Sunday, November 17, 2013
The final exam is scheduled for Wednesday, December 11TH, at 10:30am, in Totman Gym (where we had the midterm).
Folks needing a make-up exam should have a good reason, and should fill out the on-line request form in the Quizzes, Forms, and Homeworks Web page when it becomes available on December 1ST.
As with the midterm, the exam will be open-book, open-notes, no electronics. Turn your iPods and cell phones off, leave calculators and computers at home. Anything brought in on paper is allowed. Bring a picture ID. Any makeup exam must be taken during final's week.
The exam is essentially entirely spreadsheets and databases. I won't be able to put on the site (below) any more final exams from previous semesters, but there is one currently available. Also, ALL the previous midterms listed below that have spreadsheet questions that can be used as study guides. The sample questions in the Exam chapter in the back of volume 3 are also good study guides.
Any extra-credit work (Extra-Credit Web Page or Term Paper) are due NO LATER than the day of the final exam.
Here is a printable review sheet from a previous semester.
BRING A PICTURE ID TO THE FINAL EXAM!!!!
I will hang on to your old graded work for one semester, but will discard it at the end of Spring 2014. If you wish me to send you your final exam and all other graded work, please bring to the final exam a self-addressed 9×12 Manilla envelope or larger (8½×11 is too small) with about $3-$4 in postage and I will mail it to you after the grades are done. If you include loose stamps I will return any extra postage to you.
Grades are due by Monday, December 23RD, and we will not have them available before that time. Please do not pester us about the grades before then! DO NOT ask for extra work to do after the grades are done in order to boost an undesirable grade! When the grades are in, we're done!
If you are planning to take any more computer courses, particularly courses from me for the I.T. minor (120, 145, 119), I strongly recommend that you hang on to your copy of the Computer Literacy Workbook - you will find it to be a valuable resource for your other computer classes.Wednesday, November 6, 2013
All the midterm exams have been graded and entered into our database. Please come pick up your exam, plus other graded work, from LGRC A355 during TA office hours. The average on the exam was 87.3 (yay!), and several people scored above 100% (double yay!). Here is a link to the solution key. Here is a histogram of how people did overall:
If you scored under 70 you should probably come see me during office hours so that I can make certain you are keeping up with all the rest of the work.Tuesday, October 8, 2013
LAB #3: Several people have asked which address to use in the blank on page 925 (the address for an FTP site to search for image files). Tonight I tested all three of the addresses listed on that page. The site in Sweden and the site in Finland BOTH WORK and BOTH CONTAIN IMAGE FILES if you search for them. Unfortunately, the NASA site does not respond - my suspicion is that this is due to the current shutdown of the U.S. government.
It's official: the midterm will be held the evening of Thursday, October 17, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, in Totman Gym. The make-up exam for people with legitimate excuses will be held in the evening of Monday, October 21, also from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, in LGRC A301 (across the hall from my office). The form for requesting a make-up exam will activate on October 10.Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Lab #1 Due This Week
Remember that lab #1 is due this week. You may turn it in in-class, or bring it by the TA office (LGRC A355) before 5:00pm Friday. Remember as well that there are TAs holding office hours in LGRC A355, and there are evening help-lab sessions in DuBois 1685 (side room) Tuesday through Thursday, 5:45pm-7:15pm. If nobody shows up in the first 15 minutes or so of the lab period the TA is free to leave.
Talking to the Server
For labs #2 and #3 you will need access to our server:
For example, if Fred Smith has username fsmith and student ID number 12345678, then his initial password would be EL678fsm (with uppercase and lowercase as shown). We'll use this username and password in all the following examples.
Telnet for PC users
In the OIT lab in DuBois 1685 use the PuTTY program, which is already installed. Do not attempt to download or install it yourself.
At home, PC users need to download a program called PuTTY to their computer. Go to the main site, click on the Download tab, and download putty.exe to your desktop. It is the upper left link on the download page. There is no installation for this program, but you should scan it for viruses. Run it.
Telnet for Mac users
Mac users do not need to download a program to their computer for this step. Go to Finder-Applications-Utilities and run the Terminal application.
When you first log in, via PuTTY on the PC or via ssh through Terminal on the Mac, the first thing the server will demand is that you change your password. Change it to something containing digits and both upper and lower case letters, with no sequences or dictionary words (for example "frog1234" is a bad password because is contains both a dictionary word and a sequence). If you forget your password I cannot retrieve it for you, but I can set it back to the initial ELxxxaaa default for you if you send me an email asking me to do so.
FTP for PC users
In the OIT lab in DuBois 1685 use the WinSCP program, which should be already installed. (There may be another tool available instead of WinSCP.) Do not attempt to download or install it yourself.
At home, PC users need to download and install a program called WinSCP. Go to the main site and download the WinSCP 5.1.7 Installation Package. WARNING: This site has an advertisement linked to a software package with a big DOWNLOAD button -- DO NOT CLICK THE DOWNLOAD BUTTON! Click the link to Installation Package (sponsored) instead. Once the package has been downloaded, install it. Accept all the default settings during the installation that pertain to WinSCP (turn off any options to install other software). Run it. In the WinSCP Login of the opening dialog place the following items:
FTP for Mac users
Mac users need to download and install a program called Fugu. Go to the main site, click the Download link, then download and install the Fugu-1.2.0-English.dmg program. Owners of Macs running "Lion" (OS X 10.5 and above) have a separate link on that page to download a compatible version of Fugu. Run it.
WARNING #1: If you are attempting to log in to the elsrv3.cs.umass.edu server using any of the telnet or FTP tools and FAIL six times, the server will lock out your IP address for at least 24 hours. It thinks you are trying to break in! If this happens to you, you will get a message such as "Server unexpectedly closed connection" or something about "ssh-exchange-identification". You can then attempt to log in from another machine (on a different IP address) or you can wait until the server clears yours to try again.
WARNING #2: If you attempt to log in from a public wireless hotspot such as the Campus Center, please remember to first log in to OIT's wireless through your Web browser BEFORE attempting to connect to our server. If you aren't connected to the OIT wireless network, neither PuTTY nor WinSCP nor ssh nor Fugu will work.Sunday, August 18, 2013
Welcome to all new incoming students, and welcome back to everybody else! This is the main Web page for CMPSCI 105 (Computer Literacy). Check back here throughout the semester for news and updates pertinent to the class. Here are a few tidbits to get you started.
Right now it looks like I can admit into the 4:00pm class pretty much anyone who asks, but the 11:15am class is quite full.
Anyone looking for another computer class may wish to consider my CMPSCI 120 (Representing, Storing, and Retrieving Information) class, which meets at 11:15am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in Herter 227, or my CMPSCI 119 (Introduction to Programming in Python) class, which meets at 2:30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in Goessmann 51. In the Spring 2014 semester I will teach both 105 and 119, but CMPSCI 145 instead of 120. CMPSCI 105, CMPSCI 120, CMPSCI 145, and CMPSCI 119 all fulfill requirements for the IT (Information Technology) minor. If you are interested in the minor, please see me for more information.
The book, to be available in the Textbook Annex, is Computer Literacy Workbook, 20TH edition, 2013-2014 printing, with the MAGENTA cover. DO NOT buy any older edition with any other color cover! The book is in three volumes and has had updates to the material from last year, including the lab assignments. All lab assignments are compatible with Office 2007-2010 for Windows and Office 2011 for the Mac, with two exceptions that must be performed on Windows (Office for Mac 2008 and Office for Windows 2010 Starter Edition will not work).
If you take any of my other classes, I strongly recommend that you hang onto the book from 105. There is some overlap, and I think you will find it helpful in these other classes.
For any student who cannot attend the first class, here is a direct link to a .PDF file of the Syllabus (see also the link to the Syllabus at the bottom of this page), and here is a link to a .PDF file of the first lecture. It is an expanded outline version of the first lecture, with enhancements not covered in class but important nonetheless, in Adobe Acrobat .PDF format. If you do not have Acrobat Reader installed on your computer, go here. This will be the only lecture I put on-line.
The midterm exam will likely be scheduled for the evening of Thursday, October 17TH from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. THIS DATE MAY CHANGE. The rooms will be announced as the date gets closer. For people with a legitimate reason for missing the regular exam time, there will be a form to fill out to request taking the make-up exam on Monday, October 21ST at the same times in the evening. That make-up request form will be available on-line in late September.
Pictures of Important Stuff
Previous Semester's ScoresTo see how previous classes fared, here are histograms from previous semesters:
Previous Semester's Exams
For reference, here are some links to previous semesters' midterms and final exams, all in Adobe Acrobat (.PDF format):
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