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Summer 21: CS 150 - Culture and Coding (AUCC 3B/GT-AH3)
Computer Science



Important information for students on COVID-19:

All students are required to follow public health guidelines in any university space, and are encouraged to continue these practices when off-campus(es). Students also are required to report any COVID-19 symptoms to the university immediately, as well as if they have potentially been exposed or have tested positive at a non-CSU testing location. If you suspect you have symptoms, please fill out the COVID Reporter ( If you have COVID symptoms or know or believe you have been exposed, it is important for the health of yourself and others that you complete the online COVID Reporter. Do not ask your instructor to report for you; if you report to your instructor that you will not attend class due to symptoms or a potential exposure, you are required to also submit those concerns through the COVID Reporter. If you do not have access to the internet to fill out the online COVID-19 Reporter, please call (970)491-4600.

If you report symptoms or a positive test, your report is submitted to CSU’s Public Health Office. You will receive immediate, initial instructions on what to do and then you will also be contacted by phone by a public health official. Based on your specific circumstances, the public health official may:

  • choose to recommend that you be tested and help arrange for a test
  • conduct contact tracing
  • initiate any necessary public health requirements or recommendations and notify you if you need to take any steps

If you report a potential exposure, the public health official will help you determine if you are at risk of contracting COVID.

For the latest information about the University’s COVID resources and information, please visit the CSU COVID-19 site (

Guiding Principles

Summer 21: CS 150 - Culture and Coding (AUCC 3B/GT-AH3) is built around the Principles of Community, and we expect students to uphold these principles within our classroom environment, and throughout their careers.


We create and nurture inclusive environments and welcome, value and affirm all members of our community, including their various identities, skills, ideas, talents and contributions.

This manifests in this class in our in class discussions, discussion posts, and our interactions on Teams. You are to be kind to others with various backgrounds and identities, without making assumptions. With that said, this course is considered a ‘Brave Space’. This does not exclude the classroom from being a Safe Space - and know you are welcome - and the classroom is meant to challenge ideals. We will often approach topics that may make you feel uncomfortable and challenge your point of view. We will even ask you to argue the opposite of what you believe. That is the joy of learning.

Learn more about the difference:

Counseling Services

We encourage students to make use of the University Counseling Services. Just as one takes care of your physical health, you should also take care of your mental health using all tools and means at your disposal. Your student fees provide access to a wide range of mental health support resources at no additional cost. Visit Counseling Services on the 3rd floor of the Health & Medical Center, and they’ll work together with you to find the resources that are best for you.

Universal Design For Learning/Accommodation of Needs

We are committed to the principle of universal learning. This means that our classroom, our virtual spaces, our practices, and our interactions be as inclusive as possible. Mutual respect, civility, and the ability to listen and observe others carefully are crucial to universal learning.

If you are a student who will need accommodations in this class, please contact me to discuss your individual needs. Any accommodation must be discussed in a timely manner. A verifying memo from The Student Disability Center may be required before any accommodation is provided.

The Student Disability Center (SDC) has the authority to verify and confirm the eligibility of students with disabilities for the majority of accommodations. While some accommodations may be provided by other departments, a student is not automatically eligible for those accommodations unless their disability can be verified and the need for the accommodation confirmed, either through SDC or through acceptable means defined by the particular department. Faculty and staff may consult with the SDC staff whenever there is doubt as to the appropriateness of an accommodative request by a student with a disability.

The goal of SDC is to normalize disability as part of the culture of diversity at Colorado State University. The characteristic of having a disability simply provides the basis of the support that is available to students. The goal is to ensure students with disabilities have the opportunity to be as successful as they have the capability to be.

Support and services are offered to student with functional limitations due to visual, hearing, learning, or mobility disabilities as well as to students who have specific physical or mental health conditions due to epilepsy, diabetes, asthma, AIDS, psychiatric diagnoses, etc. Students who are temporarily disabled are also eligible for support and assistance.

Any student who is enrolled at CSU, and who self-identifies with SDC as having a disability, is eligible for support from SDC. Specific accommodations are determined individually for each student and must be supported by appropriate documentation and/or evaluation of needs consistent with a particular type of disability. SDC reserves the right to ask for any appropriate documentation of disability in order to determine a student’s eligibility for accommodations as well as in support for specific accommodative requests. The accommodative process begins once a student meets with an accommodation’s specialist in the SDC.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Mission, Vision, and Focus webpage of the Vice President for Diversity includes a comprehensive statement of CSU’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.


We are accountable for our actions and will act ethically and honestly in all our interactions.

Within the classroom, that means you do your own work! This is especially true when it comes to programming, as it is easy to copy another’s code. Copying code is cheating and lacks integrity. Such violations of cheating or plagiarism will result in zero to a full negative grade on the assignment and reporting to the appropriate university resources. Further infractions will result in an F given in the course.

CMU provides some nice examples to follow:

For personal assistance, here are some of the things that are appropriate:

  • Clarifying ambiguities or vague points in class handouts, textbooks, or lectures
  • Discussing or explaining the general class material
  • Providing assistance with Java, in using the system facilities, or with editing and debugging tools
  • Discussing the code that we give out on the assignment
  • Discussing the assignments to better understand them
  • Getting help from anyone concerning programming issues which are clearly more general than the specific project (e.g., what does a particular error message mean?)
  • Suggesting solution strategies
  • In general, oral collaboration is OK.

Here are some things that are inappropriate:

  • Copying files or parts of files (such as source code, written text, or unit tests) from another person or source
  • Copying (or retyping) files or parts of files with minor modifications such as style changes or minor logic modifications
  • Allowing someone else to copy your code or written assignment, either in draft or final form
  • Getting help that you do not fully understand, and from someone whom you do not acknowledge on your solution
  • Writing, using, or submitting a program that attempts to alter or erase grading information or otherwise compromise security
  • Copying someone else’s files containing draft solutions, even if the file permissions are incorrectly set to allow it
  • Lying to course staff
  • Reading the current solution (handed out) if you will be handing in the current assignment late
  • Copying prose or programs directly
  • Giving copies of work to others
  • Coaching others step-by-step

If you do any of these, your should also acknowledge it in what you turn in; but expect to have a conversation with an instructor about it and, at least, suffer some penalty in the grade. If we discover you have done this and not acknowledged it, the penalty will be much more severe. In other words, dishonesty is much worse than stupidity.

Here are some gray areas:

  • Reading someone’s code for clarity or bugs, after you have completed your own
  • Helping with debugging
  • Looking at someone’s prose or program but thinking about them and writing your own
  • Following someone’s advice or instructions without understanding them
  • Many others

These, too, should be acknowledged.

A few resources

Academic Integrity & CSU Honor Pledge

This course will adhere to the CSU Academic Integrity/Misconduct policy as found in the General Catalog and the Student Conduct Code.

Academic integrity lies at the core of our common goal: to create an intellectually honest and rigorous community. Because academic integrity, and the personal and social integrity of which academic integrity is an integral part, is so central to our mission as students, teachers, scholars, and citizens, I will ask that you affirm the CSU Honor Pledge as part of completing your work in this course.

Further information about Academic Integrity is available at CSU’s Academic Integrity - Student Resources.


We honor the inherent dignity of all people within an environment where we are committed to freedom of expression, critical discourse, and the advancement of knowledge.

Within this classroom, we give everyone the opportunity to talk during discussions. We are honest and open with everyone. We will also treat the labs and computers with respect, and those in the lab. If you are unable to use the lab resources with respect, you can loose the privilege of the lab and computer use.

Please review the core rules of netiquette for some guidelines and expectations on how to behave in an online learning environment, such as canvas.

Religious Observances

CSU does not discriminate on the basis of religion. Reasonable accommodation should be made to allow individuals to observe their established religious holidays. Students seeking an exemption from attending class or completing assigned course work for a religious holiday will need to fill out the Religious Accommodation Request Form and turn it in to the Division of Student Affairs, located on the second level of the Administration building.

Once turned in, the Division of Student Affairs will review the request and contact the student accordingly. If approved, the student will receive a memo from the Dean of Students to give to their professor or course instructor.

Students are asked to turn in the request forms as soon as the conflict is noticed. Similarly, unanticipated conflicts requiring a religious observance, such as a death in the family, can also be reviewed.


We are responsible, individually and collectively, to give of our time, talents, and resources to promote the well-being of each other and the development of our local, regional, and global communities.

Service within the class means giving back to the class. How do you choose to improve the classroom community, and those around you? Computer Science is about using technology to improve the world - and it starts with you.

Additionally, one way you will serve your local community is as a peer grader. Some of our assignments will require peer grading, and all assignments require peer interaction. If you do not follow your peer grading responsibility, you risk receiving a 0 on your assignments.

Social Justice

We have the right to be treated and the responsibility to treat others with fairness and equity, the duty to challenge prejudice, and to uphold the laws, policies and procedures that promote justice in all respects.

There are topics in this class that have to do with social justice and equity for all those who use technology. These topics are meant to cause us to think about inclusive design, and how we develop applications that actively promote social justice by means of the application following inclusive design principles.

Undocumented Student Support

Any CSU student who faces challenges or hardships due to their legal status in the United States and believes that it may impact their academic performance in this course is encouraged to visit Student Support Services for Undocumented, DACA & ASSET for resources and support. Additionally, only if you feel comfortable, please notify your professor so they may pass along any additional resources they may possess.

Title IX/Interpersonal Violence

For the full statement regarding role and responsibilities about reporting harassment, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and the retaliation policy please go to: Title IX – Sexual Assault, Sexual Violence, Sexual Harassment.

If you feel that your rights have been compromised at CSU, several resources are available to assist:

  • Student Resolution Center, 200 Lory Student Center, (970) 491-7165
  • Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services, (970) 491-5836

A note about interpersonal violence: If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, relationship violence and/or stalking, know that you are not alone. As instructors, we are required by law to notify university officials about disclosures related to interpersonal violence. Confidential victim advocates are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide support related to the emotional, physical, physiological and legal aftermath of interpersonal violence. Contact the Victim Assistance Team at: (970) 492-4242.

Additional Standard Policies

Copyrighted Course Materials

Please do not share material from this course in online, print, or other media. Course material is the property of the instructor who developed the course. Materials authored by third parties and used in the course are also subject to copyright protections. Posting course materials on external sites (commercial or not) violates both copyright law and the CSU Student Conduct Code. Students who share course content without the instructor’s express permission, including with online sites that post materials to sell to other students, could face appropriate disciplinary or legal action.

Third-Party Tools/Privacy

Please note that this course may require you to use third-party tools (tools outside of the Canvas learning management system), such as Skype and others. Some of these tools may collect and share information about their users. Because your privacy is important, you are encouraged to consult the privacy policies for any third-party tools in this course so that you are aware of how your personal information is collected, used and shared.

GT Pathways

The Colorado Commission on Higher Education has approved CS 150 for inclusion in the Guaranteed Transfer (GT) Pathways program in the GT-AH3 category. For transferring students, successful completion with a minimum C- grade guarantees transfer and application of credit in this GT Pathways category. For more information on the GT Pathways program, go to

Computer Science Department

279 Computer Science Building
1100 Centre Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80523
Phone: (970) 491-5792
Fax: (970) 491-2466

Summer 21: CS 150 - Culture and Coding (AUCC 3B/GT-AH3)

Survey of computer science, formal logic, and computational thinking. Explores the historical, gender, and cultural perspectives on the role of technology in society. Includes learning a basic programming language. Students will be expected to write small programs, and construct written arguments on ways in which technology influences our modern culture. Previous computer science experience not necessary.