Laboratory work in this course is primarily individually organized and paced, but you are encouraged to interact with other students, with the instructor, and with our three very fine teaching assistants: SP Kalita, William Duncan, and Fahd Arshad. All three of these teaching assistants have extensive backgrounds in computer science. SP Kalita and William Duncan have been helping with this course for some time now, and both have made themselves very popular with students for their effectiveness as teaching assistants. Fahd Arshad continues his association with the Instructional Technology Workshop of Sewanee's Center for Teaching, and will be joining the CprS 157 staff for the first time this semester.
The work to be accomplished during each laboratory session will be detailed on a web page such as this one. Students have generally found that the lab book is sufficiently detailed and explicit to permit a high degree of autonomy in accomplishing this work, but you are encouraged to take good advantage of the instructor and two teaching assistants during the laboratory sessions.
There are three classes of laboratory activities:
Work that you do for your own edification and enjoyment -- This is not graded.
Work that you demonstrate in lab to the instructor or to a TA -- This is graded on a "completed/not completed" basis. The instructor's or TA's initials on the lab page that will be handed out at the beginning of each lab session will indicate that you are to receive credit for these activities.
Work that you hand in for the TAs to evaluate and grade at a later oportunity -- These are generally complete programs. Place an electronic copy of this work in the CprS 157 Drop Box on the Academic Computing file server AND ALSO hand in a printed copy of the same work to the lab assistants before leaving the lab. They will evaluate your work, write any comments they wish to make on the printed copies of your programs, write the grade you received for that work and for the entire lab session on your lab report page, and hand these papers back to you at the next lab session.