• PreAP Computer Science


    Mr. Zendt - Lab Room C133
    Email: jzendt@alvinisd.net
    Tutoring: Wednesday 3:00pm – 4:00 & Thursday 3:00pm – 4:00 or by appointment.


    To be successful in my (and any) class, students must be able to:
    • Complete all work (even if not collected for a grade).
    • Study outside of class.
    • Ask for help when stuck.
    • Bring an open mind and try new things.
    • Work independently and in groups.
    • Participate in all Classroom Activities


    Course Materials
    Each student is required to bring:
    Flash Drive with one gigabyte (1 GB) free.  USB 2.0 or 3.0 (3.0 is preferred).
    Pencils or Mechanical Pencils for Notes and Written Assignments.
    3 Ring Binder: About 1" thick, or space in a larger binder
    5-Tab Binder Dividers: To keep the binder organized, see below.
    3 Different Color Writing Utensils: pens, markers, highlighters, or pencils, etc.


    The Binder
    You will receive quite a few handouts of programming references and notes. Organization is a major key to success in this class. So here's how I recommend setting up your class binder:
    Reference: Function Reference Cards
    Notes: Printouts of notes in class
    Worksheets: Various homework and worksheets
    Tests: Tests and Quizzes


    Software used in class (in order of use):
    Jeroo: http://home.cc.gatech.edu/dorn/38
    BlueJ: http://www.bluej.org/index.html
    JCreator: http://www.jcreator.com/index.htm
    Greenfoot: http://www.greenfoot.org
    Eclipse: http://www.eclipse.org/


    All programming assignments will be turned in via assignment upload on Google Classroom.

    Remember students have access to the Internet and a printer through the Manvel High School library.


    This class is graded on the expectations that the students are responsible and are prepared to study.  Minor grades are 50%, major grades are 50% of the grade.

    Homework/Classwork (Minor): Daily Programming Assignments and take-home worksheets fall into this category.

    Quizzes (Minor 2x): In-class quizzes will fall into this category, as well as any binder checks.

    Labs (Minor or Major): There are usually one to two major Labs per unit.  These are Labs that might span from 2-4 days of class and have a scoring rubric.  This category also includes larger programming projects that span multiple weeks.

    Tests (Major 2x): This category includes major tests structured like AP exams, and may contain multiple choice questions and free response questions.  You may retest until the end of the nine weeks, as per the Pre-AP guidelines for a maximum of a 80.

    A note about assistance from peers: you may ask others for help on an assignment, but copying of another student's program (or small sections of) is NOT allowed and will be considered cheating/plagiarism. Changing variable names does not count as original work. Ask HOW they solved the problem, not WHAT is the solution. If you are helped by another student, please include them as a "with help from" in your program header!

     Late work can be turned in for an 80.


    Google Classroom
    I will use Google Classroom as the primary means of assignment submission and grading. Please create an account (if you haven't already) and join my class. I will check Google Classroom during most evenings, so if you ever have any trouble with an assignment, post a question and myself or another student will try to answer. I will stop checking around 8pm-9pm, so don't post at midnight expecting an answer!