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Special Topics: Community Engaged CS
CS 186-02 • Fall 2019 • 2 Credits
This course provides a structured opportunity for students to learn and participate in the departmental and local technical communities on and off campus. The course features activities including guest speakers from the local tech industry; faculty research talks; presentations by the campus career center and similar organizations; field trips to local meetup events; and opportunities for students to socialize and build relationships with one another.
This section provides basic details for this course, including the lecture times, instructor, prerequisites, and more.
This course meets once a week as follows:
Some activities may occur outside of the scheduled class time. See below for details.
The course instructor and office hours will be as follows:
Requires instructor approval. Must be an incoming first-year CS major.
Below are important dates relevant to this class (in addition to normally scheduled lectures):
|Mon Aug 26||First day of class; last day to add class online|
|Mon Sep 02||Labor Day holiday (no class)|
|Fri Sep 06||Census Date; last day to drop class without a "W" appearing on transcript|
|Mon Oct 14||Fall Break (no class)|
|Fri Nov 01||Last day to withdraw from class and receive a "W" on transcript|
|Mon Dec 02||Last day of class|
|Thu Dec 05||CS Night celebration; students must attend in lieu of a final exam|
See the course schedule and Academic Calendar for other important dates.
This section discusses what students can expect to learn in this course.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Describe on-campus support provided by the CS Department and University
- Engage with technical communities on and off campus
- Improve in-class oral communication skills
This course counts towards general electives. It does not count towards the CS major or minor.
The majority of class time is dedicated to guest lectures. Some topics or activities may include:
- Guest lectures or panels from faculty
- Guest lectures or panels from alumni
- Guest lectures or panels from student groups, such as Women in Tech, Diversineers, or ACM
- Guest lectures or panels from department groups, such as CS Tutoring Center, or CS Support
- Guest lectures from the Career Services Center
- Guest lectures from other campus organizations, such as the LWSC, CASA, HPS, and CAPS.
- Guest speakers or panels from local tech companies
- Attending field trips to local tech companies
- Attending local meetups or technical conferences
This section discusses how the learning outcomes for this course will be assessed.
The course requirements are broken into several categories. As long as all categories remain above a 60%, the final grade is determined by the following breakdown:
Students are highly encouraged to attend these events in groups of 3 to 5 students. Groups may be arranged on Piazza.
Students must earn above a 60% in each category to pass the course. If one or more categories fall below 60%, then an “F” letter grade is automatically assigned regardless of the percentage score.
As long as all grade categories remain above a 60%, the final grade is determined by the following letter grade and GPA scale:
|97% ≤||A+||< 100%||4.0|
|94% ≤||A||< 97%||4.0|
|90% ≤||A–||< 94%||3.7|
|87% ≤||B+||< 90%||3.3|
|84% ≤||B||< 87%||3.0|
|80% ≤||B–||< 84%||2.7|
|77% ≤||C+||< 80%||2.3|
|74% ≤||C||< 77%||2.0|
|70% ≤||C–||< 74%||1.7|
|67% ≤||D+||< 70%||1.3|
|64% ≤||D||< 67%||1.0|
|60% ≤||D–||< 64%||0.7|
|0% ≤||F||< 60%||0.0|
Non-satisfactory grades are highlighted in red. See the Undergraduate Regulations for more about letter grades and GPA.
This section includes miscellaneous policies specific to this course. These policies are in addition to the standard USF policies included later.
This project is being funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1833718. As part of grant expectations, an evaluation of project usefulness and impact will be conducted. All participants are requested to participate in the project evaluation.
This includes sharing your name and USF email address with SmartStart Evaluation and Research, which is conducting the external evaluation of this program. They will contact you to participate in one or more surveys.
Please participate. The information you provide to the external evaluators will not impact your grades at the University of San Francisco in any way. These surveys are to evaluate our program (the course) and not you (the student). Your participation will help us both improve and continue this program.
All course-related communication will be handled using Piazza—a FERPA-compliant Q&A platform that supports public, anonymous, and private posts. When making posts on Piazza, please keep the following in mind:
Make a public post when appropriate. You can post anonymously. Your classmates will not be able to see your identity for anonymous posts, but instructors will still be able to see your name. If you make a private post that should be public, you will be asked to create a new public anonymous post before receiving an answer.
Make posts specific to you or your grades private to the instructor. This replaces directly emailing the instructor regarding the course. If you email the instructor directly, you will be asked to make a private post on Piazza before receiving an answer.
In addition to Piazza, the instructor will also use Canvas to notify students of missing assignments or warn about low grades. You may also ask for help in-person during office hours or during class time.
Late work is not accepted. Instead, students may request makeup opportunities for missed in-class attendance or participation assignments. No more than 2 requests will be granted per student.
Students must attend the weekly seminars and the mandatory community engagement activities outside of class.
Misrepresenting attendance at an outside of class event is a violation of the University’s Honor Code. See below for the consequences of honor code violations.
All students are expected to know and adhere to the University’s Honor Code (see “Academic Integrity” below). In short, students must never misrepresent their work. Examples of honor code violations include (but are not limited to):
Lying about your attendance or participation in outside of class activities
Having anyone other than yourself complete your work (including classmates and tutors)
Copying and pasting content without attribution from the web (or from anywhere)
Flagrant or repeat violations of the honor code will result in an F in the course, a report to the Academic Integrity Committee (AIC), and a report to the Dean. At the discretion of the instructor, a less severe penalty may be imposed for minor or first offenses. This is at the sole discretion of the instructor and any violation may result in an F in the course.
Courses at the University of San Francisco must comply with the Credit Hour Policy, which states:
“One unit of credit in lecture, seminar, and discussion work should approximate one hour of direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work per week through one 15-week semester.”
As this is a 2 credit course, students should spend a minimum of 4 hours of work outside of class per week to earn a passing grade. This requirement will be fulfilled via community engagement activities held outside of class time and various participation assignments.
Exceptions to most course policies are made only in the case of verifiable exceptional circumstances. This includes medical emergencies, mental health and well-being crises, or family-related emergencies. Extensions should be arranged prior to the original deadline unless in case of extreme emergency (such as an emergency room visit).
This section includes standard statements on University policies and resources.
If you are a student with a disability or disabling condition, or if you think you may have a disability, please contact USF Student Disability Services (SDS) for information about accommodations.
All students are expected to behave in accordance with the Student Conduct Code and other University policies.
USF upholds the standards of honesty and integrity from all members of the academic community. All students are expected to know and adhere to the University’s Honor Code.
CAPS provides confidential, free counseling to student members of our community.