Computer Science Learning Community
Fall 2019

Learning in Bits and Bytes


Course Description

The CS Learning Community (aka LiBBy - Learning in Bits and Bytes) is a degree program requirement for ALL CS and C&I majors in order to help acclimate them to Rowan CS. The course is also required for ALL transfer students from other schools and Rowan students changing majors to CS.


Class Times and Locations

CS 00100-1 (CRN#45094) Computer Science Learning Community - RS CS 00100-2 (CRN#45095) Computer Science Learning Community - RS CS 00100-3 (CRN#45096) Computer Science Learning Community - RS CS 00100-4 (CRN#45097) Computer Science Learning Community - RS

Rowan Seminar, Rowan Success Network, and Rowan Tutoring Center

This Rowan Seminar (RS) course is required for all CS and C&I majors. It is intended to help facilitate your transition to Rowan and college-level work by providing the tools and resources necessary for success. The goals of RS courses are to: The Rowan Success Network (RSN) powered by Starfish® is the online communications program designed to make it easier to connect you with the resources to be successful at Rowan. Throughout the term, you may receive emails from the RSN team regarding your academic performance. You should pay attention to these emails and consider taking the recommended actions.

The University Tutoring Center in the Academic Success Center is also available free of charge to all Rowan students. You may utilize the scheduling tools on RSN Starfish® to make appointments, including tutoring and advising, at your convenience.

Office Hours

Computer Science Department #330G - Robinson Hall 3rd Floor

Textbook and Required Materials


This course is taken as PASS or NO PASS for all students with passing grade determined by:
Criteria Details Date
Attendance Attendance and classroom decorum Weekly
Assignments In-class and assigned work Weekly

NOTE: Must not be absent more than 3 days AND miss no more than 3 assignments to receive a PASS grade in this course to meet the program requirements.


Regular attendance is required and expected by Rowan for all classes. PRIOR to an absence, you should notify your professor and discuss any missed work. The student is still responsible for any missed material and completing all work by the assigned due dates. You should contact another student in the class to get notes, assignments and any other information from the class that you missed.

NO make-ups for late work or absences will be accepted.

Up to 3 class absence days per semester are permitted. Late arrivals and early departures are also charged as a half-day (1/2) absence. After 3 absences, a NO PASS grade will prevail and the class would need to be retaken.

For more information on student attendance responsibilities, see the Rowan Attendance Policy.

Classroom Decorum

All students are held to certain standards of conduct and are expected to help promote the learning environment by respecting their instructor/classmates and by adhering to the Rowan Classroom Behavior Policy thereby:

Class Withdrawal Policy

Date Process Transcript
Before 9/9 Drop/add courses easily without forms or approvals Course will not be shown
Before 9/16 Late drop/add with form and approvals Course will not be shown
Before 10/28 Withdraw from course with form and instructor signature Course grade of W
Before 11/25 Late withdraw for extenuating circumstances having Dept. of Computer Science approval with instructor and Department Chair withdrawal form signatures Course grade of WP or WF (as determined by instructor)
Starting 11/26 NO withdrawals except with extreme hardship requests in 1 or more of the outlined hardship categories receiving approval through the process Course grade of WP or WF (as determined by instructor)

Acceptable Use Policies

By registering and taking this course, you are agreeing to follow all Rowan computer and network acceptable use policies for faculty, staff, and students. Detailed information may be found on the Rowan Acceptable Use Policy, Computer Lab Usage Policy, Workstation Use Policy, and Mobile Electronic Device Policy. Or, access all the Rowan Information Resources & Technology Policies and Procedures.

LAPTOP USAGE: You are highly encouraged to bring your own laptops as long as classroom decorum and acceptable uses are strictly followed.

Statement of Accommodation

Your academic success is important. If you have a documented disability that may have an impact upon your work, please provide your professor with a letter of accommodation. Students must provide documentation of their disability to the Academic Success Center in order to receive official University services and accommodations. The Academic Success Center can be reached at 856-256-4234. The Center is located on the 3rd floor of Savitz Hall. The staff is available to answer questions regarding accommodations or assist you in your pursuit of accommodations. We look forward to working with you to meet your learning goals.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Plagiarism and cheating in ANY form is considered academic dishonesty and will NOT be tolerated in any of your classes.
Students are encouraged to share ideas and consult with other resources. However, all submitted work (except group work as determined by the instructor) is expected to be fully comprehended and completed individually. Work may NOT be copied in whole or in part from the Internet, book, another student, etc... and allowing others to view or copy your work is also strictly forbidden.

It is the student's responsibility to be fully familiar with the Rowan Academic Integrity Policy and the Student Code of Conduct. Students will be held accountable to firmly adhere to these policies. By the act of assignment/assessment submission, it will be assumed that students thereby affirm that they have neither received nor provided any unauthorized assistance with the completion of their work. The CS Academic Integrity Self-Test and the CS Department Academic Integrity Pledge will also be required to be completed with confirmation email sent to the instructor.

ALL academic integrity violations will be reported via the Report of an Academic Integrity Violation (RAIV) Form and will result in penalties that may include a failing course grade and/or probation, suspension, or expulsion from Rowan.

Course Schedule (Subject to Change)

Week Date Topic Assignment
1 September 6 Welcome - Syllabus Websites
2 September 13 RU Passport Program Artistic Event
3 September 20 Mr. Schillo/Ms. Poolos - CS Advising, Registration & GRAD Appointment
4 September 27 CS Clubs/Activities/Resources & Peer Mentors Panel Piazza
5 October 4 Digital Scavenger Hunt 3 Events/WS
6 October 11 Technical Resumes, Interviewing, CS/Profs Jobs & Internships/Coops Resume
7 October 18 Academic Integrity CS Self-Test
8 October 25 CS Industry-Alumni Speakers CS Jobs
9 November 1 CS Programs RU Passport
10 November 8 CS Co-op & Field Experience Presentations Co-op
11 November 15 TBD
12 November 22 TBD
13 November 29 TBD
14 December 6 TBD
15 December 13 TBD

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