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Introduction to Programming: Java
ONLINE COURSE INSTRUCTIONS
Welcome to CIT-111 Online! Instructions are simple: Visit our course session guide page, find the current week, work through the content, learning everything you can.
CIT-111: Course Essentials
CIT-111: Sections at CCAC - Spring 2018
CCAC West Hills (Sec. : Mon/Wed 11:50-1:155p
Room S2113 | First class: 29 Jan
OnLine: 29 Jan - 6 May 2018
View the Weekly learning guide
Content and Exercise Modules
Each link connects to you a module, which is a tutorial-like document containing objectives, documentation, examples, and exercises. For current courses, relevant modules are ALSO cross-linked in the course's respective session guides.
Chunk 1: Java Language Core
Chunk 2: Language Structures
Project: Java Fundamentals
Chunk 3: Object-Oriented Java!
Chunk 4: Data/Information Storage and Organization
CIT-100: Essential Computing Skills
ONLINE COURSE INSTRUCTIONS
Welcome to CIT-100 Section Z04N! Instructions are simple: Visit our course session guide page, find the current week, work through the content, learning everything you can.
Section Schedule: Spring 2018
West Hills (sec. HW31R): Wed 6-9pm | Rm S2113
First Class: 31 Jan
OnLine (sec. Z04N): 29 Jan - 6 May 2018
CIT-115: Introduction to Info Tech
Section Schedule: Spring 2018
CCAC North: Sat 9am-12pm | rm.1026W | First Class: 27 Jan
Content and Exercise Modules
Chunk 1: Computer hardware
Chunk 2: Operating Systems (Linux, Win, OSx)
Chunk 3: Data in Spreadsheets
Chunk 4: Programming the WWW
Chunk 5: "Office Productivity" Applications
Computer Fundamentals Project
Schedule and Contact Info
In-person and telephone contact is preferred over email. (Let us unit in resistance to the emailification of our workplaces and our lives more generally.)
We can rediscover the glory of real-time, voice calls. Calling land-line telephones is great since you won't be calling somebody whose driving, or out and about, etc. It's really not as painful and unpleasant as our society has one assume.
Technology Rediscovery Shop Landline:
Best times to call:
- Mon after 3pm
- Tue & Wed after 9:45 pm
- Thursday & Friday after 5:00 pm;
- Saturday morning and afternoon
- Sunday anytime.
*NOTE: Feel free to call up until midnight. Please leave a VM if there is no human answering.
Mobile (Limited Use)
Use for "emergencies" | do NOT leave VM, please
CCAC Class Schedule (Spring '18)
West Hills | 11:00-11:50 am | "Office hours" | rm S2113
West Hills | 11:50-01:50 pm | CIT-111 Java | rm rm S2113
North Camp | 05:00-06:00 pm | "Office hours" | rm 1026
North Camp | 06:00-09:10 pm | CIT-129 Python 2 | rm 1026
West Hills | 11:50-01:50 pm | CIT-111 Java | rm S2113
West Hills | 1-2 pm | "Office hours" | rm S2113
West Hills | 05:00-06:00 pm | "Office hours" | rm S2113
West Hills | 06:00-09:10 pm | CIT-100 Comp | rm S2113
North Camp | 09:00-12:00 pm | CIT-115 IT | rm TBD
North Camp | Noon-1:00 pm | "Office hours" | rm 1026
North Camp | 01:00-04:00 pm | DAT-102 Data 1 | rm 1026
North Camp | 04:00-05:00 pm | "Office hours" | rm 1026
CIT Department, North Campus
attn: Eric Darsow
Community College of Allegheny County
8701 Perry Highway
Pittsburgh, PA 15237-5353
Classes are considered semi-public spaces and all visitors are welcome to schedule a time to visit using the contact information in this sesction
I repeat the following montra to myself daily: "Do not sacrifice your soul to the Email gods." Please prioritize in-person and real-time phone conversation over email.
If you have a communication interest that would best be carried out via email, please call 412.894.3020 and we can make arrangements. Limited email use circumstances include: document transfer, exchange of complicated web links, exchange of program files, distribution of system access instructions & passwords.
Student Projects and Profiles
Assembled from learning across disciplines, these sites are student-produced portals into computer and career-related explorations.
Computer Fundamentals Fall 2017
Java Fall 2017
Object Project profiles from Spring 2017
DAT: 102 - Intro to Data Analytics
Diving into the somewhat mystical process of converting rows and columns of numbers into useful information for decision making of all kinds: persona, business, organizational, and more.
CIT-129 - Programming Python 2
For those truly inspired by the pythonic order, students in this course will continue their studies for a second semester and unearth the hidden treasures of today's uncannily popular programming language: Python.
Materials and guest responses created during a 10-minute address at the opening of the Community College of Allegheny County's Innovation Lab classroom.
Teaching: Guides and Philosophy
Various teaching resources, broadly applicable for student audiences in high school, community colleges, and organizations
Workshop delivered at CCAC's college-wide assessment day exploring methods for gathering student learning data and reacting to that data all in the course of a single lesson.
A companion to the assessment process underway for CCAC's associates degree in computer information systems (050.3) which prepares students for transfer into a four-year IT-related degree program. A Java-medium exam instrument, this document details test items, preliminary results, and plans for course revisions based on assessment data.
[Late-stage draft under development] High-stakes, point-scored test often erodes learning culture by entangling the exploration of interesting content with stress-inducing point-based grading systems. This document describes an assessment system that expands the traditionally test-centered approach to include informal, frequent micro-assessments.
Teaching Portfolio (June 2017):Lesson activities, unit plans, reflections on student work, and sample learning objective evaluation matrices.. 89 pages with extensive Table of Contents (PDF)
Curriculum Guide (Computer Mapping, 2017):Community-oriented digital mapping: The YES high School summer scholars program (PDF | 30-pages | 10.2mb). Structured around a two-month community-based research program, this guide provides unit- and lesson-level objectives and assessment measures appropriate for students learning computer mapping fundamentals.
"White paper" (2016):Data Fluency for Organizations - Key Principles (PDF) Derived from work on various projects relating to digital information processing, data visualization, and "data-based" decision making.
Curriculum Guide (HS College Prep, 2014):College and Career Readiness (high school course) unit plan, unit schedule, lesson objectives, and a sample lesson plan. (PDF) Prepared for the College Readiness Department of Achievement First Charter Schools in New Haven, CT.
Carpentry and Electronic Projects
Choose the one right tool. If turns out to be the wrong one, try another...and so forth.
Roof Garden Transport System (RGTS): Funicular 1 construction profile and specifications. Feb 2017. A somewhat exhaustive construction profile for this project including a bunch of diagrams, photos, and technical design notes.
Project report: Linux network design and implementation, CentOS server configuration, network security | Fall 2015 (PDF) Full project description complete with network diagram, configuration guides, and learning process reflections.
Technology Rediscovery Artists-in-residence
Ferro-fluid is a liquid that produces interesting shapes in response to magnetic fields. This adventure involves creating these magnetic fields with electro magnets controlled by a miniature computer. Artist-in-residence Craig M. Darsow is tentatively scheduled to conduct his residency during Summer 2018.
Municipal Code Enforcement Database
The Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments has partnered with Technology Rediscovery to implement an open source code enforcement database application which was planed and designed in the Fall of 2016 at CMU. The project is mid-way into beta design and has a scheduled beta testing phase a the end of 2017
Project Source Code (JavaServer Faces)
Project Source repository on GitHub: Developing repo for project code, implemented in JavaServer Faces with a PostgreSQL back end. Actively seeking developers interested in working on this open source project who have experience with front-end development.
Project tools & Technology Links
YES Summer Research Program: Lead exposure in Lincoln-Lemington
Pittsburgh, PA (Summer 2017)
Directed by the East-Liberty Nonprofit organization: Youth Enrichment Services (YES), students in the summer research program investigate the extent of lead exposure (great wikipedia article) in the Lincoln-Lemington neighborhood and organize community action to reduce exposure. This section features content relevant to the mapping task team which Eric advises weekly.
Mapping module curriculum guide and teaching reflections (PDF | 30-pages | 10.2mb)Discussion of mapping-related skills taught and activities implemented during 40 hours of student sessions during July and August 2017 including: suggested lesson content, student work, reflections, and tool profiles.
Student outcomes matrix and proposed content extension (PDF | 7-pages | 90kb) Students developed skills in the following domains: academic research, field data gathering and analysis, and geospatial information tools. Each domain is broken down into knowledge and skill areas with a record of achievements and future learning suggestions.
Quick "1-Pager": High School summer community action research program -- Mapping component (PDF 453kb)Brief glance at the skills developed by the mapping team working on the larger lead(Pb) research program. Includes screen shots of final map products and lessons learned.
Summer research program overview (Published by YES; PDF)
External Resource Links
Home Improvement 101
Zoom through many of the major topics in home repair, drawing on the hard-earned wisdom of the student and instructor. With hands-on practice, familiarize yourself with fasteners, material types, sheetrock basics, electricity, plumbing, and working with contractors.
OSHER Lifelong Learning
Summer 2017 | 19 May - 23 Jun 2017 | Fridays 3:15-5:15 pm
OSHER classroom, CMU Hunt Library (Completed)
Introduction to Computerized Mapping (CCAC LND-201, Sp 17)Course Syllabus Course Schedule and class session links Great student work artifacts Final Project Guidelines
ESRI Online - For building a story on ArcGIS online
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