BTI420 notes – Tue Feb 24

Test 1, written part. Programming assignment discussion.

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In-class, written evaluation (Test 1)

The test is Tuesday, February 24. We’ll start at 8:15am.

This part of the test is worth 8% of your final course grade.

The duration of the test is forty-five (45) minutes. If you arrive/start late, you will not get extra time.

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What to expect

It will cover web app programming, all topics from the beginning of the course until now.

The question style and format will be similar to those on the quizzes. You may be asked about factual information, as well as concepts, which will give you an opportunity to demonstrate reasoning, analysis, and synthesis skills.

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Reference material

For this written portion of the test, reference material is not permitted.

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Some advice about the written portion of the test…

To be successful in this Software Development program, you must be able to explain a topic or concept, and you must be able to apply a topic or concept.

The written portion of the test gives you an opportunity to briefly explain one or more topics or concepts.

When reviewing the course materials, simply ask yourself “can I explain that topic or concept”? If you can answer “yes”, and can compose a brief and clear answer, then you’re well-prepared for the test.

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How to prepare for the test

Review your hand-written and/or digital notes.

Review the course notes. Every page. Every section. Every word.

Follow the links in the course notes and the readings – read, understand, and apply the readings.

Know how to explain concepts, and draw simple diagrams where appropriate.

Know and understand the reasons for some of the design and coding decisions we make.

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Reminder about Course policies

This is a reminder: Review the Course policies document. In particular, make sure you read and understand the information about “Tests and Other Graded Work”.

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Programming assignment discussion

As you know, there are two programming assignments in this course. Each is a bit bigger than a typical ‘lab’ assignment, and has a two or three week lifetime.

You can get started on Assignment 1 in your next class/session. It has an ‘interim’ progress report due after study week.

Today, we’ll discuss the scope and theme of the programming assignment. Later this week, the specifications will be posted.

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