except 11/25)
Thursday 3:00 - 5:00 (Except 11/27)
and by appointment

Course Overview 

Prerequisite/s: CISY-103 Computer Concepts & Programming or CISY-105, Foundations of Computer Science, or permission of the Instructor) Operating Systems introduces the student to the fundamental concepts and facilities of the system software which manages all computers. Topics include: memory management, process management, processor management, process synchronization and coordination, device management, the user interface, security and administration. Students will learn operating systems concepts and theories and apply them to commercial operating systems. [ Also CIS Elective ]

Course Routine

This Online Section of the course does not meet in a classroom.

This section uses a Learning Management System (LMS) called WebStudy

For Homework, Research Projects, Research Paper, and some Labs a Word Processor such as Microsoft Word is needed for the assignments. If you are using a Word Processor other than Microsoft Word, you are encouraged to save your files in *.rtf (rich text format)

Some of the labs will require Telnet(Terminal) to remotely access the school's "Unix like" computer (rvcc2.raritanval.edu) [ for Fall 2014 should be Linux ]

It is strongly recommended to have access to a computer at home to be able to work on the classwork whenever convenient for you. The West Building Computer Labs on campus are only open 6 days a week.

The instructor's approach for an online class is to only have 1 deadline each week for work to be completed. Students can chose their own timing to complete the work by the due date. For this section the deadlines be Monday night. Having a deadline on Monday will allow those that use the weekends a 1 day cushion to deal with any technical issues that may arise over the weekend.

Work can be completed ahead of schedule but will be graded according to the schedule

Grade Determinants

Item percent
Homework 15%
Labs 20%
Discussion Forums 10%
Research Projects 15%
Research Paper 10%
Mid-Term Exam 15%
Final Exam 15%

Grades

Grade % Range
A 89.5-100.0+
B+ 86.5-89.4
B 79.5-86.4
C+ 76.5-79.4
C 69.5 - 76.4
D 59.5 - 69.4
F 0 - 59.4

Homework

The Homework will be posted in WebStudy as an Assignment. You will attach a document in .docx, .doc, or .rtf format to the assignment and submit. [ any drawings can be submitted as pictures or pdfs ]

Cheating and Late Policies: Please see below for the Cheating Policy (don't cheat) and the Late Policy (-10 pts per calendar day)

Labs

Labs will be exercises, some will be problems assigned from the book or problems provided by the instructor. Some labs may have parts that require simple searches either on the Internet or the ACM Digital Library.

A few labs may require simple block diagrams. You may either use a tool like Word, PowerPoint, Visio, Paint or you can hand draw the diagrams and then scan the drawing or take a picture and send a picture.

The Labs will be posted in WebStudy as an Assignment. You will attach a document in .docx, .doc, or .rtf format to the assignment and submit. [ any drawings can be submitted as pictures or pdfs ]

Cheating and Late Policies: Please see below for the Cheating Policy (don't cheat) and the Late Policy (-10 pts per calendar day)

Discussion Forums

The Discussion Forums can be thought of as a "class participation" grade, but one that can be quantified. There will be about 1 discussion a week

Many of the topics ask for your opinion and there is no right or wrong answer, but the answer has to address the question. For example, if the question was "would you enter your credit card # on a web page?" and your answer was "I feel society has become too materialistic" that doesn't answer the question and that would be a 0. But if your response was "I wouldn't enter my credit card # because I don't have a credit card because I believe society is too materialistic" that does answer the question of 'entering the credit card #' and that would be a 100.

Cheating and Late Policies: Please see below for the Cheating Policy (don't cheat) and the Late Policy (-10 pts per calendar day)

Research Projects

Research Projects will be individual research exercises that are more involved than Labs and will usually have a little more time to complete

The research Projects will be posted in WebStudy as an Assignment. You will attach a document in .docx, .doc, or .rtf format to the assignment and submit.

Cheating and Late Policies: Please see below for the Cheating Policy (don't cheat) and the Late Policy (-10 pts per calendar day)

Research Paper

The Research Paper will be individual research that is more involved than the Research Projects.

the Research Paper must be done in a word processor (Microsoft Word or a different Word Processor and saved in rtf format).

The Research Paper will be posted in WebStudy as an Assignment. You will attach a document in .docx, .doc, or .rtf format to the assignment and submit.

Cheating Policy: Please see below for the Cheating Policy (don't cheat)

Research Paper Late Policy - The Research Paper will due by 12/15. After then, The Research Paper will be penalized 10 points for each calendar day Late. Research Papers 7 days late will receive a 0 and the 0 will be used in the calculation of your average. Research Papers will not be accepted after being 7 days late without accommodations being made. Late Research Papers will not be accepted after 12/19.

Because the Research Paper is due at the end of the semester there is not a "Life Happens" for the Research Paper.

Exams

Note the Class Schedule for the dates of the exams. Exams are to be completed in WebStudy and will require you to maintain a connection to the server for 2 hours. [ if your ISP drops your connection often, this will be an issue! ]

Late Policy

Late Policy - Work received after the due date will be considered late and will be penalized 10 points per calendar day. Assignments 7 calendar days late will receive a 0 and the 0 will be used in the calculation of your average. Work will not be accepted after being 7 days late without accommodations being made. Late Assignments will not be accepted after 12/19.

Late Policy Exception - "Life Happens"

"Life Happens" - it is understandable that "life happens" so every student gets 1 "Homework Life Happens", 1 "Lab life Happens", and 1 "Research Project life Happens" to be used during the semester for a late assignment. All you have to do is ask for the "life happens" and the assignment will be considered on time. Each student can only claim a "life happens" once for each category (Homework/Lab/Research Project)and "life happens" are not transferable to other categories or to other students.

"Life Happens" will not be accepted after 12/19.

Research Paper Late Policy

Research Paper Late Policy - The Research Paper will due by 12/15. After then, The Research Paper will be penalized 10 points for each calendar day Late. Research Papers 7 days late will receive a 0 and the 0 will be used in the calculation of your average. Research Papers will not be accepted after being 7 days late without accommodations being made. Late Research Papers will not be accepted after 12/19.

Because the Research Paper is due at the end of the semester there is not a "Life Happens" for the Research Paper.

Cheating Policy

Don't cheat!

You must work alone on the Research Projects, Labs, Research Paper, and Homework. Working with someone is considered cheating. Taking a file that someone else created is considered cheating. Having your neighbor work on your computer is considered cheating. Collaborating on logic is cheating.  Cheating is not allowed.

Cheating is also not allowed on Exams.

All parties involved in cheating (including the one who shares) will be dealt with according to the school's policy on cheating. The penalty can range from 0 on the assignment to F for the course.

Extra Credit

Some exams/homework/labs/projects contain extra credit questions/opportunities. Other than that, no extra credit opportunities will be provided.

For example, if you choose not to submit ANY homework and then in December you ask for "Extra Credit" to make up for the missed homework, the answer is NO.

 

Additional Policies

Class Attendance

For tradional classes: Students are expected to attend all classes for every course in which they are enrolled.  To accommodate students’ reasonable, personal situations that might prevent them from attending classes, each student is entitled to excused absences amounting to the equivalent of one week’s class time in a semester. Absences in excess of this standard are handled individually by each faculty member. A student with absences amounting to one-fifth or more of the term’s lecture or laboratory classes is subject to administrative withdrawal by the Dean of Instruction upon the recommendation of the faculty member.

As an online class: Attendance is determined by the regular submission of work.

 

Reasonable Accommodation

Students with disabilities who require accommodations (academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids or services) for this course MUST provide documentation of accommodations from the RVCC office of Disability Services, C143. No accommodations will be made without this documentation.

Student Handbook

You are responsible for all policies stated in the Student Handbook.
See: http://www.raritanval.edu/studentserv/conduct/Student_Conduct_Landing.html

See school's webpage for Fall 2014 Withdrawal and Refund Schedule and Refund Info

Class Schedule

Please see the Class Schedule for the listing of lecture topics and timing of homework/labs/research projects/research paper/exams

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