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Constructing a Java Programming Syllabus: Some Observations

Constructing a Java Programming Syllabus: Some Observations
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Author(s): Robert Joseph Skovira (Robert Morris University, USA)
Copyright: 2003
Pages: 2
Source title: Information Technology & Organizations: Trends, Issues, Challenges & Solutions
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-066-0.ch319
ISBN13: 9781616921248
EISBN13: 9781466665330


Putting a syllabus together for any course or class is always an experience and an intellectual struggle. A syllabus, especially in a programming course, is not merely (or should not be) a copying of the book chapter titles. A syllabus is a means of getting knowledge in the head (or perhaps in textbooks) out into the world, of creating and sharing knowledge in the world. A syllabus is a conceptual structure of a subject area. This essay discusses the construction of a syllabus for a class on Java programming as an example of the dimensionalities of a course syllabus. For some, a course syllabus is a legal document. Some of the legalities show up in “policy” statements. For example, “Policies: Attendance policy follows the C&IS department’s policy (25% missed). Attendance will be taken every session. The student is responsible for obtaining any missed notes and materials and assignments. Make arrangements (phone numbers or email) with other people to do this for you, should you need to miss a session.”

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