IB Computer Science II Syllabus
Phone: 703.228.6200 (ask for the call to be forwarded to Mr. Bui)
Students are expected to have completed IB Computer Science I with a C or better.
In this course we will continue to study the fundamental aspects of programming and computer science. We will learn programming concepts using the Python programming language. Other topics of the IB curriculum will be covered as well. Students will complete a variety of class activities and programming assignments to facilitate their understanding of the course material. The course will focus on preparation for the IB exam, which includes completion of the internal assessment and Group 4 project. Students will have an opportunity to address a real-world problem and go through the software development cycle to create a solution.
Class time will be divided between lecture and lab. I will lecture at the beginning of the class period, and the remaining time will be used for lab. The course will be structured such that all assignments, materials, and resources may be found on the course website.
Grades will follow the following guidelines. Please make note of the grading scale because grades will not be rounded up.
70% Labs, Assignments, & Dossier
A 90 – 100
Labs & Assignments
Labs are a fundamental part of this course, and there will be many labs throughout each quarter. Some labs will cover only a few days, while others may take several weeks. All lab assignments will be posted on the course website, along with detailed instructions and due dates. I am available for help during second lunch or after school upon request. Labs may also be completed on a home computer. Late assignments will be accepted with a penalty of 5% each day, after the due date. NO late assignments will be accepted after three days.
The internal assessment component of the IB examination requires students to address a single problem and solve it using computer systems. The analysis and development of the entire system will be well-documented and graded. Guidance through each section of the solution will be provided, and will be periodically collected for grading. By the end of the year, the final system as well as the technical documentation shall be completed and submitted for final review.
Tests & Quizzes
There will be tests and quizzes throughout the year. Makeup quizzes are allowed provided that there is an excused absence. Tests and quizzes will be structured similarly; quizzes however will be shorter in length. Tests will generally be given after the completion of each major unit, and will be designed to prepare the student for the IB examination.
Students are expected to discuss topics and concepts during both whole-class discussions and small group discussions. When we are working on a lab or assignment, students are to stay on task by either working on their assignment, or by assisting another student with their assignment. Tardiness and unexcused absences will take away from class performance.
- Arriving 1-19 minutes late is reported as a tardy
- 3 unexcused tardies -> detention
- 5+ unexcused tardies -> administrative referral
- Arriving 20+ minutes late is reported as an absence
- 3+ unexcused absences -> administrative referral
In this course, collaboration among students is encouraged. However, copying another’s work or allowing your work to be copied is not acceptable and is a violation of Washington-Lee’s academic integrity policy. Students will be asked to sign an honor pledge for each lab or major assignment. By signing the pledge, students acknowledge their understanding of the honor policy and that they have not violated that policy in any way. The pledge states either:
"On my honor, I pledge that I have neither given nor received information on this assignment."
"On my honor, I pledge that I have given [received] information on this assignment to [from] the following individual(s) …."
- System fundamentals
- Computer organization
- Computational thinking, problem-solving, & programming
- Abstract data structures
- Resource management
- Object-oriented programming
- Web science
Additional IB Components
- "The solution is an individual piece of work that develops a solution including product to a specified problem or unanswered question." -IB CS Guide
- A year-long individual programming project
- "The knowledge and understanding of additional content, discussion of an issue and/or the formulation of strategies linked to the annually issued case study
Group 4 project
A collaborative activity where students from different group 4 subjects work together on a scientific or technological topic, allowing for concepts and perceptions from across the disciplines to be shared.
Textbook & Supplies
"Computer Science: Java Enabled for International Baccalaureate" by Andrew Meyenn and Richard Jones (ISBN: 1876659041)
- Java JDK
- NetBeans IDE
- IntelliJ IDEA (We have a class licensing key, just ask Mr. Bui for it)
- Eclipse IDE
- Students are recommended (*not required*) to purchase a USB flash drive. They can be used to store work for all classes, and generally cost less than $10.
- Students are recommended (*not required*) to bring earphones to class. We will be using on-line video tutorials and sound devices in our programming.
- Students are required to have a computer with internet access at home.
If you wish to schedule time in the lab during lunch or after school, please e-mail or come talk to me.
Students are expected to follow the Acceptable Use Policy as well as other school policies
- Please arrive on time
- Be mindful of your neighbors’ workspace
- During lecture time, please take off your headphones and turn off your listening devices
- Avoid being rude with your cell phone
- During work time (not quiz/test time), you are encouraged to work with others, but DO NOT do their work for them
- Please do not spin in the chairs or lean too far back because the desks will be marred
- No food or drink in the lab area
- Keep the lab clean – no trash!
- The lab is used by 5 or more classes, so please leave it in the same condition or better when class is over
- Clean up your workspace
- Straighten the keyboard and mouse
- Push in the chairs
Infractions will be followed by warnings, lunch detention, after-school detention, Saturday detention, or by an administrative referral and parent/guardian conference
Please sign below and return this page to Mr. Bui to indicate that you have read and understand the course’s policies and expectations.
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