
A290/A590
Tools for Computing:
Android Application Interface
Design and Programming.
 My "Permanent" Office: Lindley Hall 201G.
 My "Hotel" Office: INFO West W204.
 Office Hours:
 INFO West W204: Tuesday/Thursday: 8:00  10:30am. Appointments also available.
 Lindley Hall 201G: Friday: 8:00  8:45am. Appointments also available.
 Office Hour Special NOTES:
 Any changes to my office hours will be posted here.
 Tuesday, January 10, 2017: FIRST DAY THIS CLASS MEETS.
 Monday, January 16, 2017: Martin Luther King Jr. Day: IU CLASSES DO NOT MEET.
 Lindley Hall LH201G Office Phone: 8553974.
 Email: jwhitmer@cs.indiana.edu.
Meeting Times: (Spring 2017)
 Tuesday/Thursday: 2:30  3:45pm (section 13484 and 15699)
SPEA 151 (PV 151)
Important Updates for All Students
enrolled in Spring 2017
[LAST UPDATED: 3/6/2017]
 Participation Scores, Final Averages, and Final Grades are
posted: Participation scores, Final Averages, and Final
Grades have been posted on Canvas. Final Grades have
been submitted to the Registrar. Please read the following carefully
before contacting me about your grade.
Because the quality of work for the course was high for the group, I
could only justify a very small adjustment in the final grading
scale. The NEW final scale is 89796959 with the top and bottom 2.5%
representing the + and  grade respectively. Please remember, your
final average is not simply adding all the scores
together and dividing by the total possible. You can confirm this on
the "General Course Information" page, but the equation used was:
Homework PROGRAMS % x .25 + Participation % x .10 + Attendance % x .05
+ MINI/JIT/CAT % x .10 + Final Project % x .50 = some total less than
100.00. All calculations were taken out to 5 decimal places even
though only 2 are displayed. Unless you think there is an arithmetic
error, you should consider these grades as final, as I have already
carefully considered each grade and made an adjustment to the
scale. Please note this especially as it relates to "borderline"
grades. I've already looked at every grade and if a change was made,
it was only if there was consistent work in every category. If you
missed work of any sort for any reason, you should not expect to be
moved to the next highest grade. Overall, out of 25 students earning a
grade, 9 students earned some version of "A", 10 students earned some
version of "B" and 1 student earned some version of a "C" and 5
students earned below a C because of late and/or missing work. The
class average for the Final Grade was 87.88%
NOTE: The REAL average posted in the last section of
Canvas Assignments is correct, as is the "Official" Final Grade posted
in that same section. You must ignore the "auto calculate" versions
that Canvas presents.
NOTE on "Participation." While this is a subjective score, it was very
good for most of the class, with a vast majority of the scores in the
90s. It is important to remind you, as I said in the first week, it
is impossible to separate Participation from Attendance. If you were
not present in class, it was impossible to achieve a superior
participation score. The class average was 87.00%
Once again, thanks for being a terrific group of students and for all
your hard work on just the second version of this course. I hope you
found the course worthwhile and that everyone has a great rest of the
semester.
 Final Project Phase 3 scores and
Final Project overall scores posted and Phase 3 emails sent:
You should have all received an email with your Phase 3
score. These were all very good submissions, with scores on Phase 3
ranging from 60.50 to 96.00 out of 100 (with a few very low scores),
with a Phase 3 average of 79.78%. There were 9 in the 90s, 5 in the
80s, 5 in the 70s, 2 in the 60s, and 4 below 60 including some who did
not submit Phase 3. Remember that your overall score includes Phase 1
+ Phase 2 making 30% and Phase 3 making 70%. The overall scores were
also very good, with an average of 82.24%. There were 8 in the 90s, 9
in the 80s, 3 in the 70s, and 5 below 60 due to missing
work. IMPORTANT REMINDER: Only the "REAL Final
Project TOTAL" in the Final Project group is accurate.
 Your CAT 4 score and overall average for "MINI/JIT/CAT"
are posted: Keep in mind these various overall averages
carry different "weights" in determining your final average for the
course. You can review those "weights" on the "General Course
Information" page. There were 3 MINIs (15 each), 4 JITs (3 each) and 4
CATs (10 each) for a total of 97 possible points. The course average
on these was 79.59%. ALSO NOTE: I did my best to point out on the
first day that if you missed one MINI or one CAT or a couple of class
meetings, each was worth a small enough part of your final grade it
wouldn't make a difference. HOWEVER, I also said that if you missed
several MINIs and/or several CATs and/or many classes, it would
definitely have an impact. For a few of you, this turned out to the be
the case. There were 4 100s, 8 average in the 90s, 2 in the 80s, 5 in the 70s,
2 in the 60s, and 4 below 60. What appears on Canvas is correct.
Your overall averages for "Attendance" are now posted
also. For "Attendance" there were 16 class
meetings. Every one who attended regularly is counted present for the
1 meeting I cancelled for personal reasons and the Career Fair. If you
had an excused absence, it counted neither for nor against you. The
class Attendance average was 87.50%, with 14 100s, 4 in the 90s, 4 in
the 80s, 1 in the 70s, 1 in the 60s, and 1 below 60. As noted in
class, if your attendance was low, you should not expect a high
"Participation" score when those are posted later this weekend or
next Monday. The Averages on Canvas are correct, but rounded. In my
records, they are stored to two decimal places for greater
accuracy.
Undergraduate Teaching Assistants, Spring 2017:
TBA
